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Proposal to postpone PA polls in tribal districts rejected.

GHALANAI -- Leaders of political parties and contesting candidates on Tuesday rejected the provincial government's request to the Election Commission of Pakistan to postpone the provincial assembly elections in the newly-merged tribal districts for 20 days.

Addressing a press conference at Mohmand Press Club here, ANP president and candidate for PK-103 Nisar Ahmad, JUI-F emir and candidate for PK-104 Mohammad Arif Haqqani, PPP district general secretary Fazli Hadi and others said the provincial government had no right to postpone the elections in the tribal districts.

They said the ECP was an independent institution, which had conducted peaceful elections in 2013 and 2018 during the worst law and order situation in the tribal districts.

They said all the political parties had completed preparations for participating in the elections.

They said the merged areas had been cleared of militants and peace had been restored there, thus there was no need to postpone the polls in the region.

The political leaders said it would be a great injustice with tribesmen if the elections were postponed because all the candidates had already geared up their election campaigns.

They wondered how the government could improve the security situation in the region in just 20 days time.

It is to be mentioned here that the provincial government through a letter has requested the ECP to postpone for 20 days the elections in the tribal districts, citing threats of terrorists from across the border, threats to political leadership, post-merger issues, fresh developments in North Waziristan, change of command of Levies and Khassadar from deputy commissioners to district police officers, and the Levies and Khassadars not trained to the extent to perform security duties.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 12, 2019
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