Senate approves resolution seeking delay in elections

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Dilawar Khan on Friday tabled a resolution in the upper house of the Parliament seeking a delay in the elections which was approved by the majority of lawmakers.

Information Minister Murtaza Solangi who was present in the house opposed the move.

He said most of the areas were currently experiencing harsh cold weather, hence, participation in those areas was unmanageable.

Highlighting the law and order situation, Dilawar Khan said attacks were carried out on Mohsin Dawar and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) members.

Even security forces were attacked in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added. He said ANP leader Aimal Wali also had reservations over elections.

The senator said threat alerts were also issued by the intelligence agencies during election rallies.

“The Senate says that elections should not be held without removing the hurdles, therefore, the February 8 elections should be postponed,” he said adding that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should begin the process of postponing the polls.

He also said the Senate trusted the electoral body.

The resolution was opposed by Senator Afnanullah Khan of Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz (PML-N).