PPP issues notice to Senator for supporting resolution seeking election delay

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has served a show cause notice to Senator Bahramand Tangi for allegedly supporting a resolution adopted by the Senate, which sought a delay in the February 8 general elections. The notice claims that Tangi violated the party’s leadership direction and policies by supporting the resolution, and he has been directed to submit a reply within one week. The resolution, presented by independent Senator Dilawar Khan, cited extreme weather and deteriorating security conditions as reasons to postpone the polls.
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The resolution
“The Constitution upheld the right to vote for every citizen of Pakistan and the Election Commission of Pakistan was bound to conduct free and fair polls in contingent upon inclusivity and ensuring the participation of all regional people.”
“The vote turnout in colder areas remains notably high during the moderate weather conditions. January and February are recognised as the coldest months in the majority of the areas in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” it stated.
The resolution said various political parties had expressed their reservations regarding difficulties in ensuring participation in cold areas during the electoral process.
“Recent attempts on the lives of JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, former lawmaker Mohsin Dawar, and other political figures had raised concerns about the safety of political leaders.”
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“The Ministry of Interior has conveyed serious threats to the lives of prominent politicians increasing the challenges faced by political parties in exercising their right to a free and fair election,” the resolution noted.
It added that there had been a spike in attacks on security forces and citizens, particularly in KP and Balochistan.
“The Senate of Pakistan hereby resolves that the conduct in elections without addressing legitimate concerns, facilitating sufficient opportunities for election campaign and guaranteeing the safety of politicians and citizens would amount to violation of fundamental rights.”
“The election schedule may be postponed to facilitate the effective participation of people from all areas of Pakistan and belonging to all political shades”, it demanded.