ECP agrees to army deployment in Karachi polling stations

ISLAMABAD: Responding positively to one of the reservations of the opposition parties in Sindh, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday agreed that at least one army official will be deployed at every polling station in Karachi during the upcoming general elections, Daily Sitara Sindh News reported.

Speaking to media representatives after meeting a delegation, comprising of all parties which participated in a recently held sit-in in front of the ECP’s provincial office in Karachi, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim said that fair elections were the only way to take Pakistan out of troubles.

Representatives from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Sunni Tehreek had called upon the CEC to apprise him of their reservations.

He said it was government’s responsibility to maintain law and order in Karachi as the city, he added, has become a hub of problems.

Meanwhile, Secretary ECP Ishtiak Ahmed Khan told reporters that the delegation had apprised the CEC of their reservations since they were not satisfied with the ongoing voter verification process in Karachi.

He reiterated that every ruling of the Supreme Court will be implemented in letter and spirit.

Khan said the apex court will make the final decision regarding delimitation of constituencies in the metropolis.


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