Amir JI accuses ECP for delaying issuance of notification

Peshawar: Amir Jamaat-e-Islami, (JI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has accused Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for delaying issuance of notification of by-polls in PK-95 (Dir-Lower II) and announced province-wide protest and sit in outside ECP Islamabad on  November 27.

Speaking at a news conference here at Press Club on Monday, the JI ameer said that JI candidate, Izazul Mulk won by election by securing 20,288 votes, against the ANP’s Haji Bahadur Khan. The seat was vacated by JI central amir Sirajul Haq after his election as Senator.

The provincial deputy ameer, Dr Iqbal Khalil, Izazul Mulk Afkari, Azizullah Khan, and Mohammad Iqbal were present. He said the polling, was held in a peaceful manner on May 07 but some representatives of NGO, which were neither from Dir, nor registered voters in the constituency, challenged results, on the pretext of barring women from electoral process.

The JI amir said ECP, summoned people for hearing, which he said violated rules. He said there was no proof of barring women from the contest as there was no written agreement between political parties but despite that the ECP declared results of provincial assembly constituency PK-95 null and void.

Later, he said his party challenge decision of the ECP in the court and court gave verdict in favor of JI candidate. But, he said the ECP did not issued notification of by-poll in PK-95, which was injustice with people of Dir depriving them from of their constitutional right.

He said people of the constituency were deprived of their representation in assembly for last eight months due to this attitude of commission. He said the developmental works were halted.

He termed the ECP as Anti-Islam and pro-American because it has no credible evidences for delaying notification of by-polls on provincial assembly constituency PK-95 Dir lower-II.

The JI, he said has decided to launch a province-wide protest against ECP saying first protest will be held today in Abbottabad, followed on November 18th in Swat, Nov 20th  in Mardan, 23rd in Kohat, 24th in D.I.Khan, 25th in Bannu, and 26 November outside Election Commission office in Peshawar. He said a grand protest and sit-in will be held outside ECP in Islamabad on November 27.