ISLAMABAD: The Home Ministry has written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), asking it to hold by-elections “with caution” amid the threat of terrorist attacks, media reported Thursday evening.
These reports, which could not be verified with the ministry or the ECP, cite the Ministry of Interior as having written to the ECP that terrorists have entered Pakistan from Afghanistan since June this year. and that their entry was facilitated by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The reported letter said the army and its paramilitary forces were busy with relief operations in the flood-affected areas and that the police alone could not provide adequate security. The letter advised the ECP to hold by-elections “with caution”.
By-elections are scheduled for 11 legislative seats on October 16. These seats include eight seats in the National Assembly and three seats in the Punjab Assembly.
Three of the NA’s eight seats fall to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; NA-22 Mardan, NA-24 Charsadda and NA-31 Peshawar. Three NA seats fall in Punjab; NA-108 Faisalabad, NA-118 Nankana Sahib and NA-157 Multan. And two NA offices are located in Sindh; NA-237 Malir and NA-239 Korangi.
The three PA seats where by-votes are scheduled are: PP-139 Sheikhupura, PP-209 Khanewal and PP-241 Bahawalnagar.
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