Pakistan Election: Elections in Pakistan are on 8 February. Various parties are making full efforts to win the elections. Meanwhile, a woman candidate supported by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), contesting against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, was indicted in a terrorism case on Tuesday.
Authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province have intensified action against Khan’s party leaders and supporters ahead of the general elections on February 8. Due to this this action has come to light. The Election Commission of Pakistan had decided to withdraw PTI’s historical election symbol ‘Balla’. This decision of the Commission was upheld by the Supreme Court, due to which PTI candidates are contesting the elections as independent candidates.
PTI’s independent candidates, who are facing conflict with the Army, are not being allowed to campaign in their respective constituencies, due to which at present the way for PML-N, which is said to be the favorite of the Army, is considered clear to win the elections. . Sharif (74), a three-time Prime Minister of Pakistan, is contesting from NA-130 seat of Lahore. On this seat, he is facing strong PTI supported candidate Dr Yasmin Rashid. Yasmin was indicted in an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday in the case of attack on a police station during the violence that broke out on May 9 last year after Khan was arrested by Pakistan Rangers.
PTI workers set fire to army headquarters
During the unprecedented violence that broke out after Khan’s arrest, many PTI workers set fire to and vandalized dozens of military and government buildings, including the army headquarters in Rawalpindi and the building of the intelligence agency ISI in Faisalabad. Meanwhile, just 48 hours before the general elections, deployment of security forces has been increased in Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces due to increase in attacks targeting candidates and Election Commission offices in these areas.
7 people died in violence before elections
Since Sunday night, at least seven people have died in election violence in Karachi, Nushki and Sibi. Police officials said around 40 attacks or blasts using grenades and weapons have been carried out on election offices of candidates in 10 districts of Balochistan since Sunday. “The worst-affected areas in Balochistan include Turbat, Panjgur, Gwadar, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Sibi, Surab and Quetta,” a police official said.
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