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Pakistan elections to be held on February 8: CEC

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Amid various speculations, the head of the Election Commission of Pakistan said that the general election of Pakistan will be held on February 8. He said this in a related statement on Thursday.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said that the election will be held on February 8. Security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan is under observation. Anything disrupting the law and order situation will be dealt with sternly by the law and order forces and the army. No one will be prejudiced in this case.

On Thursday, the country’s chief election commissioner held a meeting with senior intelligence officials and the home minister of the caretaker government to review the overall situation. There he expressed concern over the ongoing situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. It was after this meeting that he made a statement announcing the date of the election.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that despite security concerns, the election process will not be suspended. There is no doubt that the election will be held on time.

The lower house of Pakistan’s parliament was dissolved in August last year. After 90 days, the election was scheduled to be held in November, but the Election Commission of the country could not organize the election at the specified time. The November elections were postponed to February to determine new constituencies according to the new census.

Then independent senator Dilawar Khan proposed to postpone the February 8 election as well. He said, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experience severe winters in January and February. These two provinces have the majority of voters. So, taking this into consideration, let the election date be postponed. But it didn’t last.

Pakistan is currently governed by an interim government led by interim Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Qakar. Usually the responsibility of the interim government or caretaker government is limited to conducting elections. However, as the first caretaker head of government in Pakistan’s history, Kakar has been empowered to take decisions on economic matters as well. Kakar was given this power by passing the law in June last year keeping in mind the 3 billion dollar concession from the IMF.

Meanwhile, a court of the country recently sentenced former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to 14 years in prison in the Tosakhana corruption case. The verdict banned Imran and Bushra from public office for 10 years. Apart from this, the two have been fined 787 million Pakistani rupees each.



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