Wednesday Sep 13, 2017
LAHORE: The PPP has criticised the ruling PML-N for violating the election commission’s code of conduct for using government’s resources to arrange NA-120 by-election campaign rallies.
While talking to the media, PPP Central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira said they will protest on Thursday as the PML-N has continued to use government’s resources for preparation of by-election campaign events.
He added the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued notices to the authorities concerned, but no action has been taken yet.
“Rules will be crushed if the election commission does not use its powers,” he said.
Kaira and PPP’s Nadeem Afzal Chan were speaking during a news conference in Model Town, Lahore on Wednesday.
They also pointed out that Maryam Nawaz, who was neither an MPA nor a MNA, has been using government’s resources in the union councils of NA-120.
During the news conference, Afzal Nadeem said action should also be taken on the use of 90 Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam of Lahore near which the Punjab Assembly is situated.
The PPP leader asked what right did Maryam Nawaz held a rally at 90 Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam, which is a public land.
Earlier today, Jamiat Ulema Pakistan leader Pir Ijaz vowed to support the PML-N in the upcoming by-polls for the NA-120 constituency.
Maryam met the JUP chief in the provincial capital and gained the party’s support.
Ijaz said the JUP and Muslim League have worked together for the formation of Pakistan, therefore, they would back the PML-N in its endeavours for the country’s prosperity.
The NA-120 seat fell vacant following the disqualification of Nawaz as the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28. In the 2013 General Elections, Nawaz had won the seat by a substantial margin, defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Yasmin Rashid, who will be contesting for the seat this time around too.