ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is slated to hold delayed national elections on February 8 this year as the country grapples with political, economic, and security crises but third resolution demanding the delay in upcoming polls was submitted in Senate.
Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman, who hailed from FATA, submitted the resolution, saying political candidates in KP are in fear of terror attacks during election campaigns.
Calling the slated date ‘unfavorable’ for elections, Senator said the country’s northwestern region was facing harsh weather and it is difficult for the party candidates to run election campaigns.
At least four resolutions about upcoming polls landed in upper house of parliament so far. Three demanded delay in elections while a fourth, submitted by JI called for some more time in elections.
The series of resolutions started with Senator Dilawar Khan proposing a resolution, on January 5, gaining support from lawmakers across various political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).
Independent senators and those representing the erstwhile Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) also backed the resolution. The concerns outlined in the resolution encompassed the challenging law and order conditions, severe weather in Balochistan, and the ongoing terrorism.
However, PML-N Senator vehemently opposed the resolution, highlighting historical instances where elections proceeded even during challenging times, such as World War II and periods of terrorism in 2008, 2013, and 2018.
The resolution drew alarms from major political parties, terming it ‘an assault on democracy’ and move ‘akin to surrendering to those who want nation’s instability’.