Pakistan’s National Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on February 8. However, independent senator Dilwar Khan raised a proposal in the Senate of the National Assembly of Pakistan to postpone the date of this election. Most of the legislators supported it.
Pakistan’s Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi opposed the proposal. The Election Commission of Pakistan is not legally bound to accept this proposal of the Senate. As a result, the possibility of postponing the election is very unlikely, according to the Pakistani media The Dawn.
Senator Dilwar Khan in his proposed motion said that most parts of the country are currently going through severe cold weather. Due to this, it will be difficult to ensure the participation of common people in the elections in those areas.
In addition, Senator Dilwar Khan also said that there is no suitable situation for holding elections. He said members of Mohsin Dawar and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI-F) were attacked. Besides, the security forces have come under attack in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Senator Dilawar also said that intelligence agencies have also warned about attacks on election rallies.
Referring to the postponement of the elections, he said, “The Senate is saying that elections should not be held without removing obstacles.” As a result, the February 8 election should be postponed.
Senator Dilwar urged the Election Commission to initiate the process of postponing the elections.
The motion was opposed in the Senate by Senator Afnanullah Khan of Nawaz Sharif’s political party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).