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Punjab elections: ruling parties refuse to boycott: Marriyum Aurangzeb

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Marriyum Aurangzeb, the minister of information and broadcasting, vehemently denied media rumours that the coalition government partners were abandoning the Punjab elections by withdrawing their candidature papers.


After the Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold polls in Punjab on April 4, there were rumours circulating in the federal capital that the government and its affiliated parties were planning a fresh approach. Following that, the electoral commission published the Punjab election timetable, with May 14 as the election date.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), according to reports citing sources, have chosen not to run in the Punjab elections.


The communications minister responded to these rumours by stating that they are untrue and that no parties affiliated with the governing alliance had withdrawn their nominations.

She insisted that “the party leadership has not made any decision to withdraw the nomination papers.”


These stories are false and based on conjecture.

Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is going to face a tough battle from the government and its allies, who she called a “foreign agent, trouble-maker, Constitution-violator, and watch thief.”


The minister emphasised that all of the coalition government’s parties are seeking elections on the same day across the whole nation.


The top court’s three-member panel earlier this week unanimously declared that the ECP’s directive to postpone the poll in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was “unconstitutional.”


The electoral board was also instructed to hold the provincial poll on May 14 by the court, which was presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and also included Justices Munib Akhtar and Ijaz Ul Ahsan.


The Punjab election was originally planned to take place on April 30 but was postponed by the ECP on March 22 due to a recurrence of terrorist attacks, a lack of security personnel, and an unprecedented economic situation.


The federal cabinet disputed the ruling, and Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar stated that the legal team was laying out the next course of action. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which filed the petition against the delay, has praised the court’s decision.

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