RAWALPINDI     –    Former inside minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid on Saturday requested the “institution” to “keep away” from the upcoming by-polls in Punjab and show their “impartiality”.

“I wish to talk about one thing essential with the institution. At present is an important day. I’ve by no means seen such an election within the nation’s historical past. I wish to request them to steer clear of the elections. The nation won’t tolerate any rigging or ghunda gardi (thuggery),” he mentioned in a video message posted on Twitter.

“The institution must show its impartiality in by-elections on 20 Punjab Meeting seats,” he added. The 20 seats are among the many 25 vacated (5 reserved) after the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified defecting PTI lawmakers for voting for PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz within the Punjab chief minister’s election.

The stakes are particularly excessive as a result of the result of the elections will decide who will turn into chief minister in Punjab, the re-election for which will probably be held on July 22. In his message on Saturday,  Rashid additionally spoke in regards to the authorities’s formation of a particular ministerial committee to pursue excessive treason proceedings in opposition to high office-holders of the previous PTI authorities, together with ex-PM Imran Khan. “This can be a detailed judgement, not a [fresh] judgement. These folks, who’ve been imposed on the nation by way of one or two additional votes, are silly,” he mentioned.


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