KHAR: Bajaur Political Alliance has warned that any bid to further delay the elections of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on the seats of merged tribal districts will lead into disastrous consequences.

The alliance says the government should focus on removing lacunas in the judicial system after abolishment of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) to facilitate the tribal people.

Bajaur Political Alliance president Maulana Waheed Gul, flanked by other provincial assembly candidates Haji Lali Shah, Gul Afzal, Sheikh Jan Zada and party activists, said at a press conference that the government has failed so serve the masses and it is aware of the imminent defeat of its candidates in the upcoming elections.

Maulana Waheed Gul said the law and order situation was not ideal during the elections of 2008, 2013 and 2018, but people actively participated in the elections. He said the security situation is now much better than the previous elections and there is no problem in holding of polls on time.

The alliance president alleged that the government wants to escape from its responsibility of holding elections in the tribal districts. He said his party has sent several complaints to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the code of conduct violation, but no action has been taken against any violator so far.

Maulana Waheed Gul warned that the alliance will stage a sit-in in front of the ECP office for indefinite period if elections were delayed in the tribal districts. He said the people of Bajaur will also take to roads if they were deprived of their right to elect their provincial representatives. He warned that the government will be responsible for any untoward situation if it delayed the polls.

Elections on 16 general seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for merged districts were originally scheduled on July 2, but the exercise was delayed to July 20 by the Election Commission after receiving an application from the KP government in this regard. The KP government had said in the application that polls should be delayed due to security and administrative issues.

The opposition parties are sceptical over the government’s intentions to hold the polls on time.

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