PESHAWAR, 18 October: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has barred the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer Sirajul Haq from addressing a public gathering in NA-4 constituency of Peshawar.

The district returning officer has sent a communique to the deputy commissioner of Peshawar in which it has been stated that the JI has organised a public meeting in Jameel Chowk and Sirajul Haq is also expected to address the gathering which would be a violation of the election code of conduct. The deputy commissioner has been asked to stop the JI chief from addressing the gathering.

By-election in NA-4 constituency will be held on 26 October. NA-4 seat fell vacant after the death of the PTI renegade MNA Gulzar Khan.