BANNU: Election candidates from North Waziristan on Monday demanded the government to withdraw section 144 and release Members National Assembly, Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar before the election.
The demand was made by Jamal Dawar and Mir Kalim Wazir, who are contesting election as independent candidates from North Waziristan while addressing a press conference here at National press club in Bannu on Monday.
The candidates said that these measures are necessary if the government wants to conduct a free and fair election in tribal districts on July 20. The election candidates made it clear to the government that section 144 and campaign for polls cannot go together as the district administration has imposed a complete ban on the gathering of more than five persons in whole North Waziristan district.
They alleged that the arrest of Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir is a conspiracy against the upcoming election and after the arrest of both MNAs, there is a sense of disappointment prevails among the people of North Waziristan. It has given space to a number of questions regarding the future of their area.
Both the MNAs – Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar – has been arrested by the security forces after the Khar Kamar incident on May 26 under the allegation of attacking the security force check post. Both the MNAs have been sent to jail by the Anti-terrorism Court judge in Bannu. They’ve filed a bail application in Bannu ATC Court but still, they are waiting for a court hearing
During the press conference, both the election candidates, also demanded the government that instead of giving election security in the hands of Pakistan Army, Police force should be given the authority to conduct a free and fair election on July 20.
The election commission of Pakistan has already authorized the Pak Army to be deployed inside and outside the polling stations on Election Day to provided complete security. The step was taken despite the opposition of Political parties asking that the forces should be deployed only outside the polling station.