ECP summons Achakzai over controversial statement

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has summoned Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai on September 1st over his controversial statement in the parliament after Quetta hospital attack, ARY News reported on Monday.

The election commission issued notice to Achakzai while hearing a petition against him on Monday.

A former presidential candidate Waheed Kamal had filed a petition in the election commission seeking disqualification of Mehmood Khan Achakzai over his statement.

The petition said that Achakzai’s speech on the floor of the National Assembly was a bid to malign the armed forces, which is against Article 19 of the constitution.

The petitioner seeks disqualification of Mehmood Achakzai over his statement, “which bring disrepute to the security forces”.

A bench of the ECP headed by the Chief Election Commissioner while hearing the case directed the PkMAP leader to appear on September 1st to explain his position. The commission adjourned the hearing till August 17.

After August 8 attack in Quetta Civil Hospital, Mehmood Khan Achakzai had in a statement in the parliament called the deadly terrorist incident result of intelligence failure.

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