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ECP issues notices to 3 politicians over ‘abusive’ language

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued notices to chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak for using indecent language against their opponents during election canvassing. 

According to the notices, the ECP said the use of “abusive, insolent and derogatory language” against other leaders is clear violation of its code of conduct.

The three leaders have been asked to desist from using such language and appear before the commission on July 21 (tomorrow) in person or through counsel, failing which the matter will be decided in their absence.

It may be mentioned here that the Commission has also warned PTI chief Imran Khan against using inappropriate language for his political opponents during electioneering.

The ECP took notice of Mr. Khan using the term ‘donkey’ for PML-N members who were going to receive Nawaz Sharif at the airpor upon his arrival from London.

“And whoever will go to receive him will be a donkey (fool),” PTI chief had said. His remarks triggered a war of words between the members of PML-N and PTI.

Following a series of incendiary exchange of words, the ECP summoned the PTI chief but he couldn’t appear owing to his election campaign.

Babar Awan, his legal counsel appeared before the commission and explained that the word ‘donkey’ is a commonly used term, “even it is used by teachers in the classrooms.”

Nevertheless, the ECP being discontented with Babar’s explanation directed the PTI chief to refrain from using such words.

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