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Criticizing the army:Election Commission notice to Achakzai

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ISLAMABAD:(APS) August 15, 2016 – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday asked Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai to submit a reply in response to an application seeking his disqualification as member of Parliament for speaking against the armed forces and security agencies.

Waheed Kamal, a social activist, had filed the application with ECP seeking Achakzai’s disqualification.

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An ECP bench, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan, heard the petition and issued a notice to Achakzai.

The chief of PkMAP has been asked to submit a reply by September 1.

The election commission also sought comments from the National Assembly’s Speaker Office with reference to Achakzai’s speech. Comments sought are to gauge whether the words of PkMAP leader were within the parliamentary and Constitutional parameters or not.

The applicant was of the view that under article 19 of the Constitution, armed forces cannot be criticised.

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