Security provided to all political leaders: Azam Khan


ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Interior Muhammad Azam Khan has said that security has been provided to all political leaders of various parties to avoid any untoward incident in future.

The interim government was holding cabinet meetings regularly and taking short-term decisions for best national interest, he said talking to a private news channel.

The minister said, “We are assisting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold free, fair and transparent general election on July 25.”

He went on to say that the government or ECP were not providing political favour to any party and a level playing field was being provided to all the parties to do election campaign, hold corner meetings and public gatherings.

Azam Khan said that the decision to deploy army on polling stations was taken after the ECP had appealed to the caretaker government to do the same in order to ensure law and order. He added that the army officers would report to returning officers (RO) performing duties on polling stations about any rigging or other matters.

Replying to a question, he said that the accountability court had arrested Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz and shifted both to Islamabad peacefully, adding that all the facilities, as per jail manual, were being provided to Nawaz and Maryam.

Cabinet sub-committee comprising three federal ministers was constituted regarding the inclusion of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter’s name in Exit Control List (ECL), which had presented recommendations to federal cabinet which would decide about the matter, he stated.

Commenting on recent terror attacks, he said that the attack on Haroon Bilour was claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and investigation regarding the attack on Raisani was underway.



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