“Senate Passes Resolution Urging Postponement of Upcoming Elections”
On Friday, the Upper House of the Parliament passed a resolution, led by Senator Dilawar Khan, advocating for a delay in the upcoming general elections through a majority vote. Citing cold weather and security concerns as key factors, the resolution stressed the necessity of a conducive environment for fair elections.
With just over a month remaining until the scheduled February 8 elections, the situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was highlighted, including attacks on prominent figures like JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and NDM chairman Mohsin Dawar, along with threats to ANP’s Aimal Wali Khan and others.
The resolution pointed out the ongoing anti-terrorism operations in KP and Balochistan, coupled with the high alert status of the health department due to the fear of coronavirus spread. It urged the provision of a conducive environment for election campaigns nationwide. Despite opposition from PML-N Senator Afnan Ullah and Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi, the resolution received majority approval.
In response, former KP finance minister and PTI leader Taimur Khan Jhagra criticized the resolution as “shocking and disgraceful.” PPP senator Taj Haider condemned the resolution, considering it a conspiracy against democracy. Haider accused the Senate chairman of a “conspiratorial role” in the resolution’s passing, claiming it was not part of the agenda.
During a press conference later in the day, PPP senator Sherry Rehman clarified that her party did not support the resolution. Emphasizing that the resolution is not a law, she insisted on holding the elections as scheduled. Additionally, Rehman highlighted that only 14 members were present in the Upper House when the resolution was passed.