Intelligence agencies oppose polls on April 30
March 11, 2023 06:07 AM
Intelligence agencies’ officials on Friday unanimously opposed the holding of elections to two provincial assemblies on April 30, 2023, citing security concerns, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Sources told 24News that the officials, during a briefing to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials, who met today with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in the chair, suggested that polls should not be held on the given date due to security threats.
The ECP will now take decision on the polls in the light of today’s briefing next week.
Sources disclosed that sector commander Islamabad, sector commander Punjab and sector commander Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) represented the ISI at the meeting, while from IB, joint director Punjab, joint director KP attended the meeting.
Similarly, DIG CTD Punjab, and DIG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were also in attendance.
Sources informed that the intelligence officials briefed the meeting about the security situation in the country and threats which could jeopardize voting on the elections day.
On the other hand, the ECP has already invited secretary interior and DG military operations to come to its office on Tuesday (March 14, 2023) for a briefing.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Haji Ghulam Ali will also visit the ECP office on Tuesday for holding consultations over the elections date in the province.
Reporter: Usman Khan