Babar Awan announces to challenge controversial Election Bill in SC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan has said that the party will challenge the controversial Election Bill 2017 in the Supreme Court.

Talking to media outside the apex court on Tuesday, he said a disqualified person cannot participate in electoral process, nor can he hold a political party’s office. The Election Bill, a clause of which allows a person ineligible to be member of parliament to head a political party, was an attack on the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Slamming the role of the government in the face of external threats, the PTI leader said it appeared there is no government in the country. The country is being given threats, whereas the government is silent, he added.

Awan said the rulers were not ready to talk about security challenges the country is facing. Indian army chief recently threatened to target Pakistan’s nuclear assets, and United States Defence

Secretary James Mattis criticized the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi did not respond.

Blasting the ruling party, he said it was using Punjab House, being run by taxpayers money, for its political activities.

Commenting on the FATA issue, PTI leader said the government was dragging its feet to take steps for merger of the region with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.