Imran Khan assures ECP of not using 'foul' language during electioneering

01:20 PM | 19 Jul, 2018
Imran Khan assures ECP of not using 'foul' language during electioneering
ISLAMABAD- The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from using offensive language for rival political parties during the election campaign.

Babar Awan, counsel for the PTI chief, appeared before the electoral body and he initially tried to defend the 'foul words' used by Khan during a speech on the night of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival. Khan speaking to supporters had said whoever goes to receive them at the airport are ‘donkeys.’

Presenting arguments, Awan said that the word donkey is a normal and common word that is even used by teachers in the classroom.

To drive the point home, he also showed video clips of PML-N member and former speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, using foul language against the PTI. He lamented the fact that the PTI leader had to face abuse himself, being given titles like ‘Taliban Khan’ and ‘Yahoodi.’

The ECP committee continued to stress that such offensive language could create anarchy during election days and asked Awan to submit an assurance.

The lawyer, then, submitted a written assurance, stating that Imran Khan would abide by the instruction issued by the  ECP.

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Earlier at a political gathering in Narowal, Imran had said that any Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) worker with a clear conscience would not go to the airport to receive Nawaz Sharif.

“And whoever will go to receive him will be a donkey (fool)," he had said.

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Calling PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif a conman, the PTI chief had also said that anyone with a living conscience would not vote for the PML-N.

Pakistan is set to hold general polls on July 25th.