ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Election Commission of Pakistan has barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan from participating in an election rally in Taxila here on Thursday.
According to a notification by the returning officer, a parliamentarian can not take part in an election campaigns.
Imran Khan was all set to attend PTI candidate Umar Siddiq Khan’s rally on Friday.
Earlier, an ECP official told Dawn the electoral code of conduct clearly bars the prime minister, chief minister, federal ministers, state ministers, advisors to the president and prime minister, provincial ministers, advisors to the chief minister and members of the national and provincial assemblies from visiting a constituency or a polling station after the issuance of the schedule of by-elections, until polling is completed.
“Imran Khan, being a member of the National Assembly, cannot take part in the campaign for his party’s candidates,” the official remarked.
On the other hand, Central Information Secretary Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Naeem Ul Haque affirmed that Imran Khan would address the Taxila rally.
Election com. cannot curtail the fundamental rights as guaranteed by the Constitution to Pak citizens. IK will speak at Taxila tmoro.
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) September 22, 2016
Polling will be held for PP-7 on September 26. The seat was left vacant after the death of PTI’s Siddiq Khan on June 19. He was the brother of PTI National Assembly member Ghulam Sarwar Khan.