PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry speaks about the ECPs notice, in this still taken from a video, on April 30, 2023. — Twitter/@PTIofficial

PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry speaks about the ECP’s notice, in this still taken from a video, on April 30, 2023. — Twitter/@PTIofficial
  • “Surprising to say that they can’t hold a rally on May 1,” Fawad says.
  • Imran Khan-led PTI to write letter to ECP and CEC for the matter.
  • “What democracy is there in Pakistan?” Former minister questions.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry Sunday censured the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for obstructing his party’s Labour Day rally across the country.

“The Election Commission has given notice to PTI to not hold a rally on Labour Day. The purpose of the May 1 holiday is for workers to stand up for their rights,” the former information minister said while speaking in a video posted on PTI’s Twitter account.

Meanwhile, the ECP has sent a written notice to PTI Chairman Imran Khan stating it found out about a rally from Liberty Chowk to Nasir Bagh under your leadership.

The electoral authority’s district monitoring officer, in the notice, added that permission for rallies and processions must be sought from the district administration.

“Political parties and candidates are bound to inform the district administration before rallies and meetings. A rally without prior permission is a violation of the Election Commission’s code of conduct,” the notice read.

The PTI leader added that political parties organise rallies for the rights of workers.

“The whole society is seen standing with their workers. It is surprising to say that they can’t hold a rally on May 1,” he remarked.

Criticising the government, Fawad questioned the state of democracy in Pakistan. “What democracy is there in Pakistan? Where do we want to take the country?”

The former federal minister of the PTI Chairman Imran Khan-led government shared his annoyance at the “restrictions” imposed by the electoral body and sent notices to the party’s leadership.

“Sending notices to the leadership is illegal. [It] should be retracted,” he said, requesting for rallies to be allowed in Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad tomorrow as per schedule.

The former PTI minister said the party will write a letter to the ECP and the Chief Election Commissioner regarding the matter.

“If [one] can’t step out for workers’ rights, then when can [one] step out?” the politician questioned.

He further mentioned that the ECP’s only job is to conduct elections and it s doing everything but that.

“Through every act, they proven to be biased and this, too, is also a step towards that, unfortunately,” he said.

Earlier today, Fawad had announced that PTI will hold rallies starting from May 1 if the negotiations with the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government fail.

Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry said that the PTI wants the negotiations to succeed, however, it has formulated a strategy in case the talks with the ruling coalition do not bear fruit.

He said that the rallies will begin in Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar under the leadership of party chairman Imran Khan, asking the supporters to get ready for the “major movement”. 

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