KARACHI: Federal Minister Murad Saeed has said that the election commission has tied our hands while given a free hand to the opposition.
Federal Communications Minister was commenting on the ECP’s decision to prevent him from taking part in NA-249 by election in Karachi.
“We respect the institutions but the law should be equal for all,” he said. He demanded a level playing field for all political parties.
Saeed had earlier announced to participate in the election campaign of the PTI candidate from Friday.
The NA-249 seat had fallen vacant after Faisal Vawda of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) resigned from the National Assembly for his Senate seat. In the 2018 general elections, Vawda had defeated PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif in the constituency with a narrow margin.
Miftah Ismail, the PML-N candidate and former finance minister, has stepped up his election campaign.
He visited the JUI-F office and thanked the party for withdrawing its candidate in his favor. The JUI-F had fielded Maulana Umar Sadiq, a former MPA from Baldia Town, for the by-polls.
Earlier, the Awami National Party (ANP) had announced withdrawal of its candidate in favor of Ismail for the by-election in NA-249. The ANP had fielded Haji Aurangzeb Khan Buneri, but withdrew his candidacy after talks with the PML-N.
The by election in the NA-249 constituency will be held on April 29.