Fazal seeks postponement of elections in Punjab, KP amid security concerns.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) President and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUIF-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday sought postponement of the upcoming elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) amid a "deteriorated law and order situation" in the country.

Addressing a press conference, the PDM president said, 'Law and order situation in the country is not suitable for elections.'

The general elections in Punjab are scheduled for April 30, while the date for the polls in KP is yet to be announced as Governor Ghulam Ali has not made a decision yet.

In light of the Supreme Court's split ruling earlier this week, President Arif Alvi announced the date for Punjab polls after consulting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). But the KP governor is yet to "open" the letter that the ECP has sent to his office.

Fazal also said that they believe in holding general elections in the time frame provided in the Constitution, but in the same breath he added: 'We have to make decisions in view of the country's situation.'

Referring to alleged rigging in the 2018 elections, he said that the Supreme court took a suo motu notice over the election date of KP and Punjab, adding that the notice may have been taken on the polls.

Recalling his party's long march in 2019 to oust then-prime minister Imran Khan and for fresh elections in the country, the PDM chief questioned, 'How are these ears that did not hear the voice of 1.5 million people and take a suo motu notice for just four people?'

He also held Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government responsible for the prevailing economic crisis and ruining the...

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