PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party provincial chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao has cautioned that any attempt to delay the general elections will result in irreparable loss to the democratic system.

In a statement issued here on Monday, he said that assemblies had already completed their constitutional tenure and the Election Commission of Pakistan had also fixed July 25 for the general election, which had prompted the political parties to announce candidates’ names and launch election campaigns.

“We are democratic people and will always follow the constitution so that the elections could be held on the fixed date to avoid complications,” he said and added that those trying to get the elections delayed were escaping competition in polls.

Referring to the indecisiveness of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and opposition in selection of the caretaker chief minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said it was not a difficult job but the process needed good intentions.

POLL TICKETS: The QWP awarded another 13 tickets to the applicants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjoining tribal region on Monday.

The party had awarded eight tickets to the candidates for provincial assembly and one for national assembly on Sunday.

According to a statement, the process would be completed within a couple of days.

The party allotted ticket for NA-6, Lower Dir, to Abdul Wadood Khan, NA-8, Malakand district to Engr Zafar Yab Khan, NA-9, Buner to Prof Hameed-ur-Rehman, NA-42, Mohmand Agency to Malik Mustafa Khan Mohmand, NA-47, Orakzai Agency to Asamuddin,NA-48, North Waziristan Agency to Jahanzeb Khan Wazir, NA-49, South Waziristan Agency to Malik Atta Mir Khan.

Similarly, the ticket for the provincial assembly constituency of PK-14, Lower Dir, was awarded to Mirza Bacha, PK-24, Shangla to Dr Sajjad Ahmed Khan, PK-28, Battagram to Javaid Khan, PK-29, Battagram to Nisar Khan, PK-45, Swabi to Hameed Khan and PK-50, Mardan to Yousuf Khan.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2018