Election Commission of Pakistan snubs PM Shahid Khaqan, former PM Nawaz Sharif: Report

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Election Commission of Pakistan snubs PM Shahid Khaqan, former PM Nawaz Sharif: Report

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given a veiled snub to PM Shahid Khaqan and former PM Nawaz Sharon over irresponsible remarks.

ECP has dismissed the prime minister's remarks that ‘aliens’ will conduct the upcoming elections, saying they are against the spirit of the Constitution and its mandate.

In a statement, the ECP said it is completely ready to hold the 2018 General Elections and is entirely independent when it comes to its legal and constitutional responsibilities.

An ECP spokesperson cautioned those holding high offices to refrain from making such statements, which are based on speculation and hearsay. <link> <link>

On Thursday, as per media reports, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said that aliens will hold the next elections but even then the ruling party will take part in them.

He had reportedly made the remarks while interacting with journalists during a dinner hosted by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had also claimed earlier on Thursday that he is not contesting against the Pakistan Peoples Party or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but ‘outside beings’.

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