PTI accused of using government resources to influence polls – newspaper

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MANSEHRA: The parliamentary leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, Sardar Mohammad Yusuf, has claimed that ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is trying to influence the March 31 local elections by using resources the government freely and unhindered uses .

“Federal Minister of Railways Azam Khan Swati and other PTI lawmakers have used the government apparatus and resources to lobby voters in favor of their party’s election candidate,” Mr Yusuf said at a public gathering in the area here on Thursday from ganglan.

The PML-N leader said the PTI suffered a massive defeat in the first phase of municipal elections in the province and the results of the second phase would be no different. “Dismayed by record inflation, unemployment and recession in the country, the people will not vote for the ruling party,” he said.

Mr Yusuf slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan for failing to deliver on a promise to provide the people with 0.5 million homes and 1 million jobs, saying the PTI government’s poor economic policies have brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy .

PML-N claims the ruling party will suffer defeat because of record inflation

He said PML-N supremo and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will soon return home to lead the nation.

The PML-N leader said his party had identified candidates for municipal elections in the province, including Hazara Division, and would emerge victorious.

PTI EXIT: Qaumi Watan Party leader Aftab Khan Sherpao said Thursday Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf came to power through a “stolen public mandate” and is on the way out.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot survive the no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition parties in the National Assembly and will be removed,” the QWP leader said at a public meeting held here in connection with local elections.

Mr. Sherpao said the PTI suffered a humiliating defeat in the first phase of the provincial municipal elections and is trying in vain to claim victory in the second phase.

“It is not befitting for a prime minister to speak at election meetings in violation of the ECP Code of Conduct,” he said.

The QWP leader said the opposition would march on the federal capital on March 28, which would result in the prime minister’s ouster in line with popular wishes.

He warned that the opposition would oppose any unconstitutional move by the prime minister and his party.

Published in Dawn, March 25, 2022

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