ISLAMABAD: Central Information Secretary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Farrukh Habib, in response to Pakistani Muslim League-N’s “false propaganda” against him, said PML-N was spreading a WhatsApp chat which was falsely attributed to him.
“Did I give instructions in this chat to retrieve IDs or meet people?” Farrukh Habib asked, adding that he campaigned responsibly in the constituency, mobilized people and carried the party’s message door to door.
Farrukh Habib said the PML-N had adopted a very clever method to deceive the people. They grabbed a person, tortured them and created great drama by making the WhatsApp chat go viral, he said. There is no truth in this PML-N drama, he said.
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“I only met this person once during the campaign in the last week of June,” he said, adding that he never spoke to the person or gave any instructions.
The head of the PTI said the entrepreneurs of lies should show any video or audio of him in which mention was made of vote buying.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to deploy the Frontier Constabulary and Rangers to maintain law and order in the by-elections to be held on Sunday (tomorrow).
The decision was taken at a special meeting held in Islamabad regarding law and order arrangements in the by-elections chaired by Home Minister Rana Sanaullah.
The forum decided that violators of firearms prohibition orders will be immediately arrested and their guns will be seized along with license revocation. It was also decided to set up a special control room at the Interior Ministry on Saturday and Sunday to continuously monitor the public order situation.
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Speaking on the occasion, the Home Secretary said it is our national responsibility to ensure law and order in the by-elections. He said all resources will be used to make security arrangements as instructed by the Electoral Commission.
The minister said additional security personnel will be deployed to six highly sensitive constituencies in Punjab. The most sensitive constituencies include four in Lahore, one in Bhakkar and one in Multan.
He said the presence of disturbers of the peace and armed men in the constituencies during the by-elections is not acceptable. He ordered provincial governments and law enforcement agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the gun ban.
The meeting was attended by officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Security Service and Chief Secretary of Sindh via video link.
Rana Sanaullah Khan also contacted Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan by phone on Friday and discussed security arrangements for the by-elections to be held in Punjab.
Voting for the by-elections will be held on Sunday in 20 vacant constituencies in various parts of Punjab.
The deadline for the by-election campaign in Punjab is over and the political parties are set for the elections. The last campaign saw PTI and PML-N campaign rallies in different constituencies in Lahore.