In response to threat warnings, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has been directed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Raja Sultan to ensure security for Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) election rallies.
This development coincides with the interior ministry’s warning that Awami National Party (ANP) provincial president Aimal Wali Khan and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman were both seriously threatened. The interior ministry issued the warning in a letter circulated by the ANP, addressed to all of the province’s chief secretaries and inspector general of police. It stated that it had received reports from credible sources indicating serious threats to the lives of Maulana and Aimal.
In the meantime, JUI-F leader Maulana Hafiz Waqas applied to the election commission, seeking security for party workers and rallies ahead of the general elections. In response, CEC Sikandar Raja Sultan directed the KP IG to make necessary security arrangements at JUI-F election rallies, adding that “law and order should be maintained in the election campaign.” “It is requested that extreme caution and vigilance is exercised and necessary security arrangements are made at Maulana Fazl and Aimal’s residences and during movement and public gatherings to avert any untoward incident,” it said in a letter.
It is important to note that the chief convoy of the JUI-F was the target of a blatant attack at the Yarik Interchange in Dera Ismail Khan. According to KP police, Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s convoy vehicles were in the Yarak area for refueling when the incident occurred. Still, the politician was not present at the scene. Pakistan has seen a rise in terror activities, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, following the TTP’s November end of their ceasefire with the government. Fazl has called on the caretaker government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure the law and order situation, emphasizing that this is not the appropriate time to hold general elections.