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Interior minister terms terrorism as biggest threat in upcoming elections

Caretaker Interior Minister Azam Khan said on Wednesday that terrorism is the biggest challenge in the upcoming General Elections 2018.

The caretaker interior minister said that the possibility of terrorism cannot be ruled out.

He said that the decision to summon Pakistan Army to ensure security during the elections was made by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

ECP should have consulted the interior ministry on the decision, said the caretaker interior minister.

He further said that ECP is doing transfers on its own and the caretaker setup is not aware of that.

“Came to know about secretary interior minister’s transfer through newspaper today,” said Azam Khan.

While on the subject of ensuring security during the elections, Khan said that the priority is to protect rallies of political parties and leaders.

Sources informed on Tuesday, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) summoned a high-level meeting of the in-charges of the security institutions and political parties, keeping in view possible terrorist threats ahead of General Election 2018.

Sources informed that the NACTA has decided to summon the session on July 9. Last week, the NACTA had sent the suggestion to hold a security session to the interior minister. The interior minister has given approval for holding a session upon the NACTA’s recommendation.



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