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Army wants MPs to serve public: Gen Kayani

17 May, 2013

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday said that the army respects the elected institutions and wants public representatives, elected through free and fair elections, to serve the nation.

Gen Kayani said this while talking to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim who called on him here at the General Headquarters (GHQ) to express his thanks for the army's full cooperation during the holding of May 11 election.

The top general also assured the CEC of the army's wholehearted support, help and cooperation to conduct re-election in several constituencies.According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the CEC met Gen Kayani and thanked him for the meritorious services rendered by the army to ensure peace to make the electoral process a success.

They also exchanged views on the successful materialisation of the electoral process.Sources said the CEC also met the DG Military Operations. The two officials exchanged views on security arrangements for re-polling in NA-250, Karachi.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday asked the independent winners to join a party of their choice within three days after the issuance of the notification of their victory.

The commission also asked them to apply in writing to join any political party and the chief of the party should notify the ECP accordingly in this regard. However, the ECP added that they had the option to remain independent.

"The independent returned candidates are required to apply, after notification to the leader of the political party for joining his party and the leader of the political party forthwith is required to inform the Election Commission of his joining through a letter to be delivered to the Election Commission in terms of sub-rule (5) of rule 3 of the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies Allocation of Reserved Seats for Women and non-Muslims (Procedure) Rules, 2002," said a notification issued by the ECP.

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