MULTAN - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that the Election Commission of Pakistan should stop bureaucracy from independent employments as it could affect results of the upcoming general elections.

Talking to media persons at his residence on Saturday, Hashmi said that it was a matter of grave concern that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the arch rival of former dictator Pervez Musharraf had showed no response upon his arrival in the country. He said though political leadership's silence and bail from the court protected Musharraf from being arrested but the masses had showed their hatred towards him by throwing shoes at him.

The PTI leader said that candidates having fake degrees and tax defaulters should be treated same as Pervez Musharraf was treated by the masses.

Hashmi said that Inamullah Niazi was denied ticket for refusing to appear before the Election Commission and Sardar Ahmed Ali also violated the party rules.

NO THREAT OF TERRORISM: City Police Officer (CPO) Dr Muhammad Rizwan said on Saturday that there was no threat of terrorism in Multan while 273 polling stations had been declared as sensitive out of total 1,570 in the district. Talking to the media at district courts here, Dr Rizwan said that the police had issued lists of 653 proclaimed offenders. He said that intelligence centres and special squads had been constituted to arrest criminals, adding that the police had arrested 48 criminals within 48 hours. He said that the police had named 25 accused of banned organisations and 18 were apprehended so far. Similarly, three police officers have been suspended for patronising criminals and strict action will be taken against them, the CPO warned.

Keeping in view the law and order situation during general elections, the police have decided to recruit volunteers for polling stations, Dr Rizwan revealed.