ECP asks for security ahead of Toshakhana reference verdict

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) security has been increased ahead of the announcement of its reserved verdict in the Toshakhana reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.

Punjab Rangers, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and a heavy contingent of police were deployed so that the security of ECP could be ensured.

The troops have been provided with tear gas shells while the entry of irrelevant people into the ECP has been banned. The verdict will be announced at 2:00pm. Notices have been issued to all concerned parties including former prime minister Imran Khan.

The ECP had reserved the verdict on the Toshakhana reference on September 19.

ECP had demanded fool-proof security arrangements due to the expected arrival of the PTI workers and supporters.

On the other hand, PTI leaders have also hinted at staging protests in case the decision comes against Imran Khan.

Fawad Chaudhry has said that Islamabad presented the look of a fort besieged by a large army.

There are unconfirmed reports along with alleged audio clips of PTI leader Pervez Khattak instructing party MNAs and MPAs to storm Islamabad if the ECP disqualified Imran Khan.

The former interior minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also has warned that an ECP ruling against Khan would deteriorate the law and order situation.

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