Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan not contesting elections: party

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan has decided not to contest general elections in May, but will support his party and its allies on the campaign trail, a party spokesman said Friday.
Khan last November registered his Tehreek-e-Tahafuzz Pakistan or Save Pakistan Movement (SPM) to contest general elections for the first time and was allotted the symbol of a missile on request.
"Doctor Abdul Qadeer Khan will not take part in the election, but he will continue to befittingly support his party and its allies," party spokesman Rohail Akbar said in a statement.
"The party candidates and our allies have obtained nomination papers and they will stand for election in all parts of Pakistan," Akbar said.
The party is campaigning on a ticket to end corruption, inflation and power cuts.
The May 11 vote stands to mark the first democratic transition of power in Pakistani history. (AFP)


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