Islamabad: A Senate committee on Tuesday expressed annoyance over the Election Commission of Pakistan`s (ECP) act of allowing a banned outfit`s candidate to contest the recently held by-poll in NA-120 (Lahore) constituency. The Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met here with Sherry Rehman in the chair, wondered how an election symbol had been allotted to the candidate of a banned organisation. An official of the ECP explained that Milli Muslim League (MML) was not registered with it and it had allotted a symbol to independent candidate Yaqoob Sheikh, who was apparently affiliated to the party. An explanation on the issue had already been sought by the interior ministry. The reply, however, did not satisfythe Senate body, with its chairperson Sherry Rehman and member Saifullah Khan Magsi pointing out that posters and banners of the candidate, who surprised many by bagging around 6,000 votes in the byelection, bore pictures of the banned group`s leaders, which brought a bad name to Pakistan.
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