The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has simply failed to prevent 55 candidates from the Punjab, belonging to 10 different sectarian groups, from contesting the general elections despite the fact that intelligence agencies had warned the ECP that they were on terrorist lists and had provided all the names.
Dozens of the candidates belong to the group headed by Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, which VM wrote about here. At least one is a veteran of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the evil sectarian militia blamed for suicide bomb attacks on civilians. All are known terrorists, according to Pakistani intelligence. And yet all are free men, able to run for office because the Election Commission let them off on a technicality.Remember that Pakistan is a nuclear armed country. Are these men fit to be rulers in a nuclear-armed state?[Screen grab of Malik Mohammad Ishaq from YouTube]