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Filed on October 22, 2015 | Last updated on October 22, 2015 at 08.46 am

The Saarc Forum had invited senior officers of the ECP to attend the training conference.

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has refused to take part in a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Training Conference following atrocious acts of extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena.

The Saarc Forum had invited senior officers of the ECP to attend the training conference.

An ECP spokesman said that the commission has decided not to attend the Saarc conference in the wake of acts of violence being perpetrated by extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena for the last several days. The training conference is going to be held from November 17 to 26 in India to impart training to members of the election commissions. Senior officers of election commissions of member countries of Saarc including Pakistan have been invited to this conference. The ECP spokesman said anti-Pakistan activities of Shiv Sena in India are intolerable.

The ECP has decided not to attend the training conference due to upsurge in incidents of violence on the part of Shiv Sena, an anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim Hindu extremist group.

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