PESHAWAR  - The Frontier Printers and Publishers Association (FPPA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has rejected the allegations of printing fake ballot papers and demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan and Supreme Court to probe the matter.

Speaking at a news conference here at press club on Tuesday, Frontier Printers and Publishers' Association (FPPA) KPK President Zafarur Rahman Khattak said that the allegations against the printers for printing fake ballots were baseless and based on mala fide intentions.

Flanked by the Association Senior Vice President Fakhrullah Zaman Daudzai and Haji Zahid and other offices-bearers, Khattak said that there was quite huge difference between the official ballot papers and that seized by police in Timegera, district Lower Dir.

He said that despite the ground reality and facts, police arrested printers and seized papers, which was totally injustice and strongly deplorable act.

He explained that they had only printed lists of symbol for candidate from NA-34 as a sample, through which candidates will easily guide their voters to stamp on sign. But, he said there wasn't founded any fake papers matching with original one.

He further said that the practice was not followed first time by candidates but also adopted in previous elections as well for guidance of the voters. He explained that the size, colours and quality of ballot papers were totally unmatchable with original one despite that the inquiry against the printers was untruly act and police should immediate stop it.

Khattak described it a conspiracy against the printing industry aimed to damage the business, and harassed printers. "It is also a failure of the district administration to use such tactics for hiding its weakness," he blamed.

The offices-bearers of Printers Association demanded the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim and Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to conduct an impartial inquiry into the matter aimed to stop such illegal practice in future.