Islamabad: Central leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Jahangir Tareen said today that, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has held out assurance for free and fair by-elections in Karachi, on April 23.

The PTI General Secretary said this while speaking to reporters after meeting CEC Sardar Raza Khan, at Election Commission building in Islamabad.

“PTI had called for army’s deployment, but now we have been assured that Rangers will perform duties inside and outside polling stations, in NA-246 constituency,” the PTI leader said, elaborating on his meeting with election commission chief.

He expressed his satisfaction over security duties, assigned to paramilitary Rangers for the by-polls going to be held in Karachi, amid tension between political parties.

“We are satisfied with Rangers security, since they have been allowed to exercise magisterial powers. Election commission has assured that Rangers will remain deployed at polling stations till vote count is complete. They will supervise the counting process,” he said.