JUN 14, 2018 — Former federal railways minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Saad Rafique on Thursday disclosed his second marriage with PTV news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira, after keeping it a secret for over two years. According to reports, Rafique mentioned news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira as his second wife, along with mentioning his first wife Ghazala in the nomination papers submitted before the returning officer for elections 2018. The reports about the secret marriage of Saad and Hira emerged in 2016 following which his first wife had reportedly become furious, threatening her husband to leave the house and her children. Shafaq holds MBBS degree from Abbottabad Medical College and hails from Wah Cantonment.
The ECP has identified 383 election candidates as bank defaulters of hundreds of millions of rupees during the scrutiny of their nomination papers, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday citing sources in the ECP. Among the candidates who owe money to banks or have secured loan waivers is a certain Iftikhar Ahmed Khan, who owes a staggering Rs642 million. Of the other poll hopefuls, Naveed Mukhtar owes Rs570m, of which over Rs13m was waived; Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh owes Rs560m, of which over Rs14m has been waived; Rashid Yaqoob, who owes Rs528m, of which Rs13m has been waived; Muhammad Khan, a defaulter of Rs23m, and Malik Waheed Khan, a defaulter of Rs5m, with Rs38m waived.
Scrutiny of papers finds 268 election hopefuls Gas Bill defaulters
The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) list of defaulters comes a day after the State Bank of Pakistan red-flagged more than 100 candidates and declared their particulars entered on their poll nomination papers “extremely dubious”. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Pervez Khattak and Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour were Wednesday found defaulters of the SNGPL. Bilour, the erstwhile minister for railways and among the more notable names on the list, owes Rs144,670,715, while Khattak’s (not KP Chief Minister) outstanding bills stand at Rs106,575,071 in one case and Rs82,422,320 in another. Both of them were named in the list prepared by the gas company and forwarded to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The list mentions names of total 268 election hopefuls, a bulk of whom is CNG station owners. The biggest defaulter on the list, as per the report, is Amjad Khan Afridi – a former MPA of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – who was expelled from the party. He owes the SNGPL Rs 216,295,485. Bilour, the erstwhile minister for railways and among the more notable names on the list, owes Rs 144,670,715, whereas the outstanding amount pertaining to PTI leader Khattak stands at Rs 106,575,071 in one case and Rs 82,422,320 in another. And former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi is also on the SNGPL list. He owes Rs 31,500.
ECP again rejects Milli Muslim League’s plea for registration
The Milli Muslim League (MML) — a political face of Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaatud Dawa — has failed to get itself registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan as the ECP again dismissed its application on Wednesday. The decision was taken in the light of observations of the interior ministry that had expressed its reservations due to the party’s links with the leader of banned JuD Hafiz Saeed, said a four-member bench of the ECP in its short order.
While the order came a couple of days after the expiry of the last date for filing of nomination papers for the July 25 general elections, around 200 of its candidates were likely to contest the polls under the banner of Dr Mian Ehsan Bari-led Allah-o-Akbar Tehrik (AAT) that the ECP had already registered, sources in the MML disclosed.
The Election Commission of Pakistan decided on Thursday that the military will oversee printing and distribution of ballot papers for the upcoming general elections.Speaking to media after a meeting called by the commission at the central secretariat and attended by newly-appointed chief secretaries and IGPs of the four provinces, ECP spokesperson Nadeem Qasim said the army will be providing security between June 20 to June 27 for the printing and distribution of ballot papers. Qasim revealed that CCTV cameras will be installed in around 20,000 polling stations deemed sensitive. He added that the decisions undertaken were backed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan.