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Monday, July 23rd, 2018


Around 53,000 Local, Int’l Observers to Monitor July 25 Polls

JUL 23, 2018: As many as 53,000 international, national, local and media observers will monitor the upcoming general election scheduled to be held on July 25. An EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) comprising around 100 observers is scheduled to monitor the election process. The mandate of the EU EOM is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the elections are in compliance with the laws of Pakistan, as well as with international and regional commitments for democratic elections to which Pakistan is aRead More

MQM-P Facing Undeclared Ban On It, Will Still Get Mandate in Urban Sindh: Convenor

JUL 23, 2018: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Dr Khalid Maq­bool Siddiqui has said that his party will get 85 per cent mandate [in urban Sindh] although only 50pc population in Karachi was counted [in census] and then delimitations came as the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad city of Sindh province on Saturday, he claimed that the MQM-P was facing an undeclared ban. He urged the Urdu-speaking people of Sindh to come out of their homes on July 25 to respondRead More

Another Woman Lynched in India After WhatsApp Rumors

JUL 23, 2018: A mob lynched a woman in India after rumors circulated on WhatsApp about child kidnappers, police said Monday, days after the messaging firm said it was curbing the forwarding of messages. More than 20 people have been killed in similar incidents in the past two months, leaving both the Indian authorities and Facebook-owned WhatsApp scrambling to find a solution in its biggest market. Police said nine people have been arrested and more are being sought after they found the middle-aged woman´s mutilated body near a forest areaRead More

9.5M Overseas Pakistanis Can’t Cast Votes in Election 2018

JUL 23, 2018: Some 9.5M overseas Pakistanis will not be able to participate in Election 2018 as they lack online or postal facility to vote and must travel home if they want to cast ballots. This is despite Supreme Court’s landmark verdict in 2012 directing the Election Commission and NADRA to enable expats voting  from overseas locales. How important is it to enable vote franchising of these expats overseas? In 2013, total vote case was approx 33 million out of total registered voters number of 105 million — it yieldedRead More

Connecting The Dots: Why UN Anti-Money Laundering Dept Launched Probe Against Nawaz

Connecting the Dots: Banks: Habib Bank NY Branch; Al Rajhi Bank, Jeddah; Standard Chartered Bank, Lahore; Account Holders: Hill Metals, Nawaz Sharif, et al JUL 22, 2018 (Updated): The United Nations anti-money laundering department has decided to start investigations against Nawaz Sharif, the former PM who was recently sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for living beyond known means, a website reports citing sources. Following the Avenfield verdict (by accountability court), it seems like the PML-N leader is being investigated by global accountability bureaus, the Global Village Space wrote. The department hasRead More

Justice Siddiqui’s Startling Allegations Amid References Against Him Draws Chief Justice and ISPR’s Attention

Justice Siqqiqui of Islamabad High Court already faces two damning references filed against him in Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). JUL 22, 2018: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday took notice of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s startling criticism of the country’s military and the premier intelligence agencies on Saturday. On Sunday also, the military’s media wing ISPR issued statement along with tweet that said, “Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations levelled against state institutions.” The controversial judgeRead More

Hillary Clinton: ‘Putin’s Ultimate Goal is to Sow as Much Dissension, Instability Inside Democracies’

JUL 22, 2018: Former US secretary of state Hillary Cliton on Sunday described the recent summit with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as ‘deeply disturbing’ and alarming on many levels. The former Democratic presidential contender against Republican Donald Trump, who’s maintained a very public profile since her 2016 loss, spoke at an Ozy Festival panel discussion in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday calling Trump’s failure to tackle Vladimir Putin over Russian interference in the 2016 US election “deeply disturbing” and a “mystery”. Clinton also said Russian agentsRead More