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July, 2018


26 Major Upsets Which Shifted Election 2018 Results in PTI’s Favor (Infographic)

JUL 27, 2018: Movers and shakers of Election 2018 have thrown up a major upset in traditional electables wins and losses in elections for decades markedly controlled by Punjab’s PML-N and Sindh’s PPP taking turns to rule in the Center. PTI emerged as the strongest party in the center with candidates winning from almost all provinces and major cities countrywide thus replacing PML-N and PPP on national level. Surprisingly, PTI also replaces Karachi’s MQM as the strongest party in the mega city. Sindh however remains PPP’s stronghold while in Punjab,Read More

Beckinsale Celebrates 45th Birthday With Sheen at Goat Yoga Class

JUL 27, 2018: British actress Kate Beckinsale celebrated her birthday this week with her ex-boyfriend Michael Sheen and their 19-year-old daughter Lily at a yoga class featuring goats. The Underworld icon, who turned 45 Thursday, shared photos and her first-person account of the experience on Instagram. “Best birthday ever. We all prayed that the goat’s blessings would happen on Michael’s mat and they did. Thank you #laughingfrogyoga and #hellocrittercare for such a fun day and also to Billy and Burlap, for knowing instinctively where to friendly fire,” the actress wroteRead More

Legendary Cricketer Turned Politician Imran Khan Delivers Statesmanlike Speech as “PM-Elect”

Imran Khan’s speech in full — complete victory speech in English. JUL 26, 2018: BBC, CNN and Aljazeera transmitted “PM-in-waiting” Imran Khan’s speech in Urdu live today hours after the PTI Chief and his party leaders agreed they have won the elections and it was time to unite the nation while stressing on deliverables based on inclusiveness. Crossing the Rubicon took the 69-year-old and his comrades a little over 22 years — Khan’s victory in July 25 polls and his impromptu speech evoked nationwide adrenaline rush among his supporters —Read More

#ElectionPakistan2018: PTI Secures Most Seats; Women, Youth, Balochistan Vote in Greater Number

JUL 26, 2018 (Updated): Several big guns lost their turf in the constituencies they never thought to lose — including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Nisar Ali Khan, in addition to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak, while others retook their ground. In NA-246 — called the Lyari constituency of Karachi — traditionally a PPP stronghold for decades, PTI candidate Abdul Shakoor is leading. The Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is trailing behind in second position and PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari — his first contest in polls — is trailingRead More

With Free Rides and Meals, Pakistan Election 2018 Blends Marketing With Politics

From restaurant owners to retailers and even cab drivers have come up with unprecedented ideas to lure voters. JUL 25, 2018: As millions of Pakistanis vote to elect their next government today, a string of offers have been thrown at them in what can only be described as blending of marketing gimmicks with democracy. So whosoever is feeling lazy about making way to the polling station has more than one reason to make the effort. From restaurant owners to retailers and even cab drivers have come up with unprecedented ideasRead More

PTI, PML-N Running Neck and Neck, Undecided Voters Turnout To Swing Election 2018 Results

A PKonweb/BE2C2 analysis reveals that overall voters turnout is expected to exceed 2013 numbers by nearly 8 to 10 percent with maximum increase among youth, women and the millenials both in rural and urban. That could upset forecasts. JUL 24, 2018: PTI and PML-N are running neck and neck, with PTI ahead in the national vote bank and PML-N ahead in Punjab. According to Gallup Pakistan’s latest poll of polls, PTI vote has increased rapidly nationally since 2013 (nearly doubling in a short span), while PML-N vote has dropped sinceRead More

Deconstructing Husain Haqqani’s Latest Broadsheet On Election 2018

IRSHAD SALIM: I HAVE read with a bald eagle interest Mr. Husain Haqqani’s latest opinion piece and as a fellow countryman (US and Pakistan), I admire his articulated drive to followup on the “Media Construct” which was recently launched on international level to attempt deconstructing Election 2018. Mr. Haqqani has already mentioned that if PML-N doesn’t win in Punjab on national and provincial seats, the said party won’t accept the results. A similar campaign was amiss in 2013 when PML-N was striving to win. The party was declared winner amidRead More

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

Pak Military Asked to Assist in Free, Fair, Transparent Conduct of Elections 2018: DG ISPR

JUL 21, 2018: The Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor clarified on Saturday that the Pakistan Armed Forces would enable people of Pakistan to freely exercise their right to vote on July 25 — for the third time in a decade, amid full spectrum faceless ongoing war against faceless enemies and with economic losses exceeding $130 billion. In a tweet message, the ISPR spokesperson said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had requisitioned Pakistan Armed Forces under Article 220 and 245 of the ConstitutionRead More

PML-N’s Hanif Abbasi Sentenced For Life In Ephedrine Quota Case

JUL 21, 2018: Former MNA and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) politician Hanif Abbasi was given life imprisonment in the ephedrine quota case by an anti-narcotics court in Rawalpindi on Saturday night. He stands disqualified for life from running for public office and will not be able to contest the polls on July 25 following the court decision. The former lawmaker who owns a pharmaceutical wholesale business was arrested from the premises of the court soon after the sentence was announced. He was contesting elections against Awami Muslim League chief SheikhRead More

Global Powers That Be Including India Working Against Me, Says Imran Khan

JUL 21, 2018: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that international establishment is working against him. He said all his political opponents have joined hands to defeat him in upcoming elections on behest of ‘global powers that be’. Addressing election rallies in Bannu and Karak on Saturday, Khan said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) among other parties are colluding against his party, but “I will take them on and defeat them”. The PTI chief claimed that India and other world powers were backing theRead More

Zardari, Faryal and 18 Others Declared Absconders In Largest Ever Money Laundering Case

JUL 21, 2018: The country’s premier investigation agency FIA has declared former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur and 18 others as absconders in the Rs35 billion money laundering case. The FIA submitted challan of the case against former banker and Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai and other suspects in the court on Saturday. Besides the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and his sister, 18 others including chairman of a private bank and the Omni Group of Companies owner Anwar Majid and his son are also declaredRead More

Dubai-Based Developer Emaar Plans $1.4Bn Asset Sale as UAE Property Market Slumps

JUL 22, 2018: Dubai-based developer Emaar is to hoping to raise $1.4bn from sale of assets to counteract the effects of a property slump in the emirate, according to reports in the UK’s Financial Times. The company, which is 30% owned by the government of Dubai, is looking to sell its portfolio of hotels, clinics and schools. Emaar has hired Standard Chartered bank for the sale process and is close to a deal with several parties. Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of the company, briefed journalists that he is close toRead More

Saudi Arabia, UAE To Invest $20 Billion In South Africa –Africa’s 2nd Largest Economy

JUL 21, 2018 (BE2C2): South Africa has secured billions of dollars in investment agreements with Saudi Arabia and UAE which will bolster Africa’s second biggest economy marred by over 36 percent unemployment rate and may also be aimed at disrupting Pretoria’s close relationship with Iran. The state visit of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa to Saudi Arabia has secured an agreement on part of the Saudis to invest $10bn in the republic’s energy sector. In March, the Kingdom had announced plans to become the world’s solar energy industry by investingRead More