Imran Khan Holds His Cards to the Chest on Coalition Government

JUL 20, 2018: With opinion polls predicting the possibility of a hung parliament, where no party has a clear majority, Imran Khan has said he might have to form a coalition government if he wins, report BBC. But he ruled out an alliance with the two other largest parties: PML-N led by Shahbaz Sharif, the […]

Karachi Under Siege (Part 2): Shahbaz Sharif Could, In Fact, May Very Well Make It in NA-249 If…

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 20, 2018): Ducked among dilapidated neighborhoods of Karachi few hundred miles north of the mega city’s Arabian Sea coastline, and almost same distance easterly where borders of Sindh and Balochistan provinces meet squarely, is NA-249 constituency — a new one carved out for the Nation Assembly Election 2018 on July 25 with […]

Second Look: Deciphering Dawn Opinion Poll On Election 2018

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 19, 2018): All heads of political parties who bagged more than 55 percent vote in total 2013 elections had charged the polls were rigged alias engineered. The 2013 elections threw up PML-N on top with simple majority in the national assembly — having bagged 35% of all vote counts. PTI, PPP, MQM, […]

PM Nasirul Mulk’s Cabinet Green Lights Open Trial of Sharif Trio

JUL 18, 2018: The federal cabinet of caretaker government on Wednesday approved the open trial of convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two remaining corruption references lodged against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The duo’s trial was expected to be held inside the prison premises citing security reasons, according to some media […]

Caretaker Govt Opens Terrorism Investigation Against PML-N

JUL 16, 2018: Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a hotly contested general election, according to police documents seen by Reuters. The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July […]

Karachi Under Siege (Part 1): Two Dark Horses Neighing In ‘Open’ NA-247

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 15, 2018): One of the biggest constituencies of Karachi has become even larger now in form and shape of NA-247 — both quantitatively and qualitatively. Some 876,000 registered voters will exercise their right to vote here on July 25 with anticipated vote count forecasted to exceed the range of 56 to 67 […]

Bilawal Says No to Polls Boycott, Suspends Rallies in KP, Balochistan In Wake of Attacks

JUL 15, 2018: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on Saturday suspended his political activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in the wake of terrorist attacks in northern province of KP and the southwestern province of Balochistan. Speaking at a news conference in Peshawar on Saturday, Bilawal said hurdles are being created for […]

Khalai Makhlook Is a Reality Engaged in Machinations From Beyond the Borders: Aslam Beg

MIRZA ASLAM BEG: AFTER a long hearing, extending over several sessions, the trial court gave the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, rejecting their appeal for seven days delay, enabling them to be present on the occasion. It is a harsh judgment which sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million […]

Imran Khan Promises China-Style Anti-Corruption, Poverty Reduction Models, ‘Quietly Confident’ Of Polls Victory

JUL 13, 2018 (Reuters): PTI chairman and cricket legend Imran Khan said he was “quietly confident” of victory in a general election this month and that as prime minister, he would drive an anti-corruption and anti-poverty campaign. The 65-year-old opposition leader, a glamorous part of the London upper crust in his younger days, also dismissed […]

TV Channels Warned Not to Air ‘Derogatory, Malicious Content’

JUL 13, 2018: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has cautioned satellite television channels that violate its code of conduct and the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The federal media watchdog also underscored relevant sections of the code of conduct that news channels are found in violation of. “Despite issuing an […]

London Police Take Convicted Former PM Sharif’s Grandsons Into Custody

JUL 13, 2018: Convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons Junaid Safdar and Zakaria Sharif were taken into custody handcuffed by London police on Friday after they reportedly got enraged and thrashed a Pakistani outside Avenfield House. According to initial reports, protesters had gathered outside Sharif’s Avenfield residence where a man is believed to have hurled […]

Zardari Decides To Appear Before SC In Money Laundering Case

JUL 12, 2018: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has decided to appear before the Supreme Court in money-laundering case on Thursday. According to unnamed sources cited by The News, Asif Ali Zardari decided to appear before apex court after consultation with his legal team. The sources added that Asif Ali Zardari will […]

Ousted PM Nawaz, Daughter Maryam Expected To Land In Lahore On Friday

JUL 9, 2018: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam, will land at Lahore airport on the evening of Friday the 13th. The convicted father-daughter duo is set to return to the country exactly a week after being convicted by an accountability court in Islamabad in the Avenfield properties reference. The court had on […]

Pakistan’s ‘Bible Belt’ And The Jeep Drawing Attention, Traction

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 7, 2018): Out of the 105 million Pakistanis who are expected to vote on July 25 in the country’s third successive polls, nearly 47 million are registered female voters while 44 million among all registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 35. This means over 43% of the voters are […]

Avenfield Reference: Former PM Sharif, Daughter and Son-in-Law Handed Jail Sentences, Fines

JUL 6, 2018: Three time ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been found guilty of corruption by state prosecution, sentenced to 10 years in prison, fined 8 million pounds, and all London properties in question will be confiscated by the Govt of Pakistan. The verdict announced Friday by the National Accountability Court comes less than 3 […]

Shahbaz Sharif Announces Plans For Metro Boat In Lahore

ZEESHAN IFTAKHAR: After the ‘widely successful’ Metro Bus and Orange Line train projects, Lahore is now going to host a metro boat service. Just hours after torrential rains submerged Lahore’s busiest roads and turned the city into a South Asian ‘Venice’, Shahbaz Sharif has confirmed that he is planning to install a metro boat service […]

Zardari Confident PPP ‘Kingmaker’ In Coalition Govt, Foresees Political Instability After Polls

JUL 2, 2018: “Whoever” wins the July 25 election would have to talk to the PPP to form the next government, said Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Monday. He believed that independent candidates who had left the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, would win many seats in […]

Stone Pelting Lyari Protesters Disrupt Bilawal’s Election Convoy

JUL 1, 2018: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s convoy was rerouted after a mob stopped it and resorted to stone pelting in Karachi’s Lyari neighborhood on Sunday as he launched his party’s election campaign. Several PPP workers and passersby were injured. Protesters, mostly youngsters, stopped the rally in Bihar Colony and attacked the […]

Elections 2018 Update: Lahore Court Allows Ex-PM Abbasi To Contest; MQM’s Sattar Says Won’t Contest

JUN 29, 2018: : The Lahore High Court on Friday allowed former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to contest the upcoming elections from NA-57 in Murree — his hometown. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi, suspended the appellate tribunal’s judgment and allowed Abbasi’s candidature. Yesterday, the bench heard Abbasi’s appeal against the election […]