Pakistan Has Nothing to Lose From Break-Up With US: Ex-PM Shaukat Aziz

IRSHAD SALIM (Jun 8, 2018) — Whatever is going on right now between Pakistan and America in their relationship is like two neighbors not attending each other’s BBQ weekends on their backyard though sharing the same parking lot in the neighborhood cul-de-sac every day of the working week — not moving out. The fact that […]

Why Musharraf Is All Set to Make a Comeback After Eid Even If He Can’t Contest Polls

“Even if the SC’s verdict does not come in Musharraf’s favor, he will still return to the country and lead the party’s election campaign” Jun 7, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former President Pervez Musharraf is looking forward to making a comeback after Eid-ul-Fitr regardless of whether he contests or is allowed to contest in the July […]

Former PM, Balochistan Leader Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali To Join PTI Along With Close Aides

Jun 7, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a huge blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, former prime minister and one of the most respected politicians from Balochistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is likely to join Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). PTI’s Balochistan President Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind spoke with Jamali on Thursday. Rind […]

‘We Need Completely Clean People to Contest Polls’: Supreme Court

An implementation bench by the top court would be formed on how to conduct the elections;  the court would itself ensure that election rules regarding expenditure and banner sizes are followed. Jun 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) —  Considered one of the defining moments of elections 2018, the country’s top court on Wednesday made it mandatory for […]

‘Justice Spring’: Twitter Demands #JusticeForKhadija, Drawing The Top Court’s Attention

Jun 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice on Tuesday of recent acquittal by Lahore High Court of Shah Hussain, the man earlier convicted for stabbing fellow law student Khadija Siddiqui 23 times and critically injuring her. On Monday, LHC’s Justice Ahmed Naeem acquitted convict Hussain, […]

Shahbaz: “If We Form a Majority, We’ll Take Opposition Along, Otherwise We’ll Play Constructive Role As Opposition”

This is the first time Shahbaz in his capacity as PML-N president has commented about winning or losing in candid terms. Jun 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — PML-N party president Shahbaz Sharif has warned of serious consequences if the upcoming elections were not held in a transparent manner. The twice elected CM Punjab was commenting on […]

Benazir and Zardari’s Son Bilawal Seeking Revival of Bhutto Legacy in Elections 2018

Most likely route back to power could be a post-election alliance with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) JUN 5, 2018 — Pakistan’s only major left-leaning political party is fighting for its electoral relevance and to preserve the legacy of the country’s best-known political dynasty “the Bhutto’s” weeks before the country heads to the polls. In […]

NAB Summons Shehbaz Sharif in Saaf Pani Project Scandal, Does it Matter?

Jun 3, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The country’s anti-corruption watchdog has summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President –the former CM of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif, in the Saaf Pani Project scam Monday with all relevant records of the public company he had formed for the said purpose. According to earlier reports, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) […]

1990 Poll Rigging: With 3 Top Judges at Helm of Affairs, Asghar Khan Case May See Closure

Jun 3, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday issued notices to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and twenty other politicians and Army officials in connection with manipulation of 1990 elections which led the conservative right-wing Islami Jamhoori Ittehad front to engineer defeat of Benazir Bhutto led left-of-the-center Pakistan Peoples […]

Court Rulings Put Election Commission On Overdrive To Hold Polls On Schedule

Jun 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The mother of all deals political parties made last October in parliament to defang the Elections Commission of Pakistan from conducting close scrutiny of their potential candidates for elections stands scuttled by a judgment of Lahore High Court Friday. The court has ruled that lack of disclosures and information on […]

‘Kite’ Unites MQM Leaders, Farooq Sattar Threatens Polls Boycott

May 31, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief of Karachi’s largest and strongest political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement Dr. Farooq Sattar on Wednesday said the party will boycott upcoming polls if it is not allowed to do politics within the ambit of country’s constitution. “If MQM reservations were not resolved we will boycott upcoming elections,” — July […]

US Supports Free, Fair, Transparent Polls in Pakistan: State Dept

U.S. ‘hopes the electoral reform law passed in 2017 will facilitate peaceful transfer of power to elected government after the polls’ May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The United States supports free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan, a US State Department spokesperson said in Washington on Tuesday, expressing hope that the electoral reform law passed […]

ECP’s Remarks On ‘International Conspiracy’ to ‘Sabotage’ Upcoming Elections

In 2013, militant and other violence marred the run-up to the election and significantly affected the campaigns of secular, liberal parties on the left May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani has written letters to key constitutional functionaries suggesting that the Election Commission of Pakistan secretary should be summoned to the Committee […]

Ex-Spymaster Durrani Could Face”Conduct Unbecoming” Charges, Barred From Leaving Country

Durrani apparently failed to give a satisfactory reply, which led the army to constitute a Court of Inquiry to be headed by a three-star general to probe the ex-spymaster’s actions May 29, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Pakistan Army on Monday set up a ‘court of inquiry’ to probe former director general ISI retired Lt Gen […]

Former Chief Justice Appointed Caretaker PM “To Conduct Free, Fair And Impartial Elections”

May 29, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The ruling PML-N and opposition parties on Monday announced appointment of former Supreme Court chief justice Nasir ul Mulk as caretaker prime minister. The selection of a former chief justice comes days after the country’s president announced that general elections will be held on July 25 — setting up what […]

Only Anti-Corruption Drive Can Pull Pakistan Back From Brink of Chaos: Imran Khan Interview

“Extremism is not Pakistan’s problem. Pakistan’s problem is governance”; “Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia as examples of men who made their countries advance because they cleaned them up” SIMON HEFFER: To many of a certain age, Imran Khan is first and foremost the great all-rounder who captained Pakistan’s cricket team […]

‘No Party Will Hold The Majority In The Next Assembly’: Asif Ali Zardari

May 27, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday predicted no party will hold the majority in the next assembly — a view many observers have been voicing in the print media and on talk shows lately. However, if Gallup Pakistan’s most recent opinion poll is to […]

Elections 2018: PML-N Stalwart Chaudhry Nisar To Contest From Four Constituencies

May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Chaudhry Nisar announced Friday he will be contesting general elections 2018 from four different constituencies in Punjab, 2 for the the National Assembly and 2 for the Provincial. Upon being questioned whether he thinks Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be the country’s next […]

Buoyed By Huge Rallies, Nawaz Sharpens His “Anti-Establishment” Narrative In Court, Media

Yesterday, however, political leaders and lawmakers set their differences aside and voted unitedly for the merger of tribal areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sharing his views and stances — both in court and outside with the media — on the ongoing investigations […]

Former PTI Founding Member Fauzia Kasuri Jumps Ship, Joins Karachi-Based Pak Sarzameen Party

May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) founding member Fauzia Kasuri on Thursday announced joining Karachi-based Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) — she held a joint press conference with PSP chief Mustafa Kamal to make her decision public. A day earlier, Kasuri, in a resignation letter dated May 24 and shared on Twitter, chided […]