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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 in 2017 will facilitate a peaceful transfer of power after the polls due in July. “The United States along with other international partners has supported Pakistan’s implementation of its historic 2017 electoral reforms law,” saidRead More


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 would be Pakistan’s second ever democratic transfer of power. “Today is an important day in the democratic history of Pakistan, the name was chosen after consensus was reached,” said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi duringRead More


Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won the race. While embracing the surprise visit of snowfall in the heated month of April, I thought about the fools of our history. The whole retreat by National Assembly of Pakistan in collaboration with PakistanRead More


‘Play to Vote’ Football Tournament Aims to Encourage Pakistani Women’s Participation in Polls

In October, Pakistan enacted the Elections Act to end disenfranchisement of women. Although a constitutional right, millions of women have been de facto barred from voting through agreements among political parties, local elders, and powerful figures, using outdated customs as an excuse. May 14, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A three-day women’s football tournament celebrating female leadership ended in Islamabad on Saturday with a call to Pakistani women to take an active role in public life. The “Play to Vote” event was a collaboration between Oxfam in Pakistan, Election Commission of Pakistan,Read More


“There Will Only be Democracy in This Country”: Chief Justice of Pakistan

(PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Thursday once again dismissed rumors of the possibility of a “judicial martial law” being imposed in the country, saying there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for such a move. Justice Nisar said he could only laugh at the talk of a ‘judicial takeover’, adding that such rumors appeared to have been spread through “some design or plan”. “There is no space for any martial law in the Constitution,” the CJP stressed. The Chief Justice said he willRead More