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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 percent. (See NA-247 map here) What makes the voters total number and the overall mind-set of the constituency’s voters a wild card now is the fact that it reflects a new matrix due to lastRead More


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 Punjab. “It is expected that a sizable number of independent candidates would be elected in Punjab which would also play their due role in this regard.” Zardari said Imran Khan had already shut all theRead More


Shahbaz Begins Poll Campaign From Karachi–‘Gotham City’ In Search of ‘Spiderman’

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 25, 2018): Former Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif arrived in Karachi today on a two-day visit to kick-start Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) election campaign from NA-249 Karachi West-II constituency vowing to be an ‘agent of change’ for the metropolis’ down and under neighborhoods facing basic needs and civic issues for decades. Addressing an event at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Karachi, the president of PML-N said,”Karachi is the nerve center of Pakistan” — a reality long ignored by partiesRead More


Ch. Shujaat: Intl Forces Influenced 2013 Polls, Have Made Inroads in Parties

JUN 25, 2018: Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President and former Prime Minister Ch. Shujaat Hussain has expressed grave concern over statement of the Secretary Election Commission to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that international forces want to sabotage 2018 election and he is ready to give in-camera briefing about these dangers. On May 28, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob had stated, “We think that an effort will be made at an international level to sabotage the elections but it would not be appropriate to share details here. We are readyRead More


MMA Announces Candidates for Karachi Seats, Plans ‘Biggest Rally’ in City’s History

JUN 24, 2018: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a coalition of the religious right, unveiled its list of candidates vying for Karachi-based seats in the national and provincial assemblies elections on July 25. Liaquat Baloch, the secretary-general of MMA, announced the candidates for 21 National Assembly seats and 44 Sindh Assembly seats. Asadullah Bhutto, Maulana Noorul Haq, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, Dr Mairajul Huda and Hafiz Hamdullah Haqqani are on the list. “Karachi and its people want good leadership,” said Hafiz Naeemur Rehman. “MMA will provide that leadership.” He also said that the coalitionRead More


Keeping Out Dual Nationals From Project Democracy: Re-Think Is Needed

Dual nationals should not be demonized IT is an emotional topic and has some roots in a narrow constitutional exclusion that the superior judiciary has interpreted as an absolute bar, but it is an issue that deserves closer examination. The law as interpreted by the Supreme Court bars the elected representatives of the people, in parliament, the provincial assemblies and the presidency, from holding dual nationality. While the law does permit Pakistani citizens to also be citizens of certain other countries, the weight of public and official opinion appears toRead More


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 prime minister, Nisar said: “I don’t know, what do you think?” In a possible reference to PML-N lawmakers who jumped ship to join PTI during the past few months, Nisar said it is not necessary thatRead More


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 against him and his family calling them politically motivated driven by the single agenda of “powers to be” to sideline him and his family from country’s mainstream politics. His younger brother Shahbaz Sharif who hasRead More