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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 pounds; his daughter Maryam Nawaz 7 years and fined two million pounds and retired Capt Safdar, his son-in-law one year rigorous imprisonment. The verdict has come at a critical time, with general elections only aRead 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


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 tribunal’s decision of disqualifying the former premier for life for “concealing facts and withholding information”. Abbasi’s appeal, against the verdict asserted that the appellate tribunal’s jurisdiction only extended to approving or rejecting returning officer’s stance.Read More


Elections 2018: ECP Extends Polling Time By One Hour

JUN 29, 2018: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday extended polling timings by one hour for the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25. The new timings, as per the ECP press release, will be from 8am to till 6pm. The polling will be held for 10 hours without any interval. The timings have been extended to facilitate the voters and to ensure maximum voters participate in the election process, as it would be difficult for voters to go out in hot weather to cast theirRead More


Tahirul Qadri Pulls PAT Out Of Electoral Race Calling ‘Entire System Flawed’

JUN 24, 2018: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has announced his party will not contest the forthcoming General Election 2018 because “the entire system” was “flawed and could not be called a democracy”. Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, Qadri stressed the need for making the electoral process transparent and raising awareness about Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. “Everything that is being done in the name of democracy is wrong and we don’t want to be a part of this,” he said in clearRead More


Elections 2018: Caretaker Govt to Deploy Army For July 25 Polls Security

JUN 14, 2018 — The caretaker government on Thursday decided to deploy army troops for security during the planned July 25 parliamentary elections. The Election Commission of Pakistan in a high level meeting in capital Islamabad approved army personnel deployment both inside and outside polling stations to ensure security during general elections. Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan had called the meeting to review security arrangements for the elections of the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies, a spokesman for the commission said. It was also decided that securityRead More


2018 Elections: Nomination Paper Disclosures, Defaulters, Etc.

JUN 14, 2018 — Former federal railways minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Saad Rafique on Thursday disclosed his second marriage with PTV news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira, after keeping it a secret for over two years. According to reports, Rafique mentioned news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira as his second wife, along with mentioning his first wife Ghazala in the nomination papers submitted before the returning officer for elections 2018. The reports about the secret marriage of Saad and Hira emerged in 2016 following which his first wife hadRead More


‘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 all candidates contesting in the upcoming polls to submit an affidavit that would require them to disclose all the information omitted in the new forms designed and approved by the Parliament as part of theRead More


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 his first election campaign, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the scion of the storied Bhutto family who now heads the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is attempting to recapture the support his mother, two-time former Prime Minister BenazirRead More


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 potential candidates essentially means that a voter will not have the required information on the basis of which an informed decision can be made. The court said Forms (included in Electoral Reforms Act 2017) toRead More


‘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 25th has been announced as countrywide polls day for the national assembly and all the provincial assemblies. He said the party’s offices that had been sealed must be reopened immediately. Otherwise, he said, the partyRead More


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


‘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 be considered, PML-N — the ruling party, with Punjab as its bastion of power could swing results in its favor with enough seats to form the next  government also in the Center — other thingsRead More


Eight Ruling Party Lawmakers From Punjab, Balochistan Jump Ship

In a related note, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan-led PTI. May 10, 2018 — A day after 15 former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders under the banner of “Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz” (JPSM) shook hands with Imran Khan, eight more ruling party lawmakers defected to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) on Thursday. According to details, six MNAs, including two from Punjab and four from Balochistan, and two Punjab MPAs announced their decision to quit the PML-N. MNAsRead More