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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 Party. The countrywide polls held on 24 October 1990 to elect 217 members of the National Assembly resulted in a surprise victory for IJI, led by Nawaz Sharif — it won 106 seats. Ms BhuttoRead 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been de facto barred from voting through agreements among political parties, local elders, and powerful figures, using outdated customs as an excuse.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


Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Shot at, Injured During Election Rally in Hometown

“…this is a clear effort to delay the coming elections,” tweeted journalist Hamid Mir, according to the Newsweek. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal was attacked in Punjab’s Narowal district– his home town on Sunday evening, Express News reported. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was attacked during the party’s corner meeting in Qasba Kanjrod area of the town. The incident took place when Iqbal, 59, was leaving the corner meeting, being held at MPA Rana Manan’s residence. Police said the minister received two bulletsRead More


2018 Elections: Caretaker Govt and Race for Electables

There is a myth that the electables need political parties; but the fact of the matter is that it is the other way round, as to form government, political parties need winning candidates. By MOHAMMAD JAMIL: PRESENT government’s tenure ends on May 31, 2018, and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will ask the President to dissolve the assemblies. Of course, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have to agree on the name of the caretaker prime minister; and Syed Khursheed Shah will consult other opposition parties in thisRead 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