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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


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


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


FIA Scrutiny Reveals 122 Dual Nationals Among Nomination Papers Filed For 2018 Elections

JUN 16, 2018: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has handed over to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) a list of 122 nomination papers it has found to have been filed by candidates holding dual nationality. The list includes several prominent names, including the PPP’s former chief minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda and veteran politician Fauzia Kasuri, who is currently associated with the Pak Sarzameen Party. Out of the total dual nationals, 60 were found to be UK nationals, 26 American nationals, 24 CanadianRead 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


Former CM Punjab, Lawmaker From Gujranwala Join PTI

May 10, 2018 — The former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. According to media reports, the veteran politician from Dera Ghazi Khan district of the Punjab province will announce his inclusion in PTI at a meeting with Imran Khan in Bani Gala. Khosa will contest next election as an independent candidate with PTI’s support. His brother Saifuddin Khosa has already joined Imran’s PTI . Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa was first elected as MPA when his father vacated provincial assemblyRead More