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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


Chaudhry Nisar Goes Solo, Files Nomination Papers As Independent

JUN 10, 2018 — In the wake of growing rifts with the party leadership, former Interior Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday submitted nomination papers to contest the July 25 elections for two National Assembly and as many Punjab Assembly seats as an independent. Former PM and party supremo Nawaz was not in favor of awarding tickets to Nisar, while party president Shahbaz Sharif was. Nisar’s nomination papers were submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) Rawalpindi office for NA-59 Rawalpindi, NA-63 TaxilaRead 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


PML-N Manifesto Scorecard: Myth Versus Reality

IRSHAD SALIM (May 19, 2018) — The ruling party PML-N’s election manifesto publicly announced in 2013 for the center and the provinces — mainly Punjab, its electoral stronghold — reveal not a very promising food on the table for the entire nation. Sharifs’ party ruled at the center during the last five years (2013-2018) and have been ruling in Punjab for a decade now. The most recent op-ed by Dr. Farrukh Saleem, a renowned economic data professional and analyst, presents his insight into the ruling party’s election manifesto punctuated withRead 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


I’ve No Mayoral Powers, Says Karachi Mayor; Doesn’t Rule Out MQM Alliance With PML-N

April 21, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB): The Mayors of Pakistan’s two largest cities– Karachi and Lahore have pledged to cooperate and learn from each other’s experiences to solve their city’s problems. Karachi’s Mayor Wasim Akhter was in Punjab’s capital city on a one-day visit at the invitation of Lahore’s Mayor Mubashir Javed, and visited Parks and Horticulture Authority, Lahore Waste Management Company and got briefings on the operatonalization of these departments. Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL) hosted the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) leader and the Mayor of Pakistan’s financial capital who won theRead More


Will Be Compelled to Quit PML-N if Party is Treated Like a ‘Housemaid’: Ch Nisar

(PKONWEB Report) — Former interior minister and co-founder of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has made it clear that he would be compelled to leave the party if it continued to be treated like “ghar ki laundi” (a housemaid). Speaking at an interview with a private news channel on Saturday, the PML-N leader warned that if the party, which he co-founded along with former PM Nawaz Sharif and other senior leaders 34 years ago, turned into a family affair than he would have no relation with it.Read More