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Abbas Shabbir

Abbas Shabbir is SAMAA TV's special correspondent in Islamabad. His email is abbsha@samaa.tv

PML-N’s Zafar Ali Shah to join PTI

PML-N leader Zafar Ali Shah, who is also the father-in-law of Zulfi Bukhari, has decided to join PTI. Shah will officially announce his decision at his residence on July 5. PTI chief Imran Khan will attend the event.

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July 3, 2018

 

3,675 candidates vying for National Assembly seats, says Election Commission

The Election Commission’s data shows that 3,675 candidates are contesting the July 25 election on National Assembly seats. As many as 1,623 candidates from Punjab have been cleared for contesting on National Assembly seats. Seventy-three women from Punjab are vying for the National Assembly’s reserved seats. From Sindh, 824 people have been cleared for contesting…

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July 3, 2018

 

PTI candidate in hot water after putting army chief, CJ’s pictures on posters

Ahead of elections candidates often have posters made bearing pictures of their party leaders as well as themselves. But a PTI candidate in Gujranwala has drawn the ire of the Election Commission of Pakistan by putting the army chief and chief justice’s pictures on his posters. The ECP heard on Monday the case of PTI…

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July 2, 2018

 

ECP asks Punjab chief minister to ensure candidates’ safety

The Election Commission of Pakistan has written a letter to the caretaker Punjab chief minister to ensure the security of candidates in the province. In the letter to Punjab CM Hasan Askari, the ECP secretary has been said that in some areas candidates are receiving threats. In Narowal and Multan unfortunate incidents are emerging, he…

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July 1, 2018

 

Election Commission extends polling time for July 25

The Election Commission extended the polling period by an hour for July 25. Originally, polling hours were from 8am till 5pm. The Election Commission has now revised the period to 8am till 6pm. The PTI had requested the election regulatory body to increase the polling hours to make it easy for the public to step…

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June 29, 2018

 

NAB to approach Interpol for arrest of Ishaq Dar, Hassan, Hussain

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to arrest former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar through Interpol. According to NAB sources, the anti-graft watchdog has also decided to bring home former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son-in-law, Ali Imran, with Interpol’s help. The accused are…

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June 26, 2018

 

Out with the old, in with the new: PTI updates its candidate list once again

The PTI has released another candidate list with some major changes, possibly in response to widespread protests by party workers over electoral ticket allotment. According to the new list, Ali Muhammad Khan, Aamir Liaquat and Faisal Vawda have been given tickets and Sikandar Bosan, Nazir Jatt and Ayesha Nazir’s tickets have been taken back. The…

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June 25, 2018

 

Video: PTI women storm party’s Lahore office over ticket dispute

The workers of PTI’s women wing have expressed reservations over distribution of election tickets and accused party leader Aaliya Hamza of making changes in the list of candidates. Video shows PTI Lahore members−Saima Shaukat, Erum Bukhari and Fatima− storming party’s Lahore secretariat and yelling at Aaliya Hamza.

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June 22, 2018

 

PTI Multan workers end sit-in after talks with Imran Khan

The PTI Multan workers have ended their sit-in outside Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence after the party chairman assured them that their grievances will be addressed. The aggrieved workers were protesting outside Imran Khan’s residence for the past four days over ‘unfair’ distribution of party tickets in Multan. On Friday, Imran Khan spoke with the…

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June 22, 2018

 

PTI demands action against NADRA chief for ‘helping PML-N’

The PTI has decided to approach the ECP against the Chairman NADRA for allegedly helping the PML-N to win elections. Babar Awan, PTI’s senior leader, has prepared a petition against Usman Mubin, seeking his removal from the post of chairman NADRA. In the petition, the PTI alleged that Mr. Mobeen was providing valuable data to…

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June 17, 2018

 

Sindh CM among 121 others on list of foreign nationals: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed the scrutiny of the candidates for the general elections. As part of the scrutiny process, the Federal Investigation Agency submitted a list of 122 candidates who are foreign nationals. The names will also be forwarded to the returning officers. The list comprises 50 candidates for the National Assembly,…

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June 16, 2018

 

100 bank defaulters emerge as election body vets 12,000 people who want to stand for election

The Election Commission has begun vetting the nomination papers of more than 12,000 candidates. At least 100 of them have so far emerged as bank defaulters. The election regulatory body has scrutinised more than 7,000 nomination papers so far. It shared the details of prospective candidates with the Federal Investigation Agency and State Bank of…

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June 12, 2018

 

ECP calls emergency meeting to discuss court verdicts

An emergency meeting of Election Commission is being held in Islamabad today (Saturday) to discuss recent rulings by high courts. The court ruling have rocked the election schedule and put a question mark on the fate of the coming general elections. Yesterday, Lahore High Court annulled the nomination papers prepared by the Parliament for contesting…

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June 2, 2018

 

Dissident PML-N leader Zulfiqar Khosa to join PTI

An estranged PML-N leader from southern Punjab, Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, has decided to join the PTI. According to sources, he will officially join the PTI after meeting Imran Khan. Mr Khosa has contacted Jahangir Tareen. In an interview with SAMAA TV in March, Mr Khosa had said that former PM Nawaz Sharif would soon flee…

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June 1, 2018

 

Farooq Bandial expelled from PTI

The PTI has expelled Farooq Bandial, an influential personality from Punjab, after the party received ‘negative feedback’ about him on Social media. Senior PTI leader Naeemul Haque said: “Farooq Bandial’s entry into PTI was unfortunate.” Farooq Bandial, who was convicted by a military court in 1979 in the rape and robbery case at actress Shabnam’s…

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May 31, 2018

 

I won’t meet the PM again for consultation on caretaker PM, says Khurshid Shah

The parliamentary committee is likely to decide the name of the candidate for the caretaker PM post as the opposition leader has refused to meet PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PM Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah have had several meetings on the issue. “I will not meet the PM again,” said…

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May 25, 2018

 

PM gives go ahead to hold elections on July 25

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has given a green signal to hold forthcoming general elections on July 25 this year. According to details, the Election Commission of Pakistan sent a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain, seeking approval for elections on July 25, 26 or 27. The President is currently out of country for performing Umrah…

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May 22, 2018

 

General election to cost Rs20b: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday released estimates of the various costs of the 2018 general elections. Out of the total Rs20 billion that the ECP estimates will be spent on the election, an estimated Rs6 to 7 billion will be spent on the salaries of election officers, while Rs1 billion has been…

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May 22, 2018

 

No headway in caretaker PM name finalisation

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah were unable to reach a mutual decision on the name of the caretaker PM. The current government’s term ends May 31. A caretaker setup will then take over and hold the general elections in the next 60 days. The PM and Shah…

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May 22, 2018

 

PPP picks Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani for interim PM

Pakistan Peoples Party finalised two names for the interim PM: former PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and Jalil Abbas Jilani, a former Pakistani ambassador to Washington. Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto finalised the names. Zardari called the two nominees of the party on phone, telling them that they have been chosen for their hard work…

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May 21, 2018

 

Election regulatory body recommends general election between July 25 and July 27

The Election Commission of Pakistan sent a summary to the President, recommending that the government hold the general elections between July 25 and July 27. President Mamnoon Hussain will approve the summary. The current government’s term ends May 31, after which a caretaker setup will take over and hold the next general elections in the…

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May 21, 2018

 
 
 
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