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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ECP gives cold shoulder to international election observers

We will not invite any international observers in the upcoming election, said the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday. Whoever wants to come to observe the election from outside of Pakistan is responsible for getting their security clearance, said the ECP. The election management body has come up with its code of conduct for international…

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Khursheed Shah to reveal caretaker PM’s name in another two days

Last Friday, Khursheed Shah said he will reveal the name of the caretaker PM on May 15. On Wednesday, he said that he will make the name public in another two days. “I will have the final meeting with the PM in two days,” said the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly. “Asif Ali Zardari…

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Khursheed Shah to reveal caretaker PM’s name on May 15

The PM and opposition leader have reached a consensus on a name for the caretaker prime minister. They have yet to make the name public. “We have agreed upon a name,” Khursheed Shah, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, told the media. “It’s a secret for now. I will announce the name on May…

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