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Opposition leader in NA will be from PML-N: Ahsan Iqbal

The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly will be from Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, said a senior party leader Ahsan Iqbal. The Pakistan Peoples Party and others have agreed that the opposition leader should be from PML-N, Iqbal told reporters in Islamabad. “We are trying to develop consensus on fielding a joint candidate…

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Has Pakistan found its own Gabbar Singh?

This picture of a man in Karachi bearing a stark resemblance to popular Bollywood villain, Gabbar Singh, is doing the rounds on social media. Many Twitter and Facebook users claimed that the look-alike of the iconic ‘Sholay’ film actor was recently spotted in a busy market of Karachi. The character of Gabbar Singh was immortalised…

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A rebel faction will emerge in the PML-N soon: Sheikh Rashid

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed claims that a rebel faction will emerge in the PML-N in the next few days. “Just wait a few days, a huge faction will emerge in the PML-N,” Rashid told reporters in Rawalpindi. In the July 25 elections, the AML chief won the NA-62 seat in Rawalpindi. He…

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No foreign leader to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson has clarified that foreign heads of states have not been invited for prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s oath-taking. “No foreign VVIP leader will attend the oath-taking. It will be a very simple ceremony,” Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly briefing. Earlier, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said Imran Khan would take oath…

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Web developer creates tool to track Imran Khan’s promises

You want to keep the record of how many promises prime minister-designate Imran Khan has fulfilled after assuming the office? There is a website for it. A Pakistani online marketer, Salman Saeed, has designed a website www.khanmeter.com that will track and record of PTI’s new government. The website will keep the record of ‘fulfilled’ and…

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PM-aspirant Imran Khan believes in ‘simplicity’

PTI chairman Imran Khan aims to win hearts and minds by keeping it simple — even after becoming prime minister.

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How much did you spend: ECP asks winning election candidates

The Election Commission has told winning candidates in the general election to submit details of their election expenses by Aug 4. In a statement on Wednesday, the commission said the returns should be filed to the returning officers who will issue notifications of the candidates’ victory. If a candidate does not give the ECP these…

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PTI reaches magic number to elect PM, take the centre

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has achieved the ‘magic number’ of 138 out of 272 to form the government in the center and have its choice of prime minister elected. It made this number after working the crowd of independents. It also did some hard work on getting the support of other political parties. The PML-Q, the…

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The only highway connecting Balochistan to Punjab is closed

Quetta Road, the only thoroughfare connecting Balochistan to Punjab, has been closed, with hundreds of trucks and passengers stuck in the mountainous region, SAMAA TV reported Wednesday. Passengers travelling between Punjab and Balochistan have been struck in a massive gridlock near Dera Ismail Khan since Tuesday night. If the highway closure continues, business in both…

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Erdogan congratulates Imran Khan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday and congratulated him on victory in general elections. The Turkish president expressed well wishes for upcoming democratic government in Pakistan during his telephonic conversation with Imran Khan. Both leaders agreed to start new relation era between the two brotherly Islamic countries.

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MMA’s Akram Durrani retains victory after vote recount

The election commission on Tuesday declared MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani successful after recounting of votes in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s provincial assembly constituency, PK-90 (Bannu). Durrani, who had won the seat in the July 25 general elections, retained his victory after the vote recount. A notification was later issued by the returning officer. In the previous results,…

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MQM will have no role in Sindh govt, says Murad

Former Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has ruled out the possibility of MQM’s inclusion in the future provincial government. “For the time being, we have no such intention,” Shah said while replying to a question about inviting MQM to join the provincial cabinet. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has announced that Syed Murad…

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Khawar Maneka congratulates Imran Khan on election victory

Khawar Fareed Maneka, the former husband of the PTI chairman’s third wife, has felicitated him for his party’s victory in July 25 elections. “From my entire family, I extend my best wishes to Imran Khan and pray for his success. May he fulfill all his pledges,” Maneka said while speaking to SAMAA. He also offered…

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BAP inches closer to forming coalition govt in Balochistan

The Balochistan Awami Party is inching closer to forming a coalition government in Balochistan following the support of its allies. The recently formed BAP has become the largest political party in Balochistan with 18 out of 50 seats in the assembly. The Hazara Democratic Party, Awami National Party, Balochistan National Party (Awami) and three independent…

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NAB okays filing of corruption case against ex-PM Shaukat Aziz

The National Accountability Bureau has approved filing of a corruption case against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz for alleged misuse of authority, SAMAA TV reported Monday. Former federal minister for water and power Liaquat Jatoi former establishment secretary Ismail Qureshi and a former bureaucrat Yousuf Memon are co-accused in the case, according to our correspondent….

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Balochistan: Key accused get bail in mega corruption case

Former officials of the Balochistan government were granted bail on Monday, two years after they were taken into custody in a multi-billion-rupee scandal, SAMAA TV reported on Monday. The Balochistan High Court accepted the bail application of former secretary finance Balochistan, Mushtaq Raisani and his advisor Khalid Lango. The court ordered them to submit surety…

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Imran Khan weighing option to take oath at D-Chowk

To break the prevailing tradition, Pakistan’s future prime minister Imran Khan is weighing option to take oath at Islamabad’s D-Chowk outside the Parliament House. D-Chowk is the venue where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf staged its 126-day sit-in in 2014 against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

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Afghan President invites Imran Khan to visit Kabul

Afghan President Ashrf Ghani telephoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan and felicitated him on victory in general elections, according to PTI spokesman leader Naeem-ul-Haque. Haque said Ashraf Ghani invited Imran Khan to visit Kabul. “Khan accepted the invitation saying that he will visit Kabul after assuming office as Prime Minister,” he told reporters in Islamabad. Afghan…

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Nawaz Sharif falls sick in jail, moved to hospital

Former premier Nawaz Sharif, jailed earlier this month over graft charges, was shifted to Islamabad’s PIMS hospital after he fell sick inside prison. Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were jailed on July 13 after Accountability Court sentenced them to 10 and seven years respectively over properties in Britain which emerged in the wake of…

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Party positions in the National Assembly

The PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly and second largest party in Sindh. It is now poised to form the federal government. According to the election commission, the PTI has so far secured 116 seats in the National Assembly, followed by the PML-N’s 62 and PPP’s 43. Independent candidates…

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Meet PTI’s Shakoor Shad who defeated Bilawal Bhutto in Lyari

Voters in Lyari, a PPP heartland for decades, opted for PTI’s Abdul Shakoor Shad over PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a major and unexpected blow to the PPP in Sindh. Speaking to SAMAA, Shad defines his priorities for the neglected neighborhood of Karachi.

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