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CJ takes notice of Justice Siddiqui’s speech

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar, has taken notice of a speech delivered by the Islamabad High Court judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui at the Rawalpindi Bar Association. The judge had alleged that intelligence agencies are interfering in the country’s judicial affairs. Officials said the CJP has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority…

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PSP candidate Arshad Vohra’s bike ride with SAMAA reporter

Karachi’s Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra is a PSP candidate from NA-254, a high-profile but badly neglected National Assembly seat in the metropolis. For the July 25 elections, major political parties have fielded their candidates in the constituency that houses the now sealed Nine Zero headquarters of the Altaf Hussain-led Muttahida Qaumi Movement. The seat is…

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Thatta: A look at the election arena and voters’ plight

SAMAA TV anchor Faisal Karim visited Thatta in Sindh to observe the electioneering process and find out voters’ issues in the district that is considered a stronghold of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Thatta is represented by one National Assembly seat, NA-232, and three Sindh Assembly seats — PS-77, PS-78 and PS-79. Educational institutions and health…

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I addressed rallies in Karak, Bannu despite suicide attack threats: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan claimed that he addressed the party’s election rallies in Karak and Bannu on Saturday despite receiving warnings about possible suicide attacks. “We are going everywhere to deliver our message. They [authorities] had informed us in a written message that suicide attackers could target me in Karak and Bannu, but I…

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Providing security to every candidate is impossible: interim information minister

Caretaker Information Minister Ali Zafar said that fool-proof security cannot be provided to every single candidate.

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Nadra to provide CNICs before July 25

Citizens who have applied for national identity cards before July 16 will get the CNICs before July 25 in the wake of upcoming elections. National Database and Registration Authority has announced that its offices will remain open on Saturday and Sunday and even on the election day (till 2pm). The decision was taken at Nadra’s…

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The Pathan colony school teacher who became a politician

Pakhtun women who stand for elections are rare. But teacher Parveen Usman did the smart thing. She got her family’s permission. SAMAA Digital TV interviewed her. By the way, there was only one question she refused to answer…

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Correction: Former PPP workers support PML-Zia in Bahawalnagar

In the absence of a PPP candidate from Bahawalnagar, former party office holders and workers have decided to support the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia, SAMAA TV reported Thursday. “We have decided to support PML-Z candidate Ijazul Haq,” said PPP’s former party office holder Umar Draz Wattoo at a press conference in Bahawalnagar. Haq is the son…

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Cartoon – Sabir Nazar

Cartoonist Sabir Nazar’s take on Trump-Putin Helsinki summit

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No coalition govt with PPP, PML-N: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said that his party would not form a coalition government with PML-N and PPP after coming into power. “We will not make any alliance with PPP and PML-N, but rather sit in the opposition,” said Imran Khan in an interview to SAMAA TV’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik.

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Election security: Army chief assures support to ECP

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Thursday visited Army Elections Support Center in Rawalpindi. “All efforts will be made to ensure safe and secure environment and enable people to freely exercise their democratic right to vote,” said the army chief. The army chief was briefed over a plan for assistance to the…

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Video: Candidates showered with banknotes in Punjab

Election rallies have started looking like weddings in Punjab where enthusiastic supporters often shower banknotes on their favorite party candidates.

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Fazl, Pervez Khattak and Ayaz Sadiq under fire for badmouthing opponents

The Election Commission of Pakistan issued notices on Thursday to JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former Khyber Paktunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak and former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq for the use of foul language during election rallies, SAMAA TV reported. The politicians have been directed to appear before the commission on July 21. Reports…

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Who is the real Jibran Nasir?

SAMAA Digital sat down with NA-247 independent candidate Jibran Nasir for a candid interview. He spoke to us about finding the right girl, Imran Khan, Keto, sheesha, burgers, masculinity and football, among other things.

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‘Rickshaw Jatt’ takes a trip to Sheikh Rashid’s constituency

In SAMAA TV’s special election programme, ‘Rickshaw Jatt’ attempted to reach out to voters and candidates of NA-62 in Rawalpindi. “We requested Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, who is running for the seat, to join us but he declined. Now we have PML-N candidate Daniyal Chaudhry with us,” Jatt said, kicking off of…

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Imran Khan accuses KP caretaker CM of being partial

PTI chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday alleged that the caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan was supporting JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and the party leader Akram Durrani, who is the MMA candidate from NA-35 Bannu. “Dost Muhammad sahib, I have a message for you. The caretaker government’s job is to…

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Civic issues still a problem in NA-244

Acute water shortage, prolonged loadshedding, overflowing gutters, lack of good educational institutions, insufficient healthcare facilities and dilapidated roads are some of the major problems in Karachi’s NA-244 constituency. These issues remained unresolved even after the completion of two terms by the PPP-led Sindh government. The constituency primarily consists of Faisal Cantonment, Defence View, Akhtar Colony,…

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Shehbaz has rejected Nawaz’s ‘khalai makhlooq’ narrative, claims Qureshi

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice-Chairperson Shah Mahmood Qureshi has claimed that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has rejected his brother Nawaz Sharif’s narrative that the establishment is secretly victimising the party by meddling in politics. Qureshi asserted that after Nawaz’s arrest, Shehbaz has been following his own policy in the PML-N, which he called a ‘big change’. “I…

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NA-70: Issues and election battle

SAMAA TV’s anchor Kiran Naz interacts with the voters and candidates of National Assembly constituency, NA-70 (Kharian), in Punjab. Key candidates on the seat are Qamar Zaman Kaira (PPP), Jafar Iqbal (PML-N) and Syed Faizul Hassan Shah (PTI). The seat, retained twice by Kaira, was won by Jafar Iqbal in 2013 general elections.

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PTI’s Abrar-ul-Haq adopts populist style to woo voters

PTI candidate Abrar-ul-Haq is contesting the July 25 election from Punjab’s Narowal district. In an attempt to woo voters, Abrar-ul-Haq has adopted a populist style of campaigning, visiting barber shops and tailoring shops and making chapattis at a tandoor in low-income areas. Pictures of the PTI leader campaigning have been making the rounds on social…

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Video: ‘Rickshaw Jatt’ reaches Rawalpindi

In SAMAA TV’s especial election programme, the ‘Rickshaw Jatt’ reached out to the voters in Rawalpindi to discover the garrison city’s problems ahead of the election.

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