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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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APC rejects election results, demands re-polling in Pakistan

An All Parties Conference hosted by the PML-N on Friday rejected the results of July 25 elections in Pakistan, claiming that the polls were massively rigged. Speaking to the reporters after the conference, MMA chief Fazl-ur-Rehman demanded reelections in the country and announced that the opposition parties would hold countrywide protests. “All the participants of…

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ECP withholds NA-248 election results

The Election Commission of Pakistan has withheld the election result of Karachi’s NA-248 constituency, SAMAA TV reported Thursday night. The election commission’s Returning Officer has directed all candidates of the constituency to appear before him tomorrow (Friday), according to our correspondent. Reports said ECP made the decision upon not receiving the results of four out…

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Video: Imran Khan unveils his India policy

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, in his speech today, unveiled his policy on relations with India. Khan said he was open to a sit-down with India to discuss the Kashmir issue.

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Video: Kapil Dev congratulates Imran Khan

Former Indian cricketer and World Cup-winning skipper, Kapil Dev, has congratulated Imran Khan who is set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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Farooq Sattar claims ‘post-poll rigging’

MQM leader Farooq Sattar says ‘post-poll rigging’ was carried out in Karachi during July 25 general elections. Except for PTI, all major political parties, including PML-N, PPP, MQM and JI, have complained of “blatant” rigging in the polls. MQM has failed to retain its powerful position in Karachi where PTI has now emerged as a…

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Nawaz Sharif upset over PML-N heavyweights’ defeat

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has expressed serious reservations over defeat of his party stalwarts, including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Abid Sher Ali, in the general elections. In a meeting with Shehbaz Sharif in Adiala jail, Nawaz Sharif has vowed to stand for civilian supremacy. Sources said Nawaz Sharif has left it to his brother to…

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NADRA head explains how election results system failed

Director General NADRA Zulfiqar Ali, while speaking to SAMAA TV on Thursday, explained how the Election Commission’s Results Transmission System failed on July 25, causing a delay in the announcement of results.

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Complete election results will be announced today: ECP

Election Commission secretary Babar Yaqoob on Thursday said that complete election results of the 2018 general elections will be announced today. “We have received 82 percent of the result from across the country. It’s being compiled and will hopefully be announced today,” he told reporters. He said that the election was held peacefully, with an…

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TLP ‘crane’ pushes its way into Sindh Assembly

TLP makes its way to Sindh Assembly, winning two seats in Karachi   Newly minted religious group, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, has made it to power, winning its first-ever seats in the general elections July 25. The other, more major religious parties, suffered a stunning setback in Karachi.  The Khadim Rizvi-led TLP won Sindh Assembly seats PS-107…

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ECP chief plays down delay in Pakistan election result announcements

  Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan defended the hour-long delays in the announcement of the general election results, and ruled out allegations of rigging. “We are not more than two hours late. The delay was caused by some technical faults in the RTS system,” Sardar Raza Khan told reporters at 4am Thursday….

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ECP software failure causing delays in result announcements: Secretary

The Pakistan Election Commission’s computerised system has developed a glitch, causing hour-long delays in the announcement and compilation of the results, the  ECP secretary, Babar Yaqoob, says, SAMAA TV reported early Thursday morning. Yaqoob denied allegations of vote count manipulation. “There was no conspiracy or attempt to influence the results; it was just a software…

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