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Timely amendment can avoid delay in general election: Saad Rafique

  LAHORE: Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Saturday that next general election could be delayed if constitutional amendment regarding delimitation of constituencies was not made on time. Talking to media here at Jati Umrah, he opined that constitutional amendment was inevitable with changes/modification in the assembly seats/constituencies due to new census. He…

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Iceland’s prime minister, named in Panama Papers controversy, wins re-election

NEWS DESK: Iceland’s conservative prime minister won a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he could form a viable coalition, reported AFP. Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, was accused named last year in the “Panama Papers” worldwide tax-evasion leaks. He has also been accused of wrongdoing during…

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Catalan crisis: Carles Puigdemont ‘welcome’ to run in poll

NEWS DESK: The Spanish government has said it would welcome the participation of sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections, reported BBC. The central government in Madrid has ordered that fresh elections for the regional parliament of Catalonia should take place in December. It stripped Catalonia of its autonomy after the Catalan parliament voted…

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Twitter to label election ads after U.S. regulatory threat

SAN FRANCISCO :  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Tuesday it would add labels to election-related advertisements and say who is behind each of them, after a threat of regulation from the United States over the lack of disclosure for political spending on social media. Twitter, acting a month after Facebook Inc (FB.O) launched a similar…

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Catalonia’s leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA: Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing, reported Reuters. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special…

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PTI using CM House for electioneering in NA-4: Ameer Muqam

PESHAWAR: Advisor to the Prime Minister Engineer Ameer Muqam Sunday alleged that PTI Chairman was using Chief Minister House as a source of electioneering for NA-4 bye-election Peshawar but people would reject them. Addressing a public meeting here at Nasir Pur, Ameer Muqam said despite using government resources the PTI candidate would not win the…

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Only masses entitled to oust someone from power, says defiant Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif Tuesday reiterated that he was ousted not on the basis of corruption by Supreme Court, but on the grounds of his UAE iqama. He said he was disqualified in the Panama Papers case just for not taking salary from his son as nothing could be found against…

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Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament

Berlin, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election on Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the hard-right AfD party winning its first seats in parliament. Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 percent of the vote with her…

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Palestine’s Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections: statement

CAIRO: Palestine’s Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to implement a deal to end their long-running feud, the group said in a statement on Sunday, reported Reuters. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Western-backed Palestine Authority, controlled by Fatah, fought…

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All set for political showdown in NA-120

As electioneering reached its climax on Saturday, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finalized arrangements to hold bye-election in NA-120 Lahore-III on Sunday. Candidates of three major political parties – PML-N, PTI and PPP – are in fray for the National Assembly seat that was vacated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif due to his disqualification….

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Watch: Imran Khan’s video message for NA-120 voters

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has released special message for NA-120 voters, a day before bye-elections in the National Assembly constituency in Lahore.

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Dr Yasmin contesting election against the whole state: Imran

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that the party’s candidate for NA-120 by-election, Dr Yasmin Rashid, was up against the whole state along with Kulsoom Nawaz. Addressing a press conference, Khan slammed Inspector-General Punjab for not taking any action when PTI’s female workers were allegedly pushed by PML-N representatives in the…

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LHC dismisses plea against Najam Sethi

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a petition challenging the election of Najam Sethi as Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after declaring it non-maintainable. The single bench comprising Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh heard the petition filed by Nasir Iqbal. During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that Najam Sethi was already serving…

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This man, contesting elections for past 29 years, admits he wants to commit ‘mid-level corruption’

NEWS DESK: This man, Nawab Amber Shahzada, has been contesting elections for the past 29 years. According to him, he wants to commit ‘mid-level corruption’. Check out his views by watching this video: Disclaimer: This is parody by Samaa reporter Shahid Hussain.

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NA-120 by-election: ECP starts scrutiny of nomination papers

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday started scrutiny of nomination papers filed by candidates for bye-election of NA-120, Lahore-III. The seat fell vacant after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a landmark judgement in the Panama Papers case. According to the ECP, the returning officer will…

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PPP nominates Murtaza Wahab for Senate seat

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) on Wednesday awarded a ticket for Senate by-elections in Sindh to Barrister Murtaza Wahab. The seat fell vacant after the resignation of Saeed Ghani upon winning by-elections in PS-114, the Sindh assembly seat, said a statement issued here. Moreover, Syed Najmi Alam would be the covering candidate of the…

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PPP will not support Sheikh Rasheed: Bilawal Bhutto

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party will not vote for Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed as Prime Minister, Samaa reported. In a statement, the PPP chief said that they will not vote in favour of the nominee chosen by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He said…

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PM’s election: Opposition fails to reach consensus on joint candidate

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties held a meeting today (Monday) to make consensus over a joint candidate for the slot of Prime Minister following the disqualification on ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, the sitting ended inconclusive as the opposition parties could not decide name of a single candidate to field it against the PML-N nominee Shahid…

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Election of new PM on Tuesday

Islamabad: Pakistan’s parliament will meet on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif following an investigation into corruption allegations against his family. The ruling party named Shahbaz Sharif as Nawaz Sharif’s successor, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by his brother. PML-N,…

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Nominated PM seeks Maulana Fazl’s support for election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has stepped up efforts to court collision partners’ support for election of new prime minister following the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In this connection, a delegation of the PML-N led by Nominated Interim Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JIU-F) chief Maulana Fazl Urrehman at his…

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign, claims US

SAN FRANCISCO: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort, reported Reuters. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to…

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