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Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration centre kills 31

KABUL: An Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 31 people including women and children and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday in the latest attack on election preparations. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20, which…

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Senate chairman says establishment had no role in his election

PHOTO: FILE Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani said the establishment had no role in his election He reached Quetta on Sunday. Sarfraz Bugti and other lawmakers received the Senate chairman. Sanjrani told media that blame game is something that happens quite often. “Political parties should be open-hearted,” he said. “It was in the interest of the…

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Imran, Bilawal congratulate Sanjrani after Senate’s win

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leaders Imran Khan and Bilawal Bhutto on Monday felicitated Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani after his stunning victory as Chairman of the Senate. Sanjrani, who was backed by the major opposition groups, secured 57 votes against PML-N candidate Raja Zafar ul Haq who bagged 46 votes, according to Presiding Officer Sardar Yaqoob Nasir. Soon after…

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PM Abbasi’s son tried to ‘choke’ PTI MNA

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s son is alleged to have tried to choke PTI MNA Engineer Hamid ul Haq during the election of Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The prime minister’s son was sitting in the visitor’s gallery during the polling. “I was chanting slogans after the victory of Sadiq Sanjrani when a prime…

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Senate meets Monday to elect Chairman, Deputy Chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Senate is scheduled to meet on Monday to elect its Chairman and Deputy Chairman. According to the agenda issued by Senate Secretariat for Monday, the session will start at 10 a.m. The newly elected Senators will take oath after which the session will be adjourned. After the adjournment of Session, nomination papers for…

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Imran Khan rules out Senate vote for PML-N, PPP

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday ruled out his party’s support for the two main political parties in the ongoing race for the election of Senate’s chairman. “There is a consensus within our party that our senators will neither vote for PML-N or the PPP,” Khan told media persons in Islamabad. “We feel that…

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Zardari rejects Rabbani’s nomination for Senate chairman election

By Zahid Hussain ISLAMABAD: PPP President Asif Ali Zardari has turned down a PML-N’s suggestion that Raza Rabbani should be re-elected as Chairman of the Senate. “Thank you very much, but I don’t want this,” said Zardari when asked by a journalist about Nawaz Sharif’s support for the outgoing Senate’s chairman. “I have discussed some…

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PML-N to back Raza Rabbani for Senate chief election: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that his party would support the PPP if Raza Rabbani was nominated for the election of Senate’s Chairman. Speaking to media persons after chairing a meeting of allies here on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N would bring its own candidate if the outing Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani…

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Voting underway for PP-30 Sargodha by-election

SARGODHA: Voting for by-election in PP-30 Kotmomin Tehsil Sargodha is underway. The seat fell vacant after death of PML-N Member of Provincial Assembly Tahir Iqbal Sindhu. Four candidates were participating in the by-election. Yasir Zafar Sindhu is contesting election on PML-N ticket while Rao Sajid Mehmood of PTI whereas two independent candidates namely Asim Iqbal…

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Shahbaz Sharif inches closer to power

Lahore: The brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif took a small step closer to the premiership Tuesday after he was named head of the ruling party before a general election due this year. The promotion of Shahbaz Sharif comes after the Supreme Court last year toppled his elder brother Nawaz following corruption allegations, then…

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Asma Jahangir laid to rest

LAHORE: Eminent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir was laid to rest at her farmhouse on Bedian Road on Tuesday. Hr funeral prayer led by Farooq Haider Maududi was held at Qaddafi Stadium. A large number of people from different walks of life including prominent members of the legal fraternity, women and her family…

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SC dismisses petition to stop Lodhran by-election

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking stoppage of a by-election in National Assembly constituency NA-154 Lodhran. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case filed by Shahid Orkzai. During the course…

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Seven PTI aspirants submit nomination papers for Senate polls

PESHAWAR: Seven aspirants of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and two of ANP Wednesday submitted their nomination papers for Senate elections schedule for March 3. PTI’s Fida Hussain, Muhammad Ayub, Khiyal Zaman and Faisal Javed had submitted papers against general seats while Azam Swati and Deputy Speaker KP Assembly Mehr Taj Roghani for seats of Technocrats. ANP’s…

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ANALYSIS: Will MQM-Pakistan emerge victorious?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: An interesting flowchart was floated on social media barely half an hour after reports of the speculated PIB-Bahadurabad split surfaced. It shows the four instances when MQM was split: first into Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Mahajir Qaumi Movement, then MQM and PSP, followed by MQM splitting into London and Pakistan factions,…

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Pakistan aims to sell national airline before election

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will try to privatize its national airline before general elections due this year, privatization minister Daniyal Aziz said, as the ruling party seeks to restart sales of state-run businesses, reported Reuters. Pakistan International Airlines (PIAa.KA)(PIA), hemorrhaging money and losing market share to Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates, has been hit by…

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Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s exiled president, takes questions after the election results were declared. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images NEWS DESK: The dramatic election in Catalonia on Thursday was supposed to draw a line under months of tension and division across the Spanish region over its future status. Instead it has opened a potentially damaging new division…

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Honduran president declared winner of disputed poll

NEWS DESK: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared on Sunday the winner of a heavily disputed presidential election held three weeks ago, despite mounting protests and opposition claims of fraud, reported AFP. Electoral authorities made the announcement the day that Hernandez’s leftist opponent, Salvador Nasralla, departed for the United States to highlight what he…

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Three Indian TV channels call Gujarat state polls in favor of PM Modi’s party

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, India, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party won an assembly election in western Gujarat state on Monday, three news…

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Modi accuses Pakistan and Congress of collusion; Islamabad says ‘don’t drag us’

NEWS DESK: As absurd as that may sound, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused its opposition party Indian National Congress of colluding with Pakistan to defeat his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat polls. Naturally, Pakistan had to respond. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, requested that Pakistan should not to…

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Trump’s eldest son questioned in Congress about Russia

FILE PHOTO: Then U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) welcomes his son Donald Trump Jr. to the stage at one of the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs’ breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., declined to discuss with lawmakers on…

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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe, reported Reuters. “I would just say…

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