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HRCP concerned over ‘blatant, unabashed attempts to manipulate elections’

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan slammed “blatant, aggressive and unabashed” attempts to manipulate the upcoming election, as politicians expressed security fears following one of the country’s deadliest attacks. A string of attacks has killed 175 people across the country in the past week. The Election Commission has vowed to go ahead with the vote…

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Bilawal Bhutto calls out banned outfits’ participation in elections

The PPP chairperson said that he is fighting for his party despite the absence of a level playing field

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Unfair elections would be ‘tragic’ for Pakistan, says Shehbaz

The president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Shahbaz Sharif has said that non-transparent elections would be tragic for Pakistan.

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Bilawal terms ‘press censorship’ as pre-poll rigging

“The press is facing censorship, political activists are being detained, and this is not only a violation of human rights but also pre-poll rigging,” Bilawal said.

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‘You think I will survive?’ Hospital overflows after Mastung blast

Survivors of a suicide blast which killed 128 people as it ripped through a crowded election rally described scenes of panic and horror Saturday, as hospitals struggled to cope with scores of wounded. The attack in Mastung on Friday, claimed by the Islamic State group, was one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s history. More than…

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I’m not afraid of NAB, Nawaz tells reporters on the plane

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he is not afraid of the National Accountability Bureau’s teams that are deployed at the Lahore airport to arrest him. “They have turned Pakistan into a battleground and have sealed the roads,” he said. Related story: Nawaz Sharif arrested — 3 time PM, 2nd time jail “What…

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Imran Khan ‘quietly confident’ he will be PM

“What Pakistan has to do is follow China’s example where they lift people out of poverty,” Imran Khan said

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Political ‘turncoats’ boost Imran Khan’s prospects in Pakistan poll

Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, a Pakistani landowner and politician, recently switched to his third party in a decade. That is unlikely to prevent him retaining his seat in parliament this month, thanks to loyalty to a family name that has held sway over politics in this part of central Pakistan for generations. “We’ve lived here for…

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Respect the vote, not the thieves, Imran tells supporters

PTI chairman Imran Khan took a dig at PML-N’s “Vote Ko Izzat Do” (respect the vote) slogan and told his supporters to respect the vote and not the thieves. The PTI chairman said that he could see the rise of a new dawn on July 25. “We will make Pakistan a welfare state,” Mr Khan…

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Will Larkana remain the home of the Bhuttos or will a joint opposition take over?

Larkana is the home of the Bhutto family. For generations the residents of the city have voted for the PPP and chanted ‘Larkana Bhutto ka [Larkana is the Bhutto’s]’ but will it remain theirs? SAMAA TV anchor Faisal Karim visited the city’s children’s hospital and spoke to residents. One man said he had no issues….

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Mourn with us like we mourned for Benazir: ANP chief

ANP chief Asfandyar Wali announcing three days of mourning on Wednesday for the death of 20 people, including party leader Haroon Bilour, requested all political parties to suspend their election campaigns during this period. “When Benazir Bhutto was killed, we mourned for three days with them. Now other parties should show compassion and mourn with…

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Imran Khan urges independent candidates to withdraw in PTI’s favor

Imran has accused his former allies, Jamaat-e-Islami, of forming an alliance with the PML-N.

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NA-3 residents decry pollution of the Swat River

The lack of municipal facilities in Swat is gradually turning the banks of the Swat River into a garbage dumping ground.

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Army to be deployed 3 days before Pakistan election

The army has no direct role in conducting the election and nothing can be more heartening than the fact that the Pakistani nation and all the political parties in the country have been involved in taking forward this democratic process, said the director-general of the ISPR, the army spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor. “Conducting the…

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Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet. Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of…

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‘SAMAA Eye’ on NA-155 Multan

Here are some facts about Multan’s National Assembly seat, NA-155. The general elections will be held on July 25.

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The wars of today are fought with votes: Fazalur Rahman

Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidates will win big in the July 25 polls, said Maulana Fazalur Rahman. Speaking at a MMA rally on Monday in Lakki Marwat, he said that Pakistan is 70 years old yet the country’s politics have been hijacked. The leaders of the country will be chosen by the people this time, he…

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Agha Siraj Durrani caught on video shaming voters into voting for PPP

Former Sindh assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani was caught on camera trying to shame people into voting for the PPP by saying that they would be accursed if they did not do so. “People would curse you for opposing the party that feeds you,” said Durrani, who is contesting elections from PS-09 (Shikarpur). If you…

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Want a selfie with Farooq Sattar? Plant five trees

Farooq Sattar has upped the price of a selfie with him. Now, along with 250 votes, you also need to plant five trees. Speaking outside the City Court in Karachi, the MQM leader said he hoped God was merciful during the next heatwave. The season to plant trees is coming up, he said, adding that…

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Will Nawabshah remain the Zardaris’ stronghold?

For years, Nawabshah has been the stronghold of PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and his family. This year, his sister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho is contesting the provincial seat and he is contesting the National Assembly seat. SAMAA TV reporter Faisal Nawab Khan visited the city to see whether Zardari’s hold over it is as…

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Will any party tap into Pakistan’s youth vote bank?

43% of the 105 million Pakistanis who will vote in the elections are between the ages of 18 and 35

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