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Judiciary won’t influence outcome of Pakistan’s general election: interior minister

LONDON: Pressure from Pakistan’s judiciary won’t influence the outcome of upcoming general elections this year, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday, adding he hoped the election would be free and fair. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party from holding…

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Imran names 20 PTI lawmakers suspected of selling Senate votes

ISLAMABAD: PTI chairman Imran Khan said his party was sending show cause notices to 20 lawmakers “who had sold their votes in the Senate elections.” “All the lawmakers will be sacked from the party and their names will be forwarded to National Accountability Bureau if they fail to respond,” Khan said, addressing a press conference…

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Paindakhel mother of 6 asks PTI to let her fight for Upper Dir general seats in upcoming elections

Minerwa Tahir & Zahid Jan Hamida Shahid from Upper Dir has been countering stereotypes all her life. First, she became a fashion designer. Now, she has her eyes set on what has traditionally been the turf of PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami. Hamida, a PTI women wing leader, has submitted a request to the party to let…

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PML-N dissidents, independents branch off into new Balochistan party

BY: Roohan Ahmed QUETTA: PML-N dissidents and independent lawmakers have formed the Balochistan Awami Party—in an apparent move to engineer the province’s political landscape. “The BAP will protect the constitutional rights of Balochistan and emerge as a strong partner of the federation,” said PML-Q’s Saeed Hashmi. “There will be no compromise on the economic and…

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Asif sees Nawaz becoming PM again

SIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday predicted that ousted premier Nawaz Sharif would become the country’s prime minister for a fourth time. Speaking at a workers’ convention in his home-town, the foreign minister said: “I have a strong conviction that Nawaz Sharif will be elected as our prime minister for the record fourth time.”…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik on across-the-board accountability in Pakistan’s top tiers

Watch views of Samaa’s senior anchorperson Nadim Malik about the NAB’s accountability-for-all drive and how it may end up delaying the upcoming general elections.

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Senate elections: Where is Shehbaz Sharif?

Reporting by Usman Khan Although Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been officially elected PML-N’s President following Nawaz Sharif’s ouster by the Supreme Court, the younger Sharif appears to have no role in the decision-making process. The PML-N president has been missing in recent party’s meeting held in connection with the election’s campaign of Senate’s chairman…

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ECP issues notification of 47 elected senators

ISLAMABAD: The notification of victorious candidates in Senate election 2018 was issued on Friday. The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued the notification of 47 victorious senators. The commission did not issue the notification of five winners. The notification was issued after ECP released the details regarding the expenses of Senate elections. Fifty-two senators were…

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MQM to challenge Senate elections

By Zahid Hussain KARACHI: MQM-P will challenge the Senate’s elections in court and Election Commission of Pakistan, announced Dr Farooq Sattar on Monday. The announcement comes in the wake of party’s dismal performance in the Senate’s polls held on Saturday. MQM secured only one Senate’s seat despite being the second largest political party in the…

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Nawaz Sharif is master of horse-trading: Bilawal Bhutto

KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said that his party cannot compete with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who was the “master of horse-trading.” Speaking to media persons after attending a Holi festival in Karachi, Bilawal said that PPP would try to perform well in the upcoming Senate’s elections. “Nawaz Sharif is not interested in strengthening…

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MQM Pakistan intra-party elections underway

KARACHI: The intra-party elections of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) are underway, Samaa reported. The first vote was casted by Liaquatabad’s Mohammad Asghar. In his video message, President of MQM-P Dr. Farooq Sattar said that the elections would be held at KMC Ground located at PIB Colony area of Karachi along with the party’s zonal office…

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Six parties field 47 candidates for Senate election from Sindh

KARACHI: As many as 47 nomination papers have been filed in Sindh for the upcoming Senate’s election as the first phase of the submission of nomination papers has been completed. The Senate’s election would be held on March 03 Six political parties including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement -Pakistan (MQM-P), Pak Serzameen Party…

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144 nominations filed for Senate elections so far: ECP

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday said that so far 144 nominations have been filed with the Returning Officers in all four provinces including federal capital for the Senate elections. According to ECP, as many as 34 nominations have been filed by the candidates from Punjab, 47 from Sindh, 34 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,…

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ECP announces Senate elections schedule

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced the schedule of Senate elections, which will be held on March 3. According to a notification issued by ECP, the commission has called upon the members of the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province to elect the senate seven members from…

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PM again rules out prospects of early elections in country

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has once again ruled out the prospects of early elections in the country and has advised his political adversaries to wait for the upcoming polls. In an interview with a private TV Channel, he said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has delivered in the last four and a half years….

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PTI wants to run away from elections: Ahsan

A ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal Friday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wanted to run away from forthcoming general election-2018 by creating an artificial crisis through resignations. In a statement issued here, the minister said cursing parliament was sign of Imran Khan’s non-democratic approach. Ahsan Iqbal, who is also Minister for Planning and Development said…

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Nawaz: If back-door machinations do not stop, I will present all evidence before the nation

NEWS DESK: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he will present all the “evidence” before the nation if back-door machinations do not stop, adding that the future of the country depends on fair and transparent elections. He was addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. He began addressing the media by wishing them…

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Italy parliament dissolved ahead of March election

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament on Thursday as the country prepares for knife-edge general elections in March. Next year’s elections, to be held on March 4, may mark a new era of uncertainty for the country. With the vote expected to be split between the right, centre-left and the populist Five Star movement, the…

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No one accepts Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as PM: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that no one accepts Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country’s premier, Samaa reported. Speaking on Wednesday, Imran Khan stated that PM Abbasi has no mandate. Khan said that unemployment is the country’s main issue. He further said that development of the industries will create employment…

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PPP to sweep next general election in Karachi: Durrani

NAWABSHAH: Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani has said that in upcoming general elections, people of Karachi would exercise their right to vote without any fear and they will elect genuine representatives. While addressing a large gathering of Pakhtoon community and later on talking to media persons here on Saturday, the Speaker Sindh Assembly said…

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Only Imran Khan calling for early elections: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that only Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is calling for early elections, Samaa reported. Speaking on Monday, Rafique said that Senate elections will be held on time. “Only PTI Chairman Imran Khan is calling for early elections,” Rafique said. The minister stated that everyone knows the…

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