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Pervez Khattak will head the committee to investigate rigging in the elections

The opposition recently sent a list of its 10 members to the government

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Candidates have to choose the seats they want to retain before taking oath

The Election Commission of Pakistan asked on Saturday candidates who have been elected on more than one national or provincial assembly seat to resign from all but the one they want to retain. The election body advised the elected representatives to resign before taking oath in the national or provincial assembly. National Assembly members will…

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In pictures: General Elections 2018

The general elections 2018 are underway in Pakistan. People from all walks of life are exercising their right to vote and elect the leaders who they see fit to rule the country. 

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KP government’s election secret is winning Peshawar valley

If you want to know who will make the next government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa watch what happens here on July 25: Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi. These five are the swing districts—no one knows how they will vote. It is much clearer in the other parts of KP. These five big ones have all voted…

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ECP secretary says they are not been pressured by any institution

We have not been pressured by any institution, said Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Babar Yaqoob. Speaking to the media in Islamabad on Saturday, he said that ballot papers have been printed and distributed across the country and the last papers will be sent to Karachi today (July 21). He said CCTV cameras will be…

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Can’t the ECP see that PML-N workers are being targeted, asks Raza Rabbani

  Senator Raza Rabbani has raised questions about the role of the election commission as he pointed out that PML-N workers are being targeted by the police. He was speaking during a Senate session on Saturday. Rabbani, a member of the PPP, also questioned whether the accountability process is being used for political victimisation as…

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Bane of Pakistani politicians: young voters with smartphones

The crowd of young Pakistanis, many armed with smartphones, surround the politician’s car and begin streaming live footage of something extraordinary: angry voters asking their elected representatives what they have done for them lately.

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ECP postpones polls in NA-103, PP-103 after independent commits suicide

The Election Commission of Pakistan postponed the polls in NA-103 and PP-103 Faisalabad on Saturday after the death of an independent candidate contesting the elections from the constituencies, SAMAA TV reported. According to the police, Mirza Muhammad Ahmed Mughal, who was contesting as an independent candidate from NA-103 and PP-103, committed suicide by shooting himself…

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PML-N announces National Assembly candidates from KP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced its candidates contesting the 2018 general election on national seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif will be contesting the elections from NA-3 Swat-III. Captain (retd) Safdar, son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is standing from NA-14 Mansehra-cum-Torghar. PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhawa President Engineer Amir Muqam is…

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Anwar Maqsood’s story of a man faking his death comes true

Playwright Anwar Maqsood, in his programme Anwarnama, had told the of a man who had faked his own death to avoid paying his loans. Unfortunately, a similar incident emerged in Thatta’s PS-78, where a man identified as Zakir Hussain faked his own death to avoid being charged with fraud. The columnist and lyricist had apologised…

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Pakistan’s 13 transgender candidates face threats of violence

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, 13 transgender persons are running for the elections but their journey to the polls is not an easy one. Speaking at a press conference to launch their election manifesto, transgender candidate Nayab Ali said that PTI and PML-N candidates are threatening her. Nayab is contesting from NA-142 Okara. She…

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New political ambitions in Balochistan but with the same old faces

The voters of Balochistan are likely to elect the same old political faces in this election as well. There are some important players, who are most likely going to decide the political fate of the people of Balochistan. Jam Kamal Khan: Chief minister hopeful, Jam Kamal Khan, is likely to contest for a provincial assembly…

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Independent candidates and their tendency to become not-so-independent

In each election, independent candidates stand for seats in the national and provincial assemblies. They pitch themselves as outsiders rebelling against what they say are decadent and corrupt political parties. But then something strange happens when these independents make it to power. Post-election, many of them are only too happy to be absorbed by mainstream…

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Karachi’s political powerhouses to fight for NA-247

One of the most hotly contested seats for the National Assembly is NA-247 Karachi South II, which is made up of Defence, Clifton Cantonment Board, Saddar, Karachi Cantonment and Arambagh. NA-247 is made up of areas previously in NA-250. Each party has fielded political powerhouses for the seat. The battle for the seat will be…

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Caretaker setup: PM, Khurshid Shah to meet again after deadlock

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah will meet once again on Thursday to discuss the final name for the caretaker PM. This will be their sixth meeting so far on the issue. The current government’s term ends in a week on May 31. After that, a caretaker setup…

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Elections to be held on time in July: PM Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the PML-N government has fulfilled all promises made with the business community. He was addressing an “Achievement Awards” ceremony in Lahore held under the aegis of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Sunday. He said that exports will have to be boosted for progress of country’s…

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PM Abbasi: Elections to be held on time

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the general elections would be held on time and people should ignore the rumours in this regard. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Pakistan’s premier high-tech deep water container port in Karachi, Prime minister said government is striving to ensure smooth conduct of free and fair elections. He said Pakistan…

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General elections may be delayed, says Sheikh Rashid

The upcoming general elections may be postponed for a month or two, Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Tuesday.  He was commenting on the Monday night clash in Karachi between workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). “If the situation escalates, there is the possibility of the…

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Will contest elections from three constituencies: Nisar

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar has announced his plans to contest the upcoming general elections from three constituencies. His announcement comes before the PML-N has awarded tickets to party members for general elections 2018.  According to his spokesperson, Chaudhry Nisar will contest elections from NA-59, PP-10 and PP-14. The announcement came after Nisar’s meeting with…

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I may get punished in corruption case, says Nawaz Sharif giving future plans

Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would mobilize masses after the Islamic month of Ramazan as he was not disposed to hold any mass rally during the fasting season. “I, Maryam Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz will hit the ground after Ramazan,” announced Nawaz Sharif while talking to the party leaders in Islamabad…

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PTI finalizes names for caretaker PM post

Reported by: Abbas Shabbir The PTI finalized the names of candidates it would recommend for the post of caretaker prime minister, on Monday.  Former chief justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani’s, ex-governor of State Bank Ishrat Hussain’s and Abdul Razak Dawood’s names were finalized by PTI for the post of caretaker prime minister. Abdul Razak Rawood has…

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