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Will provide every possible assistance to government during elections: General Bajwa

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured caretaker PM Nasir-ul-Mulk that the military will provide every possible assistance to the government during the general elections. General Qamar Javed Bajwa held meeting with caretaker PM Nasirul Mulk at the PM House on Monday. PM Mulk said it was the caretaker government’s responsibility to hold free…

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Army asks ECP for list of polling stations

The army has asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to provide details of polling stations so that army personnel can be assigned duties for July 25. The army has also asked for a list of vulnerable polling stations. The electoral code of conduct for security forces will be issued in a few days. The code of conduct will…

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What’s with the affidavit and why do politicians not want to fill it for the elections?

Everyone has been talking about the affidavit. We know a number of politicians who want to stand in the election are in trouble because of this affidavit. Many of them didn’t submit the affidavits or gave in incomplete ones to the ECP. To start with, what’s in the affidavit? In it, you have to declare…

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If retired military men don’t win, why do they keep standing for election?

Retired military officers have often ventured into politics, but how well do they perform?  In the past five general elections between 1993 and 2013, 138 National Assembly seats were contested by candidates who declared themselves ex-military officers. Of them, only 16 won. For the past five general elections, retired military officers contested 65 NA seats…

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Army to guard all polling stations, says ECP

Pakistan Army soldiers will be stationed inside and outside all polling stations, announced an Election Commission of Pakistan representative on Thursday. The security personnel will have to follow a code of conduct, he said. In the future, the ECP will coordinate with the National Counter Terrorism Authority in relation to security-related matters. The provincial governments…

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Will not allow anyone to rig elections, Nawaz tells supporters

Former PM Nawaz Sharif said that the PML-N will not allow anyone to rig the upcoming elections and his disqualification would be overturned through the power of vote on July 25. “I was disqualified for life, and then barred from heading the party,” Mr. Sharif said, criticizing the Supreme Court’s decision. “The verdict would be…

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PM gives go ahead to hold elections on July 25

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has given a green signal to hold forthcoming general elections on July 25 this year. According to details, the Election Commission of Pakistan sent a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain, seeking approval for elections on July 25, 26 or 27. The President is currently out of country for performing Umrah…

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Election regulatory body recommends general election between July 25 and July 27

The Election Commission of Pakistan sent a summary to the President, recommending that the government hold the general elections between July 25 and July 27. President Mamnoon Hussain will approve the summary. The current government’s term ends May 31, after which a caretaker setup will take over and hold the next general elections in the…

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Nothing to do with elections: NAB chief

The National Accountability Bureau has nothing to do with general elections, said NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal. ‘’We don’t believe in victimization. I also want to make it clear that NAB has nothing to do with general elections,” he said while addressing an event at NAB headquarters. The NAB chief vowed to take action…

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E-voting not possible in upcoming general elections

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Thursday observed that enforcement of electronic voting system was impossible for the upcoming general election in the country. An SC bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the petition filed in 2012 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. The Chief Justice observed that sine little time has left…

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Didn’t nominate any ex-general for caretaker PM, says Abbasi

The PML-N hasn’t forwarded the name of any former general for the slot of caretaker PM, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas. “A retired judge, bureaucrat or a trader could become the PM in the caretaker set up,” Abbasi said in an interview with state television. “The name of any retired politician can also be…

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Cyber-attacks: Pakistani websites might get hacked ahead of elections

Abbas Shabbir All the websites of Pakistan, including those of the government and media groups, might get hacked ahead of the general elections. According to a handout sent by a government body to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Russia and Israel might launch cyber-attacks against Pakistan to influence general elections. Important voter information might get stolen ahead…

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Elections 2018: It is the last day for registration of votes

Today is the last day for registration of votes in the electoral lists for the next general elections scheduled to take place this year after the present government concludes its tenure in May. The Election Commission of Pakistan has asked the people to visit the nearby display centers or the District Election Commission office to…

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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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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 to defeat rivals in elections, says Mushahidullah

PML-N leader Mushahidullah Khan claimed his party will defeat the rivals in the next general elections. “The PML-N will take the war for democracy to its logical end,” he said while talking to Samaa’s current affairs program ‘NewsBeat’. “The history is replete with the exemplary stories of who tried to minus the public.”

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Post-mortem: PML-N’s 2013 election promises

All mainstream political parties had made lofty promises in the last general elections held on May 13, 2013. SAMAA has run a special transmission to review some of the promises made by the ruling PML-N in its election manifesto. Speaking on different occasions before the general polls, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif promised a strong economy,…

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Farooq Sattar presents formula to unite all MQM splinter groups

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Dr. Farooq Sattar presented a new formula in a bid to unite all the splinter groups of the party ahead of general elections scheduled after four months this year. He invited leaders of MQM’s splinter groups – Afaq Ahmad of MQM-Haqiqi, Mustafa Kamal of Pak Sarzameen Party, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui of…

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General elections will be referendum on my disqualification: Nawaz

GUJRAT: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continued to target judiciary over his disqualification in Panama Papers case. “Five persons crushed votes of the people under their feet. Will you accept all this?” Sharif questioned, launching a fresh diatribe against judges while party supporters in Gujrat. He went on using expletives for judges and judicial verdicts….

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Imran Khan summons Parliamentary Board meeting on Jan 16

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) has summoned its Parliamentary Board meeting in Islamabad on January 16 to discuss preparations for general election 2018.  PTI Chairman Imran Khan will chair the meeting. The decision was taken in party meeting chaired by PTI Chairman Imran Khan at Bani Gala on Tuesday, a press release said. The meeting…

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MQM-P’s representative will be in PM House in 2023: Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar said on Friday that his party’s representative would be in the Prime Minister House come 2023. Speaking in Hyderabad to a massive rally, Dr Farooq Sattar said that no one had the ability to steal the Chief Minister House from MQM after the next general election. “We never undertake…

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