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IHC judge recuses himself from hearing Imran Khan disqualification case

Islamabad High Court Justice Aamir Farooq has recused himself from hearing a petition seeking the disqualification of PTI chief Imran Khan. The IHC judge has referred the case to the Chief Justice with a request to form a new bench. Hafiz Ihtisham, the spokesperson for Lal Masjid’s Shuhada Foundation, had submitted a petition, asking the…

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Imran Khan challenges LHC’s NA-131 recount order in the SC

PTI Chairperson Imran Khan has approached the Supreme Court against the Lahore High Court’s decision ordering a recount of votes in Lahore’s NA-131. PTI leader Babar Awan submitted on Monday an appeal in the SC on behalf of Imran. Imran was declared the winner even after a recount of the rejected votes, Awan said. On…

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MQM-H worker attempts self-immolation over Afaq Ahmed’s resignation

A diehard worker of Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Haqeeqi) tried to commit suicide outside Afaq Ahmed’s residence in Karachi on Tuesday. The worker was demanding that Afaq Ahmed withdraw his decision to step down as the party’s chairman. Afaq Ahmed, the leader of MQM-H, had announced on July 28 that he was stepping down after the July…

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Indian PM Modi felicitates Imran on election victory

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has telephoned PM-elect Imran Khan and felicitated him on winning the July 25 elections. According to a statement issued by Indian ministry of external affairs, PM Modi “expressed hope that the democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan”. “Prime Minister also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the…

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PTI in ‘comfortable’ position to form governments in Islamabad, Punjab: Fawad Chaudhry

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that his party is in a comfortable position to form governments in Islamabad and Punjab. “We have over 180 seats in the Punjab assembly,” he said. “PML-Q is our ally in both federal and Punjab governments but the provincial chief minister would be from the PTI.” He said that…

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Karachi operation was not against the MQM-P: Former governor

Former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair has said that the Karachi operation, which was launched in 2013 against the criminal elements, was not against the MQM-P. “The MQM-P is a political reality and it cannot be dismantled,” Zubair said after a meeting with MQM leaders at their Bahadurabad office. “We have discussed Karachi’s issues and would continue…

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Pervez Khattak clarifies statement on threat to leave PTI if not made KP CM again

Pervez Khattak has denied a statement attributed to him that he had refused to become part of Imran Khan’s federal cabinet and had told the PTI that he wanted to become chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa once again. He said that they had called the people who won the election to celebrate. What is being…

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India says hopes new Pakistan government will work for terror-free South Asia

India on Saturday said it hoped the new government of Pakistan would “work constructively” to end militancy in South Asia, in its first comments following this week’s general election in Pakistan. Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, who won the disputed election, has called for better ties with India. “We hope that the new government of Pakistan…

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PTI in talks with MQM-P over possible coalition

PTI leader Dr Arif Alvi has confirmed that his party is in contact with the MQM-P on both provincial and national levels. The MQM-P has managed to secure 6 national assembly seats from urban areas in Sindh. On July 27, PTI leader Jehangir Khan Tareen had contacted MQM-P convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and discussed a…

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Pakistan’s politics to revolve around Nawaz’s narrative in future: Pervaiz Rashid

PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashid has accused the PTI of horse trading to form its government in Punjab. “In 2013, the PTI was not the single largest party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but a majority party. We gave them opportunity to govern the province,” Mr Rashid said. He claimed that the PTI doesn’t have enough numbers to…

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Mohammad Zubair resigns as governor of Sindh

Mohammad Zubair has resigned as Sindh’s governor three days after the PML-N lost its majority in parliament. He has sent his resignation to the president of Pakistan. “I have worked as the governor in a constitutionally defined way,” he said. He has started shifting his things from Governor House in Karachi to his private residence…

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Farooq Sattar rejects election results, demands a new province in Sindh

MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar has said that his party is still the largest political party in Karachi and other urban areas in Sindh. “We were not defeated but were made to lose,” Dr Sattar said in a video on Friday. “We will have to mobilise the people, stage demonstrations and sit-ins.” He urged the…

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PTI to form governments in Punjab, KP, to join coalition in Balochistan: Fawad Chaudhry

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that his party would form governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and would join the coalition in Balochistan. “Election results in Punjab have been announced and the PTI could comfortably form the government in the province,” the PTI leader said on Friday. “The PTI has won 123 seats…

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Imran’s close aide advises Najam Sethi to resign as PCB Chief

Zulfi Bukhari, a close aide of PM-elect Imran Khan, has advised Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman to tender his resignation. “The job should be given on merit,” Mr Bukhari told SAMAA TV. “If I were him, I would have already resigned.” He said his friend Imran Khan would make positive changes in Pakistan’s cricket structure. “Nobody…

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Electoral playing field wasn’t level, say EU observers

A European Union monitoring team said on Friday that the campaign for general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties. “Although there were several legal provisions aimed at ensuring a level playing field, we have concluded that there was a lack of…

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Cricket teammates, rivals congratulate Imran Khan on election victory

Imran Khan’s former teammates and rivals have congratulated the World Cup winner after his party won the most seats in July 25 election. The Election Commission said Friday that Khan’s PTI party enjoyed a strong lead over the outgoing PML-N but short of an overall majority. Khan will likely need to enter into a coalition…

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Transgender community says faced pushback in the general election

Pakistan’s transgender community faced pushback in the country’s general election on Wednesday as five transgender candidates failed to win office and transgender observers and voters were blocked from polling stations, campaigners said. The transgender community had hoped the July 25 ballot would be a step towards greater acceptance after 13 transgender candidates filed papers to…

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Murad Ali Shah likely to become Sindh CM again

The Pakistan People’s Party has decided to nominate Syed Murad Ali Shah as Sindh’s Chief Minister, said the party spokesman Moula Bux Chandio. “Syed Murad Ali Shah would be our Chief Minister in Sindh,” the PPP leader said. Mr. Chandio said the PPP doesn’t intend to nominate Asif Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur as Sindh CM….

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Nawaz Sharif upset over PML-N heavyweights’ defeat

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has expressed serious reservations over defeat of his party stalwarts, including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Abid Sher Ali, in the general elections. In a meeting with Shehbaz Sharif in Adiala jail, Nawaz Sharif has vowed to stand for civilian supremacy. Sources said Nawaz Sharif has left it to his brother to…

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‘Kaptaan’ Khan’s slog from sports icon to Pakistan’s likely new leader

For cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan, his party’s first place in a national election, putting him on the brink of becoming the country’s next prime minister, is the culmination of a battle that started more than two decades ago. For years, he was dismissed as a political dilettante who could not convert his personal popularity into…

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Won’t disappoint Imran Khan and follow PTI’s model of opposition: Rana Sanaullah

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that a few of his supporters were beaten and told to disappear before the July 25 elections. “The election results weren’t demoralizing at all as everyone knows what happened and how the pre-poll rigging was done,” Sanaullah said. “It was aimed at sidelining a political party and a…

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