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Punjab, Sindh, KP get new IGs

The federal government has appointed new inspector generals (IGs) for Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtukhwa police. Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, who was serving as Punjab IG, has been appointed as Sindh IG, replacing Amjad Javed Saleemi. Dr Kaleem Imam is former IG motorway police. He has a PhD in Politics and International Relations. In Punjab,…

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Tea pots and talking heads beat back terror in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani bazaar

As anxieties of hanging out in bazaars recede, Qissa Khwani Bazaar’s kehwa khanas are enjoying a renaissance of sorts

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The provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh and KP will elect their speakers today

The Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies will also elect their deputy speakers the same day

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Young Sikhs of KP go green on Independence Day

A large number of Sikhs live in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

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Election for speakers, deputy speakers later this week

The National Assembly and all four provincial assemblies will elect Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the houses on August 15 and 16. The National Assembly held its inaugural session today (Monday) as newly elected MNAs took the oath. Lawmakers were also sworn in in the Sindh, KP and Balochistan assemblies, whereas the Punjab Assembly is…

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Bani Gala v. Beijing: The PTI and China

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has its foreign relations work cut out for it, especially when it comes to China.  Dr Ghulam Ali is the author of the book ‘China-Pakistan Relations: A Historical Analysis’ (OUP 2017). He specializes in China where he is an associate professor and has been teaching for the last four years. SAMAA Digital asked…

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KP’s ‘Baywatch’ for baby swimmers  

Swimming pools are for rich folks, which is why kids from Peshawar’s informal settlements beat the heat in the free entry canals around the city. In the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, village children do the same and crash around in the rivers when the summers arrive—but because they don’t know how to swim, they die…

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MMA’s Akram Durrani retains victory after vote recount

The election commission on Tuesday declared MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani successful after recounting of votes in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s provincial assembly constituency, PK-90 (Bannu). Durrani, who had won the seat in the July 25 general elections, retained his victory after the vote recount. A notification was later issued by the returning officer. In the previous results,…

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PTI to bring in new governors in Sindh, KP and Punjab

The PTI has decided to change the governors in three provinces – Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This decision was made at a recent party meeting. A decision has yet to be made about Balochistan’s governor. The current governors are Malik Rafique Rajwana of Punjab, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of KP and Mohammad Zubair of Sindh….

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In Swabi, a tough fight between PTI, PML-N, ANP

Three parties, PTI, PML-N and the ANP, have the strongest candidates in Swabi. The seats are: NA-18 NA-19 PK-43 PK-44 PK-45 PK-46 PK-47. From NA-18, three candidates are supposed to be the strongest. PTI’s Asad Qaiser will face a tough time from PML-N’s Sajjad Ahmad and MMA’s Fazal Ali. In NA-19, Usman Khan will be…

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PTI to face a tough time in KP’s Karak

In Karak, it will be a tough fight with the PTI and other contenders. Seats: NA-34 PK-85 PK-86 Shahid Ahmad is been given a PTI ticket while the charismatic Mohsin Ali Khan is contesting as a PPP candidate. Rehmat Salam is the PML-N man. From PK-85, independent Javaid Iqbal is supposedly a strong candidate in…

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Kohat voters like choosing candidates who perform

District of Kohat is famous for electing candidates who perform in their tenure but just like with election 2013, this time too, the PTI has given tickets to the strongest families in Kohat. In Kohat campaigns have been different from those in the rest of KP, as the MMA has selected another candidate and not…

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Sherpao’s QWP up against Asfandyar’s ANP in Charsadda

In KP, Charsadda is a hot political potato as nearly all parties pour their money into winning here and in Swabi after Peshawar. Overall, the PTI has been trying to take on the ANP and QWP here. The QWP feels very secure here but it should watch out for the PTI that will take advantage…

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Watch out for PTI this time in ‘Mini Larkana’ Malakand

They call Malakand Mini Larkana which is why it is no surprise that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is standing from here—but in the past elections the PTI has taken its constituencies. The PTI’s strength has been getting people together and holding corner meetings regularly. Otherwise, the JI is considered a main stakeholder with influence extending across…

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The odd departure of the JI from MMA in Buner

Buner is where the worst differences surface in the alliance of the MMA as one of its members, the Jamaat-e-Islami, is standing under the banner of the PML-N. Analysts believe that on the NA-9 Buner seat, the JI and PML-N’s “joint candidate” Kamran Khan and the ANP’s Haji Abdur Rauf may stand first and second…

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Up against the MMA heavyweights in Upper Dir this election

As with Lower Dir, Upper Dir is also considered a Jamaat-e-Islami stronghold and it has given tickets to influential people for the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal platform. Upper Dir has: NA-5 PK-10 PK-11 PK-12 From NA-5, expect a neck-in-neck competition between the PTI’s Sahibzada Sibghatullah and JI/MMA’s Sahibzada Tariqullah. But if the vote shifts, it could benefit…

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In Lower Dir, it is hard to beat the JI

Lower Dir has long been seen as a Jamaat-e-Islami stronghold and nearly all of the candidates standing from the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal platform have been associated with the JI. The seats up for grabs are: NA-6 NA-7 PK-13 PK-14 PK-15 PK-16 PK-17 For NA-6 the strongest candidate is considered the MMA’s Maulana Asadullah along with ANP’s…

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NAB summons Imran Khan over his excessive use of official helicopters

Imran Khan says in his official documents that he used the helicopters for 74 hours while in reality he used them for 166 hours: NAB

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Medical entry tests postponed after rain lashes KP

Medical entry tests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been postponed due to rain and storms in the province. The tests in Peshawar, Mardan, Abbottabad and other areas in the province were postponed. Candidates arrived to give the test despite the storm but strong winds blew away the tents set up for the entry test. The province’s…

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Online businesses in KP mean women capitalize on purdah

When you are used to living behind a veil, opening a store for your business isn’t going to happen. This is why women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have gone online. Take for example, Abida Jillani, who is a pioneer of home-based exhibitions. She runs a home-based shop called Durshal, which means “doorstep”. She started it 15…

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa caretaker CM raids Peshawar zoo

The caretaker chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan, raided the Peshawar zoo and found that the animals are kept in an unfriendly environment. He found that a proper record of food is not being maintained and the staff was not trained, leading to a high mortality rate in the zoo. He ordered that…

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