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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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Money laundering case: FIA declares Zardari, Talpur absconders

The Federal Investigation Agency has declared former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur absconders in a money laundering case. The agency presented a challan in the money laundering case in a Karachi city court on Saturday. Earlier, the Supreme Court removed the siblings’ names from the ECL and said they were not…

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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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Correction: Former PPP workers support PML-Zia in Bahawalnagar

In the absence of a PPP candidate from Bahawalnagar, former party office holders and workers have decided to support the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia, SAMAA TV reported Thursday. “We have decided to support PML-Z candidate Ijazul Haq,” said PPP’s former party office holder Umar Draz Wattoo at a press conference in Bahawalnagar. Haq is the son…

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The eerie new vote-eating faces in Pakistan’s politics

 The orthodox Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan knew it wouldn’t win in the Lahore by-election last year. It sent its man ahead nevertheless. Why? Because nothing feels as good as taking eight thousand votes away from the ruling party. This is the politics of the mandate spoiler. It is a genre populated with groups so fresh on the…

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Who is going to win Karachi’s NA-243?

MQM-P’s Ali Raza Abidi, PPP’s Shehla Raza, PTI chairman Imran Khan, PSP’s Muzammil Qureshi and MMA’s Osama Razi are some of the prominent candidates contesting the election from Karachi’s NA-243 seat. SAMAA takes you to the constituency where all major contestants are joining a debate on why they should be voted to power.

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Election Commission gives army broad election powers at polling stations

The Election Commission of Pakistan has granted broad judicial powers to the army at polling stations during next week’s general election. The July 25 election is seen as a two-way race between parties led by former cricket star Imran Khan and now-jailed former PM Nawaz Sharif, who has accused the establishment of working behind the…

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No coalition govt with PPP, PML-N: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said that his party would not form a coalition government with PML-N and PPP after coming into power. “We will not make any alliance with PPP and PML-N, but rather sit in the opposition,” said Imran Khan in an interview to SAMAA TV’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik.

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Fearful for decades, major parties now openly campaign in Karachi

For over 25 years, maverick political leader Altaf Hussain had an iron grip on Karachi, able to bring Pakistan’s largest city to a standstill with a single phone call. But much has changed in the last five years, and the transformation is playing out in the run-up to general election next week. The country’s three…

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Isolated and deprived, will Thar’s voters elect the same old faces?

It is difficult to imagine a life worse than that of the people of Sindh’s Tharparkar desert region. They live in abject poverty, perpetual hunger and do not have basic necessities. Tharparkar has become a major electoral battlefield this election. The people of Tharparkar are represented by two National Assembly constituencies — NA-221 and NA-222…

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Former PPP ministers Manzoor Wassan, Sardar Mohammad Bux Mahar out of the election race

A two-member Sukkur division bench of the Sindh High Court upheld the disqualification of the two former ministers

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Civic issues still a problem in NA-244

Acute water shortage, prolonged loadshedding, overflowing gutters, lack of good educational institutions, insufficient healthcare facilities and dilapidated roads are some of the major problems in Karachi’s NA-244 constituency. These issues remained unresolved even after the completion of two terms by the PPP-led Sindh government. The constituency primarily consists of Faisal Cantonment, Defence View, Akhtar Colony,…

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Cartoon — Sabir Nazar

Sabir Nazar’s take on the electoral playing field and how equal it really is.

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Banned outfits contesting the elections is an insult to democracy: Bilawal

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Wednesday that banned outfits contesting the elections is an insult to democracy. He was talking to the media during his election campaign in Lalamusa. If Imran Khan’s politics and popularity is on top, and the public is with him, then he wouldn’t have needed all this favouritism to…

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Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur’s names removed from the ECL

Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur’s names were removed from the ECL on Wednesday. The move came after the chief justice said they were not suspects in a money laundering case. The interior ministry removed their names and sent a notification to all the relevant authorities. Their names were placed on the ECL by the…

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How to spot fake news on Whatsapp

Have you ever received a message on Whatsapp about how eating this one plant can cure cancer? How about a message on a politician being part of an Israeli-run organisation that aims to take over the world? You must have received the one about the breathing tip that will help you live till 100. No?…

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The next govt can’t be formed without the PPP: Qamar Zaman Kaira

Former federal information minister and PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the next federal government will be a coalition government and it will not be possible for any party to form the government without the PPP. “Either it will be a PPP government or a government with the PPP in coalition,” said Kaira. He…

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NA-70: Issues and election battle

SAMAA TV’s anchor Kiran Naz interacts with the voters and candidates of National Assembly constituency, NA-70 (Kharian), in Punjab. Key candidates on the seat are Qamar Zaman Kaira (PPP), Jafar Iqbal (PML-N) and Syed Faizul Hassan Shah (PTI). The seat, retained twice by Kaira, was won by Jafar Iqbal in 2013 general elections.

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GDA not a threat for PPP in Sindh: Bilawal

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday that he does not consider Grand Democratic Alliance a political threat for his party in Sindh as ‘they are nothing but a puppet coalition’. Talking to the media in Islamabad, Bilawal said that if they had done anything, they would not have tried to come in power…

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HRCP concerned over ‘blatant, unabashed attempts to manipulate elections’

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan slammed “blatant, aggressive and unabashed” attempts to manipulate the upcoming election, as politicians expressed security fears following one of the country’s deadliest attacks. A string of attacks has killed 175 people across the country in the past week. The Election Commission has vowed to go ahead with the vote…

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Bilawal Bhutto calls out banned outfits’ participation in elections

The PPP chairperson said that he is fighting for his party despite the absence of a level playing field

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