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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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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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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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PTI’s Abrar-ul-Haq adopts populist style to woo voters

PTI candidate Abrar-ul-Haq is contesting the July 25 election from Punjab’s Narowal district. In an attempt to woo voters, Abrar-ul-Haq has adopted a populist style of campaigning, visiting barber shops and tailoring shops and making chapattis at a tandoor in low-income areas. Pictures of the PTI leader campaigning have been making the rounds on social…

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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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Police open criminal cases against 17,000 PML-N workers

Police have opened criminal cases against nearly 17,000 workers of the PML-N over breaking election rules, a statement said on Monday, as the country prepares to go to the polls next week. The latest 16,868 cases, which the police statement said were registered in Punjab over the past four days. The statement gave no details…

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Supreme Court rejects appeal seeking PML-N leader Saira Tarar’s disqualification

The lawyer of PTI’s Shaukat Ali Bhatti said that the amount of land Saira Tarar had declared is more than what she actually owns

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Top court rejects appeal seeking PTI spokesperson’s disqualification

Syed Fakhar Haider of Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party had claimed that Fawad Chaudhry had not paid the tax on his agricultural land

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The politics of bad-mouthing in Pakistan

There are many instances when our Pakistani politicians are caught using foul language publicly, targeting their rivals and, sometimes, even the voters. The violation of ethical standards in politicking, which is not new in the country, also involves the use of religion against women in the country’s deeply patriarchal society. Here are some of the…

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Honey, I shrunk the kids: social media putting young Pakistani voter off democracy

“Everyone says everybody is corrupt. So I cannot decide who to vote for,” says Anusha Rayani, a student of Social Development and Policy. Anusha is one of the 20 million young people who have become eligible to vote for the first time. Pakistan has the largest generation of young people ever in its history: 43%…

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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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Police opens terrorism investigation against PML-N 10 days before election

Copies of two separate FIRs named PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif and a number of other key figures

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Video: Chairs fly as PTI workers clash in Faisalabad rally

An unpleasant situation occurred in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s election rally in Faisalabad where a brawl erupted among PTI workers. They were seen throwing chairs at each other just before Imran Khan’s address.

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Shehbaz Sharif rigged 2013 election, claims Khan at Jhang rally

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Sunday alleged that former Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif was involved in rigging the 2013 general elections, SAMAA reported. Shehbaz Sharif, meanwhile, dismissed the allegation, saying that Imran Khan should first look at himself. Imran Khan was addressing an election rally in Punjab’s Jhang city, with general elections just…

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Some elements don’t want democracy to flourish in Pakistan, says Qureshi

Shah Mehmood Qureshi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has said that some elements in Pakistan do not want to see the democratic process in the country to flourish.

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If we postpone the elections, the terrorists will win: Imran Khan

Terrorists aim is to sabotage the elections, said PTI chief Imran Khan. He went on to say that if the elections are postponed, the terrorists will win. He visited the Balochistan Awami Party office in Quetta on Sunday and spoke to the media afterwards. Not implementing the National Action Plan has been detrimental to the…

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Shehbaz played Nawaz, says Imran Khan

PTI chairman Imran Khan claimed on Saturday that Shehbaz Sharif had played Nawaz by telling him to return to Pakistan. He said that those who went to welcome Nawaz Sharif were ‘donkeys’. The PTI chairman said Shehbaz Sharif was happy that Nawaz Sharif went to jail. The cricketer-turned-politician said that the former PM had stolen…

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Bilawal terms ‘press censorship’ as pre-poll rigging

“The press is facing censorship, political activists are being detained, and this is not only a violation of human rights but also pre-poll rigging,” Bilawal said.

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‘You think I will survive?’ Hospital overflows after Mastung blast

Survivors of a suicide blast which killed 128 people as it ripped through a crowded election rally described scenes of panic and horror Saturday, as hospitals struggled to cope with scores of wounded. The attack in Mastung on Friday, claimed by the Islamic State group, was one of the deadliest in Pakistan’s history. More than…

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