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Rains in Punjab, KP bring pleasant weather on Eid

Weather in most parts of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa became pleasant after it rained on both Eid days. It rained in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Azad Kashmir on Saturday. According to the Met Office, showers are expected in different parts of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday as well. Strong winds, thunder and lightning…

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PML-N still capable of giving tough time to PTI in Punjab, says Nadeem Malik

Senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik said the PML-N will give tough time to PTI in Punjab in the elections. He said it is possible that the PML-N will maintain the leading position in Punjab after the elections. Mr. Malik said that Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris has rescued himself from representing Nawaz Sharif in the accountability…

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Hafiz Saeed’s MML to support unknown group in elections

Milli Muslim League, a politico-religious party linked with JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, has decided to support the Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek in the elections. AAT, a little known political party led by Dr Ahsan Abdul Bari, was formed some 15 years ago and was registered in the Election Commission of Pakistan in 2013. Saifullah Khalid, the MML…

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Dr Hasan Askari takes oath as caretaker CM of Punjab

Dr Hasan Askari took oath as the caretaker CM of Punjab at 11am on Friday. The governor, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, administered the oath to Dr Askari at Governor House, Lahore. Former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif also attended the oath-taking ceremony. Alauddin Marri will take oath as Balochistan’s caretaker CM at 5pm at Governor House, Quetta. The…

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ECP rejects PML-N’s reservations over Askari’s appointment as Punjab CM

The Election Commission of Pakistan has rejected PML-N’s reservations over the appointment of Hasan Askari Rizvi as Punjab’s caretaker Chief Minister. “The appointment of caretaker Punjab CM could not be challenged,” ECP spokesman Nadeem Qasim told SAMAA anchorperson Shahzad Iqbal. “Article 224 of the constitution gives the ECP complete authority to take a decision on…

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Profile: Punjab Caretaker CM Hasan Askari-Rizvi

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Professor Dr Hasan Askari-Rizvi is a renowned political and military analyst who served as professor emeritus of political science at his alma mater, Punjab University. He has served as a visiting professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999. From 1988 to 1991, Dr Askari-Rizvi was…

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Dr Hasan Askari becomes Punjab caretaker CM

The Election Commission named Dr Hasan Askari as the interim chief minister of Punjab on Thursday. A parliamentary committee was assigned the task to pick a caretaker CM for Punjab. They failed to arrive at a consensus. The Election Commission was then tasked to settle the matter. The government suggested Justice (retd) Sair Ali and…

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ECP to appoint caretaker CMs in Punjab, Balochistan

The Election Commission will decide on names for caretaker chief ministers of Punjab and Balochistan as parliamentary committees of the two provinces have failed to reach consensus. Both the assemblies completed their constitutional term on May 31, according to Election Commission. The chief ministers and opposition leaders of the two assemblies had to decide names…

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Punjab, KP, Balochistan await their caretaker CMs

The selection process of caretaker CMs has yet to make headway in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Parliamentary committees will settle the matter in Punjab and Balochistan while the Election Commission will decide on KP’s CM. In Balochistan, the last meeting for negotiations bore no fruit. Former CM Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and former opposition leader in…

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Will renovate every city if return to power, says Shehbaz Sharif

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said that he would launch new development projects and renovate every city, if he comes to power again. The former Punjab CM said that the PML-N government eliminated electricity loadshedding from the country. “Electricity is available in the country despite hot weather.” He said the PML-N government has revolutionized the social…

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Former Punjab governor joins PTI

Former Punjab Zulfiqar Khosa has parted ways with the ruling party and joined Imran Khan’s PTI. Zulfiqar Khosa, an influential personality of Dera Ghaza Khan, has joined the PTI after a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan on Friday. Mr. Khan said he is happy to welcome Khosa family in his party. However, the sources…

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PML-N finds strong candidate in Chaudhry Nisar’s home constituency

PML-N has found a strong candidate in Chaudhry Nisar’s home constituency, NA-59, to contest elections for national assembly seat. Qamar-ul-Islam, an MPA and the chairman of Punjab Education Foundation, has submitted a request to PML-N for the ticket to contest election from NA-59. According to sources, the PML-N leadership has assured its support to Mr….

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Nasir Durrani recuses himself from Punjab caretaker CM post

Former IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Durrani has excused himself from taking over as Punjab’s caretaker chief minister citing personal engagements. According to details, Mr. Durrani said he could not take the responsibility due to personal engagements. Former bureaucrat Nasir Saeed Khosa had already recused himself from taking over as Punjab’s caretaker CM after the PTI…

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Provinces fail to make headway in picking CM name

The 2018 general elections are nearly upon us but the provincial governments have failed to bring a caretaker setup. There is a deadlock between the government and opposition parties in all four provinces. The matter will be sent to a parliamentary committee if the provinces do not come up with names for the caretaker CM…

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PTI withdraws Nasir Khosa’s name for caretaker CM Punjab

The PTI has withdrawn the name of Nasir Khosa for the post of caretaker chief minister of Punjab, announced the leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly, on Wednesday. “Proper consultations were not held and the decision was taken in haste,” said PTI’s Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, who is the leader of the opposition in Punjab Assembly. “We…

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IHC orders fresh delimitations in 4 KP, Punjab districts

The Islamabad High court has declared the delimitations in four districts of KP and Punjab provinces as null and void. The IHC has ordered the ECP to conduct fresh delimitations in the districts keeping in view the ratio of their population. Ten NA constituencies and 21 provincial constituencies in Jehlum, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang and…

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Gun battle between Dolphin Police, suspects claims life of 14-year-old

A 14-year-old was caught in the crosshairs of an alleged police encounter on Tuesday. The victim succumbed to his wounds as police arrested five suspects for being involved in the gun battle.  According to details, the Dolphin Force signalled to a vehicle to stop at Ring Road in Lahore but it refused to follow the…

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Nasir Saeed Khosa named Punjab caretaker CM

The Punjab government and opposition have named Nasir Saeed Khosa as the caretaker Chief Minister. CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and PTI opposition leader Mehmood-ur-Rasheed have reached consensus over the name of Mr. Khosa. Glad to announce that Leader of the opposition Punjab and I have agreed on the name of Nasir Saeed Khosa as caretaker…

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Sikhs host Iftar dinner for Muslims in Sialkot

The Sikh community hosted an Iftar dinner for Muslims at the historical and ancient Gurudawara Baabey Di Beri in Sialkot. Sardar Jaskaran Singh, the caretaker of Gurudawara said that the aim of hosting an Iftar dinner was to promote inter-faith harmony. He said that minorities in Pakistan were enjoying a complete religious freedom and the…

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Electables joining PTI due to my vision, says Imran Khan

Imran Khan has defended his decision to take electables in his party, claiming that PTI’s vision is attracting lawmakers of rival political parties. “My vision is Naya Pakistan─an Islamic Welfare State”, Imran Khan told SAMAA anchorperson Nadeem Malik on Tuesday. “When I first contested elections in 1997, I had no knowledge of election science,” the…

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Shehbaz criticizes PTI over 100-day agenda

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has criticized Imran Khan and Asif Zardari for what he calls their politics of sit-ins and name calling. “The people are fed up of their politics of deceit and allegations,” he said. “We have selflessly served the masses day and night” The Punjab Chief Minister said Imran Khan has done…

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