Noticias

Pakistan's largest-ever census kicks off in 63 districts amid tight security

15 Mar 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Dawn

Pakistan’s largest-ever population census kicked off on Wednesday in 63 districts of the country after a delay of 19 years.

High security was in place as thousands of enumerators backed by the military began the enormous, politically-charged count.

The weeks-long process will deploy a team of more than 300,000 people and involve 55 million forms — as well as a second, separate form distributed by the military.

“It's a very hectic process, but we are ready for it,” Nadeem Ehsan, a teacher clad in a yellow Pakistan Census 2017 jacket in Peshawar, told AFP.

JUI-F, JI oppose mandatory 10pc women voting

16 Feb 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the sub-committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms held in the Parliament House on Wednesday could not reach a consensus on the issue of 10 per cent mandatory participation of women in elections after the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) opposed the proposal presented by other parliamentary parties. 

The JUI-F and JI stuck to their stance for only 5pc participation of women in the elections, although other parliamentary parties demanded at least 10pc participation for validation of polls. 

Electoral reforms

09 Feb 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Pakistan Observer

AT long last, the lengthy process of electoral reforms seems to be moving towards its culmination as Federal Cabinet, in principle, has cleared the consensus recommendations of Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms and now these would be laid down before Parliament next month for required constitutional amendments and passage of a consolidated electoral law.

Cabinet makes ECP autonomous

08 Feb 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Pakistan Today

Federal Cabinet on Tuesday accorded approval to Electoral Reforms Bill – paving the way for envisaging “total financial, administrative and functional autonomy” to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

However, the bill did not touch upon implementation of articles 62 and 63 because the committee failed to evolve consensus on the issue. Hence, the issue of the implementation of ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ for all candidates has not been touched upon in the draft legislation.

Pakistan electoral reform plans aim to boost women's participation in politics

07 Feb 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reforms to Pakistan's electoral laws making it mandatory for political parties to allot five percent of their tickets to women candidates were approved on Tuesday by the federal cabinet, the country's highest decision-making body.

Under Pakistan's constitution, women are guaranteed seats through a quota system in the national parliament and regional assemblies in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Over 95pc women in 17 constituencies didn’t vote in 2013

01 Ene 2017
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Over 95 per cent of registered women voters in at least 17 National Assembly constituencies did not cast their votes in the 2013 general elections.

A document prepared by the Election Commission of Pakistan, available with Dawn, reveals that turnout of women voters was less than one per cent in five of these constituencies. 

According to disaggregated voters’ data, only one woman out of the total 138,910 registered in NA-33 (Upper Dir) had exercised her right to vote.

Draft bill on electoral reforms tabled in NA

21 Dic 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: The government tabled on Tuesday a draft bill on electoral reforms in the National Assembly which gives complete administrative and financial powers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), increases the election expenses limits for both National Assembly and provincial assemblies’ seats by 150 per cent and makes it mandatory for registration of any political party to have at least 1,000 members.

'PML-N passing law against honour killings'

20 Jul 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday. 

The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is an increasingly influential member of her father's ruling party.

Ex-Air Chief denies coup role as Turkey presses purge

19 Jul 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation

Turkey has sacked almost 9,000 officials in its relentless crackdown against suspected coup plotters, authorities said Monday, as the former air force chief denied masterminding the weekend's failed putsch. 

With Western allies expressing alarm over fears Ankara that could reinstate the death penalty in response to Friday's dramatic coup bid, General Akin Ozturk appeared in court, looking haggard and with his ear bandaged.

Opposition stepped back from finalising TORs: Pervaiz Rashid

05 Jul 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation

 Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid on Tuesday said that opposition stepped back from parliamentary committee formed to finalise terms of references (ToRs) for Panama leaks inquiry.

The minister alleged that opposition parties have adopted escapism from parliamentary committee after contacting Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

He said that report has been prepared about the performance of opposition in Panama Leaks probe case that would be presented before the National Assembly in next session.

India ‘ready’ to hold dialogue

01 Jul 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation Newspaper

 Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale on Thursday said India is ready to restore dialogue process with Pakistan on all the issues if environment for talks is pleasant.

Talking to newsmen here at a local hotel after an Iftar-dinner, he said atmosphere for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India should be improved.
He said that better atmosphere was a must for the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India so that these talks should be comprehensive and durable.

ECP has enough powers to disqualify PM

28 Jun 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation Newspaper

 Legal experts believe that legal options are available before the Election Commission of Pakistan to disqualify the prime minister and members of his family if it really wanted to decide the petitions filed by the PPP and the PTI.

The Nation talked to senior jurists who opined that the election body could take action against those who conceal their assets under different sections of Representation of the People Act, 1976.

Govt pursuing suitable foreign policy with futuristic approach: Sartaj

21 Jun 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said as new alignments were emerging in the regional and global arenas, the present government was pursuing a suitable foreign policy with futuristic approach.

Non-interference, balanced approach, ensuring its security, protecting sovereignty and growth of trade and economy were among the main objectives of the government’s foreign policy and its positive results would be seen in future, he said in an interview with a private television channel aired on Monday night.

Karzai meets PM Sharif in London

17 Jun 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and enquired after his health.

Karzai expressed best wishes for early recovery of Sharif. Both the leaders discussed situation at Torkham border, bilateral relations and stressed the need for peaceful solution. Nawaz Sharif thanked Hamid Karzai for good wishes.

The Nation

Govt assailed over FO ‘inefficiency’

14 Jun 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation Newspaper

The opposition members yesterday severely criticised the government in the National Assembly for ‘inefficiency’ of the Foreign Office in handling important matters of the country.

The opposition also came down hard upon the government during budgetary debate for not appointing minister for foreign affairs, keeping mum over NFC award and not holding national census in the country.

The house in five-hour proceedings witnessed thin presence from both sides of the aisle, but lack of quorum was not pointed out by any opposition member.

Govt again fails to win JI support on ToRs

13 Jun 2016
Pakistán
Fuente: 
The Nation Newspaper

 

The government team has once again failed in winning Jamaat-e-Islami support on its ToRs for Panamagate probe, The Nation has learnt.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and IT Minister Anusha Rahman yesterday met JI chief Sirajul Haq to win his party’s support on government made terms of reference but the latter expressed his concerns over the way government was handling this matter, a JI leader told this scribe quoting meeting discussion.

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