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Senate chairman election: the numbers game

Mar 12 2021
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

All eyes are on the Senate today as the upper house gears up for the crucial election for the offices of chairman and deputy chairman.

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (PPP) and Maulana Abdul Gha­foor Haideri (JUI-F) have been fielded by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) as its joint candidates for the posts of chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.

G-B Assembly unanimously adopts joint-resolution for interim province status

Mar 09 2021
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

GILGIT:

The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a joint resolution to make the region an interim constitutional province.

The resolution was jointly-tabled by G-B Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan and opposition leader Amjad Hussain.

The text of the resolution read that the federal government, the prime minister and the state institutions should give G-B the status of an interim constitutional province and adequate representation in the National Assembly and other federal bodies.

PDM's Yousaf Raza Gilani defeats PTI's Hafeez Shaikh in major upset in Senate elections

Mar 03 2021
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

According to unofficial result, Gilani bags 169 votes while Shaikh receives 164 ballots; seven votes rejected.

QUETTA/ ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI/ LAHORE:

In a major upset in the Senate election, Yousaf Raza Gilani, the joint candidate of opposition parties, has been elected senator from Islamabad, by defeating Abdul Hafeez Shaikh of the ruling party, according to unofficial results.

Snowfall, power outages hinder polling process in hotly contested GB election

Nov 15 2020
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan are heading to polling stations today (Sunday) to vote in what could be the most hotly contested election the region has ever seen.

Pictures and videos showed citizens lined up outside polling stations, wearing face masks and observing social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Many also braved heavy snowfall in the upper areas of GB to cast their vote.

There were also power outages reported at some polling stations, slowing down the voting process as staff used torches to register voter data.

No progress made in foreign funding cases against PML-N, PPP

Oct 02 2020
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

ISLAMABAD: A scrutiny committee of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday met to take up hearings of foreign funding cases against the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) but adjourned proceedings without any progress.

Both parties were told that information from banks was awaited henceforth it was not possible to move forward and the committee will meet again after relevant information is received.

Pakistan announces November 15 as poll date for Gilgit-Baltistan assembly

Sep 24 2020
Pakistan
Source: 
The Hindu

 

The polls in Gilgit-Baltistan were to be held on August 18, but the Election Commission on July 11 postponed them due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pakistan has announced that the once-postponed election for the legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan will be held on November 15, amidst India’s objection to Islamabad’s moves in the strategically-located region.

Gilgit-Baltistan elections postponed

Jul 10 2020
Pakistan
Source: 
The News

GILGIT: An All Parties Conference (APC) was held in the region under the chair of Chief Election Commissioner on Thursday to finalise the date of local bodies’ elections.

According to details, members from Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) among others were all present in the APC. Elections had been scheduled to kick off from August 18 in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan but a new date of October 28 was deliberated upon in the session.

Parliamentary panel meets today to discuss ECP members names

Dec 03 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee meets on Tuesday (today) to consider nominations for members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from Sindh and Balochistan, amid back-channel efforts for consensus.

Following the retirement of Abdul Ghaffar Soomro and retired Justice Shakeel Baloch in January, the positions of ECP members from Sindh and Balochistan have been lying vacant.

Pakistan Protests Block Roads But Fail To Oust Prime Minister

Nov 15 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
ToloNews

Thousands of anti-government protesters blocked highways across Pakistan on Thursday in a bid to oust prime minister Imran Khan, though the disruption fell short of what organizers had planned.

The protests, led by Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of the conservative Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) party, began with the “Azadi” (freedom) March on Oct. 27 from the southern city of Karachi.

Government to allow JUI-F's 'Azadi March' to go ahead as long as it remains peaceful

Oct 23 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The government on Wednesday decided to let the opposition's 'Azadi March' protest in Islamabad proceed as long as parameters laid out by courts for lawful protest are not breached.

The decision was made after a team delegated to negotiate with the opposition presented its recommendations to the prime minister.

Pakistani lawyers protest Gov't case against top judge

Jun 03 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
RFE/RL

Pakistan’s leading lawyers association has threatened strong protests if the government’s misconduct case against a Supreme Court judge who was critical of the country’s powerful military goes to trial.

Amanullah Kanrani, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, says they will protest at courthouses if legal action is taken against Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa for allegedly failing to declare foreign properties in his wealth statement.

NA speaker calls for enhancing Pakistan-Qatar cooperation

May 23 2019
Pakistan
Qatar
Source: 
THE NATION
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Qatar since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of common religion, brotherhood, history and culture.
 
The Speaker NA stated this while talking to Ambassador of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri who called on him in Parliament House on Tuesday.
 

Opposition parties to hold protests, call APC after Eid

May 19 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

Leaders of the opposition parties on Sunday announced their plans to "launch protests inside and outside the parliament after Eidul Fitr" and hold an All Parties Conference (APC) to "chalk out a joint strategy on how to tackle the problems facing Pakistan".

The announcement was made by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari at a press conference that followed an iftar-dinner he hosted at Zardari House in Islamabad and which was attended by a delegation of arch rivals-turned-allies PML-N and other major opposition parties.

Elections 2018 were most transparent: CEC

May 07 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
THE NATION

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Pakistan Sardar Raza Khan on Monday said that general elections 2018 were the most transparent elections held in the history of Pakistan as we received only 500 complaints against the results. He said this while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected Cabinet of the Haripur Bar Club. Sardar Raza Khan further said that to bring more transparency in the electoral process we are using modern technology and to address the voters grievances we will also introduce electronic voting machines.

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