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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.

Pakistan court rejects Ex-Prime Minister Sharif's bail plea

Feb 25 2019
Pakistan
Source: 
Gandhara

ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani court has rejected the bail plea from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently serving a seven-year jail term for corruption, his party says.

The Islamabad High Court said in its February 25 ruling that Sharif couldn't be given bail on health grounds as he was already being treated at a hospital.

PTI front runner despite losing seats in by-polls

Oct 15 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: After a neck-and-neck contest, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) managed to win most of the seats in Sunday’s by-elections on 11 National and 24 provincial assembly seats with the PML-N seems to be edging past the PTI in Punjab.

Most of the seats where by-elections were held had been vacated by those elected on more than one seat in the July 25 general elections, including Prime Minister Imran Khan who won in all the five NA constituencies he had contested.

PTI's Arif Alvi officially declared winner of 13th presidential election

Sep 05 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday officially declared Dr Arif Alvi of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as the winner of yesterday's presidential election.

Dr Alvi was declared as the 13th president of Pakistan after an official count showed he had managed to bag the most number of votes from among the three candidates, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman and PPP's Aitzaz Ahsan being the other two.

Imran sworn in as 22nd prime minister

Aug 18 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: PM-elect Imran Khan took oath as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan on Friday at a ceremony held at the President House.

Khan, who secured an 80-vote lead over PML-N’s PM nominee Shehbaz Sharif, was administered the oath by President Mamnoon Hussain.

The oath was attended by the country’s top political and military leaders. First Lady Bushra Imran was also present at the ceremony and was sitting in the first row next to NA Speaker Asad Qaiser.

329 MNAs take oath as 15th National Assembly is born

Aug 13 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The first session of the 15th National Assembly ended on Monday after 329 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath following their election in the July 25 countrywide polls.

Outgoing NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath to the MNAs-elect in the 342-member house, in what is a part of only the second democratic transition in the country's history.

Opposition leaders sans Shahbaz Sharif lead protest against ‘rigging’ in Islamabad

Aug 08 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

Opposition parties held a protest demonstration outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad on Wednesday against alleged rigging in the July 25 general elections. PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, however, was not in attendance.

The PML-N president could not fly to Islamabad from Lahore due to bad weather, said party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb.

The decision to hold the protest was made by the newly formed 11-party grand opposition alliance, named ‘Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections’, at a multi-party conference held in Islamabad on Friday.

Pakistan election in disarray as incumbent rejects result

Jul 26 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Guardian

Pakistan’s general election has been plunged into chaos after the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) said it would reject the result amid widespread allegations that the military was rigging the ballot in favour of the party led by the former cricketer Imran Khan.

With only a third of the vote counted by 3am – an hour after the result was officially due – Khan’s Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led in 110 seats, with the PMLN trailing on 68.

Avenfield verdict: Nawaz to serve 10 years in jail for owning assets beyond income, Maryam 7 for abetment

Jul 06 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

The accountability court on Friday announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB. The sentences will run concurrently which means the former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail.

ECP announces changes in election schedule, polling date remains same

Jun 08 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced changes in the schedule for General Elections 2018, however, polling date will remain the same.

The ECP said that the date for submission of nomination papers was extended for facilitating political parties.

The nomination papers can now be submitted until June 11, the ECP said, adding that candidatures for reserved seats for women and minorities could also be submitted until the same date.

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