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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.

SC orders candidates to submit affidavits with nomination papers

Jun 06 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

The Supreme Court on Wednesday instructed aspiring candidates to submit an affidavit, detailing their assets, along with their nomination papers.

A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, resumed hearing of a petition filed by former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq challenging a Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict rejecting nomination papers, drafted by a parliamentary committee, for violating Article 62, 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Elections won't be delayed at any cost unless ECP becomes helpless: CJP said

Jun 04 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday said there was no possibility of a delay in the upcoming elections unless the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) 'becomes helpless.'  Justice Nisar made the comment during the hearing of a case regarding electoral amendments — filed by the Workers Party. 

All matters pertaining to elections must be completed on an urgent basis, the chief justice noted. Director-general of Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) noted that the code of conduct was formed with consensus from all political parties.   

Process for July 25 polls starts today

Jun 01 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued the schedule for the 2018 general elections.

According to the schedule, returning officers through public notices will invite nominations from prospective candidates on June 1, while nomination papers will be filed from June 2 to 6.

The list of nominated candidates will be published on June 7. The last date for scrutiny of nomination papers is June 14, while June 19 will be the last date for filing of appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers.

Nasirul Mulk sworn in as caretaker PM

Jun 01 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk on Friday took oath as the country’s interim prime minister.

The newly-appointed caretaker chief executive’s oath was administered by President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House. Following the ceremony, Justice Mulk was presented a guard of honour by the armed forces.

Speaking to the media after the oath-taking, the interim premier said free and fair polls were his priority.

“Mark my words, general polls will be held timely,” Mulk said,

Resolution seeking delay in elections submitted in Balochistan Assembly

May 30 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Pakistan Today

A resolution demanding one-month delay in general elections was submitted in Balochistan Assembly on Wednesday.

The resolution, submitted by Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, sought that elections be held in August, instead of July this year, because “a majority of the public wants to undertake Hajj for which [many] would be travelling to Saudi Arabia in July” and hence, they would be unable to vote in the elections.

PM Abbasi reiterates call for free, fair elections

May 30 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday reiterated his call for free and fair elections and voiced concerns regarding a government, non-representative of the masses, assuming power.

“You can see what happened in Balochistan and the Senate. It is not in the country’s best interests,” said the premier while addressing a news conference in Islamabad.

Former CJP Nasirul Mulk to take over as caretaker prime minister

May 27 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

Former chief justice Nasirul Mulk was announced as the caretaker prime minister on Monday during a joint press conference held by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah.

It took the government and the opposition six meetings to decide on a name for the coveted position.

“Today is a day of great importance in the democratic run of the country. We have agreed on an individual for the position,” said the premier during the press conference.

Pakistan to hold general elections on July 25

May 26 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Al Jazeera

President Mamnoon Hussain approves the date, as the government prepares to hand power over to caretaker administration.

Pakistan will hold general elections for July 25, a presidential spokesman has said. 

President Mamnoon Hussain approved the date on Saturday, which will see Pakistan's more than 100 million voters getting the opportunity to vote for both the national and provincial assemblies.

Parliamentary body to decide caretaker PM after govt-Opp talks falter

May 25 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Pakistan Today

Khursheed Shah says he will not hold any further meetings with PM Abbasi over caretaker premier

A parliamentary committee will now decide the name of the caretaker prime minister as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah failed to reach a consensus over the matter on Friday.

Shah told reporters at his chamber in Parliament House that there would be no more meetings between him and Prime Minister Abbasi over naming the caretaker PM.

Still no consensus on a name for caretaker PM

May 22 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn News

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said on Tuesday that there was still a lack of consensus between him and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over the name of the caretaker prime minister. The comment was made after a meeting between Shah and Abbasi to finalise the name of the caretaker prime minister ended inconclusively.

Who will be the caretaker prime minister?

May 21 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

A day before Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are expected to announce the name of caretaker premier, a few names have started doing the rounds for the post.

According to sources, a few names are under consideration for the post and Shah and PM Abbasi have agreed on who should be the caretaker prime minister. "Now, discussions are underway on the caretaker cabinet," the sources said.

Date for 2018 elections to be announced after consultation, says ECP

May 18 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the date for General Elections 2018 will be announced after mutual consultation, an hour after its website mentioned July 31 as the date for the conduct of polls.

"The date and schedule of elections is not something to be hidden," Altaf Hussain, a spokesman for the ECP told Geo News. He said that an "empty link was put on the ECP website."

PML-N loses another MNA to PTI

May 18 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Pakistan Today

Another Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker has joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday, along with two former legislators. According to details, PML-N lawmaker Jaffar Leghari after meeting Imran Khan in Lahore, announced to join PTI.

Jaffar Leghari’s decision was also endorsed by member of National Assembly (MNA) Dr Meena Leghari and ex-senator Mohsin Leghari, who also announced their decision to join Imran Khan’s party.

People want Islamic Pakistan, not ‘Naya Pakistan’: Siraj claimed

May 13 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

Jamat-e-Islami leader Sirajul Haq, speaking at the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal's (MMA) first public gathering in Punjab on Sunday, said that the rally was a clear message that the nation wanted an "Islamic Pakistan" instead of "Naya Pakistan".

Addressing the rally held at the Greater Iqbal Park, Siraj said that it was unfortunate that an Islamic political system was not implemented in last 70 years, adding that the party was fighting for the imposition of Islamic system in the country.

Name of caretaker PM to be announced on 15th

May 11 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Pakistan Today

Khurseehd Shah says name of caretaker PM ‘secure in his heart’ until formal disclosure

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition leader Khursheed Shah on Friday finally arrived at a consensus pertaining to the name of caretaker PM. Talking to media, Shah refused to reveal the name and said that the announcement will be made on May 15.

“The name of caretaker PM is secure in my heart. I will not tell it to media no matter how many time they ask,” asserted Shah.

ECP denies media reports on elections date finalisation

May 09 2018
Pakistan
Source: 
Geo tv

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denied on Wednesday news reports which had stated the commission has recommended that the 2018 general elections should be held by the end of July.

In a statement, the ECP said today that neither has a date been fixed for the upcoming polls nor is any particular date being considered. The ECP termed all such news reports as baseless. 

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