- Musharraf given judicial remand by ATC
The anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday remanded former president Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks as judges pushed ahead with plans to put the former army chief on trial for a crackdown on the judiciary during his time in office. Hundreds of lawyers jeered at Musharraf and scuffled with his supporters as he appeared at the Islamabad court a day after police arrested him at his home — a breach with an unwritten rule in Pakistan that ex-generals are above the law. The judge ruled that he be detained until his next court appearance on May 4. Musharraf’s spokesman said authorities had decided that he would be placed under house arrest at his farmhouse residence on the edge of Islamabad.
- Election campaigning to begin from Saturday: ECP
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that the electoral candidates would formally begin their campaigns from Saturday. According to ECP, the candidates will have 20 days for election campaign that is beginning from Saturday. Election campaign date would expire on 9 May at Midnight and polling will begin on 11 May after a day gap.
- Elections will be historic: Information Minister
Information Minister Arif Nizami has said that this time the elections will be historic because there is a neutral government and Election Commission. He expressed these views while addressing a one day forum on “Media Guidelines for 2013 Elections” held in Islamabad. Addressing the participants‚ caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami said media has a pivotal role during the upcoming general elections and the government will facilitate the free flow of information. He said this time the elections will be historic because there is a neutral caretaker setup and an independent Election Commission. He said one and only agenda of the caretaker government is to ensure free‚ fair and transparent elections.
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- Printing of ballot papers now underway
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started printing of ballot papers from Friday. Printing of 1.8 million ballot papers has been started from Friday and the whole process would be completed till April 30, said an official of ECP while talking to APP. Election Commission officials are in close contact with the printing press’s staff for proofreading of ballot papers. He said the returning officers (ROs) would issue final list of candidates in their respective areas on Friday.
- ECP issues list of sensitive polling stations
The ECP has issued a list of ‘sensitive’ and ‘most sensitive’ polling stations across the country, revealing that there are 11,053 ‘sensitive’ and 10,237 ‘most sensitive’ polling stations in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Punjab has 2,911 sensitive and 2,617 most sensitive polling stations, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 2,980 sensitive and 1,056 most sensitive, and Sindh 3,621 sensitive and 4,629 most sensitive polling stations. In Balochistan, there are 1,071 sensitive and 1,451 most sensitive polling stations while FATA has 459 sensitive and 510 most sensitive polling stations.
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- Former PML-N MNA Ayaz Amir to join PTI
Former PML-N MNA Ayaz Amir announced on Friday that he would be joining the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Addressing a press conference in Chakwal, Amir said that the PML-N is unaware of ground realities. He offered his unconditional support to PTI candidates contesting for NA-60 and NA-61 in Chakwal district. He also revealed that he was pulling out from the election race himself.
- PTI to form foreign policy on basis of dignity & self-respect: Imran Khan
Chairman PTI Imran Khan said that PTI would formulate the independent foreign policy to build foreign relations on the basis of dignity and self-respect. He was of the view that economic stability would be essential to form the independent foreign policy for the country. Imran Khan said that his party’s supreme foreign policy objective to be to benefitted the common masses and to achieve the objective of their prosperity. Talking to private television channel, he said that his party believes in peaceful negotiations for the solution of all internal and external issues and challenges.
- PPP & ANP neck-to-neck in Peshawar
Allies in previous coalition government, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Awami National Party would contest polls neck-to-neck in five central districts of Peshawar valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Though in recent past, the ANP remained main beneficiary in Peshawar, Charsadda and Swabi districts, whereas the PPP proved itself a superior force in Mardan and Nowshera. But now the situation seems tough for the PPP in both Mardan and Nowshera districts due to internal rifts. However, in Peshawar, the PPP improved its position in urban areas but facing hardships in rural areas.
- Last minute appointments by the PPP government
The PPP not only kept the banks open on its last day to pocket billions of funds but also did not hesitate to adjust its cronies and loyalists in the Information Ministry against lucrative posts in foreign missions throughout the world. But this has now been challenged and the Islamabad High Court has admitted a petition against these hasty and controversial decisions.The move was challenged by a large number of aggrieved officers from the Information Ministry in the Islamabad High Court. The petition was admitted by Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, the Chief Justice of IHC, who issued notices to the respondents, including former Minister for Information, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Information Secretary, Principal Secretary to the former prime minister, Establishment secretary and others.
- PPP shifts focus on energy woes
PPP, the former ruling party, has launched its re-election bid around seven core values — ensuring basic needs, empowerment for all, inclusive and equitable growth, infrastructure for the future, social contract reforms, security and foreign policy. During a seminar on the party’s manifesto, former finance minister Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, and Senator Saeed Ghani expanded on the PPP’s promises, which include increasing education and health spending to around five per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each, and to create five million jobs in the next five years if voted back into power. Mandviwalla said the PPP is most commonly blamed for the energy crisis. He said that when the party came in to power in 2008, it had resolved to deal with the energy sector using a three-pronged strategy — power plants in the short term, changing the fuel mix in the medium term and increasing Pakistan’s hydropower capacity in the long run.
- PML-N to enhance women’s role in legislation
PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said his party will ensure substantial participation of women in legislation as well as other affairs of the state. After voted to power, the PML-N government would frame policies to ensure participation and a positive role of the women in lawmaking as well as in running affairs of various government departments, Nawaz Sharif said while speaking to activists of the women wing and the former legislators of the party.