- No significant rise in female candidates contesting on general seats of the NA
Despite the welcome addition of a woman candidate contesting independently from Bajaur Agency, the overall number of women candidates contesting on general seats of the National Assembly (NA) has stayed much the same since the 2002 election.Even in the ranks of mainstream political parties which champion equal rights and participation of women, the number of women candidates contesting in the upcoming general elections has remained unchanged or, worse still, gone down. According to details of candidates filed by eight mainstream political parties, there is no significant increase in the number of women candidates in the 2002, 2008 and 2013 elections.Moreover, the two main religious parties — JamiatUlema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) — have maintained their tradition of totally ignoring women candidates on general seats and, like the previous two elections, no woman candidate has been awarded a party ticket by these two parties.
- Grenade attack on MQM election office injures fourteen
Around fourteen people were injured in a grenade attack at election office of MuttahidaQaumi Movement (MQM) in Kharadar locality on Sunday night. According to details, police said that six armed men riding on three motorbikes threw a hand grenade at election office of MQM situated at said place. After getting information of the incident rescue teams rushed on the spot and immediately shifted the injured to Civil Hospital, Karachi for medical treatment.
- Taliban threat could skew election results
Moderate politicians from some of Pakistan’s most violent areas are risking the threat of Taliban attack to run in upcoming nationwide elections, but they are increasingly being forced to rely on social media, phone calls and even short documentaries that allow them to campaign at a distance. That could give hard-line Islamic candidates and Taliban supporters an advantage as they’re able to stump for votes and hold large public rallies that are a traditional hallmark of elections in the country but are extremely vulnerable to attacks.
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- Altaf urges Taliban to lay down arms
In what is being described as a major shift in policy towards the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has appealed to its leaders to lay down arms and enter mainstream politics. “You cannot make friends by using force… make them yours with the power of peace and love,” he said in his speech from London to a big gathering held on Saturday at the LalQila ground to kick off the MQM’s election campaign. The MQM has fielded 671 candidates — 221 for the National Assembly and 450 for the four provincial assemblies. Mr Hussain used the occasion to convey to the Taliban that his party would have no objection if they stopped killing innocent people and instead joined mainstream politics.
- Adiala Jail superintendent examines Musharraf’s farmhouse
Superintendent of Adiala Jail visited the residence of former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on Sunday to examine arrangement at the farmhouse which was declared as a sub-jail. The former president was also declared fit after a medical examination was conducted by the medical in-charge of Adiala Jail Dr Asif, following apprehensions expressed by his counsel over the food provided to the All Pakistan Muslim League chief. Dr Asif later said that the detained former ruler was fit and was receiving proper food provisions. Members of the media were also restricted from coverage outside the residence of Musharraf. Earlier, Secretary General of the APML and a lawyer for Pervez Musharraf were prevented from meeting the former military ruler at his ChakShehzad farmhouse residence.
- Meeting to be held of all candidates from Tehsil Rawalpindi on April 22
A meeting of all candidates, contesting general elections 2013 from tehsil Rawalpindi, will be held on Monday (April 22) at the Rawalpindi Arts Counci (RAC) Hall. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi, Rashid MehmudLangrial, City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi and District Election Commissioner Rawalpindi, ZahidSubhani will brief the candidates about the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Senior Superintendent Police (SSP), Special Branch Rawalpindi Region, Syed Ali Mohsin on Saturday said that the Special Branch would play an active role in ensuring the elections are conducted smoothly.
- ANP expresses concern over poor security
The Awami National Party Students Wing has expressed deep concerns over poor security for their party leadership. They demanded the government and Election Commission of Pakistan to take prompt steps for provision of adequate security to the ANP leadership and workers. Speaking at a news conference, Pakhtun Students’ Federation (PSF) Central President Bashir Sherpao said that it was duty of the caretaker government to provide proper security to political parties leaders especially to ANP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that despite threats to ANP leaders from militants, security was removed from their leadership.
- PML-N to end armed wings of political parties in Karachi: Nawaz
PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said his party, on coming to power, would end armed wings of political parties in Karachi. Talking to media persons here, Nawaz Sharif said Karachiites were facing barbarism due to negligence of the political forces which ruled the country for five years, adding PML-N would remove the miseries of the metropolis city. He said PPP should tell the people about its performance during the last five years.
- PML-N announces candidate list for Sindh
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has announced the names of its candidates for Sindh seats. View the full list here:
- PML-N leader claims to have corruption files on ex-CM
PML-N senior vice-president and candidate for National Assembly constituency NA-9 (Mardan-I) Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hoti on Saturday claimed that he has 78 files of corruption against former chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti and his father Senator Azam Khan Hoti. “I will submit these files to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) soon after the election as those at the helm of affairs are under the influence of Haider Hoti nowadays,” he told a press conference at Mardan Press Club. Khwaja Hoti said the former chief minister had got commissions in most development works in Mardan.
- Youth with PML-N, not PTI: Maryam Nawaz
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on Saturday said that youth of the country is with PML-N instead of PTI and her party will clean sweep the upcoming elections with the votes of youth.Maryam said that PML-N would provide uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas, besides employment opportunities to the youth after coming to power after winning the elections to be held on May 11.
- PTI urges government to restore constitutional rights to the Kailash community
Leaders of PTI have urged the government to restore constitutional and legal rights of Kailash community. Addressing a press conference Abdul Latif, president of PTI, Muhammad Israr general Secretary, Haji Muhammad Sultan and Muntasir Billah said that Kailash community are the only tribe of world who were declared indigenous people by United Nations. Having unique culture Kailsh are famous in the world for their culture, language, customary and living matters but unfortunately they were not given their real status. They said that there is no column in registration form of NADRA for Kailash but Hindus, Sikh, Christians and other minorities have been mentioned there. As well as they were deprived of their constitutional rights by former president Pervez Musharaf in 2001 when he violated constitution of 1973 as a result Kailash community cannot participate in election as minority candidate.
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- PPP issues notice to Senator Sardar Ali Khan for violating party discipline
The relations between Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership and Senator Sardar Ali Khan reached the point of no return Sunday when he was issued a show-cause notice for violating party discipline, sources said. The sources said that Senator Sardar Ali, who is a former president of PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was considered close to President Asif Ali Zardari, sent his resignation from the party to President Asif Ali Zardari after receiving the show-cause notice.
- PPP government let the country down: Nawaz
Addressing an election rally in Kasur on Saturday, Nawaz criticised the PPP government for letting the country down in every field. He said that the PPP could have solved the problem of loadshedding, if it had made sincere efforts. “Today masses are living under miserable conditions due to the flawed policies of the PPP government.” He said that the PML-N would have ended loadshedding, if it were in power. He claimed to end the loadshedding in three, if people voted his party into power.
- PML-F kicks off election drive
The Pakistan Muslim League-Functional kicked off its election campaign in the City on Sunday. Kamran Tessori and Sardar Rahim, the PML-F candidates for NA-250 and PS-113 respectively, launched their election campaign in their constituencies. They said people of the area have been deprived of shelter by the rulers. They said only the PML-F would ensure basic rights of the people of the area. They vowed their party would take every step ensuring shelter and other basic needs to the masses.