- 15,629 in race for 849 general seats
A total number of 15,629 candidates are contesting the general elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies on 849 general seats while 1,063 candidates are eyeing reserved seats comprising of women and minorities, according to the ECP’s latest data.
- Blasts rattle 3 provinces in 24 hours
Another explosion rocked Quetta Wednesday evening, the ninth blast in three different provinces of Pakistan in the last 24 hours, raising fears for deteriorating law and order as the historic May 11 polls draw nearer. At least two people were injured in the latest attack on Jan Muhammad road area of Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said.
- PTI to hold local government elections after 90 days
To empower people at the lowest tier, PTI will hold local government elections in 90 days after coming into power, PTI chairman Imran Khan announced on Wednesday. Imran was addressing a press conference in Lahore.
- MQM being kept out of election process: Altaf
Criticising the Sindh caretaker government’s failure to rein in terrorists, the MQM said on Wednesday unconstitutional, undemocratic and illegal tactics were being used to keep it out of the election process. Party chief Altaf Hussain appealed to the MQM workers and Haq Parast people to take the election campaign of the party into their hands and inform the people about injustices being done against the party.
- Strong contenders vying for PK-5
Out of 11 seats of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the most interesting contest is expected on PK-5 Peshawar-V as several strong contenders are vying for the provincial assembly seat. The PK-5 constituency of Peshawar consists of rural as well as posh areas of Peshawar including Hayatabad, parts of University Town, University Road, etc.
- PPP likely to win NA-3 race
The National Assembly (NA) constituency NA-3, Peshawar-111, is another significant seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all major political and religious parties have fielded contenders for the scheduled May 11 elections. However, PPP ex-MNA Noor Alam Khan is the strongest candidate and can win the race again.
- 277 candidates running for seats in Peshawar
Over 277 candidates from different political parties are in the run for the National Assembly’s four seats and 11 seats of Provincial Assembly from district Peshawar in upcoming election. Almost all mainstream political parties, including Pakistan Peoples Parties Parliamentarian (PPPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiate Ulema Islam, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Tereek-e-Insaf, Qaumi Watan Party along with other political factions have been fielded their candidates on these constituencies.
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- PTI awards tickets to PML-Q dissidents in Taxila, Wah Cantt
PTI has awarded party ticket to three dissidents of PML-Q on one National Assembly and two provincial assembly seats of the area, going against PTI’s mantra of new faces and slogan of change. Closely watching and observing the changing political scenario, local political pundits are of the view that no “new face” has been granted PTI ticket in the area, proving the old political saying “old wine in new bottles.”
- PPP big guns join PML-N
Giving a massive jolt to PPP in the Rawalpindi, diehard, veteran politician and former federal minister Raja Shahid Zafar, along with other three heavyweight Jiyalas joined PML-N after meeting with Nawaz League’s senior leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
- Shahbaz has no facts to refute PPP’s achievements: Wattoo
PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has lambasted Shahbaz Sharif for criticising the figures provided in the PPP advertisement wherein he had recounted the farmers’ friendly agricultural policy of his government that turned Pakistan from a wheat-importing to a wheat-exporting country. Talking to reporters, Wattoo said that Shahbaz Sharif was criticising the PPP and its leadership for the sake of criticism, mainly because he “lacks arguments to build a case against the PPP government’s past five years, especially on the agriculture front”.
- Alliance against PPP, PML-N formed
In an attempt to express resentment against its rival political parties, the anti-PPP and anti-PML-N factions joined hands and formed an electoral grouping named, Malir Khushhal Alliance. Under the settlement, the PML-Q’s Haleem Adil Shaikh announced his withdrawal from NA-258 in support of Jam Abdul Karim Bijar. Similarly, Bijar and his followers will support Shaikh on PS-129 constituency.
- PTI doubts integrity of Gallup Pakistan
Information Secretary of PTI, Dr. Shireen Mazari, questioned the integrity of Gallup Pakistan and asked media to expose all those departments and institutions that are confusing the masses by conducting fake surveys. She lashed out at what she called as ‘doctored poll’ conducted by Gallup-Pakistan and questioned the credibility not only of the poll but also of the institution itself and the gentleman heading it.
- Musharraf hopeful ordeal will end in a few weeks
Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is hopeful that his ordeal will end in few weeks and he will be granted bail in all the three cases, his counsel Barrister Salman Safdar said. Recalling his meeting with the former military strongman, his counsel said that Musharraf is very confident and took active part in discussions regarding the cases. Safdar said that quality of evidence in these cases cannot stand before any court of law if fair investigation is done and justice is delivered to the former president.
- Sindh takes a Rs. 15bn hit: day of mourning by MQM
The economic hub of the country Karachi wore a deserted look on Wednesday as major industrial, trading and port activities were suspended due to day of mourning declared by MQM against killing of its workers in a bomb blast near its election camp. Apart from Karachi, supporters of MQM staged protests in Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Larkana, Naudero, Tando Allahyar and other parts of Sindh. The business and trading activities in those cities bore an estimated loss of more than Rs 15 billion as Karachi alone suffered a loss of Rs 12 billion, industrial and traders bodies said.
- Seat adjustment: PML-N, JUI talks falter again
Talks between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for seat adjustments in the key constituencies once again suffered stalemate, diminishing chances of a last-minute poll cooperation arrangement between the two parties for the May 11 general elections.
- Taliban threats, taboos bar millions of women from voting
Taliban threats, social taboos and poor organisation will likely deprive millions of women their right to vote. Out of a population of 180 million, 37 million women and 48 million men are registered to vote in the May 11 polls. But in the conservative northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, adjoining tribal areas on the Afghan border and south-western province Baluchistan, few women voted at the last election and officials fear it will be the same again. “We waited the whole day… but not a single woman turned up because of a ban imposed by tribal elders,” remembers Badama Begum, a 33-year-old teacher who worked at a polling station in 2008 in the north-western district of Mardan.
- PML-N Women’s Wing rally held in Multan
PML-N Women’s Wing organized a rally in Multan on Thursday from Gol Bagh to Gardezi market to muster support for their party candidates contesting from different constituencies in the city. The rally was led by former special advisor for Chief Minister Sultana Shaheen and former MNA Shaheen Shafiq.