Election Update – 26th April, 2013

  • ECP vows not to delay polls as TTP attacks continue

The election commission of Pakistan  vowed not to delay the elections even by a ‘single day’ as polls related attacks killed at least six more people while Taliban distributed pamphlets in some cities warning citizens against participating in the elections. A bike bomb explosion at an MQM election office in Karachi’s Nusrat Bhutto Colony at around 10pm on Thursday killed at least five people and injured 15 others. Earlier, in the day, two bikers hurled a grenade on an election office of a PPP candidate in Baluchistan’s in Nushki district, killing one person and injuring another.

< Read More – http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/26-Apr-2013/ttp-hits-mqm-on-heels-of-ecp-pledge >


  • ANP protests against JI’s use of mosque

The Awami National Party has decided to approach the Election Commission of Pakistan to protest over the Jamaat-e-Islami’s use of a mosque to campaign for the general elections. The move follows JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan’s address at a political gathering in a mosque on University Road in Peshawar Wednesday afternoon.

< Read More – http://tribune.com.pk/story/540765/electioneering-anp-to-protest-against-jis-use-of-mosque/ >


  • ECP, FBR withholding details of defaulters

The Lahore High Court learnt that the Election Commission of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue and others were not producing details about 1,329 election candidates who defaulted on taxes, utility bills, agriculture or other government dues.

< Read More – http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/elections-2013/26-Apr-2013/ecp-fbr-holding-details-of-defaulters-lhc-told >


  • PTI denies seeking Ahmadi support in polls

PTI has denied seeking the Ahmadiyya community’s support in the upcoming general elections after a video clip surfaced in the social media of a meeting between a party delegation and the Ahmadiyya spiritual chief in London recently.

< Read More – http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/04/25/news/national/pti-denies-seeking-ahmadis-support-in-polls/ >


  • ECP prohibits personal attacks during election campaigning

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday barred all politicians from indulging in personal attacks against one another. Making personal remarks against any political personality would be a violation of the electoral code and conduct and action would be taken against violators.

< Read More – http://dawn.com/2013/04/26/election-commission-prohibits-politicians-from-indulging-in-personal-attacks/ >


  • Musharraf claims BB was given adequate security

After a trial court allowed the Federal Investigation Agency to include Pervez Musharraf in investigations into the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, the former military ruler later refuted the allegations about inadequate security to the former premier for her Liaquat Bagh rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007.

< Read More – http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/editors-picks/26-Apr-2013/musharraf-refutes-bb-had-inadequate-security >


  • Rumours of Musharraf going abroad raise concerns

Persistent reports in the media that General (R) Pervez Musharraf might be flown to Dubai in a day or two have created a sense of grave concern and a threat that another clash between institutions may be in the offing if the SC orders to put the former president on ECL are flouted.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-173337-Reports-of-Musharraf-going-abroad-raise-fears,-concerns >


  • PPP suggests APC for poll security

PPP has suggested the caretaker chief minister to convene an all parties conference in Sindh to discuss security and other election related issues. The proposal came in the wake of increasing attacks on election candidates and offices, hindering electioneering activities of all religious and political parties.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-173481-PPP-asks-Alavi-to-convene-APC-on-poll-security >


  • PTI leader quits over election ticket

Najib Wali, a leader of the PTI, quit the party on Thursday in protest against the party’s decision not to award a ticket to a founding member to contest the May 11 general elections.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-173486-PTI-leader-quits-over-election-ticket >


  • Activist surrenders British nationality for PTI ticket

A Pakistani businessman and former student leader has surrendered his British nationality to stand in May election from NA-123 for PTI.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-173546-Activist-surrenders-British-nationality-for-PTI-ticket >


  • PPP seeks removal of caretaker KP minister

PPP has demanded the removal of the KP Provincial Caretaker Minister for Industries and Mineral Development Omar Farooq from the provincial cabinet after accusing him of losing impartiality. The call was made by the Office Secretary PPP, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mashal Khan Azad while addressing a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club (PPC).

< Read More – http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1178610/ >


  • PTI to end loadshedding in one year: Imran

Chairman Imran Khan said the PTI would end loadshedding in one year after coming into power. Addressing a big public gathering at Vehari Stadium, he said the PTI would provide subsidy on electricity, tube wells, pesticide and fertilizers to growers to put the country on way to progress.

< Read More – http://www.brecorder.com/elections-2013/top-news/116889-pti-to-end-loadshedding-in-one-year-imran.html >


  • Tough electoral battle expected between PML-N & PTI in Abottabad

A tough electoral battle is expected in Abottabad between nominees of PML-N and PTI for its two national assembly constituencies NA-17 and NA-18. Both parties have fielded strong candidates in both the constituencies, and the success of candidates from here is likely to have significant impact on the overall elections’ results in Khyber Pakthunkhwa, and the country at large.

< Read More – http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=204957 >


  • PML-N leaders imprisoned over fake degrees & dual nationality

The district and sessions courts of Kasur and Sahiwal sentenced two more PML-N leaders, former MNAs Rao Mazhar Hayat in fake degree case and Zahid Iqbal in dual nationality case.

< Read More – http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/25-Apr-2013/2-pml-n-leaders-imprisoned-over-dual-nationality-fake-degree >

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