Election Update – 28th April, 2013

  • Imran asks Taliban to stop deadly attacks

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, condemning a recent wave of terror attacks at the offices of political parties, especially in Karachi, has asked the Taliban to stop targeting people during elections and allow them to choose their future leaders. “I strongly condemn deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban in Karachi,” Imran said.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-22546-Imran-asks-Taliban-to-stop-killing-people >


  • PML-N worker dies in scuffle with PPP workers

At least one person died in a fight between workers of the PPP and PML-N in Dadu on Sunday. According to initial reports, the fight broke out over an issue of putting up party banners and flags in an area. The brawl led to an exchange of fire between the two parties, resulting in the death of one person belonging to the PML-N.

< Read More – http://tribune.com.pk/story/541658/pml-n-member-dies-in-scuffle-with-ppp-workers/ >


  • Investigators grill Musharraf in BB assassination case

Investigators grilled former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for nearly three hours on Saturday for his alleged role in the assassination of two-time former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

< Read More – http://tribune.com.pk/story/541559/benazir-assassination-case-jit-investigators-grill-musharraf-for-three-hours/ >


  • Londoners protest against ‘victimization’ of Musharraf

Supporters of Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan and Chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), have called on the government of Pakistan to end the “victimization” of former military ruler who is currently under arrest in Islamabad.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-174017-Protest-held-against-%20victimisation%20-of-Musharraf >


  • PPP election office raided, houses searched

A contingent of paramilitary Rangers raided an election office of the PPP in Lyari and surrounded and searched the houses of Uzair Jan Baloch, who heads the Karachi City Alliance and wields a great deal of influence in the old city areas, and his aides early Saturday morning, police and eyewitnesses said.While Rangers officials remained tight-lipped about the exercise, the PPP leadership said the move was part of a ‘well thought-out plan’ to keep all the liberal forces out of the electoral process through different means.

< Read More – http://dawn.com/2013/04/28/lyari-ppp-election-office-raided-houses-searched/ >


  • Blast at PPP corner meeting

A blast near a PPP corner meeting in Lyari Saturday night left two people including a minor girl dead and least 40 more injured within a few hours of twin blasts in Qasba Colony area. Sources quoted police as saying it was a remote-control blast.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-98706-Karachi:-PPP-Lyari-corner-meeting-blast-leaves-20-injured >


  • ANP turns to door-to-door campaigning

As the ANP finds itself increasingly threatened in the run up to the elections, scores of ward offices have been abandoned in Peshawar on the directives of the party’s leadership. The ANP has advised its workers to reach voters in person instead of gathering at ward offices. To continue their election campaign and compete with right-wing political parties whose offices remain open, the ANP has formed five-member awami rabita committees (people coordination committees) and three-member election committees to carry out campaigning.

< Read More – http://tribune.com.pk/story/541356/remaining-steadfast-amid-threats-anp-activists-start-door-to-door-campaigning/ >


  • ECP issues time schedule for election day

The ECP issued the schedule for polling, which will be held from 8:00am to 5:00pm without any interval on May 11. ECP has also released the polling scheme for the constituencies of the National Assembly and provincial assembly in Punjab, which envisages a significant increase in the number of polling stations and polling staff to facilitate voters.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-22531-ECP-issues-time-schedule-for-elections >


  • MQM to welcome polls postponement

MQM leader Raza Haroon on Sunday said his party would welcome if the May 11 general elections were postponed. Talking to media persons Haroon said political activities are in full swing only in a single province while the three federating units appear to be far from ready to go into the polls. “This scenario will only pave way not for election but selection,” he warned.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-98780-MQM-to-welcome-if-polls-postponed:-Haroon >


  • Imran thwarts PML-N bid to engage Shoaib Akhtar

A swift move by chief of PTI chief Imran Khan neutralised the efforts of PML-N to convince former super star cricketer ShoaibAkhtar, dubbed as Rawalpindi Express, to support the election campaign of its candidate Hanif Abbasi in NA-56.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-173983-PML-N%20s-bid-to-engage-Shoaib-thwarted-by-Imran >


  • PTI candidate held for fraud after ECP clearance

Kalri police arrested a candidate of the PTI on Saturday for financial fraud, over a week after the ECP accepted his nomination papers for the May 11 elections.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-173927-PTI-candidate-held-for-fraud-after-ECP%20s-clearance >


  • PML-Q likely to take back seat after May 11

PML-Q, which won more than 50 National Assembly seats in 2008 polls and gave vital support to the PPP, when its government was tumbling, is not expecting even to clinch half of that number in the upcoming elections from out of a total of 96 contestants in the run, according to sources.

< Read More – http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-173981-PML-Q-looks-to-be-taking-back-seat-after-May-11-polls >