Only new and fair elections can save Pakistan

(BY HUMAYUN GAUHAR) Article 218(3) of the Constitution of the (not so) ‘Islamic’ Republic of Pakistan states: “It shall be the duty of the Election Commission to organise and conduct the election and to make such arrangements as are necessary to ensure that the election is conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, . . . → Read More: Only new and fair elections can save Pakistan

NA 25 election postponed over floods

The Election Commission has postponed by-election at the National Assembly Constituency NA-25 in Dera Ismail Khan a day after the electoral body decided that the by-polls scheduled on August 22 would not be postponed due to floods and law and order.

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4 polling stations in Karachi await polling agents

Polling at the four polling stations of the National Assembly constituency NA-254 has not been started, Geo News reported.

According to reports no polling agent of any candidate was present at the polling stations 181, 168, 167 and 182 at the polling booths causing difficulties for the presiding officer to seal the ballot box.

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PM Ashraf approves arms licenses to 288 PPP members

Making a mockery of the ban imposed by the Election Commission, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has approved issuance of 288 arms licences to the workers of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Rawalpindi city on the request of local party leaders who thought it would help win the sympathies of otherwise aggrieved party workers, the . . . → Read More: PM Ashraf approves arms licenses to 288 PPP members

A job in exchange for a vote

By Ansar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: As the Election Commission is taking its time to check the “job for vote policy” of the government just before the elections, there is a maddening rush at the federal level to make maximum possible appointments in different departments, purely on political grounds and without even bothering for transparency . . . → Read More: A job in exchange for a vote

Political parties oppose voting option for expatriates

By Iftikhar A. Khan

A plan for exercise of voting right by about 3.7 million overseas Pakistanis has hit a snag with most political parties opposing the idea in the absence of a feasible mechanism.

According to sources, representatives of a majority of mainstream parties invited by the Election Commission on Thursday for a . . . → Read More: Political parties oppose voting option for expatriates

Disruption in democracy

IN disqualifying a sitting, democratically elected prime minister, the Supreme Court has taken an extraordinary — and unfortunate — step.

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The four year run in the long run

By Nida Afaque

The political scenario in Pakistan is like a chameleon which rapidly changes color. We have highly contested credibility of politicians, a frail economy fueled by a dwindling supply of energy, international powers unhappy with the commitment Pakistanis show to their relationship and a public that is on the brink of losing . . . → Read More: The four year run in the long run

Constitutional courts needed

By Sufyan Rana

By any barometer, the events of April 26, 2012, were seismic. The Supreme Court of Pakistan held that Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan, was guilty of contempt of court — under Article 204 (2) of the Constitution and Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance — and should be punished . . . → Read More: Constitutional courts needed

CM Shabaz Sharif Tops The Richest Politicians List Of Punjab

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is the richest member of the Punjab Assembly with assets of Rs489.64 million in the country and abroad.

According to statements of assets and liabilities for 2010 submitted to the Election Commission by members of the provincial assembly, Mr Sharif has declared the value of his four properties in the United . . . → Read More: CM Shabaz Sharif Tops The Richest Politicians List Of Punjab