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Saudi minister to visit Pakistan after elections

JEDDAH: Saudi Minister for Culture and Information Dr Awwad Bin Saleh Bin Alawwad has said he would visit Pakistan after the general elections was held there in July.

Talking to Pakistani media persons here on the sidelines of the information ministers meeting of the Allied countries held in Jeddah, he said Pakistan is Saudi Arabia’s friend and a strategic partner. He felt honoured to visit Pakistan.

Dr Awad said that the two countries had always enjoyed friendly relations and they never had any deadlock. He said Saudi Arabia would continue to cooperate and work with Pakistan. He said the objective of holding information minister’s conference was to accelerate peace efforts in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued statistics of district level number of voters in the country.

The ECP has 105,955,409 registered voters with 59,224,263 male and 46,731,146 female voters. According to final electoral rolls-2018 shared by the election commission, out of total registered voters 60,672,870 were from Punjab, 22,391,244 voters were from Sindh, 15,316,299 voters from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,299,494 voters from Balochistan, 2,510,154 voters from FATA and 765,348 voters from federal capital.

The ECP in collaboration with NADRA provides SMS service for the public to facilitate the eligible voters to check their registration status.

Public can get the information by entering CNIC number and sending the text message to the number 8300. An automated response will be received in this regard with the name of electoral area, block code and serial number.

The elections are scheduled to take place on July 25.

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