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2018 general elections

Rasheed asks PTI to ‘gear up’ to run next govt

RAWALPINDI: Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed, while addressing a rally here, said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) should be mentally prepared to run the government. Rasheed made these remarks while visiting Dhoke Kala Khan, Rawalpindi as part of his election campaign. "If Imran doesn't get the reins of the next government, then it will be great injustice to the people of Pakistan," claimed the AML chief. He said that if any member of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) wishes to join us we…

PML-N’s U-turn: Shehbaz withdraws decision to contest polls from Karachi

LAHORE: Merely after a day of announcing to contest general elections from three national assembly seats of Karachi, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif retracted his decision on Monday. Earlier, former Punjab chief minister decided to be the party candidate for NA-248, NA-249 and NA-250 seats from the metropolis. However, in a turnaround move, the decision was taken back after a consultative meeting of the party’s senior leadership. PML-N’s Information Secretary Khuwaja Tariq Nazeer confirmed…

2018 elections to bring economic stability in Pakistan, President Mamnoon hopes

QINGDAO: In a session of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) Summit at Qingdao on Sunday, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain remarked that he is hopeful that the general election 2018 will bring more economic stability in Pakistan. “Democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan have strengthened,” Hussain stated while adding that the upcoming general elections in Pakistan is significant for the whole region. President Mamnoon asserted that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has further bolstered…

PTI springs surprises on its prominent leaders

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sprung surprises as it announced the names of 60 per cent of its candidates for national and provincial assembly seats, ignoring some of its diehard and prominent leaders in the process. The party has fielded candidates against 173 out of 272 seats of National Assembly and 290 against 427 seats of the provincial assemblies with party chief Imran Khan to run for five constituencies – NA-53 Islamabad, NA-35 Bannu, NA-95 Mianwali, NA-131 Lahore and NA-243 Karachi. There is…

Elections will be held on time, reaffirms chief justice

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday reaffirmed that the upcoming general elections will be held on time and that if someone cherishes a thought about delay in the polls should get it out of their mind.   “If anyone had the thought that elections could be delayed by two to three months should get it out of their mind,” chief justice said while hearing a petition of the Workers Party with regard to the electoral reforms. He said election candidates could face hardships and demand delay in the…

ECP to form monitoring teams for upcoming general elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to constitute monitoring teams and appoint district monitoring officers for the upcoming general elections in the country . The commission with Chief Election Commissioner Retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza in the chair took the decision on Friday. To keep an eye on poll campaigns and check any violation of laws the ECP had previously constituted monitoring teams in all districts across the country for the general elections 2013. Now the Elections…

PML-N to win 2018 polls on basis of performance: CM Shehbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday claimed his party will emerge victorious in the upcoming general elections on the basis of its public service and uplift projects. In a statement, the PML-N chief said the party has won a place in the hearts of people because of its performance, adding that the masses have become aware of political illusionists. Slamming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which has been in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2013,…

Ex-female bureaucrat in Kurram Agency announces to contest election

PARACHINAR: A tribal woman from Parac­hinar established her election office on Saturday with the plans to stand as a candidate in the upcoming elections for a National Assembly’s general seat from the Kurram Agency. Ali Begum, 63, is a retired bureaucrat from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and has also served on influential positions both in Fata and Khyber Pakhtun­khwa. While addressing the attendees at her inauguration ceremony, Begum highlighted the importance of women playing their key role in the…

Interior Minister assures to allay opposition parties’ concern over census

PESHAWAR: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday dubbed a suggestion to hold 2018 general elections on the basis of old census as immature. He was referring to the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah's suggestion to hold the elections on the basis of old census figures. Ahsan Iqbal said speaking of delaying the polls was like playing with fire. He was speaking to the media after inaugurating NADRA's Mega and Executive Center in Peshawar. He assured to address the concerns of…

Next polls may be delayed without timely delimitation, says minister

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has expressed fears that next general elections can get delayed, if the required legislation for fresh delimitation of constituencies on the basis of the recently held census was not carried out. In a tweet on social networking site on Monday, he said after new census constitutional amendment was a must for delimitation of constituencies for early or timely elections. after new senses constitional amendment is must for new delimitation - early or timely elections…