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Election on two Senate seats from Punjab tomorrow

LAHORE: All is set for by-election on Punjab's two vacant seats of the Senate on Thursday (tomorrow), ARY NEWS reported. As per details, the polling for the vacant senate seats from Punjab province to take place on November 15 (tomorrow). Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf's Waleed Iqbal and Saud Majeed of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) will contest for the general seat while PTI's Semi Ezdi will fight for the reserved seat of women against PML-N's Saira Afzal Tarar. According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)…

Rigging Probe: Parliamentary committee to meet tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Committee formed to probe alleged rigging in General Elections 2018, will hold its maiden meeting at Parliament House tomorrow, ARY NEWS reported on Tuesday. The meeting to be chaired by the Secretary National Assembly, will elect chairman of the probe committee. It may be recalled that the government has already nominated Defence Minister, Pervez Khattak as the chairman of the parliamentary committee, probing alleged rigging in General Elections 2018. On October 15. the government announced…

Pakistan regains membership of two key UN bodies  

DUBAI: Pakistan on Monday won a four year term  for the Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during elections held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to a statement released by the ministry, Pakistan was one of the 13 countries elected to this important body from Asia and Australasia region. Pakistan secured 155 out of a total of 177 votes cast. Pakistan's re-election to this council demonstrates a strong vote of confidence of the international community in Pakistan's…

Punjab Assembly to vote for two vacant seats of senate on Nov 15

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Assembly to vote for two vacant seats of senate on November 15, reads schedule announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday (today). ECP declared both seats vacant after de-notifying two PML-N senators – Haroon Akhtar and Sadia Abbasi over dual nationality – in light of a Supreme Court verdict. As per details, polling for the two senate seats to take place on November 15, in Punjab Assembly without any break from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm, whereas nomination papers can be filed with ECP…

MQM forms committee to hold talks with PTI over by-polls’ reservations

KARACHI: Muthaida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has constituted a three member committee to hold talks with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) over their reservations pertaining to Pakistan quarters eviction and by-election results. Three-member committee comprising Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Faisal Sabzwari and Khawaja Izharul Hasan has been tasked to speak to the result and come up with results in a month. The committee will share qualms over non-implementation of the written agreement between MQM and PTI with reference to…

Pakistan opens border with Afghanistan after two-day closure

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday opened Pak-Afghan border crossing points at Chaman and Torkham after temporary closure owing to parliamentary election in Afghanistan. The border crossings remained closed for two days due to the election in the war-ravaged country. Earlier on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement said that the crossing points have been closed on the Afghan request. The spokesperson said the decision has been taken to support Afghanistan in smooth conduct of upcoming…

Dozens of casualties as multiple blasts rock Kabul polling centres

KABUL: Multiple explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, causing dozens of casualties, amid growing anger among voters as they waited hours to cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections. At least 30 people have been taken to a trauma hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency, including a dead child, the organisation said on Twitter, hours after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot "to protect their lives". Afghan officials confirmed there have been casualties but would not…

Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as polling centres open

KABUL: Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack. Polling centres opened at 7:00 am (0230 GMT) across the war-torn country, with some 54,000 security forces deployed to protect them. But there are concerns the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan on Thursday will scare off many voters. Polling has been delayed in Kandahar province until October 27 after a Taliban-claimed attack…