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Where will political heavyweights cast their vote?

ISLAMABAD: The preparations have been made for the 2018 general elections which will be held on July 25. But where will political heavyweights cast their votes? Caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk is expected to vote in his native hometown Swat. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will vote in Islamabad, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif will vote in Lahore, while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will vote in Larkana. PPP…

A ‘rainy’ election day expected in most parts of Pakistan

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A fresh spell of rain is likely to envelope the north-western parts of Pakistan on the day of highly-anticipated general election - July 25 - as per the weather forecasting authority. The rainy season is expected to begin from Tuesday (today) and will persist till Sunday, including the polling day of July 25, as announced by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). During the six-day wet weather starting from today, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan,…

Around 100 EU observers to monitor July 25 elections

ISLAMABAD: A mission of European Union (EU) comprising around 100 observers would monitor the upcoming general election scheduled to be held on July 25. The mandate of the EU EOM is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the elections are in compliance with the laws of Pakistan, as well as with international and regional commitments for democratic elections to which Pakistan is a signatory. The mission had received accreditation for its long-term observers, allowing for their…

MQM-P unveils manifesto for 2018 general elections

KARACHI: The Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Saturday announced its manifesto for the 2018 general elections. MQM convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, while presenting the manifesto, said that it was imperative to develop a plan against terrorism and extremism. He said democracy cannot flourish in a feudalistic society. He said they should be a democratic system where a labourer represents the labour class, and the nation will progress on a democratic path. "We want a democracy where everyone has equal right…

IMF bailout on the cards for next government

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's next government, to be chosen in a July 25 election, faces growing fears of a balance of payments crisis with speculation it will have to seek its second IMF bailout in five years, analysts say. The central bank is running down its foreign reserves and devaluing the currency in a bid to bridge a yawning trade deficit, and the winners of the July 25 election will have "limited time" to act, Fitch ratings agency said on July 2. Together, the economic challenges are "horrendous", said Dr Ashfaq…

PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah meet today to decide Caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah will meet again today to discuss and decide the name of caretaker prime minister for the interim setup that will guide the country to general election. The incumbent government will complete its tenure on May 31st. Prime Minister Abbasi has been hopeful to reach to a consensus with the opposition leader over the name of the caretaker prime minister. In their previous meeting the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader were…

PM Abbasi, Khursheed Shah fail to decide Caretaker PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah again failed to reach consensus over the name of caretaker prime minister in their meeting today. Khursheed Shah talking to media persons here said that the government and the opposition have failed to agree over a common name for the caretaker prime minister who will lead an interim setup to guide the country to the general elections. He said another meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi will be held in a day or two to decide…

ECP proposes use of electronic vote machines in next polls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to use electronic voting machines in the next general election in the country, ARY News reported on Thursday. The ECP has decided to introduce reforms in the electoral system including use of electronic voting machine and biometric system in next general elections, the sources at the election commission said. The commission will announce its proposed reforms plan today, sources said. The commission has decided to reform the electoral system after the feedback of…