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JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman postpones APC

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday announced the postponement of the All Parties Conference (APC), convened by his party, for a few days. Talking to media, Fazlur Rehman said that a high-level meeting of his party has decided to convene a parliamentary leaders' meeting ahead of the APC to finalize the modalities of the "all-important" meeting. He maintained that the PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman…

EXPLAINER: How the President of Pakistan is elected

The election for the 13th president of Pakistan is just a day away with split opposition giving a sniff of success to the newly-elected ruling government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), but until held, the contest results can’t be predicted with certainty. Here we look at the mechanism for the election for the president of the country and representation given to two national parliament chambers – National Assembly and Senate –and the four provincial assemblies for voting. The president of Pakistan is elected in a…

Maulana Fazl to reach Karachi, meet MQM, GDA leaders today

KARACHI: The presidential candidate of opposition parties' alliance and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rahman will arrive in Karachi on Wednesday (today). Few days before presidential polls, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief meetings today with the leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA). Fazl will meet GDA head Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi at 5:00 pm today, whereas, his another meeting in the metropolis is fixed with Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and other MQM leaders at the…

Maulana Fazlur Rehman denies reports of contesting by-elections

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has denied all reports that he is considering to contest the by-elections. It was earlier speculated that Maulana Rehman was considering contesting the by-election in NA-35 Bannu in which Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Akram Khan Durrani was defeated by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. Imran Khan secured 113, 822 and defeated Durrani who secured 106,820 votes, but eventually decided to vacate the seat and keep the NA-95…

MMA nominates Fazlur Rehman’s son for NA deputy speaker slot

ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of major religio-political parties of the country, has nominated Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s son Asad Mehmood as its candidate for the position of deputy speaker of the National Assembly.  According to the MMA spokesman Shah Owais Noorani, during a meeting of the alliance held under the chairmanship of the MMA chief Fazlur Rehman, a consensus was reached on nomination of his son Asad Mehmood for the slot. It is pertinent to mention here that a multi-party conference…

Opposition to protest outside ECP against ‘vote rigging’ today

ISLAMABAD: The joint opposition is set to hold a protest demonstration today against alleged rigging in the July 25 polls outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) premises here. The opposition parties, comprising Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (Fazl) and others, will record their protest outside the ECP as part of their plan to aggressively pursue the issue of vote rigging inside and outside the parliament. PML-N president Shehbaz…

PML-N rejects proposal to boycott oath-taking

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leadership has turned down chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s proposal that the elected representatives of their parties should not take oath in protest against alleged rigging in elections.  Citing sources, ARY News reported, PML-N leaders have termed the proposal impractical and harmful to the democratic process and suggested that the party should instead register protest against "rigging " in the polls. Meanwhile, the party on the…

KP Assembly passes FATA merger bill amid JUI-F protest

PESHAWAR: A crucial session of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was held on Sunday to pass a bill for the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the province despite strong protest by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F). KP Law Minister Imtiaz Qureshi tabled the bill before the House which was passed by a two-thirds majority. The bill was passed with eighty seven votes in favour and six against. Speaker Asad Qaiser presided over the session delayed due to protests outside the assembly. KP Chief Minister…

Police fire tear gas, baton-charge JUI-F workers outside KP Assembly

PESHAWAR: Police on Sunday resorted to heavy tear gas shelling and baton-charge to disperse workers of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) gathered outside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to protest against the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with the province. The area outside the assembly virtually turned into a battleground between a heavy contingent of police and protesters when the latter tried to barge into the assembly to disrupt the session called to pass a constitutional amendment for the merger…

Supreme Court disqualifies PTI MPA from Shangla

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified a PTI member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, Abdul Munim Khan, from his provincial legislature seat. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, gave the verdict on an election petition filed by rival candidate Sher Alam, who challenged the Peshawar High Court's verdict that had set aside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision about disqualification of the PTI lawmaker. Alam, candidate of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) from Shangla,…