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122 nomination papers for National Assembly, 539 for Provincial Assembly filed in Balochistan

QUETTA: So far a total of 122 nomination papers have been filed to Election Commission of Pakistan, 16 National Assembly seats and 539 for 51 provincial assembly seats in Balochistan. The forms are submitted in the Election Commission office as follows: For National Assembly seats reserved for minorities and women 144 forms have been submitted. 29 candidates have filed papers for Balochistan Assembly seats reserved for minorities and women. Niaz Baloch, Provincial Election Commissioner explained that returning…

Laughter in NA after Shireen Mazari refers Speaker as ‘Yaar’

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly hall witnessed a moment of laughter when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s senior leader Shireen Mazari referred, though inadvertently, to Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as ‘yaar’ (friend). During a speech regarding human trafficking, the PTI lawmaker unintentionally referred to the speaker as “yaar” which was brought to attention by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Shaikh Salahuddin. He stated that the PTI senior leader referred to Sadiq as “yaar” which prompted the speaker to seek clarification…

NA session summoned to legislate on fresh delimitation

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday summoned a session of the National Assembly at 4:00 pm tomorrow to take up the proposed constitutional amendment bill for fresh delimitation of constituencies on the basis of the new census figures ahead of the general election in 2018. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is also scheduled to chair a meeting of the leaders of parliamentary parties at the Parliament House to discuss delimitation of constituencies. The parliamentary leaders' huddle comes on the heels of a meeting…

National Assembly debates on the Election Reforms Bill 2017

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday initiated debate on the Election Reforms Bill 2017 after suspending the day's business through a motion, ARY News reported.  Pakistan People's Party lawmaker Naveed Qamar talking on the election bill said that the bill has been prepared with the vigorous efforts of all political parties. He said the bill has strengthened the election commission. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief whip in the lower house of the parliament Shireen Mazari said that it is imperative to form a…

Abbasi, Rashid, Khursheed among six nominees for PM election

ISLAMABAD: As the National Assembly’s session is scheduled to be held on Tuesday to elect the leader of the house, the assembly secretariat has received nomination papers of six candidates for prime minister's office after the opposition parties failed to agree on fielding a joint-candidate. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)’s nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former petroleum and natural resources minister, and Awami Muslim League (AML) chairman Sheikh Rashid submitted their nomination papers on early Monday. The…

Senate postpones vote on military courts bill

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Wednesday passed the Pakistan Army (Amendment Bill) 2017, but deferred voting on the military courts legislation until next week, ARY News reported. The, Twenty Eight Amendment bill 2017, that stipulates extension of military courts for another two years will now be taken up next week. Under the bill, a suspect will be entitled to information regarding charges against him and appoint a lawyer of his choice. Arrested suspects will be presented before the court within 24 hours and a charge…

Military Courts extension bill to be tabled in Senate today

ISLAMABAD: The 28th Constitutional Amendment bill to reconstitute military courts, which was overwhelmingly passed last day in National Assembly is to be tabled in the upper house of the Parliament today (Wednesday), ARY News reported. After the passage from Senate, the bill will be sent to the President of the country for the final endorsement to make it a law. The constitution (Twenty Eight Amendment) will permit a parliamentary committee to monitor the military court affairs. The tenure of military courts came to…