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HRCP concerned over election counting process

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday expressed satisfaction that the 2018 general elections were held on time and remained, by and large, peaceful. However, it regretted the loss of many lives in violence preceding the elections and condoled with the families of the victims. In a statement, the HRCP expressed satisfaction […]

Fafen declares election 2018 ‘better than 2013’

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ISLAMABAD: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has claimed that voter turnout stood at 53.3 percent while long queues of voters were witnessed at polling stations during the general election 2018. The FAFEN, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Friday issued a report declaring the general election 2018 better than general election of 2013. According to the […]

‘90% FAFEN data’ shows all parties being provided level-playing field

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KARACHI: Amid all the allegations of political engineering or re-engineering, an election watchdog has said that the data it has collected thus far shows that a level-playing field is being provided to all political parties for the 2018 general elections. “Ninety per cent data shows a level-playing field is available to all contesting parties. There are […]

Caretaker CM asks parties to stick by code of conduct

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KARACHI: Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazl-ur-Rahman on Saturday said the interim government was working hard to help political parties run their election campaigns in free and secure atmosphere, but “all this will be possible when they follow the code of conduct in letter and spirit”. He said this while presiding over a meeting on law […]

FAFEN to deploy 19,000 observers for election day

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Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), a coalition of 50 leading civil society organisations, on Sunday announced that 19,000 observers will be deployed to monitor 85% National Assembly polling stations across the country. The voting and counting process will be observed at 272 polling stations setup by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)for the National […]

Historic homecoming today

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LAHORE – Hundreds of PML-N leaders and workers have been arrested ahead of today’s arrival of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Lahore. Though the crackdown by the caretaker government was Punjab-wide, most of the arrests made since Wednesday night came in the provincial capital – which was sealed on […]

SC extends tax suspension on prepaid mobile bills

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday observed that its directives regarding a bar on deduction of money in terms of taxes on prepaid mobile phone cards shall remain intact till further orders. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that the court had not issued the directives (for bar) only for 10 days rather they […]

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SC orders Jinnah University for Women to issue BA degrees

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The Karachi registry of the Supreme Court has directed the Jinnah University for Women to issue BA degrees to students who have passed four semesters at the educational institution. The order came on a petition of students against the university administration for not issuing them their BA degrees. Maham Khan and other applicants said they […]

FIA arrests three Nigerians for cybercrimes

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RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cybercrime Wing on Wednesday arrested three Nigerian nationals for using Facebook and emails to conduct online fraud. In a press conference at his office, Cybercrime Wing Deputy Director Syed Shahid Hassan described the method by which the scam was perpetrated. According to Mr Hassan, the suspects initially contacted victims […]

Shahbaz vows to turn Karachi into Asia’s most beautiful city

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KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that regardless of which political party came to power, the PML-N would fully cooperate with the government at the Centre. The former Punjab chief minister was in the provincial capital on a two-day visit, during which he met with party leaders, and delegations of […]

Abject poverty, malnourishment, illiteracy are key issues

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THARPARKAR – People drag dead animals’ carcasses over sand dunes, women fetch water from miles away, malnourished children are sick, parents uneducated, youth jobless and schools empty. This is Thar, a vast desert region known for frequent droughts, abject poverty, illiteracy, poor health and old lifestyles! This is the area which is considered highly backward, […]

CCTV cameras sought to ensure transparency in general elections

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Sindh Chief Secretary Azam Sulaiman Khan has emphasised the need of installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at all the polling stations across the province for the July 25 general elections to ensure they are conducted in a fair, free and transparent manner. The newly appointed provincial chief secretary said this on Thursday while chairing a […]

‘Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch’ is every feminist’s dream

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KARACHI: When Qandeel Baloch was killed in July 2016, she left a hole in Pakistan that will take years to fill. This void was felt by everyone, from the judiciary and the loopholes in the law penalising honour killing to the patriarchal system that plagues our society. But mostly by Pakistani women. The darkness encapsulated […]