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Media denied entry at some NA-35 polling stations

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ISLAMABAD: The media Sunday faced a great deal of inconvenience at some polling stations to cover the NA-35 by-election. The accreditation cards issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) were not accepted. However, at some polling stations, the media teams were allowed entry but only after tough questioning. There was a low turnout at […]

Breaking the chains: Women take charge across political landscape

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KARACHI: In retrospect, May 11 was far from perfect. Yet, May 11 was also about newfound optimism, clearly illustrated by the unprecedented number of urban women who voted, campaigned and volunteered, despite the gross mismanagement, the uncooperative weather and the risky business of being part of what are being seen as the country’s most important […]

A rough deal for women

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Holding separate meetings in Islamabad and Peshawar on Thursday, the National Commission on the Status of Women and some non-governmental rights groups expressed serious concern over the fact that mainstream religious and political parties colluded in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to disenfranchise female voters. In Lower and Upper Dir they signed formal agreements, in […]

Disenfranchisement of women continues despite calls for curbing the practice

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PESHAWAR: Like previous elections, the woman voters in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were barred from casting ballots in the May 11 general election as agreements were struck among the contesting candidates and political parties ahead of the polls. There was a strong Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) this time and no one expected that […]

ECP failure: Media, advertising and elections

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As we approach the finish line on May 11 in a fog of bombings, killings, advertising blitzes, media clamour and derogatory invective by leaders, it seems that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has squandered an opportunity to effectively monitor and regulate the use of advertising and media during the elections. An unprecedented opportunity became […]

Imran triggers a media tsunami

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LONDON: Imran Khan’s fall from stage at the Lahore rally caused panic all over the world, and every western media outlet gave huge prominence to this news as Pakistani satellite channels devoted their full airtime to this news for several hours on end. British television channels ran the news for several hours as Khan was […]

Warning to Waziristan women

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MIRAMSHAH: An unknown group on Wednesday warned that women in a restive tribal region should not vote in elections, threatening punishment. “The people of Waziristan are hereby warned that they should not allow their women to cast votes and shouldn’t let any candidate influence them,” said a pamphlet. Signed by “Mujahideen”, the leaflets were thrown […]

SECP questions mobile company after complaint by PML-N

ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has sought comments from a leading mobile phone company on a complaint filed by the chairman of the Central Election Monitoring Cell of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N, Senator Ishaq Dar that its funds have been allocated for promoting and funding the poll campaign of a […]

Assets and income of NA candidates for women’s seats

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By: Kalbe Ali ISLAMABAD: The details submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in their nomination papers by candidates for National Assembly seats reserved for women from Punjab reveal some interesting facts about their assets and sources of income. A careful study of some prominent women candidates, who were also members of the previous […]

Little done for KP women by women lawmakers in 5 years

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By: Sadia Qasim Shah PESHAWAR: Reasons cited by women legislators of the previous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for their failure to legislate on women’s rights are numerous but the fact remains that only one law was passed during the last five years to protect women’s right to property. The progressive Awami National Party-led coalition government passed […]

KU journalism alumni body’s officials elected

Karachi: The new office-bearers of the KU Journalism Alumni Association were elected on Sunday. Mehmood Farooqi and Abid Hussain were elected as the president and the general secretary respectively. The elections were held at the Karachi Press Club. Khalida Siddiqui and Omer Ansari were elected as vice presidents, Dr Fatima Hassan as the joint secretary […]

Qadri, Qadeer and the media

By: SAIDA FAZAL Tahirul Qadri who flew in from his home in Canada with the stated objective of saving this state from politicians and the unstated aim of derailing the democratic system by launching his January 14 subversive ‘long march’ and a sit-in but managed to barely save his face, continues to make provocative claims. […]