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Giving in to SC orders: After fixing LG law, Sindh to hold elections

Severa­l people likely to lose jobs as govt review­s appoin­tments made by careta­ker govt.
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The committee will work under the supervision of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro and provincial ministers, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Owais Muzaffar, Hazar Khan Bijarani, Sharjeel Inam Memon and Murad Ali Shah.

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Devolving power: Subcommittee formed to plan for LG polls

In line with its earlier announcement of holding local body elections across the province in October, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has formed a subcommittee to chalk out a viable plan.

A meeting of the working group was held on Monday in which members decided the new local government system would be based on district, tehsil and village council levels, and would be led by a chairman, K-P Minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan told The Express News. “The main objective of setting up this new system is to devolve power to grassroot levels,” said Khan.

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Issues in by-elections – The Express Tribune

Issues in by-elections – The Express Tribune | Pakistani politics | Scoop.it
A major role of MPs is to repres­ent their consti­tuency. Law disenf­ranchi­ses electo­rates when they vacate their seat.
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Comment: Handle with care by Shahzad Raza

Comment: Handle with care by Shahzad Raza | Pakistani politics | Scoop.it
During its brief stint, the caretaker federal government made several blunders
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The caretaker prime minister was also accused of nepotism. There were reports that he had given huge favors to his own son. Shafqat Khoso was alleviated in no time from grade 18 to grade 21, transferred to Islamabad, and then given a coveted post in the National Highway Authority. He was allotted a sprawling bungalow in a posh sector of the capital usually reserved for a federal secretary.

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Nisar becomes MNA for eighth time in row of successes

PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is poised to become number two of next Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his cabinet once again, was the lone ranger in the just-sworn in National Assembly, who was administered oath as its member for the eighth consecutive time. Starting his debut in the parliamentary politics in the 1985 non-party general elections, he won each and every electoral contest held in 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013. Even when his party hit the rock bottom in the popularity graph due to various reasons, he did successfully retain his seat against heavy odds.


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No woman out of 2,800 female voters turns up to vote in Battagram

The female voters again stayed away from the two polling stations in PK-60 Battagram where re-polling was held on the orders of the chief election commission on Thursday.

 

The re-polling orders were given on May 23 on the receipt of complaints that women weren’t allowed to vote at polling stations one and six in Battagram, a conservative district in Hazara division.

 

Zubair Khan, an independent candidate, had demanded re-polling at Hotil Batkul and BHU Kanai polling stations. He claimed that female voters were forcefully blocked from exercising their right to vote at these two polling stations on May 11.

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Caretaker govt introduces Rs152bn ‘mini-budget’

 In its dying days, the caretaker government has decided to introduce a Rs152 billion ‘mini-budget’ through a presidential ordinance to provide a cushion to the incoming PML-N government.

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The Spokesman Pakistan - Caretakers appoint new chief of OGDCL

The caretaker government at the end of its interim tenure has appointed M Riaz Khan as new Managing Director (MD) of country’s largest oil and gas explorer ‘Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL)’. Khan took charge on Tuesday. 

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SHC issues notice on another six pleas challenging NA, PS results – The Express Tribune

The Sindh High Court barred the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday from officially notifying returned candidates on the three Sindh Assembly seats, including Karachi’s PS-29  clinched by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, over allegations of rigging and corrupt practices.

The bench also issued notice to the election commission on another three petitions challenging results of a National Assembly and one Sindh Assembly seat which belong to the candidates of PTI, Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Abdul Razzak, Jamaat-e-Islami’s candidate for the Karachi’s PS-93 seat, challenged victory of his rival, PTI’s Hafizuddin.

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Audit revelation: Paramilitary forces under the scanner – The Express Tribune

Report finds irregu­lariti­es of over Rs676m in Fronti­er Consta­bulary and Rs570m in Fronti­er Corps.
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SC suspends appointments, transfers made by caretakers

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended all appointments, postings and transfers carried out by the caretaker government except the transfers mandatory for free and fair elections an ...
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Transferred: Woman officer pays the price of resistance

Caretaker Minister for Industries and Production Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh has transferred a grade-20 officer for resisting illegal appointments and corruption in the explosive department and other wings of the ministry, the Express Investigation Cell (EIC) has learnt.

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Unlawful measure?: Retired general wins extension on civilian office

Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has given a two year extension to Major General Mohammad Arif Raja – who was serving as Additional Secretary-I in the Ministry of Defence – despite his retirement.

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Awami National Party shuts down offices across Karachi following attack

The attack shocke­d the party leader­s as they had alread­y restri­cted their politi­cal activi­ty.
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ECP issues arrest warrant of former PTDC chairman

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday issued bail able arrest warrants of former Chairman, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), Mir Shah Jahan Khetran. According to media reports, ECP summoned him three times but he did not appear before the ECP. He was alleged of taking part in elections despite holding a public office. The ECP ordered to arrest Shah Jahan Khetran. online

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Comment: Privileges for the privileged by Rauf Klasra

Influential women from the affluent neighborhoods of Lahore get more than their fair share of reserved seats in the parliament
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For example, women MNAs were from Bahawalpur were made to divert their funds to Abbottabad and Mansehra, allegedly to help Nawaz Sharif's son in law develop a constituency for himself and his brother. There were also allegations that the women parliamentarians of the Awami National Party were made to spend their development funds in the hometown of their party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. Women MNAs from Sindh were also accused of spending their funds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for commissions.

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PPP wins six seats in re-poll, recount

The Pakistan Peoples Party has won all the six constituencies in Sindh, it emerged on Sunday. The director of the office of the Provincial Election Commissioner, Sindh, Mohammad Najeeb, told Dawn that the PPP had won five constituencies in Kashmore and Tharparkar districts where re-polling was carried out on Saturday under strict security arrangements and the PPP was also successful in the re-counting of ballots in PS-14 Jacobabad. Analysts say the PPP’s success is particularly significant because it has already come into power in the province winning as many seats as required to form the provincial government and the voters realising that it was pointless to vote for a losing candidate.


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24 elected representatives vacate 28 seats

As many as 24 elected representatives vacated 28 seats after the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies have taken oath.
The leaders who vacated seats included Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Syed Javed Hashmi, Faryal Talpur, Pir Sadruddin Rasdi and others. While Imran Khan and Maulana Fazlur Rahman have yet to decide which seats they are going to retain. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif opted to retain National Assembly seat - NA-120 - from his home town Lahore, vacating seat of NA-68 Sargodha. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi signed the roll register in the column of NA-149 Islamabad and vacated seat from NA-48 Islamabad where he had defeated two ex-MNAs.
Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, while deciding to retain NA-119 Lahore, has vacated Punjab assembly seat from PP-142. Makhdoom Shah Qureshi had succeeded from NA-150 Multan and he isalso contesting from NA-230 where re-polling was held at 43 polling stations on Saturday.
Pir Sadaruddin Shah of PML-Functional retained seat from NA-216 Khairpur and vacating NA slot from NA-235 Sanghar.Faryal Talpur of PPP decided to vacate seat reserved for women and held NA-207 Larkana seat.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman has yet to decided as to which of three seats from NA-24, NA-25 and NA-27, he wanted to retain.
The National Assembly seat from NA-129 has also fallen vacant after Mian Shahbaz Sharif took oath as member of the Punjab Assembly on Saturday.Asad Qaiser, who as become Speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, has vacated NA-13 Swabi.
Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani of the JUI-F who was succeed on NA-264 Zhob district also took oath as MNA, deciding to quit as Senator.PTI Chairman Imran Khan has succeeded on three seats from NA-1 Peshawar, NA-56 Rawalpindi and NA-71 Mianwali. It has been learnt that he has decided to retain is Rawalpindi seat.
The Election Commission of Pakistan is yet to issue notification on 10 women and one minority seat.The notification on nine direct seats had been stopped for purpose of re-polling, due to stay orders from courts or death of candidates before May 11 polls.


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Unconstitutional measure: Rabbani decries caretakers’ ‘mini-budget’ move

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No ordinances can be issued in the absence of a working National Assembly, said Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Raza Rabbani, referring to reports which said that the caretaker government was drafting a ‘mini-budget’ with increased taxes to cushion the PML-N government when it assumes office.

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All women candidates from KP lost election by huge margins

A woman contender from Fata and a couple of others from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made headlines in national and international media after jumping into the election arena, but none of them could win any seat either in national or the provincial assembly.

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Supreme Court reprimands Caretaker Khoso for exceeding his limits

In response to a petition filed by PML-N leader Khwaja Muhammad Asif against high level reshuffling in bureaucracy during caretaker government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slapped the caretaker government of Mir Hazar Khan Khoso by suspending the appointments and transfers notifications issued during his tenure.

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Law Ministry blocks PM’s decision to ban CNG for 1000cc cars

ISLAMABAD: The law ministry has declared the decision of the caretaker prime minister to ban vehicles of over 1000cc capacity from utilising CNG as a ‘negation of the basic spirit of the Constit ...
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Incoming government: ECP issues notifications of elected lawmakers – The Express Tribune

It’s a matter of days now for the newly elected representatives to start officiating, as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued notifications on Tuesday of winning candidates of the May 11 elections.

The commission issued notifications of the returning candidates of the national and provincial assemblies in pursuance of the provisions of sub-sections (3A) and (4) of section 42 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976.

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“There are still 41 constituencies where elections were either postponed or terminated or re-polling and recounting has been ordered,” a senior ECP official told The Express Tribune.

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PTI slams ECP on fee for verification of thumbprints

Party leaders termed the decision of the ECP and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to collect the fee from the complainants “unfair and unpleasant”.
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ut of 220 bags containing ballot papers, the seals of 170 bags were broken while counterfoils of around 26,500 ballot papers were without the signatures and seals of the assistant presiding officers. “Marked electoral rolls from five polling stations were missing while 934 unused ballot papers were also not mentioned in the record

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PML-N’s Asif moves SC against postings, transfers by caretaker PM

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Asif on Monday challenged the appointments and transfers made by caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso against key government posts in the Supreme Court. - See more at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/05/20/news/national/pml-ns-asif-moves-sc-against-postings-transfers-by-caretaker-pm/#sthash.nOpvVREH.dpuf

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