Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, Imran Khan, Friday accused that last year’s general elections were rigged by printing 5.5 millions of extra ballot papers.
“At least 5.5 million extra ballot papers were printed to perpetrate the vote fraud. This is how Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) got away with 15 million votes in 2013 as against 6.8 million in 2008”, Khan said addressing a key press conference here. Khan also alleged that police had been the rulers’ election rigging force. "Punjab and Sindh have become police states", said he.
The PTI leader said those who had printed these 5.5 million ballot papers with a fraudulent intent indeed dealt a blow to the democracy in country.
Khan said that if election rigging probe was not conducted and culprits were brought to book, then next general elections will be a contest between ‘rigging-practition More details
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has taken notice of setting up encroachments in the name of security in residential areas of federal capital and sought report thereof from chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) within 15 days.
Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani has remarked “ people are facing difficulties due to blockage of routes in the name of security. No one has any right to block the routes in the residential areas. Provide security to the people but difficulties be not increased for the people by setting up encroachments in the name of security. Foreign embassies have also blocked the routes in the name of security here. This never happens any where.
A 3-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up the case for hearing Friday.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was told during the hearing that the encroachments set up in residential areas of Islamabad in the name of security have caused difficultie More details
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Friday.
They discussed overall political situation in the country.
Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidri was also present in the meeting. More details
ISLAMABAD: Calling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's over hyped press conference a dud, Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique Friday said it was like 'a mountain laboured and a mouse was born'.
“All the ridiculous allegations that PTI leader Imran Khan has piled up against us are disregarded as pack of lies”, a venom-spewing Rafique roared in a ‘press conference that came on the heels of a PTI media-briefing during which claims were made that last year’s polls were rigged by printing extra ballot papers.
He bluntly likened Khan to a child who was crying for the moon, which he’d never be able to get, ever. “The PTI chief is out of his mind. He himself reposed trust in the Election Commission of Pakistan ahead of 2013 polls. And now he is moaning about the role of Returning Officers (ROs) in alleged vote rigging”, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz minister said.
Dubbing him as a fra More details
ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan wants to have meaningful talks with India.
Talking to PTV on Friday evening, he said it depends on India to improve bilateral relations. He said India itself cannot afford tension in the region.
Sartaj Aziz said the agenda of the SAARC is in the boarder interest of the region.He called for enhancing trade among the SAARC states. More details
Islamabad: Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, on Friday said that the government has allowed PTI to stage its protest but would retaliate if mob attack the capital.
Addressing to a press briefing here, the minister confirmed that PTI has finally been allowed to hold its promised Nov 30 rally at Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue.
He said the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has given permission to PTI for its rally and a formal No Objection Certificate (NOC) in this regard has been issued.
The minister said PTI management has opted Jinnah Avenue as venue of the public meeting and the stage will be set up at Parade Avenue.
Elaborating on the agreement between PTI and ICT, Chaudhry Nisar said security of state institutions would be ensured at all cost.
“We have made it clear that no one will enter the Red Zone… The PTI organizers must ensure that there will b More details
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah on Friday expressed hope that the name of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) would be announced before December 1st, adding it was delayed due to form a consensus among all stakeholders.
Speaking to the media he said they have to select a CEC as they are ready to make Imran Khan as head of the Election Commission. He stated that they are in contact with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and they are working on it constitutionally.
The opposition leader announced that all the political parties except Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have consensus on Justice (Retd) Tasadduq Hussain Jilani. He stated that politicians were considering state as the government, asking them to fight against the government not the state.
He also said they are not satisfied with the performance of the government as if the incumbent deliver the situation would have quite difficult. He also clarifi More details
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday submitted a report in the Supreme Court on preparations for local bodies elections in Sindh and Punjab.
In its report, the ECP said that in the light of apex court orders the election staff is being trained to carry out electoral delimitation of union councils and wards in Sindh and Punjab.
Apprising the SC of preparations for local government polls, the ECP further said that the training process will conclude in second week of January 2015, adding that committees have been constituted for purchase of material required for delimitation work.
Following legislation in Sindh and Punjab, the ECP has now been empowered to draw new electoral boundaries on UC and ward level. More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said it has shown restraint in responding to India's aggression on Line of Control and Working Boundary.
During the question hour in the National Assembly on Friday, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir said Director General Military Operations contacted his Indian counterpart to devise ways for de-escalation.
He regretted that the efforts were cold shouldered. He said our leadership has reached out to the global community in an effort to highlight Indian intransigence and belligerence. He said Pakistan has neither added nor withdrawn any item from the Negative List of 1,209 items traded with India.
To a question, the commerce minister said the policy of hunting permits to Arab dignitaries is reviewed by the government every year.
Responding to a question, Parliamentary Secretary Raja Javed Ikh More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is releasing 40 Indian prisoners, including five civil prisoners and thirty-five fishermen, through Wagah border on Saturday.
According to Foreign Office, this will bring the total number of Indian prisoners released this year to one hundred and ninety-one.
In May last, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed to release one hundred and fifty-one Indian prisoners. Pakistan has always held that the issue of prisoners between the two countries is humanitarian and it should be taken in that spirit.
Pakistan hopes the Government of India will reciprocate the gesture. More details