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ECP ‘probably’ to repair Jan 28 as date for basic elections



  • Electoral watchdog anticipated to apprise SC of ballot date inside subsequent two days, say sources

ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) is contemplating fixing January 28 because the date for the Basic Elections 2024, sources stated on Friday.

The highest electoral physique, commencing its preparations for upcoming elections, is anticipated to apprise the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan (SC) in writing throughout the subsequent two days, the sources added.

The ECP is ready to apprise the SC after the highest court docket sought the fee’s response within the case of well timed elections.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, earlier this week, in the course of the apex court docket’s listening to on the difficulty of well timed elections noticed that it was “not attainable” to satisfy the 90-day deadline for holding elections and lamented the dearth of preparations of the petitioners.

The CJP’s remarks got here as he’s main a three-member bench comprising himself, Justice Athar Minallah, and Justice Amin-Ud-Din Khan to listen to the petitions filed by the Supreme Court docket Bar Affiliation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and others searching for elections throughout the 90-day constitutional restrict.

Throughout the listening to, the SCBA lawyer apprised the court docket that the “90-day interval will full on November 3″.

To this, CJP Isa inquired whether or not it could even be attainable to carry the polls inside 90 days, to which the lawyer conceded that even when the highest court docket offers the order even then it won’t be attainable to carry the elections inside 90 days.

Ambiguity over polls

The Shehbaz Sharif-led authorities dissolved the Nationwide Meeting on August 9, whereas Sindh and Balochistan assemblies had been additionally prematurely dissolved to permit the electoral authority to carry elections within the nation inside 90 days.

Had the assemblies been dissolved on time, the electoral physique was constitutionally sure to carry polls in 60 days.

Nevertheless, the ECP determined in opposition to holding polls throughout the stipulated time because the Council of Widespread Curiosity (CCI), days earlier than the dissolution of the assemblies, permitted the seventh Inhabitants and Housing Census 2023.

The CCI approval made it obligatory for the fee to carry elections following recent delimitations in mild of the outcomes of the census.

Subsequently, on August 17, the ECP introduced the schedule of recent delimitations to be carried out as per the brand new census permitted by the CCI.

However in September, the fee introduced that basic elections within the nation would happen within the final week of January 2024.

Nevertheless, earlier than the announcement, a number of petitions had been filed within the Supreme Court docket in opposition to the delay in polls.

All of the petitioners have requested the apex court docket to make sure that polls are held inside 90 days.

These petitions had been filed in the course of the tenure of former chief justice Umar Ata Bandial, nevertheless, they weren’t fastened for a listening to.




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PM Kakar arrives in Kuwait on two-day official visit



KUWAIT: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Tuesday arrived in Kuwait on a two-day official visit to meet the brotherly country’s leadership.

Upon his arrival at the airport, Kuwait’s Minister for Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Dr Jassim Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ostad received the prime minister, PM Office said in a press release.

Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Malik Muhammad Farooq and other senior diplomatic officials were also present on the occasion.

During his visit, the premier will meet Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

During the visit, a new era of economic and economic cooperation between the two countries will begin.

A number of MoUs will be signed for mutual cooperation in various sectors including manpower, information technology, minerals and mining, food security, energy and defence, it was further added.

As a traditional Kuwaiti welcoming gesture, the caretaker prime minister was also presented “Kahwa” upon his arrival.

Earlier this month, the interim federal cabinet gave the nod to seven memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with Kuwait for an investment worth $10 billion.

The MoUs would be signed by PM Kakar during the visit.

The MoUs will be inked for projects in various fields, including expansion of water reservoirs, mining facilities, protection and expansion of mangrove forests for coastal areas, investment in IT sector and food security.

The MoUs between the two countries became possible due to the efforts made by the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), according to a statement issued by the PM Office earlier.

It added that the interim premier, who chaired the meeting in the federal capital, and his cabinet members appreciated the efforts of the SIFC and the relevant ministries.

The caretaker prime minister issued directions to the federal authorities concerned to ensure cooperation with the provinces for early and fair execution of the projects.

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PTI rebuffs ‘claims’ Imran won’t contest intra-party polls



  • Says no resolution but on present chief’s withdrawal or his alternative
  • Marwat had inform media chief had determined to not contest polls attributable to authorized prohibitions

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday rebuffed ‘claims and speculations’ that chief Imran Khan, who’s at the moment incarcerated at Adiala jail, wouldn’t contest intra-party polls for the slot of social gathering chairman.

The assertion by the PTI was issued in response to 1 by a “senior chief”. Though the social gathering didn’t title the chief, earlier within the day PTI’s Sher Afzal Khan Marwat had said that Imran had determined to not contest the election for PTI chairman attributable to authorized prohibitions and his disqualification within the Toshakhana case.

Marwat, who was appointed a senior vice chairman of the social gathering final week, had made the remarks whereas talking to PTI social media representatives outdoors Adiala jail.

“Khan sahib himself has determined that he won’t contest the polls for the workplace of PTI chairman,” he had stated, including that this resolution was taken with consensus. Marwat stated the choice could be reversed as quickly because the disqualification was put aside.

Nonetheless, hours later, the PTI issued an announcement on social media platform X stating that it “strongly denies” hypothesis within the media on the difficulty. It additionally denied the claims by a “senior social gathering chief” about Imran not operating for social gathering chairman in intra-party elections.

“Discussions are ongoing on all of the vital points concerning the holding of intra-party elections,” the social gathering stated. It stated that no resolution was taken as but concerning withdrawing Imran from the election or nominating one other chief in his place.

The social gathering stated that as quickly because the management reached a conclusion on holding intra-party elections, the date and the number of candidates, the small print could be launched to the media.

In the meantime, Marwat caught by his assertion regardless of the social gathering’s denial. In response to the assertion issued by the PTI, Marwat stated that he had “examined the paradox”.

“No matter I’ve stated in my media discuss in regards to the intra-party election is an accurate assertion. The choices had been taken by the PTI chairman within the presence of Senator Ali Zafar, Barrister Gohar, Umair Niazi and myself,” he stated.

“I fail to know who’s behind the contradiction and why the deceptive assertion was issued. The media are suggested to confirm my assertion with the above individuals if you happen to don’t thoughts,” he added.

ECP verdict

Final week, the ECP dominated that the PTI intra-party polls weren’t clear, ordering the previous ruling social gathering to carry new elections if it needs to retain its “bat” image.

The PTI was by the fee to carry recent elections inside 20 days in a reserved verdict introduced on November 23.

Within the verdict, the ECP said that the PTI failed to carry free and truthful intra-party elections, including that the polls had been objectionable and controversial.

“PTI’s intra-party elections can’t be accepted,” said the decision, directing it to carry polls and submit the file inside seven days.

“If PTI fails to carry elections inside 20 days then it should face extreme penalties. In case of failure to carry [intra-party] elections, the [PTI] won’t be eligible to safe an election image,” stated the decision.

The ECP had issued notices to the PTI for not holding intra-party polls on August 2 and reserved its verdict on the matter on September 13.


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Ticket Distribution: PML-N committee interviews candidates for Pindi seats



RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has began the method of interviews of potential candidates for the social gathering tickets for provincial and nationwide meeting constituencies for the upcoming common elections scheduled for February 8.

On this connection, the social gathering’s Divisional Coordinator Committee, headed by Senator Pervez Rashid, interviewed candidates for each the provincial and nationwide assemblies seats from Rawalpindi. The committee’s assembly happened on the residence of committee member Tahira Orangzaib.

In attendance on the assembly have been PML-N Rawalpindi Division President Malik Abrar, Ataullah Tarar, and Haneef Abbasi.

Interviews for candidates requesting social gathering tickets from 5 tehsils of Rawalpindi district, together with Metropolitan and Cantt areas, have been performed.

Yesterday, the Divisional Coordination Committee interviewed candidates for 2 nationwide and 5 provincial seats of Attock.

Later, the Divisional Coordination Committee will submit its proposals to the Central Parliamentary Board of PML-N, which resolve the ticket distribution. The committee will full the interviews of the candidates by November 29.


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