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Minister seeks unconditional apology from ECP


September 17, 2021

KARACHI: Strained relations between the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) witnessed another low on Thursday when a key member of the federal cabinet sought an unconditional apology from the constitutional body for issuing him a notice which, he said, was contrary to facts about electioneering for the recent cantonment board polls in Karachi. Minister …

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ECP seeks documents from ministry to restart delimitation in Islamabad


September 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed the Ministry of Interior to provide required documents for restarting the pending delimitation process for the upcoming local government elections in Islamabad. The local government completed its five-year term in February this year. Later, the ECP was informed by the interior ministry that in the past there would be 50 union …

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PFUJ announces long march to protest against proposed PDMA bill


September 17, 2021

LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has decided to hold a long march from Quetta to Islamabad in early November against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PDMA) bill. The decision was taken at PFUJ’s three-day federal executive council meeting at the Lahore Press Club with president Shahzada Zulfiqar in chair on Thursday. It was meeting’s second day. …

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4,000 policemen to be deployed in Rawalpindi for NZ-Pakistan cricket matches


September 17, 2021

RAWALPINDI: As many as 4,000 police personnel will be deployed for the cricket series being played between Pakistan and New Zealand at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from Sept 17 (today). Besides, cricket fans would go through metal detectors, biometric checking and walk-through gates. A security official said though there was no specific threat in Rawalpindi, the law enforcement agencies were not …

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Leaked ECP letter to Nadra over internet voting sparks controversy


September 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The leak of a letter written by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) over internet voting has sparked a new controversy. The letter reveals that Nadra intends to engage the ECP in a new contract amounting to Rs2.4 billion for the development of an i-voting system, though the existing agreement still …

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Another 4m doses of Covid-19 vaccine arrive


September 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD: While several countries have controlled casualties despite being severely affected by Covid-19, Pakistan continues to report a large number of casualties because it has vaccinated hardly 25 per cent of its population, according to an expert. On the other hand, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan seems satisfied with the country’s performance and …

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Teenager killed while making TikTok video in Haripur


September 17, 2021

HARIPUR: A teenage boy was killed when a pistol held by his cousin went off accidentally while making a TikTok video in Hattar village, police said on Thursday. Sharif Akhtar, a resident of Hattar, told the police that his son Raqeebur Rehman, 17, and nephew Usman were at their shop in Dohriyan area when Usman was making a video for …

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Heavy agenda awaits NA session slated for today


September 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly is meeting on Friday (today) with a heavy agenda, including a motion under which a joint sitting of parliament will be sought for the passage of the controversial Elections (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021, aimed at using electronic voting machines (EVMs) and granting voting rights to overseas Pakistanis. The bill was earlier passed by the National Assembly …

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Taliban must fulfill promises made in Afghanistan, says PM at SCO summit


September 17, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the Taliban must fulfill the promises they have made in Afghanistan, and called on the international community to stand with the people of the war-torn country. The premier expressed these views while addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe. Foreign Minister Shah …

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PM Imran reaches Tajikistan on two-day visit to attend SCO summit


September 16, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reached Tajikistan on a two-day visit, during which he will attend the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO’s) Heads of State Summit in Dushanbe, according to a tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). “The prime minister was received by Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and was accorded a red carpet welcome at Dushanbe International …

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