NA 149 constituency: Javed Hashmi humbled in Multan by-elections

MULTAN:  Veteran politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Thursday faced a historic by-election defeat as he conceded his traditional National Assembly seat (NA-149) to an independent candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The rout was all the more telling as it came despite support of many religious and political parties, including the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Hashmi had relinquished the seat after he left the PTI following his disagreement with party chief Imran Khan.
Amir Dogar, the PTI-backed candidate, won with a comfortable margin of 14,000 votes, polling 52,321 votes against Hashmi’s 38,393 votes, according to the official results, announced by the regional election commission. In a distant third place came Javed Siddiqi of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who secured 6,289 votes.

Election Commision of Pakistan clarifies Post Election Review Report 2013

Election Commision of Pakistan has clarified Post Election Review Report 2013 in a press release. The ECP clarifies that the Post Election Review Report 2013 being commented upon is not the Election Commission’s  Report  on  General Election  2013,  but  it is a summary of the recommendations received from various stakeholders including international observers, domestic observers and feedback provided by District Returning Officers, Returning Officers, Presiding Officers, polling officials, security officials, general public including male, female, youth, persons with disabilities  and  minorities.

NA speakers to lead parliamentary delegation to Bahrain

ISLAMABAD, Sept 20 (APP): A six-member Parliamentary Delegation, headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Saturday embarked on a three-day official visit to Bahrain on the invitation of Speaker of Bahrain.


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Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao warned on Wednesday that an ongoing political impasse could damage Pakistan’s recently stabilized economy, as the country’s finance minister said Islamabad would miss its growth target due to recent floods.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Nakao and finance minister Ishaq Dar praised the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for improving the macro-economic outlook and pursuing a liberalization agenda.

General Election Results 2013

History of Elections in Pakistan

Past elections:General elections from 1954 to 1970

Between 1947 and 1958, there were no direct elections held in Pakistan at the national level. Provincial elections were held occasionally. The West Pakistan provincial elections were described as "a farce, a mockery and a fraud upon the electorate"

The first direct elections held in the country after independence were for the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab between 10–20 March 1951. The elections were held for 197 seats. As many as 939 candidates contested the election for 189 seats, while the remaining seats were filled unopposed. Seven political parties were in the race. The election was held on an adult franchise basis with approximately one-million voters. The turnout remained low. In Lahore, the turnout was 30 per cent of the listed voters and in rural areas of Punjab it was much lower.

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When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty: Imran Khan

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty: Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, on a Twitter message, said that when injustice becomes a law then resistance becomes a duty.

Protesters march on Pakistan parliament 'red zone'

Troops take up positions to protect parliament as 30,000 supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri hold rally.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters swarmed towards Pakistan's parliament late on Tuesday night after using bolt cutters and cranes to swiftly remove barricades designed to keep them away from the most sensitive areas of the country's capital city.
An estimated 50,000 protesters, led by an opposition politician and a Canada-based cleric, had been holding demonstrations in Islamabad for five days to demand the resignation of the government led by prime minister Nawaz Sharif.


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