ISLAMABAD: The government tabled on Tuesday a draft bill on electoral reforms in the National Assembly which gives complete administrative and financial powers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), increases the election expenses limits for both National Assembly and provincial assemblies’ seats by 150 per cent and makes it mandatory for registration of any political party to have at least 1,000 members.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Bill 2016, containing detailed electoral reform package, will be presented on Tuesday before the main Parliamentary Committee on Election Reforms (PCER) envisaging that less than 10% turnout of women voters in any constituency will make the election void.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday.
The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is an increasingly influential member of her father's ruling party.
Turkey has sacked almost 9,000 officials in its relentless crackdown against suspected coup plotters, authorities said Monday, as the former air force chief denied masterminding the weekend's failed putsch.
With Western allies expressing alarm over fears Ankara that could reinstate the death penalty in response to Friday's dramatic coup bid, General Akin Ozturk appeared in court, looking haggard and with his ear bandaged.
Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid on Tuesday said that opposition stepped back from parliamentary committee formed to finalise terms of references (ToRs) for Panama leaks inquiry.
The minister alleged that opposition parties have adopted escapism from parliamentary committee after contacting Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He said that report has been prepared about the performance of opposition in Panama Leaks probe case that would be presented before the National Assembly in next session.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale on Thursday said India is ready to restore dialogue process with Pakistan on all the issues if environment for talks is pleasant.
Talking to newsmen here at a local hotel after an Iftar-dinner, he said atmosphere for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India should be improved.
He said that better atmosphere was a must for the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India so that these talks should be comprehensive and durable.
Legal experts believe that legal options are available before the Election Commission of Pakistan to disqualify the prime minister and members of his family if it really wanted to decide the petitions filed by the PPP and the PTI.
The Nation talked to senior jurists who opined that the election body could take action against those who conceal their assets under different sections of Representation of the People Act, 1976.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday strongly dispelled the impression that the country had been isolated, claiming Pakistan was changing its foreign policy in view of the changes taking place in the region.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said as new alignments were emerging in the regional and global arenas, the present government was pursuing a suitable foreign policy with futuristic approach.
Non-interference, balanced approach, ensuring its security, protecting sovereignty and growth of trade and economy were among the main objectives of the government’s foreign policy and its positive results would be seen in future, he said in an interview with a private television channel aired on Monday night.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai met the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and enquired after his health.
Karzai expressed best wishes for early recovery of Sharif. Both the leaders discussed situation at Torkham border, bilateral relations and stressed the need for peaceful solution. Nawaz Sharif thanked Hamid Karzai for good wishes.
The opposition members yesterday severely criticised the government in the National Assembly for ‘inefficiency’ of the Foreign Office in handling important matters of the country.
The opposition also came down hard upon the government during budgetary debate for not appointing minister for foreign affairs, keeping mum over NFC award and not holding national census in the country.
The house in five-hour proceedings witnessed thin presence from both sides of the aisle, but lack of quorum was not pointed out by any opposition member.
The government team has once again failed in winning Jamaat-e-Islami support on its ToRs for Panamagate probe, The Nation has learnt.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and IT Minister Anusha Rahman yesterday met JI chief Sirajul Haq to win his party’s support on government made terms of reference but the latter expressed his concerns over the way government was handling this matter, a JI leader told this scribe quoting meeting discussion.
Pakistan yesterday accused the United States of using it in need and abandoning it afterwards as it expressed concerns over the growing strategic ties between the US and India.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said at a news conference here that the US’ approach was interest-based.
The National Assembly yesterday witnessed rumpus in the middle of budgetary proceedings when Defence Minister Khwaja Asif used derogatory language against PTI chief whip Shireen Mazari.
Pointing towards Ms Mazari, Asif remarked, “Someone make this tractor-trolley keep quiet” when she and some other lawmakers protested to his speech on loadshedding during Ramazan.
“Make her voice more feminine,” he said, according to eyewitnesses. Another lawmaker chimed in from the government benches to say “Keep quiet, aunty.”
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari rejected the recent budget presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday and termed it as a 'one unit budget for Punjabistan'.
Bilawal stated the above-mentioned via a tweet on Tuesday. The PPP chairman also said that it seemed as if the budget was made to break the federation.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday accused India of “running away” from talks despite Islamabad’s offer of joint probe in the Pathankot terror attack. Raking up the Kashmir issue, he called it an “unfinished agenda of partition” and the main cause of regional tension.
The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to "lightly beat" their wives as a form of discipline.
PESHAWAR: The polling for PK-8 Peshawar-VIII seat will be held today (Thursday) under the army’s supervision.
With the constituency consisting of suburban areas, around 136,508 voters will take part in the electoral exercise.
All government schools located in the constituency will remain closed as polling stations have been established there.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Khalid Khan Magsi clinched victory by a heavy margin against his nearest rival in Thursday’s by-polls for the Jhal Magsi constituency of NA-267, according to results.
According to the provincial election commission chairman Sultan Bayazid, PML-N candidate Khalid Khan Magsi secured 29,630 votes against the provincial chief organiser of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind’s 19,533 votes, according to the votes counted in 165 polling stations.