Pakistan gear up for historic polls as preparations finalised

Web Desk: Pakistan enters into another general elections scheduled on July 25th (tomorrow) as all preparations have been finalised for general elections 2018.

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According to an ECP official, 5,878 of the polling stations declared as highly sensitive were from Sindh province, 5,487 from Punjab and Islamabad, 3,874 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, and 1,768 from Balochistan.

The official said a total of 85,307 polling stations have been set up in all the four provinces, FATA and the federal capital. 47,813 of the polling stations are in Punjab, 17,747 in Sindh, 12,634 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,420 in Balochistan, 797 in the federal capital and 1,896 in FATA.

However, on other side, Election material(logistics) including ballot boxes, seals, polling booths, ink, ballot papers and other necessary items delivered to polling stations countrywide.

Under the supervision of Army, police the returning officers, who were handed the election material by the ECP amid tight security earlier this week, are delivering it to the presiding officers at the polling stations.

Earlier in a day, Three bags full of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) were found on Tuesday next to a garbage dump in Shafiqabad locality of the city.

According to police, three bags full of CNICs were discovered by trash pickers in the early hours of the day.

Upon inquiry, it was discovered the cards belonged to the residents of the area, according to sources.

The area falls under the NA-125 constituency of Lahore from where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Yasmin Rashid is contesting the election against Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz’s Waheed Alam.

Rashid said they have sent their lawyers to the Shafiqabad police station to inquire about the cards that have been discovered, claiming this may constitute as pre-poll rigging.

The police have taken the bags into custody and have launched an inquiry into the incident.

On the other hand heads of various political parties have addressed rallies and political gatherings in different parts of the country on Monday the last day for election campaign.

As per ECP rules, there shall be no election activity from now till the community mobilisation on the day of the election.

It has perhaps been the deadliest election campaign in Pakistan’s history as various political parties candidates were martyred in different suicide attacks.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) rounded up the things in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan ended his last political gathering in Lahore, whereas, PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto addressed party workers in Northern Sindh.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak-Sarzameen party (PSP) held public gatherings in Karachi’s area of Liaqautabad and Gulshan-e-Iqbal respectively.

PML-N ends political campaign in DG Khan:

President PMLN and former Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif confident for his party’s win on election day and vowed that his next government would surpass India in economic growth of the country.

“Pakistan will be shaped like Malaysia and Turkey. In next tenure we will beat India in terms of  economic development” said Shehbaz while addressing to a public gathering on the last of election campaign at Dera Ghazi Khan.

While praising ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz claimed that his brother strengthen the economy of Pakistan.

“Nawaz made Pakistan an atomic state. He gifted CPEC to the people of Pakistan. We will bring Nawaz out of the jail through our votes”, remarked PMLN president.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in his special message from Adiala prison has urged the masses to vote for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in July 25 polls.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif has shared the message of Nawaz Sharif on his twitter handle.

PTI ends political campaign in Lahore:

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on last day of his election campaign praised his party’s performance in KhyberPakhtunkhuwa.

“In KhyberPakhtunkhuwa we brought the top Local bodies system. If given a chance we will strengthen the local bodies in Lahore and other areas of Punjab too” said Imran Khan while addressing his party’s election gathering in Lahore.

Commending KP’s progess in health ann education sector he claimed that the province has so far the best education system when compared to other provinces”

“Standard of education in KP is better than other provinces. We recruited three thousand teachers in the provinces. Previously there were only 3000 doctor in KP’s hospitals now the province have 9000 doctors” asserted PTI chief.

Imran Khan also claimed that his party’s government in KP province did on ground development while Punjab government progressed just in advertisements.

“Lahore’s development budget is 3 times greater than KP province but everyone knows that Lahore’s budget was transferred overseas” he accused Shahbaz’s Sharif’s government of plundering the province resources.

He further lashed out at imprisoned former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif for deceiving people by playing victim card.

“India seems to be pleased by Nawaz Sharif’s campaign against the establishment” said Imran Khan.

PPP ends election campaign in Jacobabad:

Pakistan People’s Party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari remarked on Monday that he is not afraid of undemocratic tactics.

Bilawal was addressing a corner meeting in Qambar district on the last day of election campaigning.

“I am out on streets to save Pakistan,” said the PPP scion, urging voters to support him the same way they supported his grandfather and deceased PPP leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

While speaking in Ratodero, Bilawal remarked: “The general election will play an integral role in the strengthening of country’s democracy.”

“I will complete the mission of Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

Fake politicians formed an alliance to create hurdles in the way of the PPP, he said, adding that the forces working against the nation will be defeated in the forthcoming general elections.

Bilawal is contesting elections from NA-8 (Malakand), NA-200 (Larkana) and NA-246 (Karachi South 1).

MQM-P Ends Election Campaign With Aim To Sweep Karachi On July 25

Muttahida Qaumi Movemnet Pakistan held last political power show before Elections 2018 at Liaquatabad Flyover on Monday.

MQM P leader Farooq Sattar claimed that his party will win more seats than previous elections and it will determine its power in Karachi.

“MQM-P will triumph every seat in Karachi. July 25th will decide to whom this city belongs to”, said Sattar while addressing the election gathering.

“Consequences will be fatal for Pakistan if elections were snatched from our party,” he warned.

NA-60 decision:

The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has rejected Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed’s plea challenging the postponement of polling in NA-60.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed has challenged in the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi Bench today against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polling the city’s NA-60 constituency.

LHC’s judge Justice Mujahid Mustaqeem of Rawalpindi Bench upheld the ECP’s decision to postpone polling in NA-60 Rawalpindi.

The ECP had postponed polling after the arrest and disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Hanif Abbasi, Rasheed’s main contender for the seat, in the ephedrine quota case last week.

Submitting a petition through his counsel Sardar Abdul Razzaq, Rasheed has contended that election cannot be postponed due to the sentencing of a candidate.

Rasheed has mentioned in the petition that elections in the constituencies of PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were not postponed when they were jailed in the Avenfield properties reference earlier this month.

The petition has named the ECP and relevant returning officer as respondents.

KP, Balochistan all set for transparent polls on July 25:

On the other hand, all necessary arrangements have been finalized in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for holding general elections in a peaceful and transparent manner.

As many as 75000 police personnel have been deployed in polling stations across the province. Army soldiers will also be available to help the civil administration in holding of the elections in a peaceful, free and transparent manner.

“Election materials have been sent to all the concerned districts,” said Provincial Election Commission member Khushdil Khan.

Wheel chairs have also been arranged to facilitate elderly and disabled people to exercise their right to vote.

Meanwhile, a Control Room has been established at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar working for 24 hours.

Public can register their complaints with the control room through universal access number 091-713-712-111. It can also be contacted on telephone numbers: 091-9213838 and 9211765.

Meanwhile, Provincial Election Commissioner Balochistan Niaz Ahmed Baloch said that 287 candidates are in race for sixteen National Assembly seats in Balochistan. Similarly, 952 candidates are contesting for fifty one provincial assembly seats of the province.

Niaz Baloch further said that all arrangements including security measures at polling stations across the province have been finalized. Moreover, ballot papers and other electoral material have been dispatched to all Returning Officers of the province.

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