The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced the schedule for upcoming Senate by-election on six vacant general seats.As per the schedule, nomination papers for those vying for these Senate seats can be submitted until March 3.The scrutiny of these nomination papers is slated to take place by March 5, resulting in the final list of eligible candidates who will be contesting for the coveted Senate positions.Candidates will have the opportunity to retrieve their nomination papers by March 10.The polling for the by-election will take place on March 14, spanning from 9 am to 4 pm. This electoral battle will predominantly feature candidates vying for three vacant seats in Balochistan, one seat in Sindh, and one seat in Islamabad.PML-N senator Nuzhat Sadiq has taken oath as an MNA and resigned from her senator position. Meanwhile, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI) also resigned as senator and took oath as MNA.PPP's Yusuf Raza Gilani also became an MNA after quitting his seat in Senate.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki will arrange a Royal Visit invitation to ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi and her family, in recognition of her heroic intervention to save a woman from a mob in Lahore’s Achhra Market. According to a source close to the Saudi Ambassador, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan, extended the invitation to ASP Syeda Shehrbano during their meeting at the Saudi embassy, where he commended her bravery. The Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan praised the bravery of the police officer and assured her that the Saudi government would cover the expenses of her and her family’s trip to Saudi Arabia as honored guests. The Saudi ambassador lauded ASP Naqvi for her selfless devotion to duty and professionalism in diffusing a volatile situation. Earlier, the Assistant Superintendent of Police from Gulberg, Lahore visited General Headquarters to meet with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir. General Munir recognized the significant contributions of Pakistani women across various spheres of life. “Since independence, Pakistani women have showcased their talent, perseverance, and dedication, both domestically and internationally.” The inspector general of police (IGP) has recommended Syeda Sheharbano Naqvi for the Quaid-i-Azam Police Medal (QPM).
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Friday imposed a ban on transfers and postings across the province, ARY News reported.As per details, the spokesperson said that important transfers will be carried out after permission from the Chief Minister House via a summary.After taking charge as Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab, Maryam Nawaz gave one month to the administration to remove encroachment from Lahore markets.Maryam Nawaz passed the orders after taking notice of the problems faced by the citizens due to keeping goods in front of the shops.The citizens complained to the Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz that the shopkeepers had kept the goods outside. They are facing serious problems in traffic due to the encroachment of the stalls and carts that also lead to everyday accidents.Read more: Punjab CM Maryam Nawaz orders removal of encroachment from marketsSeparately, the newly elected Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz issued orders to suspend 800,000 arms licenses.She issued these directives while chairing a high-level meeting.While suspending the licenses, the Punjab chief minister said that only courts will issue new arms licenses going forward.
QUETTA: Schools in Balochistan are to remain closed for a week due to mass destruction caused by heavy rains in Gwadar, Chaman and other areas of the province. According to a notification issued by Balochistan's caretaker government, the schools in Balochistan will remain closed for a week due to inclement weather conditions.Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Balochistan’s Gwadar, Kech district and other parts, suspending normal life and traffic on the Coastal Highway.Met Office had earlier informed that a westerly wave is likely to enter in Balochistan and may grip upper parts of the country on 26th February.Read more: Emergency declared after record-breaking rainfall wreaks havoc in GwadarFollowing the continued heavy rains in Gwadar, the district administration on Thursday declared a state of emergency in rain-hit areas of Gwadar while paramilitary forces were called in to help the district administration in rescue and relief operations.Met officials said the coastal district received over 160mm rainfall in 12 hours.Flood waters entered residential and commercial areas and roads of Gwadar town were presenting a pond-like situation.Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Aurangzeb Badini, along with the chairman of Gwadar Municipal Committee Sharif Maindad and other officials concerned, visited the affected areas and launched rescue and relief operations.
Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) President, Asif Ali Zardari, Friday formed a committee to oversee party affairs in the Punjab Province. The committee comprises two members, Nadeem Afzal Chan and Syed Ali Qasim Gillani, said a press release issued by Rukhsana Bangash, Political Secretary to the President of PPPP. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) decided to make administrative appointments in Punjab with mutual understanding.According to the sources, both parties agreed to form a joint committee for making decisions in the appointment of administrative officers of Punjab.The PPP has already given names to the committee. The sources privy to the development said that the PML-N and PPP during their talks for government formation in centre, Punjab and Balochistan had decided to form the committee for the purpose.Meanwhile, the preparations for the formation of the cabinet in Punjab have accelerated and many names are being considered in this regard.Read More: Rana Sanaullah likely to get an important position in PunjabAccording to sources, Rana Sanaullah would be made the chief minister advisor on Home. In the first phase, Rana Sanaullah will sworn in as the advisor and later he would also contest the by-election from Sheikhupura or Lahore.The PML-N sources said that provincial ministers and advisors are likely to be taken from various divisions and districts of Punjab.
QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Friday decided to not field candidate for the Balochistan chief minister (CM) slot, ARY News reported citing sources.According to sources, Pakistan Peoples Party yesterday invited JUI-F to become part of the Balochistan government.The JUI-F consultation meeting is underway to decide their decision on joining the Balochistan government.Last week, sources revealed that JUI-F decided to field its candidate for the Balochistan chief minister (CM) slot after contacting the National Party, Awami National Party and the Balochistan National Party-P.Earlier today, Pakistan People Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari nominated Sarfraz Bugti as candidate for chief minister (CM) Balochistan post.The newly elected MPAs of the Balochistan Assembly earlier took their oaths of membership in session chaired by the presiding officer Engineer Zamrud Khan.The 51 members, elected on general seats, who took oath today include members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers who have emerged as the largest parties in the 65-member House. Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) have 10 and five seats, respectively.
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on Friday completed proceedings in Justice (retired) Mazahar Ali Naqvi’s ‘misconduct’ case.https://youtu.be/aGtCF92ZD5kSJC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Qazi Faez Isa recorded statements of all the witnesses in the case. The SJC will forward its recommendations to the President of Pakistan.My lord statements of all the witnesses have been recorded, the additional attorney general of Pakistan said in the hearing. After the confirmation from the AAGP, the CJP said a letter was received from the former SC judge regarding skipping the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) proceedings.The chief justice of Pakistan further remarked it must be noted that the hearing was made public at the request of Mazahar Ali Naqvi.Read more: SJC records statements of witnesses in Justice (r) Mazahar Ali Naqvi caseNaqvi, who is facing ‘misconduct’ allegations in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) forwarded his resignation to the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi in January.It was an honour to work as Lahore High Court and Supreme Court judge, Mazahar Ali Naqvi said and added he could not continue discharging his duties.“I, therefore. effective today resign as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” the letter added.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has been elected as the 22nd speaker of the National Assembly (NA).https://youtu.be/-n579biqwjsThe National Assembly (NA) session for the election of new NA speaker was chaired by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) protested during the session.The voting for the election of the speaker was held through a secret ballot. The lawmakers one by one cast their vote.PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq gained 199 votes, while Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Aamir Dogar 91 votes. After the official announcement by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Sardare Ayaz Sadiq was administered oath as the new speaker of NA.After the oath-taking, the new speaker took charge of the house, while Raja Pervaiz Ashraf subsequently stepped down from his position.The new speaker will now conduct the election of the deputy speaker.Read more: Newly elected MNAs take oath in NA’s inaugural sessionIt is to be noted that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), President, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif nominated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly on behalf of PML-N, and Bilawal Bhutto named Ghulam Mustafa Shah as the candidate for Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly on behalf of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominated Aamir Dogar for the position of Speaker of the National Assembly, while PTI’s Junaid Khan would contest for the post of Deputy Speaker.
ISLAMABAD: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon on Friday challenged the six-month jail sentence awarded in contempt of court case by Islamabad High Court (IHC), ARY News reported.As per details, the intra-court appeal was filed in Islamabad High Court challenging the single-bench verdict.The appeal urged the court to declare the verdict null and void and acquit Deputy Commissioner Irfan Memon from the contempt case.The IHC single-bench verdict was also challenged by SSP operations Malik Jameel Zafar.Earlier today, The court ruled that DC Irfan Nawaz Memon has been held guilty of misconduct for taking actions that were beyond his authority.Moreover, the Islamabad police SSP (operations) was sentenced to four-month imprisonment besides a fine of Rs100,000. However, the Saddar SP was acquitted of the contempt of court charges. SHO Nasir Manzoor was also sent to jail for two months and fined Rs100,000.Last year in August, IHC suspended PTI leader Shehryar Afridi’s arrest warrants under maintenance of public order (MPO) and ordered his immediate release.Read more: Islamabad DC jailed for 6 months in contempt caseOn September 7, 2023, the IHC had indicted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) operations Jamil Zafar, Superintendent (SP) Farooq Buttar and Station House Officer (SHO) Nasir Manzoor while presiding over the hearing of the case.DC Memon and SSP Zafar pleaded not guilty to the charges and also apologised unconditionally to the court. The court also indicted SP Farooq Buttar and SHO Naseer Manzoor with contempt of court, however, both denied the charges.Afridi was first arrested on May 16 from his Islamabad residence under Section 3 of the MPO Ordinance, 1960. He was rearrested on M
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been moved to postpone Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) intra-party elections, ARY News reported.As per details, the plea was filed by Naveed Anjum Khan after his nomination papers for PTI chairmanship were rejected.The plea stated that Anjum Khan submitted his nomination paper for the chairmanship as a party worker however it was rejected by the PTI election board.He said in his plea that the constitution of party gives him the right to contest election for the PTI chairman slot.Yesterday, Barrister Gohar Ali Khan was elected unopposed as the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after other candidates withdrew from the intra-party elections.Read More: Barrister Gohar elected unopposed as PTI chairmanOmar Ayub has also been elected unopposed as the General Secretary while Yasmeen Rashid emerged as President PTI Punjab chapter.The PTI announced in a statement that Barrister Gohar Ali Khan and Omar Ayub are declared for the party’s top two positions after the withdrawal phaseThe announcement said, “The Federal Election Commissioner will, however, declare the election’s final result on March 3 at the conclusion of the election process.”It is pertinent to mention here that PTI decided to hold intra-party polls after the Supreme Court decision, upholding the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict that that resulted in the party losing its electoral symbol bat.
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz has given one month to the administration to remove encroachment from Lahore markets, ARY News reported. Maryam Nawaz passed the orders after taking notice of the problems faced by the citizens due to keeping goods in front of the shops.The citizens complained to the Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz that the shopkeepers have kept the goods outside. They are facing serious problems in traffic due to the encroachment of the stalls and carts that also lead to everyday accidents.Following the complaints of citizens, Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz directed the administration to remove traffic jams and obstacles in the roads and markets.Read more: CM Maryam directs authorities to complete Rwp Ring Road project by DecemberShopkeepers should keep the goods within the limits of their shops and make sure that the carts put stalls at the designated places so that the citizens, shopkeepers and porters do not suffer.Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz directed the concerned authorities to resolve the complaints of the citizens within a month and ensure the flow of traffic and convenience for the citizens.Earlier, the Punjab CM visited Rawalpindi Ring Road and directed the authorities concerned to complete the project by December.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM-P) have reached a formal agreement over the formation of a coalition government, ARY News reported on Friday.MQM-P, who secured 17 NA seats from Karachi and Hyderabad, will sit on the treasury benches in the National Assembly and vote for speaker’s candidate Ayaz Sadiq.Both the parties signed a three-point according with focus on government formation.PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal and MQM-P’s Mustafa signed the agreements after talks between the two parties held at Ishaq Dar’s chamber in the National Assembly.According to the details of the agreement, local bodies system, Karachi’s problems and constitutional amendments will be the party of the agreement.Read More: MQM-P demands empowered LG system to join federal govt“MQM will sit on government benches instead of opposition,” as per the agreement copy signed by the leaders from both sides.In return, the Muttahida will support PML-N in the elections of the prime minister and speaker.Earlier on February 19, the MQM-P demanded ‘empowered’ local governments in Sindh to join the coalition government in the centre led by the PML-N.The MQM-P spokesman confirmed that the party sought the PML-N’s support for its proposed three constitutional amendments aimed at ‘empowering’ local governments to join the coalition government.
QUETTA: Pakistan People Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has nominated Sarfraz Bugti as candidate for chief minister (CM) Balochistan post.Sarfraz Bugti, who served as interior minister in caretaker setup, had joined PPP just weeks before February 8 elections.No other lawmaker has so far submitted nominations paper for CM Balochistan post, sources sayAccording to sources, Asif Ali Zardari will formally announce Bugti’s nomination in coming days.Earlier, the newly elected MPAs of the Balochistan Assembly took their oaths of membership in session chaired by the presiding officer Engineer Zamrud Khan.The 51 members, elected on general seats, who took oath today include members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmakers who have emerged as the largest parties in the 65-member House. The assembly includes 11 reserved seats for women and three for minorities while the PPP has 11 seats and PML-N has 10 seats. Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) have 10 and five seats, respectively.
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Friday cancelled 12 flights due to inclement weather, ARY News reported. As per the schedule released by the PIA, Karachi to Gwadar flights PK-503 and 504 have been cancelled, while PK-536 and PK-537 between Karachi to Sukkur are also cancelled due to weather conditions.Four flights (PK-601, 602, 605 and 606) between Islamabad to Gilgit have been cancelled.Four PIA flights between Islamabad to Skardu and Islamabad to Sukkur were also cancelled due to inclement weather.Read more: Karachi receives light to moderate rainOn Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued instructions for advance measures at Jinnah International Airport amid forecast of rain with thunderstorms in Karachi from March 1 (today).According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), many cities in Sindh, including Karachi, are expected to receive torrential rainfall from Friday.In its weather advisory, the Met Office said the heavy rain and snowfall may generate flash floods and disrupt daily life in vulnerable areas.
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ali Amin Gandapur has been elected as Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), ARY News reported.The newly elected speaker Babar Saleem Swati who took oath yesterday presided over the KP Assembly session.In the 106 house, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Ali Amin Gandapur bagged 90 votes while PML-N candidate Dr. Ibadullah Khan managed to secure 16 votes.Ali Amin Gandapur was named for the Chief Ministership of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by PTI founder Imran Khan.Gandapur’s political journey began with his election to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013 as a member of the PTI.Gandapur was the provincial revenue minister in the first Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and served as the minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan in former prime minister Imran Khan’s cabinet.Earlier, Saleem Swati elected as Speaker of KP Assembly by bagging 89 votes whereas Peoples Party’s Ihsan Ullah Khan got 17 votes.On the other side, PTI woman member from Chitral Surayya Bibi was elected as deputy speaker of KP assembly. She bagged 87 votes against her opponent PTI-P’s Arbab Waseem who secured 19 votes.The newly elected members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly took oath of membership amid a ruckus caused by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers in the legislature.It is pertinent to mention here that PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council has been the largest parliamentary block in KP Assembly with 91 members, while the JUI have 07, PML-N 05, PPP-04, ANP and PTI-P have one member each in the house.
LAHORE: The local administration in Lahore has announced a public holiday on March 2 (Saturday) to mark the annual urs celebrations of Hazrat Shah Hussain, popularly known as Madhu Lal Hussain.The 436th annual three-day urs celebrations of Madhu Lal Hussain will begin in the provincial capital on Saturday.Secretary Auqaf Dr Tahir Raza will inaugurate the urs celebrations by performing traditional chador laying on the grave of the saint.Members of Religious Committee, ulema Mushaikh and a large number of devotees will participate on the occasion.The Auqaf Department has allocated Rs459,000 for the Urs grant. Local police and the department made foolproof security arrangements for the visitors.
KARACHI: Parts of Karachi on Friday received light to moderate rain as predicted by the MET office, ARY News reported.Gadap, Surjani Town, Taiser Tower, Saddar, Scheme 33 and other areas of the metropolis received light to moderate rain.According to the MET Office, the system is approaching Karachi and currently is located near Kund Malir and adjoining areas.The city is likely to receive heavy rainfall from 12pm onwards, the Met office said and added the showers will continue to lash the city till Saturday.The MET office has also warned that a cold spike can also hit the city after heavy rain.Read more: Rain emergency: Half-day declared for Karachi officesOn Thursday, the Sindh government announced a half-day in offices in Karachi on Friday (today) amid the forecast of heavy rainfall in the port city.In a post on X, Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui said the decision for the half-day was taken as precaution”. He also requested citizens to avoid travelling unnecessarily to stave off any inconvenience.“Though preparations have been made, as a matter of abundant precaution, it has been decided in meeting presided by CM that tomorrow will be a half day for offices in Karachi division from 2pm. Citizens are requested to also avoid unnecessary movement to avoid any inconvenience,” he tweeted.
KHARAN: Three children were killed and one other sustained injuries as roof of a house collapsed due to torrential rains in Kharan district, ARY News reported.The deceased were stated to be five, 12 and 16 years oldMeanwhile, the teams of Provincial Disaster Management Authority in coordination with National Highway Authority are fully operationalized on highways and different point and sites to keep roads open with heavy machinery.Pakistan Army, FC Balochistan and other department are engaged in rescue and relief operations in the rains hit areas and dewatering of urban flood water from houses in Gwadar, Jiwani, Surbandar and Ormara.Pakistan Army and FC Balochistan, in collaboration with local administration, have been continuing relief operations in flood affected areas of Gwadar, Jiwani and Subandar.Teams of doctors have been deployed in free medical camps to provide immediate health facilities to the affectees while twelve thousand people were provided with free medical treatment and medicines in these camps.Meanwhile, Government of Balochistan has declared Gwadar as calamity hit District in view of recent torrential rains.According to Caretaker Balochistan Information Minister Jan Achakzai, all available resources would be utilized to assist rain affected people.He said the Caretaker Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Ali Mardan Khan Domki was monitoring relief and rescue activities in Gwadar.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced the schedule for the presidential elections, ARY News reported.According to the ECP schedule, polling for the presidential election will be held on March 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.The nomination papers can be submitted till 12 noon on March 2.The Returning Officer (RO) will scrutinize the nomination papers on March 4 at 10 am whereas the final list of candidates for the presidential elections will be displayed on March 5 at 1 pm.Sources said that Asif Ali Zardari will be presidential candidate of the coalition partners including the PML-N, People’s Party and other allies.Sources shared that the election of the 14th President of the country will be held on March 09.The PPP and the PML-N were agreed over the name of Asif Zardari to be elected as head of the state during their power-sharing dialogue.Electoral CollegeThe electoral college for indirect presidential election comprises of the members of the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.In the election, the Senate and National Assembly’s members votes are counted as single votes.The votes cast by the provincial assembly legislators are adjusted so as to give each province an equal share in the election. Therefore, each provincial assembly has 65 votes equivalent to the strength of Balochistan Assembly, which has minimum number of members.The weightage of the total members of other provincial legislatures will be decided according to fixed number of 65.
Islamabad police on Friday announced to challenge sentence awarded to the SSP operations and SHO in contempt case related to PTI leaders Shehryar Afridi and Shandana Gulzar detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance.Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Babar Sattar announced the verdict in the case.The court ruled that DC Irfan Nawaz Memon has been held guilty of misconduct for taking actions that were beyond his authority.Moreover, the Islamabad police SSP (operations) was sentenced to four-month imprisonment besides a fine of Rs100,000. However, the Saddar SP was acquitted of the contempt of court charges. SHO Nasir Manzoor was also sent to jail for two months and fined Rs100,000. اسلام آباد پولیس کے افسران انٹرا کورٹ اپیل کریں گے تاکہ فیصلے کو کالعدم کروایا جا سکے۔ اسلام آباد پولیس کے افسران اور ڈپٹی کمشنر اسلام آباد نے اپنے جائز اختیارات قیام امن عامہ کےلیے استعمال کیے۔قانون سب کےلیے برابر ہے، قانون کے مطابق کارروائی آگے بڑھائی جائے گی۔ اسلام آباد…— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) March 1, 2024 The ICT police spokesperson in a post on X said the police will file an intra-court appeal against the sentence awarded to the police officers.Read more: Islamabad DC jailed for 6 months in contempt caseThe police and the deputy commissioner used their powers to ensure law and order, the statement said.The spokesperson said SSP operations and the SHO will continue to discharge their duties until the final verdict in the case.