Asfand threatens to sue ECP, CEC

In an interview to a British broadcasting house, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali said that security had been withdrawn from him and his party members on orders from the election commission.

He further said that he will bring a lawsuit against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) if any of his party candidates or activists is killed now.

Asfandyar Wali said that he considers it pre-poll rigging and has also written a letter to CEC in this regard.

Article 62,63: LHC orders action against 14 candidates

LAHORE:-The full bench of the Lahore High Court resumed hearing of Article 62,63 implementation case and issued an order to take action against 14 candidates.

The court also has demanded the record from the NAB and the FBR regarding 1319 candidates who had moved appeals in the court.

In this regard, the State Bank, the NAB and FBR have been issued notices for further proceeding.

The court has made it clear in its order that main job of the Election Commission is not limited to the holding of general elections; rather, it has to do a lot of things after elections.

“If anybody wants a medal in this regard, he would be bestowed with special award after elections”, said court order.

On the other hand, the Election Commission is of the view that he is busy in making arrangements for holding of fair elections. Such judgments tend to prove stumbling blocks in its way.

Likewise, the FBR is of the opinion that the data of more than 600 candidates was provided to the Election Commission but returning officers have not conducted scrutiny of candidates fairly and honestly.

The FBR made it clear that the Election Commission is not providing data for scrutiny of remaining candidates.

ANP resisted US pressure on Swat peace deal: Asfandyar

LAHORE: Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali Khan says his party has ignored tremendous US pressure to not enter into peace agreement with militants in Swat.

The ANP chief was responding to a question in a wide-ranging interview with the state radio as part of coverage of the upcoming elections. The interview would be broadcast simultaneously by Radio Pakistan and Business Plus TV at 07.05pm on Friday.

Asked that he was known for anti-Americanism and how he became pro-US, Asfandyar Wali said before the Swat peace agreement, US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher and the then ambassador Anne Patterson pressed him not to go for peace deal at a 50-minute meeting at the Frontier House in Islamabad.

Asfandyar said he never had a meeting with anyone more bitter than the one he had with Richard Boucher. He said he categorically told the American side that we know our traditions and customs very well and we have to go for the peace deal.

The ANP leader said they went ahead with peace agreement with militants in Swat, but it was violated by the other side and the writ of the government was challenged.

In this backdrop, there was no other choice than to go for an operation.

Asfandyar said the operation against extremists and terrorists in Swat and Malakand succeeded as it had political ownership.

The ANP chief, however, made it clear that the army was called in Swat not by the ANP but by the then MMA government in the province.

Asked why the ANP has deviated from traditional anti-establishment and anti-Punjab politics, Asfandyar Wali Khan said they never opposed the state but were critical of the policies of the establishment.

Now, after thirty years down the history, the establishment has reached the same conclusion that we were espousing thirty years back on the issue of terrorism and extremism.

Similarly, he said, they were not against people of Punjab or the province itself but against the policies. He said now that Punjab is fighting for rights of the provinces along with other provinces, there was no cause for difference or criticism.

ANP not to run away from polls: Afrasiab

Provincial Chief of Awami National Party ANP Afrasiab Khattak has said that party chief Asfandyar Wali has written letter to Election Commission of Pakistan demanding security for candidates.

Talking to media here on Monday, he said enemies were trying to stop us from taking part in elections while the silence of ECP and other parties was questionable.

He further said that security from party candidates was withdrawn without serving any notice which has triggered serious questions about the transparency of upcoming polls.

He said no matter what the conditions might come, ANP would not run away from polls.

All efforts to be made to hold fair polls: Khoso

he Prime Minister reiterated that the caretaker government will support and do all what it can to hold free‚ fair and transparent elections in the country. He said that the caretaker government is extending all possible assistance to Election Commission in this regard.

Referring to the energy crisis in the country‚ the Prime Minister said that his government is taking all possible steps to improve the energy situation in the country. He said that he has held several meetings with all stakeholders to ease the tense situation.

He said that Pakistan looks towards its friends particularly the United States to help it in overcoming the energy crisis.

The US envoy said that there is a long history of partnership and important bilateral relationship between the two countries. He said that both the governments are working for building a long term relationship.

Richard Olson commended the caretaker government for piloting the transition from one civilian government to another.

The Ambassador informed the Prime Minister that the US government is supporting Diamer-Basha Dam and is funding its feasibility studies. He said that the US government is closely working on thermal and hydel projects which will inject 1000 MW of generation in the national grid.

Richard Olson briefed the Prime Minister on the recently held trilateral talks in Brussels between Pakistan‚ Afghanistan and the United States which were hosted by United States.

Akhtar Mengal announces to take part in elections

KARACHI: Balochistan National Party (BNP-M) chief Akhtar Mengal said on Wednesday if the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not remove the reservations of the Baloch nationalists, it would be difficult to hold fair, free and transparent elections in the province.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of former MNA Nasir Ali Shah joining the BNP, he said that the rulers have filled their ears with iron over the issue of Balochistan.

He announced that his party would actively take part in the forthcoming general elections.

Mengal said that a wall of hate has been erected among several communities in Balochistan which have to be dismantled with responsibility.

Mengal said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan took a few good decisions regarding the Balochistan issue. He said that national level parties showed sympathy with the Baloch, but the issue was yet to be resolved.

He said that he had informed the Supreme Court of Pakistan about his reservations regarding the general election through letters. The election would be of no use if his reservations were not addressed, he added.

Mengal said that he had sought applications from candidates aspiring to contest elections He said that there was only a one-point agenda in the meeting and the situation of Balochistan province in upcoming days was also reviewed. Mengal further said that he is a political person and he has no enmity with anyone.

26 political parties apply for electoral symbols

ISLAMABAD: Around 26 political parties have filed applications in the Election Commission of Pakistan for allotment of electoral symbols to represent them in the forthcoming elections.

All Pakistan Muslim League President Pervez Musharraf applied for the symbol ‘cannon’, ‘horse’ and ‘eagle’ as electoral symbols to represent his party, while Dr AQ Khan has applied for ‘missile’ as the symbol for his party.

In addition, MQM has opted for ‘kite’ as its symbol and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek led by Dr Tahirul Qadri has already been allotted ‘moon’ as electoral symbol.

PTI rules out alliance with PML-Q, JI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has clarified that there is no prospect of an alliance with any political party or group including Jamaat-e-Islami or PML-Q.

Raoof Hasan, Central Vice President, PTI said that the news appearing in this regard in the media were totally unfounded. It appeared to be a case of disinformation by people who were scared in the wake of the mammoth rally that PTI had staged in Lahore on October 30. It also reflected the absolute moral bankruptcy of the people associated with these parties who were spearheading a smear campaign to dent PTI’s credibility, he said in a statement.

Raoof Hasan further contended that PTI, being a popular political party, was gearing up for the forthcoming elections. Being a party that was advocating for bringing change in the system that had denuded the country of its wealth, it could not afford to compromise on its inalienable stand against corruption and abdication of governance.

Raoof Hasan said that instead of wasting their time on such misleading propaganda, the political parties and their functionaries should concentrate on preparing themselves to face the PTI tsunami that was going to wash them away.

PML-Q leaders join hands with PTI

Islamabad, Almost thirty PML-Q leaders On Monday have joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI and determined to work for the betterment of country under the leadership of Imran Khan.

The PML-Q leaders including Jahangir Khan Tareen, Awais Laghari, Jamal Laghari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sikandar Hayyat Khan Bosan and others have joined Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

While addressing a press conference along with PTI Chief Imran Khan and vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qurashi they said that they have joined PTI for the better future of country and elimination of corruption.

We have left the tradition politics and work together for the betterment of the country under the leadership of Imran Khan.

They strongly criticized the government policies and stated that government had failed to provide the basic needs of life to masses. People are facing financial and energy crises due to government wrong policies, they added.

Answering to a question, they said that they believed on democratic system and future of democracy is brigh.

Speaking on the occasion PTI Chief Imran Khan said that PTI has rejected the tradition politics and given opportunity to all people.

Responding a question Imran said that PTI talking to others leaders of PML-N as well for joining the PTI.Answering another question, Imran made it clear that candidates’ selections would purely make on merit.

Talking about American war on terrorism he said that PTI always raise voice against American so called war on terrorism past fifteen years and determined on same stance.

Nawaz says Sindh to get priority if his party elected

Tando Adam, Sindh, Pakistan Muslin League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said he understands the sufferings of Sindh and province would get top priority if the people elected his party to power in the coming elections.

Addressing at the flood relief camp near here, he said that he was unable to find ‘government’ in the province. ”If Nawaz Sharif can reach the people of flood hit areas of Sindh then why can’t the sitting government?”

He said that he understands the suffering of the people of Sindh. The and meanwhile children, women and elderly people all have to live in this scorching heat. He said that after the devastating rains, many people are deprived of their livelihood whereas their crops were destroyed which has amplified the problems of the masses. The state of people of Sindh has gone from bad to worse but government is seen nowhere in the entire province.

Nawaz Sharif said that immense support has been provided from Punjab people to their brethren in Sindh in this difficult time. Talking about the relief efforts from Punjab, he said he considers this assistance and help as duty and not merely a nice gesture. He informed the congregation that not only the ration is being distributed in different districts of Sindh but medical teams from Punjab are also engaged in treating people and cattle heads.

He said that if Allah gives him the opportunity to serve people of Sindh he would construct schools and universities and added that all the problems would be addressed in his tenure. He hailed that he would keep visiting the locality till the people are not rehabilitated and houses are not constructed.

The PML-N Chief appealed to the government to look after the people whereas addresses their issues at the highest level. He further said that Rs0.1 million should be given to each flood affected family rather than Rs20000 so that people can reconstruct their houses.