PML-Q leaders join hands with PTI

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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.

ANP expresses reservations over election security

PESHAWAR – Awami National Party (ANP) in a letter sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) expressed reservations over not being provided equal opportunity for its election campaign.

ANP also stated that 25 attacks were carried out during March 30 to May 4, resulting in the death of 50 party workers and over 100 suffered injuries.

It further said that four attacks were made on April 28 and three each on April 29 and May 1.

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interview to a British broadcasting house, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali said that security had been withdrawn from him and his party members on orders from the election commission.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

Talal Bugti’s plea to delay polls accepted for hearing

QUETTA:-Three days ago, Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti has moved a petition in Balochistan High Court, with the request that more than 50,000 people of Bugti tribe had migrated to other areas due to military operation in Dera Bugti and other adjacent areas. They are unable to come back in order to take part in general elections.

The petitioner prayed to the court that elections in aforesaid areas should be delayed, so that migrated tribes may be able to come back and cast their votes.

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The Chief Justice Balochsitan High Court while accepting the petition for hearing remarked that elections can’t be postponed three days before the due date.

The court also directed that displaced people of Bugti clan should be taken back in their constituency, so that they may be able to cast their votes.

All stakeholders have been issued notices for further proceeding.

Imran asks youth to come out of homes on May 11

KASUR:-Addressing a public rally on Monday, he said that nations are made of fair play and justice not of motorways and long roads.

He said that the Punjab government has spent the whole of the budget on construction of roads while the poor are bound to die of hunger and starvation.

He said that new education system would be introduced in the country if the PTI comes to power in general elections.

He said that the rulers, who have taken five turns, can’t bring change in the infrastructure.

He added that May 11 would be proved the ‘day of judgment’ for oppressors and exploiters who collected wealth in the name of democracy.

Election campaigns will end 48 hours before polling day

The Election Commission has announced that election campaign will come to an end 48 hours before the polling day.

Election Commission warned that candidates violating deadline will face disqualification‚ fine upto Rs. 100‚000 or withholding of their results.

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The Commission in a press release in Islamabad said all public meetings and political campaign including on electronic and print media must end before the expiry of the deadline.

The Commission warned that candidates violating deadline will face disqualification‚ fine upto 100‚000 rupees or withholding of their results.

PPP Govt strengthened democracy: Kaira

LALAMUSA (Online): Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said their party strengthened democracy during its tenure.

Addressing a public meeting in Lalamusa on Sunday‚ he said the PPP led former government also promoted unity of all the federating units.

Kaira said it is a good omen that all political forces are taking part in elections.

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The PPP leader also said that his party served with great courage despite international pressures.

Earlier‚ addressing another gathering near Lalamusa‚ he said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto never bowed their heads before dictators.

He said PPP workers also rendered numerous sacrifices for the cause of democracy and were imprisoned in notorious jails of Shahi Qila‚ Attock and Mianwali.

Darra Adam Khel: Taliban warn teachers over election duty

KOHAT – Taliban of Darra Adam Khel have warned the teachers to boycott the polling process, in order to avoid punishment.

The warning issued through pamphlets, distribute in various schools, residence of teachers different area of Peshawar city, like police station Sarband area, Salman Khel, Masho Khel and some area located in Badbher last night.

Local found the pamphlets and informed the police, security officials, who gathered the letters for investigation, regarding involvement in distribution of the pamphlets.

According to the letter TTP Dara Adam Khel announces that “we are against those people who are working for democracy and these people the enemies of the Islam, who want to destabilize our country and Islam, through democracy.”

Through their pamphlet, TTP has also demanded that people support the TTP in different
ways, through money or participation in Jihad and reject the 2013election.

TTP also warned the teachers , citizens that they should not participate in election work during polling , while also avoiding any participation in political gathering; otherwise they would not hesitate to target all; common man and candidates alike.

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.

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.