Elections Archive

Why is the Supreme Court delaying justice on the ISI’s role in the rigging of elections? – by Aamir Mughal: Aamir Mughal has compiled some excellent resources on his blog providing evidence of Pakistan Army’s (read ISI) historical illegal interference in the process of elections and the way our saviours in Pakistan Army distributed funds, threatened political opponents and
Ministers in Waiting: My goodness the names keep changing but the song remains the same. Minus-One Formula became Bangladesh Model which became Caretaker Government which became Midterm Elections which became Patriotic Generals which became French Revolution which has now become Technocrats. Why
Interview: Parliamentary Vote Displayed ‘Positive Signs For Afghanistan’s Democracy’: Mustafa Sarwar of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan spoke today with Jed Ober, chief of staff of U.S.-based Democracy International, which sent a team of observers to monitor Afghanistan’s second parliamentary elections on September 18. Democracy International focuses on democracy
Afghan vote deemed successful, despite Taliban attacks: Kabul – Afghan government officials said Saturday that parliamentary elections were ‘successful,’ despite Taliban attacks aimed at disrupting the vote. ‘I want to congratulate all Afghans on the completion of successful parliamentary elections,’ Fazel Ahmad Manawi, chief of the
Of establishment and its beneficiaries – by Dr Ayesha Siddiqa: Read Part 1 of this article here This article is part of the same article posted here with the title “Political Homosexuality“. I have posted it as a separate article for its comments on Establishment equations and understanding of
The captain is however a principled man – by Kashif Naseer: Source: Kashif Naseer ka blog کپتان مگراصول پسند بہت ہیں لاہور کے سیاسی منظرنامہ پر ضمنی انتخابات کا شوربہت سی نئی تلخیوں کے ساتھ تھم چکا ہے۔ واقعات بتا رہے ہیں کہ لیاقت بلوچ جو چاہتے تھے وہی ہوا
Mustafa Khar ki zamanat zabt – by Khalid Wasti: فاعتبرو یا اولی الابصار مصطفے کھر کی ضمانت ضبط =================== سابقہ شیر پنجاب“ غلام مصطفے کی ضمنی الیکشن میں ضمانت ضبط ہوجانا پاکستان کی سیاسی تاریخ کا بہت بڑا واقعہ ہے – انسان جب خود اپنے آپ کو دھوکہ
People of Pakistan slap controversial judge Iftikhar Chaudhry big time: PPP wins both MNA seats in the Punjab by-elections: Not unlike in the past, the people of Pakistan once again voted in today’s by-elections for the Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan’s largest and most popular political party which has representation in all the four provinces and other parts of
Bad old ways of Pakistan People’s Party: The PPP Parliamentary Board (under the chair of President Asif Zardari) has decided to award election tickets to the following politicians who recently resigned after their academic degree was proven fake in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Jamshed Dasti, NA-178,
Some reflections on the by-polls: By Ali Arqam Durrani The recent by-election in Punjab and Pakhtoonkha are showing people’s moods, tendencies and their precedence.  Elections were conducted on the same day in both the places D I Khan (PF-65) and Gujarat (PP-111). Here we
In view of Gujrat by-elections, PPP should jump out of PML-N’s catboat – by Shafiq Awan: Punjab’s ruling coalition earned nothing but embarrassment in the Gujrat by-elections. In fact the federal and Punjab governments – with all the resources and each other’s support – failed to wipe the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid out from the political
Celebrating Nationhood and Constitutionalism – by Farahnaz Ispahani: Originally Published at THE NEWS The emergence of Pakistan as the homeland of South Asia’s Muslims, with their unique identity as a nation, was an unparalleled event in the twentieth century. The adoption of the Pakistan resolution at the
Did Governor Slaman Taseer forge a political alliance with Sipah-e-Sahaba?: We at LUBP are pleased to post the following “press release” by the DGPR (Director General Public Relations) of the PML-N’s Government in Punjab, which was published in The News: Leader of defunct outfit speaks at Taseer’s election rally
PML-N teaming up with Sipah-e-Sahaba for Local Government polls in Punjab: ‘PML-N teaming up with banned outfit for LG polls’ * Deputy Opp leader describes PML-N’s links with Sipah-e-Sahaba as ‘shocking’ * Ex-Rahimyar Khan nazim alleges govt will only conduct LG elections when assemblies’ tenure ends * Pervaiz Rasheed says
Mai Jori – by Harris Khalique: In recent by-elections in PB-25 constituency of Jafferabad (Balochistan), PPP’s Nasir Khan Jamali won by a large margin. This area is a Jamali stronghold and tribal affiliations are the determining factor in electoral victory in Balochistan. However, the most
Let us impose democracy…again – by Nadeem Khan: Dear people of Pakistan, We hereby now announce to have national holidays for four consecutive days (starting from Wednesday, so that you may plan the vacations for 5 days including the adjoining Sunday). To make your vacations more enjoying
Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Realpolitik – by Nadeem Paracha: The JI and PTI’s popularity remains limited to a handful to carefully selected talkshows. Realpolitik The recently concluded by-election in Rawalpindi’s NA-55 constituency, the interest and voter turnout it generated, was a healthy sign for the democratic process. It
NA-55, Democracy’s last chortle – by Qudrat Ulla: The recently concluded NA-55 by-elections in the heart of Rawalpindi were highly capricious in many ways- it was the finale political Armageddon of the shrewd Sheikh of Potohar in which he tried to play all his tricks but to
Nawaz Sharif steals electricity but vows to fight corruption: PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif addressing a public gathering during by-elections campaign in constituency NA-123. -APP According to the sources, Nawaz Sharif addressed party workers on Grand Trunk Road near University of Engineering and Technology. While Nawaz made a case
Evaluating democracy – by Ghazia Aslam and Wasim Q. Malik: Thanks: Dawn.com, Monday, 01 Mar, 2010 Advocates of democracy claim that it protects property rights, promoting an environment of collective growth. – File photo A passionate debate comparing and contrasting the performance of Pakistan’s democratic and dictatorial regimes has
A man giving birth to a child – by Usama Bhutto: NA55 Elections – Imran Khan’s PTI Contesting – Campaigning and Appearing on 30+ News channels – For 30+ Hours each – STILL – Getting Less than 30 Votes in each Polling Station – Total of 3000 Votes – That
The shameful role of Geo TV in Rawalpindi by-poll: Our fellow bloggers at Cafe Pyala have recently exposed the shameful role of Geo TV and Hamid Mir in the recent by-elections in NA-55. Nadeem Paracha too has written an article on this topic, an excerpt from which is
Voters in NA-55 mistakenly gave vote to ‘Lion’ thinking it was Imran Khan? A sneak peek into PTI Forum: Related article: Imran Khan will sweep next elections – by Abdul Nishapuri Here is an overview of unofficial results of NA-55 by-elections announced by the returning officer: 1) 63888 Shakeel Awan (PML-N) 2) 42530 Sheikh Rasheed (AML) 3) 5020
When Sheikh Rashid said about Benazir: “She heats up like a . . . .”: If you go to the NA-55 area of Rawalpindi these days, you will be struck by the billboards which show Sheikh Rashid with Benazir. The impression one will get is that Sheikh Rashid stands for Benazir. He, for his
Two Provinces: Different Local Government Bills: After a lot of confusion and campaigning against the fate of local government bodies, the Punjab Government finally brought the local government amendment bill in the parliament this month. The new bill was passed by PML-N with majority votes
Shame on political parties, especially our own PPP: Women’s disenfranchisement Election observers have reported that thousands of women from Lakki Marwat were denied their right to vote during Wednesday’s by-election for PF-75, which was also marked by procedural irregularities and illegal campaigning. Having visited the majority of
The cost of being a Muslim League worker – by Humza Ikram: Last week, Shahbaz Shairf finally announced that Nawaz Sharif will not contest the NA 123 election. The official reason given in this regard is that Nawaz Sharif wants to give chance to a party worker who struggled against the Musharaf regime
He Came, He Saw, He Conquered. – By Anas Muhammad: On Wednesday January 13, the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari arrived at Lahore. The city that is believed to be strictly the opposition’s (PML-N) turf. The irony was that both the leaders of PML-N, the Sharif brothers, were
Elections in Quetta and Baltistan, Some Questions for the LHC – by Humza Ikram: In last 48 hours two general elections were held, First one took place in Gilgit -Balistan and the other one took place in Quetta. Although official election resulta are not announced yet, unconfirmed reports suggest that in both places PPP candidates
PPP hints at coalition govt in Gilgit-Baltistan: Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009 (Dawn)‘(MQM and JUI-F) are already in coalition with PPP in centre, so we look forward to join hands with them’: PPP leader. Above: Syed Mehdi Shah, President PPP Gilgit-Baltistan, greets PM Gilani during campaigning ahead
Pakistan politics and media: The abuse of Islam for political gains?: Smokers’ Corner: Speaking fireNadeem F. PARACHASunday, 15 Nov, 2009 A blogger makes a valid point in a recent blog on dawn.com. He suggests that the reason why recent election rallies in Gilgit-Baltistan are so diagonally different from those held
PPP clear winner in Gilgit-Baltistan elections: PPP is clearly the most popular party, the only major political party which has roots in all parts of the federation. The same fact is once again evident in the unofficial results of the Gilgit-Baltistan elections. Here are the
A new dawn for Gilgit Baltistan: Elections in the fifth province of Pakistan: Gilani declares Gilgit, Skardu ‘major cities’By Our Correspondent (Dawn)Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 SKARDU: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday promised free, fair and transparent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and a level playing field for all political
By-election ambivalence of Nawaz Sharif: Wednesday, 07 Oct, 2009 (Dawn) THE ambivalence of the PML-N on whether its leader, Nawaz Sharif, will participate in the upcoming by-elections, scheduled for Nov 7 barring a court order to postpone them, is very peculiar. Refusing to commit
‘Nawaz bound not to contest polls until December 2010’:‘Musharraf will not be tried’: * Saudi king urged Nawaz to abide by deal * By-elections delay sought to accommodate Nawaz, not due to security concerns JEDDAH: The government has decided not to take any action against former president Pervez Musharraf and has forwarded
Imran Khan chickens out of the NA 123 by-election: PTI CEC stops Imran to contest in NA 123 By-election LAHORE : Central Executive Council of Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) has stopped Imran Khan to contest in By-election from NA 123 here on Saturday. According to details, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Upset 2008: A book worthreading: A book written by Mehmood Sham. Mehmood Sham, a senior journalist who is very well known for very well balanced journalism, has written a book Upset 2008 in which he has covered some positive and negative aspects of Musharraf’s
Imran Khan to contest bye-elections in Lahore and Rawalpindi?: Here is a proposal by Haroon Rasheed in today’s Jang: If what HR claims is true, Imran Khan should stand for elections in NA 123 and NA 55 as hundreds of thousands of his (imaginary?) voters are waiting for
Iran demonstrations: Imperialist pathway to democracy?: Eyewitness Iran: What is the true character of the demonstrations By: Mazda Majidi Imperialists do not embrace true revolutionary movements The eyes of the world have focused on Iran since the June 12 presidential election. The turnout was
An analysis of Sharif brothers’ disqualification: EDITORIAL COMMENT | Double Trouble It’s a double whammy in India’s neighbourhood: A mutiny in Bangladesh and a judicial coup in Pakistan. Pakistan’s supreme court has upheld an order banning opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his