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No tie-up with PTI, according to Maulana Fazlur Rehman

According to JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, his party and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, their longtime rivals, are not in an alliance.
“PTI personnel have visited on previous occasions. They are not the first to arrive. We’ve respected them ever since,” Fazl The query was posed in light of last week’s meeting between the head of JUI-F and a delegation from the PTI.

The parties claim to have come to an understanding that the elections on February 8 were rigged and will only cause instability.

Barrister Saif, Amir Dogar, Fazal Khan, and Asad Qaiser headed the PTI delegation. According to Fazl’s statement during the interview, there is a “culture” wherein gatherings between two parties are referred to as “alliances.” He clarified that politicians never shut the door to conversation and that in Pashtun tradition, people do not turn away guests.

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The religious-political figure reaffirmed that his party was not entirely satisfied with the nation’s election outcomes. “We have reservations about the PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he stated. Fazl referred to the differences between the two parties as “mountains” and stated that they were difficult to surmount.

As political people, he added, “we never say no to talks. If they come and talk to us, it creates an environment where talks take place, and after those talks we go towards solving problems.” “How can we accept such an election from which so many anomalies have arisen?” he questioned in reference to polls.

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SC to hear Plea against General Elections on February 19

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal opposing the general elections scheduled for February 8.
On February 19, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa will preside over a three-person bench to hear the plea.

The other two judges on the court are Justice Masurrat Hilali and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. Ali Khan, a citizen, had petitioned the Supreme Court a few days prior to protesting the general elections.

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He included the Pakistani Election Commission and the federal government as responders. In addition, the petitioner requested that the court deem the elections that were held on February 8 to be invalid and to halt the government’s formation in response to those results.

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The motion asked the supreme court to order new elections within 30 days, overseen by the judiciary. In addition, it requested that the court launch investigations into election tampering and fraud and impose penalties on individuals involved.

US and UK express grave Concerns about Pakistan’s General Elections’ Transparency

Regarding the claims of election tampering surrounding the general elections in Pakistan on February 8, the US and the UK have expressed concerns.

“Millions of Pakistanis made their voices heard by voting in Pakistan’s elections on February 8, with record numbers of Pakistani women, members of religious and ethnic minority groups, and youth registered to vote,” the US State Department said in an official statement. We applaud the efforts of Pakistani poll workers, journalists, civil society, and election monitors in safeguarding and maintaining the country’s democratic and electoral systems. We now anticipate quick, comprehensive outcomes that accurately represent the people of Pakistan.

We concur with reputable domestic and international election observers that there were excessive limitations on the rights to free speech, association, and peaceful assembly during these elections. We are worried about claims of election meddling and denounce electoral violence, attacks on media professionals, limitations on the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and human rights, and limitations on Internet and telecommunications service access. Fraud and meddling allegations must to be thoroughly looked into.

“It doesn’t matter whether party governs Pakistan next—the United States is ready to collaborate with them to further our common goals. We’re excited to strengthen our alliance by promoting commerce and investment in Pakistan’s economy. We shall persist in aiding Pakistan in fortifying its democratic establishments, participating in the U.S.-Pakistan Green Alliance Framework, expanding interpersonal connections, and advocating for human rights, such as the right to free speech. Additionally, we are dedicated to enhancing our security cooperation and fostering a safe and secure atmosphere that will allow the Pakistani people to live in peace, democracy, and advancement.

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“The UK and Pakistan enjoy a close and long-standing relationship, underpinned by strong links between our people,” stated the Foreign Secretary of the UK in an official statement. After yesterday’s elections, we are proud of everyone who cast a ballot.

We recognise, however, serious concerns raised about the fairness and lack of inclusivity of the elections. We regret that not all parties were formally permitted to contest the elections and that legal processes were used to prevent some political leaders from participation, and to prevent the use of recognisable party symbols. We also note the restrictions imposed on internet access on polling day, significant delays to the reporting of results and claims of irregularities in the counting process.

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The UK exhorts Pakistani authorities to protect essential human rights, such as unrestricted access to information and the rule of law. This involves the right to a fair trial through compliance with due process and an impartial, transparent, and independent legal system.

For Pakistan to prosper, a civilian administration must be elected and given the authority to enact significant reforms. The new administration has a duty to answer to the people it governs and endeavor to fairly and equally represent the interests of all Pakistani citizens and communities. We are forward to collaborate with the upcoming Pakistani government on these and other matters pertaining to our common interests.

Karachi University Postpones Exams amid General Elections 2024

Exams were originally set for February 6, but Karachi University opted to postpone them, an official announced on Friday. The source said that the impending general elections are the reason behind the postponement of Karachi University’s exams scheduled for February 6.

Additionally, he verified that there have been no changes made to the exam locations or times, and that the rescheduled exam date is February 14.

The University Senate meeting that was originally planned for February 6 has been rescheduled. The revised meeting date will be disclosed at a later time.

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It is important to note that, due to the impending national general elections, educational institutions throughout the province will be closed for four days, from February 6 to February 9. As per the instruction from the Sindh Education Department, all educational institutions—private and public—will be closed during this time.

PPP unveils candidate lineup for KP in upcoming General Elections

PPP directed all covering candidates to withdraw their nomination papers in favor of those officially nominated by the party.

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has officially released its list of candidates for the national and provincial assembly seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for the upcoming February 8 general elections. The announcement includes candidates for 38 constituencies of the National Assembly and 101 candidates for the 155 KP Assembly seats.

Prominent PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi is set to contest from NA-44 (Dera Ismail Khan-I), while Anwar Saifullah Khan will vie for the NA-43 (Tank-DI Khan) seat.

Other key candidates include Eng. Fazl e Rabi for NA-1 (Chitral), Haider Ali Khan for NA-2 (Swat-I), Mian Gul Shahryar Amirzeb for NA-3 (Swat-II), Alam Zeb Khan for NA-7 (Lower Dir-II), Najam ud Din Khan for NA-5 (Upper Dir), Syed Ahmed Ali Shah for NA-9 (Malakand), Sardar Malik Jan for NA-13 (Batagram), Muhammad Shuja Khan for NA-14 (Mansehra), and Usman Khan Tarakai for NA-20 (Swabi-II).

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The released list for KP Assembly seats features candidates like Siraj Ali Advocate for PK-1 (Chitral-I), Saleem Khan for PK-2 (Chitral-II), Syed Hakeem Shah for PK-3 (Swat-I), Dost Muhammad for PK-6 (Swat-IV), Ahmed Karim Kundi for PK-112 (DI Khan-II), and others.

In a strategic move, PPP directed all covering candidates to withdraw their nomination papers in favor of those officially nominated by the party. Nisar Khuhro, PPP’s Sindh President, emphasized party discipline and warned of strict action against those going against party guidelines. The PPP is confident in its electoral prospects, with Khuhro expressing the belief that the party will deliver a surprise on February 8, particularly in Sindh.

General elections to take place January 2024

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday that general elections in the country will take place in the last week of January 2024.

The electoral body said a preliminary list of delimitations, which are being carried out in line with the new census, will be published on September 27.

The ECP said it reviewed the progress on the delimitation process today and decided that the final list of constituencies will be published on November 30 after hearing the objections and suggestions related to the delimitations.

Subsequently, the polls will be held in the last week of January 2024 following the completion of the 54-day election schedule, the ECP statement added.

The ECP’s statement finally ended the uncertainty surrounding the elections as the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government’s move to approve a new census mandated the electoral body to carry out new delimitation before holding polls, sparking fears of an undue delay in polls.

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Following the premature dissolution of national and provincial assemblies earlier in August this year, the ECP was required to hold elections within 90-day stipulated time period, meaning the polls should take place no later than November 6.

However, the ECP said it was constitutionally bound to draw fresh boundaries ahead of the elections, hence holding elections within a 90-day time period was not possible.

Key political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and others also urged the Election Commission to hold polls at the earliest to end prevailing uncertainty in the country.

The United States and the United Kingdom have also called for free, fair and timely elections in the country.

Last month, US Ambassador Donald Blome also met CEC Sikander Sultan Raja to reaffirm his country’s support for “free and fair elections”, reiterating that choosing Pakistan’s future leaders is for the Pakistani people to decide.

The development came days after President Arif Alvi suggested a cut-off date for the holding of polls in a letter to CEC Raja.

The president had said that in the light of Article 48(5) of the Constitution, he has the authority and mandate “to appoint a date not later than 90 days from the date of dissolution [of assemblies], for holding of a general election to the assembly.”

[…] in terms of Article 48(5) the general election to the National Assembly should be held by the eighty-ninth day of the date of dissolution of the National Assembly, i.e. Monday 6th Day of November 2023,” the letter stated.

However, the ECP had maintained that the president was no longer empowered to fix the date for polls after amendments in election laws.

Is President Alvi going to announce election date in next 72 hours?

ISLAMABAD – Reports of a ‘secret meeting’ at the President House have triggered speculations that President Arif Alvi can announce the election date in the next few days.

According to some Pakistani media outlets, the meeting was held on the fourth floor of Aiwan-e-Sadr (Presidency) where the president’s office is situated. The fourth floor of the Aiwan-e-Sadr was off-limits to anyone and the staff was also restricted from entering the area during the meeting.

What happened when ‘three elders’ are said to have met? In this regard, no statement has been issued by the President House. However, in the backdrop of the country’s current situation, there have been a lot of speculations on social media.

According to some speculations, the president could announce the general election date in the next 72 hours. The president had written a letter to the chief election commissioner for a meeting to set the date for upcoming elections. However, the CEC had refused a meeting, saying that under Article 57 of the Election Act 2017, the commission had the authority to set the election date. The Ministry of Law also had the same response to the president’s request for advice.

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There were speculations that the president could announce the date of elections under Article 58 of the constitution, and Friday’s meeting was important in that context.

Another aspect of the meeting could be the amendments to the Army Act and the Official Secrets Act regarding which the president had tweeted that he had not signed and ratified the bills, which had later become law.

A third aspect is the completion of the term of the president, which will end on Sept 8. There has been no confirmation from the President House that he will go home after completing his term as president. However, according to the Constitution, the president can stay on in office until the arrival of a new president.

What is delimitations process before general elections?

The general elections are likely to be delayed for a few more months after the Council of Common Interests (CCI) unanimously approved the 2023 population census on Saturday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will now delimit electoral constituencies afresh after the approval of the headcount.

Let’s take a look at the delimitations process:

Firstly, the delimitation committees are established for all provinces including Islamabad. The National Assembly (NA) has 266 constituencies while the provincial assemblies have 593 constituencies.

Once the electoral body announces the schedule for the delimitations of the constituencies, no new administrative units can be formed.

Following the announcement of the schedule, the administrative arrangements are completed within 15 days and the relevant revenue department is requested to provide essential data and maps of the tehsils and districts.

Data including the district census report and the block size is provided to the data committee and the constituency committee is trained within five days. During this time, the committees receive the district quota of provincial and National Assembly seats.

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The delimitation committees complete the initial work within 30 days after which the initial report of the delimitations is published in four days.

After that, the objections regarding the initial delimitations are submitted to the Election Commission for 30 days. Then the ECP takes 30 days to hear the complaints and make a decision.

After dealing with the complaints, the final report on the delimitations is published in the next three to four days.

The delimitation process takes roughly four months after the announcement of the schedule.

The country is divided into constituencies on the basis of population and geography for the delimitation process. Meanwhile, the population difference in any constituency should not be more than 10%.

After the delimitation process, the ECP completes the voter lists and seals them. Following this, the schedule for the elections is announced.

The latest digital census conducted in 2023 shows that Pakistan’s population has surged to 241.49 million with a growth rate of 2.55%.