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ECP calls emergency meeting to review Sindh’s plea against LG polls

ECP calls emergency meeting to review Sindh’s plea against LG polls

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ECP calls emergency meeting to review Sindh's plea against LG polls
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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday called an emergency meeting to discuss the Sindh government’s request to delay the local body polls in Karachi division and Hyderabad district.

The meeting, chaired by the chief election commissioner, will begin at 1pm to review the provincial government’s second plea.

Earlier in the day, the Sindh government once again asked the electoral body to postpone the LG polls, citing delimitation issue and unavailability of army troops for deployment at the polling stations a day after the identical request was turned down by the ECP. Th election body, in its decision, announced that polls would be held as planned on Jan 15. The Muttahidah Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), a key coalition partner of PDM and PPP in centre, is mulling the possibility to pull out of the alliance if its demands regarding delimitation are not met.

In the fresh letter, the provincial government took up the security issue with the ECP, stating that the electoral watchdog had given no response to the concerns of the provincial govt regarding the unavailability of “Pakistan Army & Civil Armed Forces”. Owing to the prevalent security situation, the government said “there is a greater need for the presence of troops of Pakistan Army and Civil Armed Forces to be statically deployed at the polling stations”.

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As the federal government has excused itself from providing the required troops, the provincial government has asked the ECP to delay the polls in Karachi division and Hyderabad district.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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