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JI hopeful PPP will address its reservations regarding Sindh LG polls

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Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said on Thursday that he was hopeful the PPP, the ruling party in Sindh, would address the former’s reservations about the recently held local government elections.

He made the remarks after meeting with a PPP delegation led by Saeed Ghani, who is also the provincial information minister.

The meeting came days after the JI chief levelled serious allegation of rigging against the PPP, which led Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to contact him over the phone and assure him that legitimate concerns regarding the polls would be addressed.

It is pertinent to mention that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of alleged irregularities in six union councils (UCs) amid accusations by JI emir Sirajul Haq and PTI chairman Imran Khan that the PPP used the Sindh government’s resources to “manipulate the results”.

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At the outset of today’s press conference in Karachi, Rehman said that recounting of votes was underway in some places, due to which problems were arising.

“We have forwarded our complaints regarding what happened on the day of the polls to the election commission. In some places, the presiding officer along with the ballot box were picked up.”

He said that the main issue the party had was with obtaining the Form 11 and 12 and the subsequent “changing of the results”.

“We contacted the election commission and also the PPP to resolve this matter.” He noted that the ECP would hear the party’s reservations regarding some UCs on January 23.

“But UCs which are facing recounting issues […] recounting is a legal process but if illegal moves are made during a legal process, then it makes the whole exercise fake [sic] which has happened in this case.”

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He further said that the party had informed the Sindh government and the PPP of its reservations regarding the LG polls. “I hope that Saeed Ghani bhai and his whole team will look at the issue and things will be resolved. We will wait and if things improve then there will be more talks.”

For his part, Ghani congratulated the JI for securing a “good number” of seats during the LG polls. He said that the PPP had contacted the party in an effort to hear their reservations and complaints.

“We have been saying for the past few days, since the results started coming in, that we want PPP and JI to work together in the city’s local bodies.

“This is a good opportunity for this city, the people and the local bodies that two mature political parties work together to improve the situation.”

He accepted that the JI had “grievances and complaints” regarding the LG polls. “As you know, when elections take place, the entire exercise comes under the election commission and its laws.

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“So a lot of things do not fall under the government. Despite that, we assured them that if the Sindh government can play a part in addressing the JI’s reservations, then it will do so.”

He noted that the JI had taken the legal route to address their grievances, saying that this was their “right”. “We will not become an obstacle in this regard or oppose it in anyway.”

He further said that electoral watchdog had taken notice of the six UCs which the JI had expressed reservations about. “The district returning officer and the returning officer have been stopped from working further. There is no activity being carried out there.”

He said that the Sindh government would accept whatever decision the ECP made and would move forward according to the law. He said that the two parties would settle the matter and would continue to talk so that they could reach a “better end result”.

Responding to a question, Ghani expressed the hope that JI would also “surely” wish to work with the PPP in the near future.

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Shawwal moon sighted in Pakistan, Eidul Fitr on April 10

Shawwal moon sighted in Pakistan, Eidul Fitr on April 10

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The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that the Shawwal moon has been sighted, therefore, Eidul Fitr will be observed in Pakistan tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting was chaired by Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in Islamabad.

Esteemed members from various institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Pakistan Meteorological Department, and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), attended the meeting.

Zonal members from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar also contributed to the deliberations

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Will impose education emergency in Pakistan, says PM Shehbaz

Will impose education emergency in Pakistan, says PM Shehbaz

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said his government would impose education emergency across country and the children will be equipped with education in the true sense.

Prime Minister Sharif, while addressing the inspection ceremony of Danish school site in Islamabad, greeted the federal education minister, ministers, chancellors and students and said it was a very happy day for him.

Under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, Danish schools project was started, he said and added, Danish School supported those children whose parents had left the world.

He said the parents of thousands of children and girls did not have resources for education.

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“Today, the students of this school after getting education, exhibiting their excellence and proving their abilities in the whole world,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister said they were making excellent records in the field of sports as well.

“We faced a barrage of criticism when we started this project. I said when Aitchison College can be built for the rich, why can’t we build schools for the poor or orphans?” he said.

He said wonderful housing societies had been built in Islamabad, schools had been established for the children of the rich. “Is education only the right of the children of the elite? Is education not the right of poor boys and girls in Islamabad?” he asked.

Prime Minister Sharif said a new era was going to begin at the federal level. “Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan. We will contribute for the project together with Balochistan chief minister,” he said.

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The prime minister said Danish schools will also be established in all divisions of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan

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Buses, trains are overcrowded amid usual Eid exodus

Buses, trains are overcrowded amid usual Eid exodus

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Buses, trains are overcrowded amid usual Eid exodus

The bus terminals and railway station are overcrowded with passengers as people want to go to their hometowns to celebrate Eidul Fitr with families. 

According to some reports, almost half of the people living in Lahore belong to other parts of the province and they always wish to celebrate Eid with their families.

The government has announced a four-day holiday from April 10 till 13.

Muslims offer special prayers on Eid morning and spend time with their families and loved ones.

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Long queues of passengers can be seen at the bus stands in the city.

Also Read: Where will top politicians celebrate this Eid?

The general bus stand at Badami Bagh, city terminal on Bund Road and bus stand at Thokar Niaz Beg are overcrowded as the outsiders want to leave Lahore before midnight. 

The passengers also faced difficulty in getting the tickets as overcharging was rampant at the bus stands.

Similarly, the railway station was also overcrowded with the passengers because a large number of commuters travel by train.

Read More: Chand Raat excitement – a beginning of Eid festivities

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Pakistan Railways had announced four special trains on the eve of Eidul Fitr this year to facilitate the passengers.

Railways authorities have instructed passengers to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) while travelling by trains and at stations.

The first special train left Karachi for Peshawar. The second special train departed from Quetta for Rawalpindi.

The third special train left Karachi for Lahore. The fourth special train will depart from Lahore to Karachi at 5pm on April 9 (today).

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Meanwhile, the railways authorities also launched a special train for Narowal this Eid. The train departed from Lahore Railway Station at 9:20am on April 9.

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The Pakistan Railway has bought 1.5 million litres of diesel to ensure the smooth operation of trains during Eidul Fitr.

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