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GHQ excuses itself from providing security for Punjab, KP and NA polls

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The Pakistan army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) has excused itself from providing troops for security of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by-polls and some National Assembly seats, citing ongoing wave of terrorism in the country. 

The situation about unavailability of troops for the election duties has been conveyed by the Ministry of Interior in a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The top electoral body has announced by-elections on NA seats in March while a schedule for polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is expected to be announced in the coming days as the ECP is bound to hold polls within 90 days of dissolution of the assemblies. 

In the letter, the ministry said threat alerts were being issued by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and intelligence agencies, adding that Pakistan witnessed some terror incidents that claimed several lives in the recent past.

It said the Pakistan Armed Forces were busy in tackling terrorism and protecting human lives, thus, they were unable to provide security cover for elections. It highlighted that terrorist outfits had issued threats to the political leaders of various parties. It feared that the political leaders could be targeted during the electioneering.

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The ministry stated it had taken up the matter regarding security for elections with the GHQ but it was informed that army and civil armed forces were busy in border security and tackling internal security challenges in wake of terror activities. The GHQ further said security troops would also be deployed during the upcoming national census, adding that it would be unable to provide security for the elections.

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Usman Dar’s brother quits politics citing ‘business commitment’

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Usman Dar’s brother Amir Dar on Thursday decided to leave the embattled party and quit politics.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Dar condemned the events that unfolded on May 9, adding that he was deciding to quit politics due to business commitments.

“I suffered losses in business because of politics. I have no conflict with any institution,” he added.”

Speaking about the political future of his brothers, Mr Dar said, “It is up to Usman Dar and Asad Dar to stay or leave the party”.

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Earlier today, PTI Sindh President Ameer Bakhsh Bhutto relinquished his post. Addressing a press conference along with PTI Sindh Vice President Allah Bakhsh Unar, Mr Bhutto said, “Now I am not interested in politics. I am ready to sacrifice for the sake of the country and my companions”.

He added, “I will decide the political future in consultation with my companions”.

Speaking about the events that transpired on May 9, Mr Bhutto said, “The vandalism on May 9 is condemnable.”

Taking a jibe at the embattled party, Mr Bhutto said, “Why were military installations attacked?”

Meanwhile, Mr Unar also relinquished his posts following the May 9 mayhem. 

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh President Ameer Bakhsh Bhutto relinquished his post on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference along with PTI Sindh Vice President Allah Bakhsh Unar, Mr Bhutto said, “Now I am not interested in politics. I am ready to sacrifice for the sake of the country and my companions”.

He added, “I will decide the political future in consultation with my companions”.

Speaking about the events that transpired on May 9, Mr Bhutto said, “The vandalism on May 9 is condemnable.”

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Taking a jibe at the embattled party, Mr Bhutto said, “Why were military installations attacked?”

Meanwhile, Mr Unar also relinquished his posts following the May 9 mayhem. 

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Zoo elephant ‘Madhubala’ infected with blood parasite

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Zoo elephant 'Madhubala' infected with blood parasite

In a concerning development, the beloved zoo elephant, Madhubala, has been diagnosed with a blood parasite infection on Thursday.

The authorities have swiftly taken action to safeguard the elephant’s health and prevent the spread of the infection.

Today, the first dose of a vaccine was administered to Madhubala in order to protect her from further complications caused by the parasite. The dedicated veterinary team will closely monitor her progress, and the second dose of the vaccine is scheduled to be given after a period of 15 days.

To ensure a comprehensive assessment of Madhubala condition, zoo authorities have decided to send her blood samples for laboratory testing precisely 15 days after the administration of the vaccine.

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Based on the results of these tests, a decision will be made regarding Madhubala relocation to the Safari Park.

The director of the zoo highlighted the significance of taking immediate action to mitigate the spread of the infection. As a preventive measure, a disinfectant spray campaign has been initiated throughout the zoo premises.

The authorities are working on an emergency basis, focusing not only on the health of Madhubala but also on the well-being of other rare species of animals housed within the zoo.

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