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GDA candidate faces ECP wrath over ‘aerial firing during election rally’

Poll organising authority serves Irfanullah Khan Marwat show-cause notice over code violation

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GDA candidate faces ECP wrath over 'aerial firing during election rally'

ISLAMABAD: Taking strict notice of “aerial firing” during an election rally in a Karachi constituency, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ordered action against the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) candidate Irfanullah Khan Marwat.

The country’s top electoral body issued directives to the Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) to carry out strict action against the GDA candidate following the incident of “aerial firing” during electioneering in Karachi East district, in violation of the ECP’s code of conduct.

— ECP
— ECP

The provincial police chief has been ordered to formally inform the commission regarding the legal proceedings against Marwat – a candidate from the provincial seat, PS-105 Karachi East-IX.

According to the ECP’s spokesperson, the district monitoring officer served a show-cause notice to the candidate over violation of the code’s clause 17 and asked him to submit his reply in two days.

Ahead of the February 8 nationwide polls, the commission also issued a notification addressing candidates and political parties to mandatory conclude electioneering including rallies, corner meetings and all genres of political activities in the night between February 6 and 7.

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The order warned of legal action against the violators of the Election Act 2017’s Section 182.

As the country gears up to vote, nearly 18,000 candidates are set to compete in the big contest to grab general seats in the National and provincial legislatures, as per The News.

The ECP released its final list of contesting candidates for the NA and provincial assemblies on Form-33 yesterday.

Among these 17,816 candidates, at least 11,785 will contest independently, while 6,031 will compete under the banner of their respective political parties.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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