How to check details of your vote and polling station for 2018 General Elections

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It is important that you do not wait for the polling day and check your vote as early as possible. To do that simply send your ID Card Number to 8300 without dashes/hyphen (-). In reply you will be sent the details of your vote, where is it registered as well as where you will be casting the vote. Basically the details of polling station that has been assigned to you in these upcoming general elections 2018.

No matter which party you support, it is important for you to cast your vote and participate in electing the right people. The real change will only come when more and more people will leave their houses to use their right to vote in the correct people.

A massive fire broke out in itwar bazaar Islamabad

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The huge fire broke out in the Sunday market of Islamabad. This incident happened in the clothing and hosiery section of the Sunday market which was situated at Sector H-9. More than 90 shops and stalls got the huge fire.

This fire turned out into the huge black smoke but luckily no casualties were found due to this incident. The rescue teams and firefighters got on the spot and gave the first aid to the injured people. It has been observed that the fire started from the clothing area which was in E and F section of bazaar and there were more than 200 stalls of clothes, shoes, garments, and hosiery there side by side.

The clothes got the fire from one by one and turned into huge fire. The Sunday bazar operates three days a week including Sunday, Tuesday and Friday and this incident happened on Tuesday. According to the report, the fire erupted due to the explosion of the generator into a clothes shop at around 1 pm.

The recuse operation continued for hours and the black smoke which could be seen from long distance made the people gathered there. There was the heavy traffic jam on Kashmir highway. All goods and belongings of shopkeepers got burned and they faced the huge losses due to this fire. After that, shopkeepers protested against the administration of the market and complaint about the lack of facilities.

The emergency and Disaster Management Unit recommended the administration of Bazaar to put underground water tank to rescue such incidents at a time. Moreover, firefighting staff should also be there in the market timing. The shopkeepers put garbage near the shop and the fire team assumed that the garbage got the fire immediately and turned into the massive fire.

This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

Court delays hearing of the appeals of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Safdar until after elections

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered to keep Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar remained behind the bars until the upcoming General elections of 2018, which are going to be held on 25th of July. The Sharif family’s lawyer submitted the appeal against the Avenfield apartments case decision in IHC.

The judge of IHC delays the hearing of appeals and put it into the waiting list and also issued the notices to NAB and investigation officer to give the records of this case. Three appeals have been filed by the Nawaz Sharif and two filed by Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar. These three members of Sharif family have been sentenced in the corruption case and were expecting to come out of the jail before the election and start the campaign of their party, but their hopes got shattered one more time and their appeals have put into the rest till the last week of July.

Pakistan Muslim League- N leader requested the court to not waste time he said, “We want that the appeal should be decided as quickly as the trial was held”. The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse capt (retd) Safdar got arrested into the illegal property case of Avenfiled in London and presently these three are in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Haris submitted the application to transfer the remaining cases to another court in which includes Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship reference case which are currently under the Justice Mohammad Bashir who heard the Avenfield case earlier. Meanwhile, Justice Mohammad Bashir wrote a letter that he has no issue if the remaining cases have to transfer to another court. Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced for 10 years, Maryam Nawaz for 7 years and Safdar for 1 year in jail and currently their appeals are on hold by the court until the upcoming General election of 2018.

This article was written by the staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

No taxes on cell phone card recharge till next order says chief justice

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Chief Justice of Pakistan has increased the period of no tax deduction on mobile prepaid cards or recharge in any way. Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered earlier to not deduct any tax from mobile cards as the consumers will get 100% of the credit for 15 days. The mentioned time has been expired but the Chief Justice orders to continue it until the next order.

The Chief Justice remarked that the deduction of tax was not for the limited time and it will continue until the further orders, plus he didn’t mention any specific time for the next orders.  Chief Justice said, “It was said that the decision to suspend tax deduction on mobile balance was for a limited time period and that the practice would resume following the expiry of two weeks,” he further remarked, “The taxes on mobile balance cannot be deducted until the court’s next orders.” Justice Nisar declared, “The decision to suspend tax collection on mobile cards will hold until then.”

On 11 June, the court ordered to all cellular companies and Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) to implement it within two days deadline and don’t deduct any tax and it was for prepaid scratch cards. While hearing the case of increasing prices of petroleum products, Chief Justice was asked about the expiry of tax deduction period on which he granted the order to increase the period.

Earlier, the senator Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh mentioned in a meeting to remove the withholding tax on mobile cards as the consumers were paying 42 percent tax, including 19.5 percent FED, 12.5 percent WHT and 10 percent service/ maintenance charges on every Rs100 card which is unfair. After deducting all the sales tax the consumer was only left 61.93Rs from the recharge of Rs100 and now they are getting the credit without any tax deduction and they are happy with that.

This article is written by staff: Sehrish Ilyas

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz found guilty in Avenfield Apartments case

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The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz found guilty in reference of Avenfield flats case. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 8 Million fine and Maryam Nawaz sentenced seven years in prison and 2 Million fine while, Capt. (retd) Safdar was given a one-year imprisonment.

The Sharif family submitted the plea to delay the verdict announcement in front of NAB, which was declined. The National Accountability Court’s (NAB) Judge Muhammad Bashir announced the verdict against Avenfield flats and ruled the order that apartments shall be seized by the Federal Government.

Moreover, Maryam Nawaz now cannot contest the upcoming general election of 2018. The Election Commission of Pakistan stated that Maryam’s name will be removed from the ballot papers of NA-127. Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were not present in the court and earlier on Thursday, requested to delay the verdict as they want to be in the court at the time of announcement but the court denied the plea and announced the historic decision in their absence.

The judge called the lawyers of both sides and didn’t allow the media inside the chamber until he reached the final decision. The Sharif family is currently in London due to ailing Kulsoom Nawaz and heard the verdict at the Avenfiled apartments together.

Moreover, right after the announcement Maryam Nawaz tweeted, “The accountability court verdict has further emboldened us to fight against tyranny.” She said that it was not a big punishment for “standing up to the invisible forces” in the country for the past 70 years. In another tweet, Maryam said, “Nawaz Sharif, you didn’t get scared; you didn’t bow down; you preferred Pakistan on your personal life. The nation is standing with you. You will emerge victorious,”

Furthermore, Shahbaz Sharif tweet right after the announcement, “Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) strongly rejects the verdict of the Accountability Court in the Avenfield case. History will remember this verdict in black words. The decision is flawed, politically motivated & has glaring loopholes.” He further said, “The NAB court’s decision is based on oppression & cruelty. The name of Nawaz Sharif was not mentioned in Panama papers nor was it there as owner of Avenfield flats.” While disagreeing to the NAB’s decision he tweets, “There is no denying the fact that NAB has dual standards of justice. Proven corruption cases have been pending before NAB for many years. Some as old as ten years but no action was taken. Justice on pick & choose basis is no justice.

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