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.

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

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.

There Should be Age Restriction for Election Contestants for MNA and MPA

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In Pakistan for most government organizations and departments, there is a restriction of age until which one is allowed to serve. This age is mostly the 60 years old, after which the employee is forced to retire even if he/she is not willing to do so. This age is mostly set by keeping in view the energies of a person, as with ageing its bit difficult to perform daily life tasks required by job, so for good of both, the organization and the employee, they are sent home on that specific age.

Authority which Organizes Elections in Pakistan

Similar, being an MPA (Member Provincial Assembly) and MNA (Member National Assembly) are demanding jobs. They ask for lots of travel, thinking and collaboration to analyze and upgrade the existing laws. Plus in country like Pakistan, where there is no concept of local government, in fact the politician delay those kind of elections to keep control of city administrations and funds etc, its important that they have enough energy left in them to meet the demands of busy schedule and actively working for people.

Not necessarily the age should be 60 at max but it could be something like 65 or even 70. But something to which, one have enough energies to perform, daily tasks of the job easily. But here I had heard a lady having age more than 100 years, was considering filing papers to fight in MNA elections. Also she have been doing this from last few times in General elections. Similarly, most of our current politicians are the ones over 60 year old, specially the main ones, who will run the country and ministries.

Bringing in the younger people on Important posts will mean, that they will use the best of their latest knowledge, they will concentrate more on steps needed to advance the country in technical fields like more importantly in cyber technologies and space technologies. Along with this I suggest having the minimum and related education criteria for ministries, specially which are related to technology.

Five Real Good Budget Phones You can Get Under 15 to 20 Thousand Rupees in 2018

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Recently, I was doing some market research for someone who wanted to buy to phone and had budget of about 15 to 20 thousand rupees. So during my research I came across some real good devices, specially five options attracted me the most. They have about same specs, with some little variations. Also, they fall in same 15 to 20 thousand rupees category.

First things first, before going in to details, according to my experience for this range of 15 to 20 thousand, Huawei is the brand which was offering best phones. There are many other Chinese brands, which I think are low end and there are other fancier ones which have less to offer in our budget. Plus, Huawei had literally the best features in the budget and I know from multiple experiences that their devices are durable and can take lot of beating without any major problems.

One important thing to mention here is, this post is NOT at all the promotional post by Huawei on my blog, its that in budget mentioned above, Huawei seem as best option to me, if you have other better or similar options, do feel free to mention in the comments section of this post below.

So lets just dive in to details of these devices, plus following 5 devices are just mentions from 1 to 5, it not their ranking, they have similar features and they are all good.

1. Huawei Y6 Prime 2018

This was really good device in budget, actually, this was the one we actually ended up purchasing, but this does NOT mean that its way better than others, all of them have more or less of same features. It had following noticeable features

  • Screen Size: 5.7 Inches
  • 16 GB Storage / 2 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Price: About Rs. 18000 mentioned online but available from Rs. 16,500 to 18000 on shops.
  • Latest Android Software
  • Battery: 3000 mAh

2. Huawei Y6 Pro

Y6 Pro is also really good device just like the others in list. One difference is the screen size is bit smaller than other devices, which is 5 inches. But still 5 Inches is huge, so it should not be deal breaker. One other difference specially from Y6 Prime 2018 and Y7 Prime 2018 is that Huawei Y6 Pro was released back in 2015 and it have slightly older version of Android, but yes updates do come. Another huge advantage over others phones is huge 4000 mAh battery, which is bound to last longer than batteries of most smart phones available right now.

Phone’s main specifications are as follows.

  • Screen Size: 5 Inches
  • 16 GB Storage / 2 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Price: About Rs. 17000 mentioned online but available from Rs. 16,500 to 17000 on shops.
  • Upgradable to Latest Android Software
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

3. Huawei Y6II

Again a bit older phone but the specs are up to the mark. Screen size is pretty huge 5.5 inches, one difference though is screen is standard aspect ratio of 16:9, wider but less taller than latest phones. But that should not be a problem, we are more used to such screens, they actually look bigger than new phone screens, which are more taller but less in width. Battery is another strength of this Phone, as it has got 3100 mAh, which is pretty good.

  • Screen Size: 5.5 Inches
  • 16 GB Storage / 2 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Price: About Rs. 19000 mentioned online but available from Rs. 17,200 to 18500 on shops.
  • Latest Android Software
  • Battery 3100 mAh

4. Huawei Y7 Prime 2018

Another big screen phone. By first seeing the 6 inches, I thought against this phone and thought screen will be too huge to handle. But that is not the case. Actually this phone, also like Huawei Y6 Prime 2018, have got different aspect ratio screen. I mean, screens are taller but less in width, due to this phone screen does not look too big. Another advantage is 32 GB storage and 3GB RAM unlike all other phones in list. If would not have been confused about screen size, as mentioned above, I would have been ended up buying this phone instead. So if you can spare couple of extra thousands, this is best option in the list.

  • Screen Size: 6 Inches
  • 32 GB Storage / 3 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Price: About Rs. 20000 mentioned online but available from Rs. 18,800 to 20000 on shops.
  • Latest Android Software
  • Battery: 3000 mAh

5. Huawei Y7 Prime

This phone is again older than latest Y7 prime but bit expensive. And it is expensive for a reason, which is, it have got beast of a battery, which is huge. It have got 4000 mAh battery, battery this big is rare in smart phones right now. It is guaranteed to last much more than average smart phone.Even Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 have 3000 mAh battery.

Other than that specs are about the same with screen having old aspect ratio, bit smaller but having better pixel density, as it is Full HD. So only there are two reasons to spend more on this phone, than 2018 model, first is 25% bigger battery and better screen resolution. But that does not mean Y7 Prime 2018 have smaller batter, I will still preffer 2018 model of this phone. But if you are person who wants more juice in one charge and get less options to charge, must definitely go for it.

  • Screen Size: 5.5 Inches
  • 32 GB Storage / 3 GB RAM
  • Screen Resolution: 1080p
  • Price: About Rs. 23000 mentioned online but available from Rs. 20000 to 22500 on shops.
  • Android 7.0 Which is Pretty Decent
  • Battery:4000 mAh

This is all about the best phones in 15000 to 20000 Pakistani Rupees. However, if you want to go even lower, you have options of Huawei Y5 Prime and Huawei Y5 Prime 2018, these will be even cheaper.

Again, this is NOT a promoted post for Huawei, only reason to only include Huawei phones was, in this range only huawei phones are respectable. Never think of an iPhone in this range, until and unless you are getting some real old and used phone. Samsungs are all costly mostly and there could be very few in this range, still i am not sure this will have all of these features. SONYs and LGs are all good with their top notch phones but again have less to offer in this range.

Than there is huge array of Chinese phones available in this range, i will tell you to stay away from all of those. They claim lots of features, but when it comes to performance and durability, they are simply worth less. And all those feature may even not work. But Huawei phones on other end are much more durable, keep throwing them around and you will have less damage and will even be repaired in less price. They seem to me like NOKIA phones of old times, super durable and reliable and yet less costly.

Now what I said in last two Paras are my personal view, someone may turn up with some real good phone from any other manufacturer, in this current range. So if you have any other choice which you think is better or similar to these in this current range, feel free to mention it in comments below. And if it is real good, i may add it to article with your name. Of course, this is not end of world, there could be many other phones in this range.

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