ECP Releases Official Pakistan General Elections 2018 Results, PTI leads with 115 NA Seats

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Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finally released the official results of the 11th General election of Pakistan which held on 25th July 2018. It almost took 56 hours to announce the final stats in which ECP confirms the victory of Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf and the overall figure showed that this political party is the largest political party in Pakistan right now.

According to the official announcement of ECP, out of 270 seats, Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf has won 115 seats of National Assembly. To make the government PTI still relay on independent seats because according to law one member can only take one seat and has to give up other seats. Few of the members contested from multiple seats but they need to give them up and only take one, for that PTI will collaborate with independent candidates and other parties as well like PML-Q, BAP, and GDA.

Pakistan Muslim League-N got 64 seats in the National Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) got 43 seats. On the other hand, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) got 12 seats and MQM-P got only 6 seats. Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has won 4 seats while Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) won only 2 seats. Awami National Party (ANP) got one seat while 13 independents candidates also played the role in National Assembly.

Punjab Assembly

For decades, PML-N has ruled Punjab and stood as the largest party there. In 2018 General election PML-N has won 129 seats out of 295 of the provincial assembly of Punjab. But now PTI is much closer to them by winning 123 seats and could be exceeded to 28 seats with the help of independent candidates. After these two competitors, PML-Q is the third one who got 7 seats and PPP got 6 seats of Punjab provincial assembly.

Sindh Assembly

Out of 130 seats of Sindh assembly, Pakistan People’s Party has won 76 seats of the house and stood as the first party of Sindh. While MQM-P has got 23 seats and GDA has won 11 seats of the house. Threek-e-Labbaik, who is the new political party, managed 2 seats while MMA only got one seat.

KPK Assembly

Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf clean sweeps in the provincial assembly and got 66 seats out of 97 and this surprised everyone. While MMA managed to be the second party in KPK assembly and got 10 seats. ANP has won 6 seats and on the other side PPP has got 4 seats in KPK house, there are also 6 independents who won in KPK provincial assembly.

Balochistan Assembly

Balochistan Awami Party has won 15 provincial seats while BNP got 6 seats, BNP-Awami got 3 seats and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) got 2 seats in the provincial assembly and PTI only got 4 seats out there. PkMAP won only one seat and PML-n and JWP also got one seat in this assembly. There are also 5 independent candidates who won the berths.

This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

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

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

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi finally gets a Go Ahead to Contest General Elections 2018 from NA-57 Murree by Lahore High Court

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As general elections are making way, to be happened by 25th of July as expected. Politicians have started submitting their nomination papers from different constituencies, some have decided to contest from their respective belonging constituencies and some have planned to avail their prominence by contesting from different constituencies like Imran Khan, Shahbaz Shareef, Bilawal Bhutto etc did.

The LHC (Lahore high court) on Friday allows Shahid Khan abbasi to conest from his home constituency of NA-57, Murree. The written verdict of the court says that the Abbasi doesn’t meet the requirement under the article 62 (F) (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The two member bench headed by Justice Mazhar Ali Naqvi accepted Abbasi’s appeal against the election tribunal decision for disqualifying him for life. On Thursday, the appellate tribunal found Shahid Khaqan Abbasi guilty for concealing facts in his nomination forms submitted for the constituency. He was disqualified under the banner of article 62 (F)(1).

During the submissions of nomination papers many politicians have faced the trial under article 62(1)(f) sometime their opponents took them to courts, sometime appellate tribunal rejected itself. Some of the Politicians who faced the trial in the recent time including Imran Khan, Jhangeer tareen, Sheikh Rasheed, and Khuwaja Asif. However, all three of them excluding Jhangeer tareen were lucky enough to regain their position where PTI member faces disqualification for life by Supreme Court of Pakistan a few months ago.

While talking to media after court’s verdict former prime minister expresses his tension over the fuss created by appellate courts across the country. He said tribunal court has no authority to disqualify any person for life. My father purchased house back in 1974 and he had mentioned the price of purchase in nomination form and appellate court made the decision on the marketing value of the house, he added.

While later in the evening, he appeared in program of a TV channel to discuss about the issue. He had questioned the law under which the verdict had been announced.

“Election commission and Supreme judicial Council should take notice of making the election controversial” he remarked.

This article was written by Staff Member: Mahad Gujjar

Two PAF Pilots lose their life due to a fighter jet crash in peshawar

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Two pilots of Pakistan Air Force died in aircraft crash during a routine training session on Tuesday at Peshawar. This incident happened on Peshawar Air Base when a Wing Commander Umar and a Flying Officer Israr were returning back to the Air Base from routine training and the Aircraft crashed and the news has confirmed by the PAF officials.

“Pakistan Air Force reports with regret that a PAF FT-7PG trainer aircraft while recovering from a routine operational training mission, crashed during landing at Peshawar Air Base,” PAF released statement.

This has happened while trying to save the lives of civilians, the plane was calling for an emergency landing on the AIR Base and right after that some technical fault caused the crash. According to the PAF news, that control tower allowed for an emergency landing and cleared the runway but it got unfortunately crashed before landing.

The aircraft got the fire and there was smoke all around and could be seen from long distance. This unfortunate incident happened in F7-PGs which has been replaced with F-6 in 2002. The rescue team immediately controlled the situation and cleared the runway. PAF has also announced to investigate the whole situation of this incident and formed the inquiry board. PAF is currently investigating the cause of this incident and the exact technical fault of the aircraft.

This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas

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