Pakistan Elections

  • Bilawal may contest from Bhutto family stronghold in Sindh 18-10-2013 06:40 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may contest from a national assembly seat which has traditionally been the stronghold of the Bhutto family in hometown Larkana in Sindh province. Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday addressed a public rally in Naudero as part of Eid celebrations...
  • Pak: There was a plot to assassinate me, claims Imran Khan 11-06-2013 10:10 PM

    Lahore: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has claimed that a plot was hatched to assassinate him during an election rally in Punjab before Pakistan's General Elections on May 11. "I was informed by the government before the May 11 polls that there was a plot to assassinate me at an election rally...
  • President Zardari wants end to political confrontation 11-06-2013 05:10 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for bringing an end to political confrontations to effectively deal with the daunting challenges being faced by the country. "We cannot afford confrontation and need reconciliation," said President Zardari while addressing a joint session of the parliament on Monday, being attended by...
  • Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif sworn in as Prime Minister 05-06-2013 07:21 PM

    Islamabad: Nearly 14 years after being deposed in a military coup and forced into exile, Nawaz Sharif was on Wednesday sworn in as Pakistan's Prime Minister for a record third term, as he vowed to revive the country's ailing economy and called for an end to the controversial US drone...
  • Pak: Nawaz Sharif to be sworn in as PM tomorrow 04-06-2013 05:19 PM

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif will be sworn in for a record third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister on Wednesday after he is formally elected to the post and a very small cabinet comprising close aides is expected to take oath along with him. India's High Commissioner to Pakistan will represent the...
  • Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif formally nominated for PM's post 02-06-2013 04:15 AM

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif was on Saturday formally nominated as candidate for the position of Pakistan's prime minister by the newly-elected members of parliament, said sources in his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. The party won majority seats in the May 11 general elections and is in a strong position to...
  • Sharif will take on defence portfolio himself: Sources 29-05-2013 06:48 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif will oversee the sensitive foreign and defence portfolios as he seeks to forge a working partnership with the all-powerful military in the early days of his tenure, sources close to him said on Tuesday. Sharif, ousted in a bloodless military coup in 1999, has...
  • Nawaz Sharif's party strengthens parliament position 29-05-2013 05:19 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League (PNL-N) party of Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday strengthened its position in parliament as it secured 35 Reserved Women and Non-Muslim seats raising its strength in the National Assembly to 186. The National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament has a total of 342 seats, Xinhua...
  • Pakistan's interim government to transfer power 28-05-2013 04:45 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan's interim government will transfer power to the new government June 5, 2013, a cabinet minister said on Monday. Information Minister Arif Nizami said that the interim government will relinquish responsibilities on the same day, reported Xinhua. Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Nizami said the members-elect of the National...
  • Pak: Imran Khan's party to field Hashmi as a PM nominee 27-05-2013 08:20 AM

    Lahore: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's dream of being elected as premier unopposed has been shattered with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf announcing that it will field veteran politician Javed Hashmi as a prime ministerial nominee. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf said it will field Hashmi against 63-year-old Sharif for the formal election of the...
  • PML-N nominates Nawaz Sharif for the post of Pakistan PM 27-05-2013 04:20 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday nominated its chief Nawaz Sharif for the post of prime minister, two weeks after the party won the general elections, reported Xinhua. The PML-N has secured the simple majority with the aid of independent members and it has no problem to get Sharif...
  • Pak: PML-N nominates Shahbaz Sharif as Punjab's CM 26-05-2013 01:45 PM

    Lahore: The PML-N has formally nominated Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province for a record fourth term and he is expected to assume the office on June 1. Shahbaz, 61, is the younger brother of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif who is set to become Pakistan Prime...
  • Will Nawaz Sharif open a promising new chapter of India-Pak relations?

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    On the final day of campaigning in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif was due at three massive rallies in Lahore. Crowds grew restive as they waited for...

  • Pakistan: Imran Khan discharged from hospital 22-05-2013 11:40 PM

    Lahore: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan was on Wednesday discharged from hospital, two weeks after he fractured his spine when he fell from a fork-lift during an election rally in this eastern Pakistani city. The cricketer-turned-politician left the Shaukat Khanum Hospital, where he was admitted after his accident on May...
  • New Pak govt may consider importing electricity from India 21-05-2013 03:31 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan's new government will seriously consider importing 1,000 MW of electricity from India as part of a short to medium-term strategy to end power outages, according to a media report on Tuesday. The import of electricity from India, Iran and Central Asian Republics was feasible, The News quoted its...
  • Pak: MQM accuses PTI of turning Karachi into a battlefield 21-05-2013 07:30 AM

    Karachi: The MQM on Monday accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan of turning Karachi into a battlefield after the May 11 General Elections, as the war of words between the two political parties intensified. Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Asif Hasnain who has won a National Assembly seat in the elections...
  • Zardari blames international forces for polls loss 21-05-2013 01:05 AM

    Lahore: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday blamed national and international forces for his Pakistan Peoples Party defeat in the May 11 polls while the party's losing candidates held former premiers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf responsible for the debacle. In a meeting with PPP ticket-holders of Punjab...
  • Pakistan: PTI secures victory in Karachi's repolling 20-05-2013 05:57 PM

    Karachi: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf on Monday secured an overwhelming victory in repolling held in one constituency of Pakistan's violence-plagued city of Karachi, election officials said. PTI's Arif Alvi bagged 17,489 votes, while his opponent Naimatullah Khan of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) managed to secure only 446 votes for the NA-250...
  • I should have quit presidency to lead PPP in polls: Zardari 20-05-2013 11:29 AM

    Islamabad: President Asif Zardari has said that he should have quit his position and led the Pakistan People's Party's campaign in order to ensure a better performance in the just concluded general election. Zardari made the remarks while interacting with a delegation of the South Asian Free Media Association at...
  • Postcard from Pakistan

    Smita's Space |  Smita Sharma
    A journalist visa is a good barometer to measure the Indo-Pak warmth or the 'heat'. If the visa comes through smoothly, know relations are hunky...

  • Pakistan: Imran's supporters stage protest over killing of PTI leader 20-05-2013 10:05 AM

    Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party led by Imran Khan, gathered in the Clifton district of southern Karachi on Sunday to protest against the killing of senior party member Zahra Shahid. ...
  • Imran to lead protests against party leaders's killing 20-05-2013 01:43 AM

    Karachi/Lahore: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan will lead protests in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi against the killing of a senior leader of his party for which he has directly blamed MQM chief Altaf Hussain. In a video message released on Sunday, Khan, who is under treatment at the Shaukat Khanum hospital...
  • Sharif's party gets majority in Pak Parliament 19-05-2013 07:31 PM

    Lahore: Nawaz Sharif's PML-N has attained a majority in Pakistan's National Assembly after 18 independent candidates joined the party, placing it in a position to form government at the centre without striking an alliance with any other party. Several independent candidates belonging to influential political families of Punjab and Sindh...
  • Pak: PTI leader shot dead, Imran blames MQM chief 19-05-2013 08:55 AM

    Karachi: Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has held the chief of Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) directly responsible for the killing of a senior leader of his party in the city. "I hold Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder as he had openly threatened Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf workers and leaders through...
  • Pakistan: Senior leader of Imran Khan's party shot dead 19-05-2013 12:51 AM

    Karachi: A senior leader of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party was shot dead in Karachi on Saturday, police said. Zahra Shahid Hussain, the vice-president of the party's chapter in Sindh, was shot by two unidentified men outside her home in Defence Phase IV late on Saturday night. She died while...
  • Pakistan: PML-N to form coalition govt in Balochistan 18-05-2013 03:45 PM

    Islamabad: The PML-N and two nationalist parties have agreed to form a coalition government in Balochistan but differences remain on the issue of choosing a Chief Minister for the insurgency-hit province in southwest Pakistan. The Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP), which represents the Pashtuns living in northern parts of Balochistan,...
  • World View: Pakistan elections 2013 18-05-2013 11:47 AM

    Nawaz Sharif's PML-N bagged 125 of the 272 directly elected seats in Pakistan's National Assembly but fell short of a majority and is poised to form a government with support of independents and smaller parties. ...
  • MQM boycotts re-polling in a Karachi constituency 18-05-2013 12:25 AM

    Karachi: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday announced that it would boycott the re-polling at 43 polling stations of the National Assembly constituency 250. MQM's senior leader Reza Haroon told a press conference that the decision to boycott the re-polling was taken by the party high command as it...
  • Chinese premier to meet Nawaz Sharif during Pakistan visit 17-05-2013 08:19 PM

    Islamabad: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who will travel to Islamabad next week to hold talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, will also meet PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who is set to form Pakistan's new government. Li will meet Sharif on May 23....
  • Pakistan: 15 killed as blasts rip through mosques 17-05-2013 04:22 PM

    Islamabad: Two blasts ripped through as many mosques in the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 15 people and injuring 25 others, security officials said. The blasts occurred during Friday prayers in the mosques at Bazdara area of Malakand district, an erstwhile stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban....