PAKISTAN POLLS

  • Pakistan: PPP fields senior leader against Sharif in premier's poll May 31, 2013

    Lahore: The PPP will field senior leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim against PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif for the election of the new premier in Parliament on June 5, rejecting a request to facilitate an unanimous vote. Former federal minister Fahim heads the Pakistan Peoples Part Parliamentarians, the name under which the party...
  • Pakistan: PTI secures victory in Karachi's repolling May 20, 2013

    Karachi: Cricketerturnedpolitician Imran Khan's Pakistan TehrikiInsaf on Monday secured an overwhelming victory in repolling held in one constituency of Pakistan's violenceplagued city of Karachi, election officials said. PTI's Arif Alvi bagged 17,489 votes, while his opponent Naimatullah Khan of JamaatiIslami (JI) managed to secure only 446 votes for the NA250...
  • I should have quit presidency to lead PPP in polls: Zardari May 20, 2013

    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 his...
  • Sharif's party gets majority in Pak Parliament May 19, 2013

    Lahore: Nawaz Sharif's PMLN 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...
  • Pakistan: 15 killed as blasts rip through mosques May 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Two blasts ripped through as many mosques in the restive KhyberPakhtunkhwa 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. Fifteen...
  • Pak: Infighting breaks out in Imran Khan's party over KP CM's post May 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Infighting has broken out in Imran Khan's Pakistan TehrikeInsaf over choosing a Chief Minister for the crucial KhyberPakhtunkhwa province, with two top leaders jockeying for the position. Pervez Khattak, the secretary general of the party, and Asad Qaisar, the president of the party's KhyberPakhtunkhwa chapter, are in the race...
  • Pakistan: Polls were rigged, says Imran Khan's sister May 15, 2013

    Pakistan TehreekeInsaaf continues to demand recounting in 25 constituencies, alleging massive rigging. ...
  • Obama calls Sharif, congratulates him on poll win May 15, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif, set to become Pakistan's next Prime Minister, to congratulate him on his election victory and pledge to further strengthen friendly ties with Islamabad. "Today, the President spoke by phone with Nawaz Sharif, president of Pakistan Muslim League's (Nawaz) to...
  • 'New Pak govt will inherit effects of policy inertia' May 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif's emphatic victory at the hustings in Pakistan will provide him sufficient room to shape his party's own agenda, the global rating agency Moody's said but warned the new government will inherit the effects of overall policy inertia. The rating agency also said any flare up in relations...
  • 'Pak under Sharif may improve ties with India' May 14, 2013

    Beijing: Pakistan may improve its ties with India and fine tune its antiterror strategy under the new government headed by PMLN leader Nawaz Sharif, Chinese analysts have said. Under Sharif, the relationship between Pakistan and India might also improve, Wang Dehua, head of the South and Central Asian Studies Institute...
  • Pak polls: PMLN emerges as single largest party May 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif's PMLN has emerged the single largest party in Pakistan's landmark general elections by bagging 122 of the 272 parliamentary seats that went to the polls on May 11, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday. The PMLN's two closest rivals the Pakistan People's Party and Imran Khan's Pakistan...
  • Sharif's decision to invite Manmohan a positive step: US May 14, 2013

    Washington: Nawaz Sharif's decision to invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a "positive sign", the United States has said and expressed its willingness to work with the new government in Pakistan. "We have seen those comments. I don't want to analyze it too much, but to say that it is...
  • Pakistan: Sharif vows warmer ties with India May 13, 2013

    Washington: Nawaz Sharif, poised for a record third term as Pakistan Prime Minister after his party's emphatic win in the landmark general elections, has vowed to pursue better relations with the US while seeking "warmer ties" with India. In an interview to The Wall Street Journal after the impressive victory...
  • Pakistan polls: Nawaz Sharif's challenges going forward May 13, 2013

    Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif is seen as someone who is pro India. PM Manmohan Singh has already invited him to India. Here's our Foreign Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar with more on his challenges going forward. ...
  • Watch: How newspapers in Pakistan reacted to elections May 13, 2013

    Even as there was jubilation in the Nawaz Sharif camp in Pakistan, there was gloom and angst in the Pakistan TehrikeInsaaf party. Foreign Affairs Editor Suhasini Haider, who has been tracking the latest from Pakistan, tell us what newspapers there are saying. ...
  • Pak polls: Nawaz Sharif set to win, Imran Khan alleges rigging May 13, 2013

    Islamabad: Voters in Pakistan have given a mandate to PMLN's Nawaz Sharif, who is set to become Prime Minister for a record third time. With 272 national assembly seats, 137 is the simple majority mark and right now PMLN is leading in 125. The big gainer is Imran Khan's...
  • Pak polls: Sharif set to form govt, Imran alleges vote rigging May 13, 2013

    Islamabad/Lahore: Partywise National Assembly results: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PMLN) 125 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan TehrikiInsaaf (PTI) 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Independent 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 32 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamiat UlemaiIslamFazl (JUI) 10 (Unofficial, Geo News) JamaatiIslami (JI) 3 Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) ...
  • Pakistan polls: Youth, women voted for Imran Khan, says PTI leader May 12, 2013

    TehreekIInsaaf General Secretary Yasmin Rashid said that the youth and women of Pakistan voted for Imran Khan. ...
  • Pakistan Decides: Does this election mean that democracy has taken root in Pakistan? May 12, 2013

    Nawaz Sharif was poised for a record third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister with his Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) party on Sunday taking an unassailable lead in parliamentary elections, which was welcomed by India with whom he pledged to restart the peace process. ...
  • Pakistan polls: World leaders congratulate Nawaz Sharif May 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Leaders of many countries on Sunday felicitated Nawaz Sharif on his party's victory in the general elections in Pakistan. Sharif was on Sunday poised to return to power after a 14year hiatus, as results of the elections started trickling in. Those who telephoned Sharif included King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia...
  • Barack Obama congratulates Pak on completion of polls May 12, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Sunday congratulated Pakistan on successful completion of parliamentary elections and said his administration is ready to work "as equal partners" with the new government. "I congratulate the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of parliamentary elections. The United States stands with all Pakistanis...
  • Pakistan polls: PMLN supporters celebrate victory May 12, 2013

    Lahore: The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) supporters took to the streets in Lahore in droves on Sunday to celebrate the victory of Nawaz Sharif's party in a landmark general election that marked the first democratic transition in Pakistan's troubled history. Overwhelmed by the victory, the PMLN supporters fired...
  • Pak polls: Musharraf's party wins 2 seats despite poll boycott May 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's party on Sunday won two seats despite announcing a boycott of the 2013 general elections. Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) won a seat each for the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's provincial assembly from Chitral's NA32 and PK90 constituency. The APML had announced a...
  • Pak polls: PTI will act as a 'solid Opposition', says Imran Khan May 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Crickterturnedpolitician Imran Khan on Sunday said his party would act as a "solid Opposition" even as he alleged that the general elections in Pakistan were marred by rigging in some provinces. "The greatest strength of democracy is a solid opposition, which was not there in Pakistan for the past...
  • Pak polls: Sharif promises talks with India on Kashmir issue May 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif, who was on Sunday poised to return to power in Pakistan after a 14year hiatus, said a new round of talks will be resumed with India on the Kashmir issue, a media report said. Addressing media persons after his Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PMLN) emerged as the leading party...
  • Nawaz Sharif is clear Pakistan needs peace with India: PMLN May 12, 2013

    Speaking to CNNIBN's Suhasini Haidar, PMLN's Social Media Chief Adnan Rassol said the party chief Nawaz Sharif is clear that Pakistan needs peace with India. ...
  • Pakistan elections: Voters hope Nawaz Sharif will fulfil his promises May 12, 2013

    As PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif gears up to form the next government in Pakistan, his supporters say they are hopeful that he will fulfil all the promises he made to them. "People want inflation to be lowered, employment to rise, regular power supply. No party has been able to deliver...
  • Pakistan polls: Imran Khan thanks voters, says he is happy people came out to vote May 12, 2013

    Even as PTI chief Imran Khan conceded defeat in Pakistan elections, he said he never felt so happy in his 17 years of political life because by coming out in a large number to cast their ballot, people of Pakistan have shown that they want development in the country. ...
  • Pak polls live: US looking forward to working with new govt, says Obama May 12, 2013

    Islamabad/Lahore: Partywise National Assembly results: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PMLN) 124 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan TehrikiInsaaf (PTI) 32 (Unofficial, Geo News) Independent 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 30 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamiat UlemaiIslamFazl (JUI) 10 (Unofficial, Geo News) JamaatiIslami (JI) 3 Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) ...
  • Pak witnesses huge voter turnout despite Taliban threats May 11, 2013

    Islamabad/Lahore: Defying Taliban death threats, enthusiastic Pakistanis in large numbers on Saturday voted for national and provincial assemblies in a landmark democratic transition of power marred by a string of bomb attacks killing at least 17 people. A staggering 75,000 security personnel, including 5,000 troops for sensitive polling stations Talibandominated...