February 2024

Level playing field enabled independent candidates to emerge as single largest group in general elections: PM

ISLAMABAD:Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday reiterated that the caretaker set-up had provided a level playing field to all political parties during the currently concluded polls and being a ‘free and fair’ process, a large number of independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the largest single group on the national and provincial assemblies seats. He stressed that allegations of rigging were generated through social media which

PML-N, PPP deliberate on 'sharing PM's Office for 3, 2 years each' as both eye coveted slot

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have deliberated on the possibility of appointing prime ministers from their parties for a three- and two-year term under a power-sharing formula, The idea of appointing a prime minister for half the term was discussed during their first huddle on Sunday following the February 8 elections as part of their efforts to form a coalition government in the Centre

Returning officers' non-adherence to laws 'overshadowed' election result process: Fafen

ISLAMABAD: As compilation of vote results underway for four consecutive days after the conduct of the February 8 nationwide polls, the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of returning officers’ (ROs) non-compliance with the laws which ‘overshadowed an otherwise largely controversy-free voting and counting processes at the polling stations. The non-governmental election watchdog urged the country’s top poll organising authority

Disappointing electoral performance prompts resignations of JI's Haq, IPP's Tareen

ISLAMABAD: After facing setbacks in the February 8 general elections as both the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami failed to show any electoral progress, IPP’s Patron-in-Chief Jahangir Tareen and JI’s Emir Sirajul Haq announced resigning from the party offices on Monday. Subsequently, Pervez Khattak — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Parliamentarians (PTI-P) chief and former aide of PTI founder Imran Khan — also announced “taking a break from politics” after the election setback.

'Few people' planning May 9-like riots: Mohsin Naqvi

LAHORE:Following Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) threats of launching protests against alleged rigging in polls, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday said that a “few people” are planning to carry out riots similar to the ones that took place on May 9 of last year. The May 9 riots were triggered across the country after the arrest of deposed prime minister Imran Khan in the £190 million settlement case. Hundreds