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ECP wants to hold local body polls in Khi at the earliest: CEC

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ISLAMABAD:

The chief election commissioner on Tuesday said the election commission wants to hold local body polls in Karachi at the earliest and suggested deploying personnel from Punjab for administering the polls.

Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman of Jamaat-e-Islami, Waseem Akhtar of MQM, Administrator Karachi and PPP leader Murtaza Wahab and IG Sindh were present at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the occasion.

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Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Mohammad Ramzan Malik said that the federal government cannot provide security for the election for the time being. The civil armed forces cannot provide security services for the local government polls as the personnel are still busy in flood relief operations and also due to the “law and order situation”, the secretary said.

Read SHC reserves verdict on petitions regarding LG polls

The Sindh government also excused itself from holding the local body polls citing the unavailability of security. Administrator Murtaza Wahab argued that Karachi municipal elections should be postponed for 90 days keeping in view the present situation.

Meanwhile, IG Sindh and chief secretary Sindh also requested the ECP to consider postponing the local elections.

Upon this, ECP member Nisar Durrani expressed reservations that further postponement may translate to a breach of constitutional provisions.

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Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal added that the Ministry of Interior has excused itself from deploying armed forces personnel on October 18.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja said that the provincial government cannot amend laws to postpone local body elections and that “the announcement of the date for local government elections is the responsibility of the ECP”.

“If Sindh police officials are deployed in Islamabad to provide security there,” the CEC continued, “how about deploying Punjab police officials in Sindh? Rangers or other law enforcement agencies can be deployed for security; we can ask the Punjab government for security.”

Waseem Akhtar claimed that the population of Karachi was “reduced by half in the census”, and said, “there are major flaws in the constituencies in Karachi”.

However, unimpressed by the argument the, CEC asked them to take the objections on the census to the Council of Common Interests (CCI). “The ECP is not the relevant forum to discuss the objections on the census,” he added, “MQM did not raise its concerns at the appropriate forum at the right time”.

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JI’s Naeem-ur-Rehman argued that the army, FC or police from other provinces should be called in to administer the provincial capital’s local elections.

“The PPP-MQM coalition government had itself approved the fake census; today the postponement of local elections is being sought under the guise of the census,” he retorted.

While suggesting 45-days’ time for preparations, he said that “the situation in Karachi is bad, local body elections should not be postponed any more, even if the mayor of Karachi is powerless, he will raise his voice,” he added.

The JI leader also alleged that the Sindh government “never really wants to hold elections” in Karachi adding that at this rate, “no elections would ever be held”. Taking a dig at the rival party, he added that “those who used to shut down Karachi with the blink of an eye are now saying that the city never got its rights”.

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“MQM is part of the federal [coalition] government,” he stressed, “and yet it speaks of marginalization” and demanded polls be held under the deployment of the army.

Also Read PTI, JI decry third delay in LG polls

“The ECP made direct contacts through the interior ministry [with the Centre],” the CEC responded stating that the federal government was “not prepared to offer static duty deployment of either the army or the Rangers”.

However, he said, “the ECP wishes to hold local elections in Karachi at the earliest” and noted that the electoral watchdog had the authority to issue direct orders under Article 220.

The ECP has reserved its judgment on the matter after the CEC said that the watchdog would “issue an appropriate verdict” regarding local body polls.

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It may be noted that Karachi local government elections were put off for a third time on Sindh’s request in October after reviewing the interior ministry’s letter in which it had expressed its inability to provide security personnel for the local government elections.

 





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Imran’s right of defence struck out in defamation case

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ISLAMABAD:

Additional District Judge Lahore Chaudhry Muhammad Asif struck out the right of defence of former prime minister since concerned interrogatories of the plaintiff were not submitted on Thursday.

“This court has been left with no option except to strike out the right of defence of the defendant (Imran Khan) in this case due to non-submission of requisite replies by the defendant regarding concerned interrogatories of the plaintiff. So, the right of defence of the defendant is hereby struck out in this case accordingly,” the order stated.

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The court asked the plaintiff to submit a list of witnesses on November 29.

It has been learned that the court has so far conducted 78 hearings of the case.

The order stated that the counsel for the defendant submitted an application for adjournment on the ground that the defendant was going to file a revised petition against the order of the court regarding the dismissal of concerned objections of the defendant.

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“From the perusal of record, it reveals that various reasonable opportunities have been provided to defendant to submit the requisite replies to concerned interrogatories of the plaintiff but the defendant has not done the needful,” it stated.

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“Vide previous order dated 17.11.2022, one more opportunity was granted to the defendant in this regard with the clarification that in case of submission of requisite replies from the defendant’s side regarding concerned interrogatories of the plaintiff on the next date, the right of defence of the defendant shall be struck out. No lawful justification exits for the grant of further adjournment,” it added.

The court rejected the adjournment plea of Imran’s counsel.

According to details, the defamation suit states that Imran started uttering false and malicious statements against the plaintiff (Shehbaz) that the latter offered Rs10 billion to the former through a common friend in exchange of withdrawing the case of Panama Papers pending before the Supreme Court (SC).

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​​​It pleads that the baseless and defamatory statements by the defendant widely circulated by media lowered the integrity of the plaintiff and caused him extreme mental torture, agony and anxiety. The court has been requested to issue a decree for recovery of Rs 10 billion as compensation for the publication of defamatory content in favour of the plaintiff.

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In his written statement, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief states that one of his friends told him that someone known to him and also the Sharif family approached him with an offer to pay billions of rupees if he could convince him to stop pursuing the Panama Papers case.

Imran says that he disclosed the incident for the consumption of the public at large and in the interest of the public good does not constitute any defamation.





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Pakistan to send armed helicopter unit to UN peacekeeping mission

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UNITED NATIONS:

Pakistan and Bangladesh will each be sending an armed helicopter unit to the UN peacekeeping operations in Mali, which faces serious problems as several countries have withdrawn or announced plans to pull out their personnel, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Farhan Haq said that India will supply a utility helicopter unit to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, and all three are expected to be deployed by March next year.

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“These provide much-needed support to our forces and are critical for early warning and rapid response to protect civilians,” the spokesman told reporters at the regular noon briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.

“The UN continues to discuss with member states the deployment of new assets and plans to fill longer-standing gaps in addition to those resulting from recent announcements” of withdrawals, he said.

Set up in 2013, MINUSMA has 17,622 personnel helping the Malian government combat terrorists operating in the country.

MINUSMA is one of the deadliest operations having claimed the lives of 292 peacekeepers.

France completed its withdrawal earlier this year and it was followed by Egypt in August.

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Germany said that it was withdrawing its personnel, who numbered 595 in the latest UN roster, from MINUSMA by May next year.

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Britain is also pulling out its 249 personnel.

Ivory Coast also said that it would discontinue the participation of its personnel, who numbered 898, in MINUSMA when the current deployment ends because of a separate dispute with the Mali government over the arrest of its soldiers who went there on a mission unconnected to the UN.

Despite the dangerous nature of the Minusma, Pakistani military doctors serving in Mopti, a town in the fifth administrative region of Mali. have continued to serve, earning praise for their work. They operate a state-of-the-art hospital staffed with 75 medical personnel, including 10 women and 65 men, according to the UN.

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The hospital operates 24 hours a day, every day, and they are always on alert. All specialities are covered, from pharmacy to gynaecology. However, its main purpose is to perform life-saving and urgent surgery when peacekeepers are injured, it was pointed out.





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Imran urges ‘all Pakistanis to participate’ in PTI long march

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Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday urged all Pakistanis to participate in his party’s much-hyped long march on Saturday (Nov26) in what appears to be his final showdown with the incumbent government to force it to announce early election date.

“Dear Pakistanis, I want all of you to participate in our haqeeqi long march in Pindi at 1pm on Saturday,” he said in a short video statement.

Imran, who was removed from power through a vote of no confidence in April, said that only a nation which has justice in it will get real freedom. “When there is justice, there are rights. When there are rights, a nation is free. Only an independent nation is prosperous,” he went on to say.

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Read more: Interior ministry warns PTI of threats, urges postponing Pindi march

The former premier said that the nation will not stay silent until it gets real freedom. “I am coming for you despite my [health] condition and all of you need to come to Pindi for me,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, senior PTI leader Asad Umar presided over a meeting regarding the party’s preparation for the long march in Rawalpindi. Senior PTI leadership including Umar Ayub, Shibli Faraz, Ali Nawaz and others participated in the meeting.

The meeting discussed the overall preparations for the long march in Rawalpindi. The security plan, long march route and other significant matters came under discussion during the meeting.

The meeting was briefed that a caravan had left from Karachi for Rawalpindi whereas two others were ready to begin their journey to the garrison city from Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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A briefing was also given in the meeting regarding the accommodation of the participants.

Issues regarding the provision of all basic needs including food and accommodation to the participants of the march were also discussed in the meeting.

“The nation is fully united and eager to achieve real freedom,” Umar said, adding that the party would welcome caravans from all over Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

“The captain [Imran Khan] will lead the ocean of people in Rawalpindi on November 26,” he further said.





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