As the vote counting for Pakistan’s Punjab bypolls is on, all major local media channels are reporting that the country’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI is leading in 17 seats of the 20 provincial seats.
As per these reports, the massive alliance of big leaders like Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PM Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is nearing a big defeat in the province. There are only 2 seats where PLM-N is leading and 1 seat for Independent.
Punjab was under the control of the PTI party until April when then-Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar resigned after the federal parliament took up a no-confidence against Khan. The PTI’s subsequent nominee for the position was defeated as a faction among the party’s state lawmakers voted for the PML-N’s candidate instead.
Khan then successfully petitioned the Election Commission of Pakistan to remove the state assembly lawmakers for illegally voting against the party’s directive, leaving 20 seats vacant. It will be a close race as Sharif’s party currently holds 165 seats while PTI controls 163. Sharif controls the assembly with coalition members.
The polling began at 8 am and continued till 5 pm but in several districts polling was stopped due to clashes, reported Dunya News.
20 seats fell vacant after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “de-seated” 25 PTI dissident lawmakers on May 23 for voting against PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz in the Punjab chief minister’s election.
By-elections were held in 20 constituencies of Punjab Assembly including polling stations PP-7 Rawalpindi, PP-83 Khushab, PP-90 Bhakkar, PP-97 Faisalabad; PP-125, PP-127 Jhang, PP-140 Sheikhupura,PP-158, 167,168,170 Lahore;PP-167, Lahore, PP-202 Sahiwa,; PP-217 Multan, PP-224 Lodhran, PP-228 Lodhran, PP-237 Bahawalnagar, PP-272,273 Muzaffargarh,PP-282 Layyah and PP-288 Dera Ghazi Khan.
A total of 4.57 million registered voters, including 2.46 million women, were eligible to cast ballot in the by-polls. As many as 3140 polling stations, including 731 male, 700 female and 1700 combined polling stations had been established across the 20 constituencies.
A total of 9,562 polling booths had been set up for the by-polls. The ECP had declared 1204 polling stations sensitive and 696 highly sensitive.
Polling stations from Lahore and Multan had also been declared sensitive. Provincial Election Commissioner Saeed Gul had said that the Election Commission was completely neutral and there was no truth in the allegations, they were working according to the Constitution and the law.
The Punjab Assembly has a total of 371 members, of which 20 seats are vacant at the moment, bringing the total number of MPAs in the Punjab Assembly down to 351.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill was arrested from Muzaffargarh on Monday for allegedly carrying and displaying weapons on his visit to polling stations during the Punjab by-elections.
The former federal minister was arrested as he was caught brandishing weapons on his visit to polling stations PP-272 and PP-73.
Right after the news of Gill’s arrest surfaced, PTI leaders took to Twitter to criticize the move and branded it an attempt to “rig the elections”.
PTI chief Imran Khan said, “These fascist tactics will not work and our people will not be deterred from exercising their right to vote.” In another tweet later, he demanded the courts to “open now” and act against the brazen violations of the Supreme Court’s orders and electoral rules.
As per the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), “Carriage and display of all kinds of lethal weapons and firearms shall not be allowed in public meetings and processions and official regulations in respect thereof shall be strictly observed. Aerial firing, use of crackers and other explosives at public meetings shall not be allowed.”
This is a part of ECP’s election code of conduct for political parties and candidates, reported Dawn.
While speaking with media, the district police officer of Muzaffargarh said that Gill was taken into custody from a factory owned by PTI candidate Muazzam Ali along with his guards. They have been taken to an undisclosed location, he said.
No first information report (FIR) has been registered so far. As per the visuals circulated on television, Gill can be seen with guards clad in Frontier Corps uniform.
It is interesting to note that even before his arrest, Gill had tweeted that he was ready to get arrested.
“Before you reach anyone else, I am presenting myself for arrest,” he tweeted, claiming he was “trapped in a factory”. “Imran Khan’s soldier is not afraid of such tactics. We did not come to do terrorism.”
Earlier, in another similar instance, in a video posted on his YouTube channel, Gill alleged that polling agents in Muzaffargarh’s PP-272 had not been allowed to enter the polling stations.
“We reached out to the ECP but they refuted the complaints. Now, they have sent police to take my guards. What is their purpose? They want to arrest me,” he said.
“So, I will do you a favour and present myself for arrest,” the PTI leader said. “As long as I am standing here, I won’t let you arrest anyone.”
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White House condemns attack on Salman Rushdie; calls it ‘reprehensible’
The White House on Saturday called the attack on Salman Rushdie “reprehensible”. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wished the renowned author a speedy recovery.
In his statement, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Today, the nation and the globe witnessed a heinous act against the author Salman Rushdie. This violent act is abhorrent. The Biden-Harris Administration as a whole is hoping for a quick recovery for him.”
Meanwhile, Sullivan went on to say that “We are grateful to law enforcement for its prompt and effective work, which is ongoing, and to good citizens and first responders for aiding Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the incident.”
Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.
“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.
Known for his free speech, Salman Rushdie received death threats for his book ‘The Satanic Verses. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked. Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. Rushdie is of Indian origin and is currently a citizen of Britain.
However, the Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.
J&K government sacked four government employees, has relations with terrorists
The Jammu and Kashmir government, using Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, has sacked four employees. The employees who have been sacked have links with terrorists and terrorist organizations.
The who have been sacked are Assbah Arzoomand Khan, Muhit Ahmed Bhat, Majeed Hussain Qadri, and Saeed Abdul Mueed.
Meanwhile, Assbah Arzoomand Khan is an officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service. Khan joined the service in the year 2011 and is the wife of terrorist Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate. Bitta Karate is counted among the big terrorists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
Muhit Ahmed Bhat is a scientist at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of organizing programs in the university in support of Pakistan and terrorists and mobilizing students for terrorism.
Majid Hussain Qadri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kashmir. He is accused of being associated with the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Syed Abdul Mueed was posted as IT Manager at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute. He is the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. This is the third son of the Hizbul chief, who has been dismissed from service by the government on terrorism charges. Before this, two of his sons have been removed from service.
However, Article 311 of the constitution empowers the government to dismiss an employee without assigning any reason. After Manoj Sinha became the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, till now more than 40 employees have been sacked considering it a threat to the security of the country.
Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP
The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.
On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.
“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.
Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.
Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.
However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.
‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.
Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”
“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.
However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.
Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”
In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”
Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”
Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.
“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.
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