May 08

DG Khan by-elections: ECP withholds PP 243 results

According to unofficial results, PML-‘s Hassam-ud-Din Khosa secured most votes in PP 243.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has directed the Returning Officer of constituency PP-243 not to consolidate the result till further orders.

According to a press release‚ it has been reported that a large scale malpractices‚ including coercion‚ intimidation and pressures have been resorted to at some polling stations during polling process.

The commission further directed that the DRO‚ RO and Presiding Officers of the polling stations‚ where alleged incidents have taken place‚ shall submit their detailed separate reports.

According to unofficial results, PML-N candidate Hasam-uddin Khosa of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secured 25,518 votes from PP 243 constituency for provincial assembly seat while independent candidate Imtiaz Leghari stood second by securing 19,205 votes.

Meanwhile, in PP 245, Muhammad Khan Leghari of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) lead with 24,584 votes and PML-N candidate Mirza Talpur bagged 11,748 votes while independent candidate Zeshan Hyder Leghari got 7,864 votes.

The two seats of the Punjab Assembly fell vacant due to the resignation of PML-Q legislator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and senior adviser to the Punjab chief minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa. The two had been elected as Senators.

Apr 15

Resumption of NATO supplies: DPC, PTI put their foot down over decision

The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) have rejected the decision regarding the resumption of Nato supplies through Pakistani routes and announced that a countrywide protest campaign will be initiated in Peshawar on April 20.samiulhaqriaz ahmed imran khan

Talking to media in Peshawar where arrangements have been made for a large rally in an open ground, DPC leader said they would reject parliament’s decision with “full force on all fronts”.

They said that since the Pentagon had made it clear that drone attacks would not be suspended, there was no justification for the resumption of Nato supplies through the country.

“If the supply was restored then we will resist it peacefully by staging protests near its routes, as we fear that either Nato or America could send its armed forces to Pakistan on the pretext of securing the supply route,” said Maulana Samiul Haq, adding that the decision regarding the resumption of the supply line was taken by parliament overnight on the instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Imran Khan’s stance

Meanwhile, in Lahore, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan said the restoration of the supply line was “the biggest collusion” between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the US.

He was addressing the 2012 Punjab PTI Women Convention. Imran also showed grave concern over the loss of 40,000 Pakistani soldiers in the US ‘war on terror’ and reiterated that Pakistan must stop fighting a foreign war. “We always knew that the Nato supply line would be restored since these rulers have no spine to show against the US,” said Imran. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM our correspondent IN LAHORE)