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10 reasons why the Judicial Commission verdict is a stepping stone for PTI

The verdict is out and it has shocked leaders, members and supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). Yes, we are talking about the Judicial Commission (JC) report on the alleged rigging in the 2013 General Elections. While Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) celebrations add to PTI’s wounds, anyone who thinks that the verdict is an irreparable blow to PTI may need to think again. Believing in ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, here are my two cents why JC’s verdict may be one of the best things for PTI. 1. No excuse for PML-N Had Nawaz Sharif resigned due to the sit-ins or after the findings of the JC ...

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The myth of vote in Imran Khan’s K-P local bodies election

Pakistan’s north-western province, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is ruled by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that has been fighting its election campaign promising ‘change’ and ‘real democracy’. While Imran missed the opportunity to become prime minister of Pakistan by a huge margin, the party managed to gain majority in K-P and hence has been ruling this province since last elections. One might think that PTI is now busy proving to Pakistanis that, in the next general elections, it would be worth voting for them and the ‘change’ they want to bring, by showing how much they have achieved in this one province ...

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#NA-125 election: Not much to celebrate for PML-N

Today, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) suspended, not overturned, an election tribunal’s decision ordering fresh elections in NA-125, Lahore. Only a few days ago, this now suspended decision blew hot air into Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) deflating balloon. A few days before that, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) victory in Cantonment Boards Elections and a devastating loss in NA-246 by-elections had pushed PTI on the back foot. The lost fervour and vigour revived on May 4th, when Hamid Khan’s petition against Saad Rafique’s election was accepted. Imran Khan found his lost uncontrollable smile and confidence, PTI found life. Celebrations followed and continued ...

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2013 elections: Out with the allegations, in with the evidence

With another showdown between the government and Imran Khan on the horizon, it is important to revisit the root of the current strife; rigging in the general elections of 2013. While much has been said about this subject, we still appear to have people who are not correctly informed as to what happened, or is alleged to have happened, and what are the evidences to support such allegations. The crux of the arguments from the disinterested, misinformed commentators boils down to what I came across in an op-ed around two months ago. Basically that the agitators have neither, “ 1) A theory of how ...

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Can evidence against PML-N ever be found?

First, a few observations on the new narrative being constructed about rigging; specifically the ‘election tribunals’ argument made famous by who appears to be Fakhruddin Ibrahim’s son. While many went gaga over it yesterday, this ‘view’ has been here for a month now. I first read it in a Dawn column at the start of last month, and in the Five Rupees blog the next day. Since then it has been furiously parroted by at least one PML-N guy on TV; the new Punjab law minister. The argument basically is that the election tribunals are working fine, with 78% of the petitions disposed off already. ‘Already’ and ‘fine’ here are obviously ...

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Don’t be fooled Imran Khan, this is not your revolution

The recent political turmoil of the country could not have staged itself at a worst time than this. With the army and the nation’s sentiments tied with over thousands Internally Displace People (IDPs) in North Waziristan, the least we expected out of our politicians was a serene political climate. Instead, we were thrown in with political gimmicks and chaos; silenced and stunned by the brutal killings carried out under the suspected supervision of the chief minister, which were reciprocated later by equally disturbing acts of vigilantism displayed against the Punjab Police. The icing on the cake, however, was our ‘revolutionary genius’ asking ...

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Were Pakistan’s 2013 elections really rigged?

13 months on, and the issue of electoral rigging is still alive and well. Many of us wish this were not so; that Imran Khan would just give it a rest and get on with his parliamentary duties rather than taking his band of merry men town to town, stirring up the same issue like a broken record. Quite a few also suspect that the purpose of his actions may not simply be the pursuit of justice or even electoral reform. For them, it seems quite logical to assume darker motives. Such speculation is eminently justified given the events currently unfolding in ...

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My grandfather died two days after casting his vote

On May 13, 2013 my maternal grandfather Abdul Majeed, died at the age of 85. He was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. (COPD). As a result of this illness his lungs were not able to function properly and fill in the required amount of oxygen. This became the eventual cause of his death. Not only was he bedridden and totally immobile since late March, he had been finding it increasingly difficult to breathe since the beginning of May. However, despite his condition, he actually took the trouble, fought severe pain and found the strength deep inside him to ...

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The stories of three first-time voters

My first voting experience By Aaminah Qadir A junior at Yale University studying Global Affairs and History of Art. I arrived home from college, excitedly, two days before the general elections to cast my first ever vote. The 2013 elections were too precious to miss. Pakistan was begging for a change. I had previously heard that it is only the elite that will vote for drastic change, that only a small minority will support a new face, but what I heard was wrong. My entire family and I reached the polling office in Korangi at 8:20am. I was baffled to see a line of over ...

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Elections in the capital

This year’s parliamentary elections have come and gone and, by all accounts, it is a victory for democracy, with the people of the country having elected their candidates by voting them into parliament. May 11 was a highly significant day for voters as this was the one day when they had the opportunity to elect or reject candidates through the power of votes, and that’s exactly what they did. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the turnout remained around 60 per cent which is a very positive sign as this was previously witnessed in the first general elections ...

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