Captain (retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was chosen Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly on Thursday without any opposition. According to specifics, Ghazala Gola was unanimously elected by the session to serve as the deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The newly elected speakers Abdul Khaliq Achakzai and Ghazala Gola are scheduled to assume office today (Thursday) and take an oath of office, respectively. The Balochistan Assembly Speaker position has been nominated for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidature. Following discussions with the party leadership, Captain (r) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai was previously named by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif as the PML-N candidate for Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The Balochistan Assembly’s freshly elected MPAs had earlier taken their membership oaths under the chair’s direction.
According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, numerous residents, including a large number of women and children, have lost their lives as a result of the most recent Israeli onslaught in Khan Younis, northern Gaza, east of Gaza City, and the Sabra neighbourhood of Gaza City. Since October 7, Israeli bombardment on Gaza have resulted in at least 29,692 Palestinian deaths and 69,879 injuries, according to a statement released on Sunday by the health ministry in Gaza. According to sources, US and British forces launched strikes on over a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday. This was the most recent round of military action against the organisation, which is tied to Iran and continues to assault shipping in the area. As the Houthis hold the majority of Yemen’s territory, the US has been attacking them almost every day.
The United States has once again demanded a thorough and transparent investigation into “any claims of interference or fraud” in the general elections scheduled for February 8 according to Pakistani laws and processes,. In response to questions over the explosive rigging claims made by former commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chatha, US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller demanded an investigation. “Any allegations of fraud or meddling should be thoroughly and openly probed in compliance with Pakistan’s own legal framework and protocols. And it naturally covers this assertion as well,” Miller answered. Miller, the spokeswoman, responded that the establishment of a new government was a “internal” Pakistani matter when questioned about US policy towards recognising the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) mandate.
The verdict in the contempt of court case against Islamabad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Irfan Nawaz Memon and other top officers was reserved by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday. On March 1, the contempt case’s reserved verdict will be made public. An IHC judge named Babar Sattar heard the contempt case brought against Islamabad DC. The DC Islamabad’s unconditional apologies was rejected by the court, and the DC was also barred from travelling overseas. The DC Islamabad has been given a deadline by the court to respond to the showcase notice by Monday. DC Islamabad claimed he was supposed to give a pilgrimage and so did not appear before the court in the contempt of court case yesterday, Tuesday. Irfan Nawaz, DC Islamabad, also claimed to have appeared in court.
In a Tuesday statement to investors, Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar pledged the government’s unwavering support. He added that Pakistan will become stable, successful, and on the rise if its human and material resources are used wisely. “Our human capital is more valuable than our natural resources. At the signing ceremony of a joint venture agreement between Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) and the US-based Miracle Saltworks Collective Inc. for the establishment of a dedicated facility for crushing and packaging pink salt for export purposes, the prime minister declared, “The human resource coupled with the mineral resource will lead to stable, prosperous, and rising Pakistan.” The deal was signed by Miracle Saltworks Collective Inc. President Ahmed Nadeem Khan and PMDC Managing Director Asad Ahmed.
According to state-run Radio Pakistan, Information Minister Murtaza Solangi stated that there was no impasse between political parties over discussions about forming a new government. In an interview with the Islamabad media, he stated that no party was able to obtain a simple majority. The minister emphasised that February 29 is the deadline for calling a meeting of the National Assembly in accordance with the Constitution. “We still have a few days to call a meeting of the recently elected Lower House,” Solangi stated, stressing that the Constitution was quite detailed and provided remedies in the event that political parties were unable to come to an agreement.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan has asked that Sikandar Sultan Raja, the “controversial” Chief Election Commissioner, resign from his position due to his “failure” to halt “election rigging.” After meeting with the party founder in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan told reporters, “In light of Khan sahib’s directives, PTI demands him [CEC Raja] to step down immediately.” Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), urged that the election results be released by the polling officials in accordance with Form 45. This is because, according to some parties, there were differences in the results based on Form 47. He remembered how the shocking disclosures made by the former commissioner of Rawapindi cast doubt on the elections’ transparency and highlighted how “non-transparent” elections may jeopardise Pakistan’s IMF agreement.
On Tuesday, senators from the opposition denounced the purported election tampering and chastised Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja for his perceived “inability” to maintain electoral integrity. On February 8, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) urged that CEC Raja resign from his office due to the lack of transparent polls. In an address to the Senate today in Islamabad, the JI senator said that the elections were rigged and that they would establish a rigged administration. The senator made grave accusations against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), claiming that it committed treason and ought to apologise to the country. Article 6 of the constitution should be used to pursue legal action against the CEC.
A “dangerous stalemate” could result from the ongoing discussions between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), according to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who issued the warning on Tuesday. This is because “someone” needs to adjust their stance on government formation. “Talks can only move forward if’someone’ is prepared to shift their stance. “We will not alter our stance; we are firm in it,” Bilawal declared, omitting the PML-N. He made these remarks at a press conference held outside Pakistan’s Supreme Court following his attendance at the hearing for a presidential reference challenging Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death penalty. In an attempt to come to a consensus over the composition of the future government, Bilawal’s statements coincide with the PML-N and PPP coordination committees’ sixth meeting, which is scheduled for today.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa has questioned whether the Supreme Court and the military forces had a chance to make amends for their previous transgressions and rebuild their credibility in light of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference. During a hearing on a presidential reference concerning the death sentence given to the former prime minister Bhutto in 1979, the top judge said on Tuesday, “Isn’t this an opportunity for both institutions to get rid of the accusations hurled against them?” The presidential reference was heard by the larger bench of the supreme court, which was chaired by Chief Justice Isa and included Justices Sardar Tariq Masood, Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Yahya Afridi, Amin-ud-din Khan, Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, and Musarrat Hilali.
According to Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the State of Pakistan would stand up for civil officials as they carry out their constitutional obligations and will take action against violent media trolls who are waging a defamatory campaign on social media. In light of the current social media effort by certain factions, he made this statement today. According to the prime minister, Pakistani voters delivered a divided mandate on February 8 and spoke with one voice. But some groups that have a history of violence and vigilantism are now employing new strategies, such as turning social media into a weapon, to intimidate and coerce state personnel into abandoning the State of Pakistan in favour of the violent gang.
On Monday, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa gave the order for the officials to bring the petitioner before the court. The petitioner had attempted to withdraw his plea, in which he had asked that the February 8 elections be declared illegitimate, and had requested that the hearing be postponed until February 21. In order to bring Brig (r) Ali Khan before the three-member bench that also includes Justices Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Musarrat Hilali, the chief justice gave the concerned SHO instructions to track him down. Chief Justice Isa made it clear that the nation’s highest court would consider the case and asked whether the petitioners had filed merely to become well-known right away. Although the court acknowledged that Brig (r) Khan had asked to have the petition withdrawn, it questioned whether publicity was the only objective.
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