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.
On Monday, Murtaza Solangi, the Minister of Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, announced the formation of a high-level investigative commission to look into the claims made by former Commissioner Rawalpindi Liaquat Ali Chatta about election manipulation. Speaking with members of the media following the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting hearing, he asked for understanding as the legal procedure was still in progress. He went on, saying that the public ought to have faith in authorities and the legal system. He said that the charges of election tampering were being looked at by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The minister emphasised how important it is to wait for the outcome of the current judicial processes. He declared that the caretaker government had carried out its duty to hold free, fair, and peaceful elections.
A majority vote in the Senate on Monday rejected a plan that would have allowed people found guilty of rape to be executed in public. Lawmakers fiercely opposed the concept, calling it a “counter-effective measure in deterring sexual crimes.” By a vote of 24 to 14, the upper chamber of parliament rejected the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2023, which sought to change the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Kamal Ali Agha, Abdul Qadir, Mehr Taj Roghani, Kamran Murtaza, Maulana Faiz Muhammad, and other senators backed the bill that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) senator Mushtaq Ahmed proposed. In order to ensure that such horrible crimes are prevented in the future, senators who had voted against the law demanded tougher prosecutions, investigations to combat sexual crimes, and an improved jail atmosphere.
As part of their parliamentary plan, PTI leader Barrister Gohar Ali Khan said on Monday that the party-backed independent candidates who won in the Centre, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the general elections of 2024 will be joining the right-wing Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC). Alongside party leaders Raoof Hasan, PTI PM candidate Omar Ayub Khan, SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza, and Majlis Wahadat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) Secretary General Allama Nasir Abbas, he spoke to the media in Islamabad today. Barrister Gohar stated, “With their consent, we are announcing today that PTI-supported independents are joining the Sunni Ittehad Council. Our candidates have submitted their affidavits with us.” He clarified that the party and the SIC had established a “formal agreement,” which will be filed to the Election Commission.
The close result of Pakistan’s election and the ensuing political unrest, according to Fitch Ratings, could make it more difficult for the nation to obtain a funding deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to replace the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), which is set to expire in March 2024. The country’s credit profile depends on a new agreement, which we believe will be reached in a few months. However, the rating agency stated in a statement that prolonged negotiations or failure to reach a deal would exacerbate external liquidity stress and increase the likelihood of default.
Three Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates for the National Assembly had their victory notices for the National Assembly stopped by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday. Judge Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir, who make up the IHC’s two-member bench, issued the ruling against Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, Anjum Aqeel, and Raja Khurram Nawaz of the PML-N. According to unofficial results from the NA-47 constituency, Chaudhry had won with 102,502 votes; however, his opponent contested his victory. Aqeel has garnered 81,958 votes and won the NA-46 constituency. Aamir Mughal, the independent candidate sponsored by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), however, contested it. The PTI-backed candidate Ali Bukhari had contested Raja Khurram Islamabad’s NA-48 seat, and the court also halted the notification of Bukhari’s victory.
As Israel turned down pleas to postpone a planned attack on the Gaza city of Rafah, mediator Qatar said that chances for a fresh respite in Israel’s conflict with Hamas were “not really promising”. Netanyahu claimed that other nations were essentially ordering Israel to “lose the war” by urging it to spare the city, where 1.4 million Palestinians have sought safety. This week saw a sharp increase in the efforts to establish a truce as the United States, Qatar, and other mediators Egypt and Egypt raced to get one before Israeli forces moved into Rafah, the last significant Gazan city unaffected by Israeli ground forces. Israel’s Netanyahu maintained that the operation will go regardless of whether a hostage release agreement was reached, even after US Joe Biden made a direct appeal earlier this week.
According to reports, the Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for February 19 (Monday) to consider a petition to declare the general elections of February 8 null and void. The plea will be heard by a three-person bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Musarrat Hilali will also be on the bench. Ali Khan, the complainant, has received a notification from the top court. The petitioner has requested that elections be held afresh in light of claims of electoral tampering. Allegations of election manipulation have been made by a number of political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The excessively long wait for the polls’ final results on February 8 cast doubt on the fairness of the electoral process.
Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the prime minister, stated on Friday that the nation has moved towards economic stability thanks to the caretaker government’s quick resolution of significant, long-standing concerns. According to him, the caretaker arrangement prioritised providing all amenities to foreign investors and the business community in order to maximise foreign direct investment in the nation. He underlined that until its final day in office, the caretaker government remained dedicated to carrying out its efforts to address the issues plaguing the nation’s economy. The prime minister presided over a meeting to discuss a number of Karachi Electric (KE) concerns and stated that the government was working to find quick solutions to the remaining difficulties so that residents could continue to receive electricity without interruption.
Murtaza Solangi, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, announced on Friday that the first session of the new National Assembly (NA) would be called in order to carry out the decision made by the electorate during the general elections. At the launch event for Pakistan Television’s (PTV) newsletter, he declared, “We will implement the verdict given by the people of Pakistan and the NA session will be convened as soon as the Election Commission of Pakistan forwards the official results to the Assembly’s Secretariat.” He added that the PTV’s idea to publish a newsletter that would eventually encourage young people to read and write was admirable. The clergyman mentioned that print reporting was where he began his career.
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