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    China condemned the U.S. Defense Department's annual report on the Chinese military on Sunday, calling it deliberate distortion that has "severely damaged" mutual trust. In its annual report to Congress on Chinese military activities, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday that China is expected to add substantial military infrastructure, including communications and surveillance systems, to ...

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    Global equity markets and the dollar slipped today as investors sought the safety of less risky assets as jitters increased over the likelihood of averting a Greek debt default. The dollar slid after hitting its highest in more than a week on Tuesday, while yields on U.S. 10-year Treasuries dipped as investors weighed the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates. But the outlook for the dollar ...

  • Ayyan’s remand extended once again

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    RAWALPINDI - The hearing of the money smuggling case against famous model Ayyan Ali was adjourned on Monday till 29th June due to lawyers’ strike as well as absence of the customs court judge. According to details, the model was presented before the court amid tight security in armoured personnel carrier at the end of her earlier judicial remand.The hearing of customs’ plea to ...

  • PML-N at ease forming government in Punjab

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    lahore PML-N has emerged as the largest party in Punjab obtaining 207 of the total 297 general seats, which has placed this party at a very comfortable position to form the government fifth time in the province. Surprisingly, the potential parties of the past, PPP and PML-Q, have almost completely lost their position inPunjabwhile PTI, a new player, has entered the Punjab Assembly as the third ...

  • Poll results suggest victory for Baloch nationalists

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    quetta Although the Election Commission of Pakistan has not announced results yet; however, the unofficial results suggest a clear victory for the nationalist parties in the province. The Pushtunkhwa Mili Awami Party of Mehmood Khan Achakzai has emerged as the strongest party so far, blowing a setback to the JUI-F and other rivals with 10 seats of the provincial assembly. Similarly, the PML-N ...

  • ‘Saraiki province’ slogan fails to bear fruit for PPP

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    islamabad The people of Seraiki area, also known as southernPunjab, gave a big thrashing to Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPP-P) which was ostensibly calling for a separate province for them and voted Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to power. Unlike 2008, the PPP-P and Bahawalpur National Awami Party (BNAP) were calling for Seraiki orSouthern Punjabbut the PPP-P only could win a single ...

  • PTI sweeps in Swat Valley

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    SWAT PakistanTeheek-e-Insaf’s swept in Swat valley as it won 2 National Assembly and attained five provincial assembly seats. According to un-official results, there were 321 total polling stations in NA-29 constituency Swat where young PTI candidate Murad Saeed grabbed the NA-29 SWAT-1 seat with 35200 votes against JUI-F candidate Mulana Nizam ud Din, who has got 9300 votes. While on ...

  • Army called in as 3 killed in Nawabshah

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    nawabshah Army troops were called in as panic griped Nawabshah city following an armed clash between activists of the PPPP and MQM in which three people lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries here on Sunday. Police said the both group clashed after exchanging slogans near District Returning Officer's office. They used firearms in which 10 people were injured who were rushed to ...

  • APML wins seats in Chitral despite boycott

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    chitral Former President Pervez Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) managed to win a seat each in the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Provincial Assembly from Chitral's NA-32 and PK-90 constituency, despite announcing a boycott of 2013 general elections. APML candidate Shahzada Iftikhar-ud-Din won the NA-32 seat with 19,938 votes against second-placed Abdul Latif ...

  • MQM retains hold on Sindh urban pockets

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    karachi The Muttahida Qaumi Movement by winning 15 national and 33 provincial seats has succeeded in retaining its hold on urban pockets of Sindh province. According to unofficial results, MQM candidate Iqbal Muhammad has been winning from NA-256, Nabil Gabol from NA-246, Rehan Hashmi from NA-245, Sheikh Salahuddin from NA-244, Abdul Wasim from NA-243, Asif Hasnain from NA-255, Sajid Ahmad from ...

  • New trends set in May elections

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    lahore One of the most significant outcome of May 11 elections is the emerging trend of regionalism inPakistan’s politics. The election results show that no political party has succeeded in establishing its credentials of a national party having roots in all the provinces. Until the May 11 polls, the PPP was the only party which could claim to be the party having its support base in all ...

  • Polls 'relatively fair' despite irregularities

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    islamabad Country's largest domestic observer mission said Sunday that the county's landmark polls were ‘relatively fair’ despite some irregularities and violence at the polling stations. In a key democratic transition, the centre-right Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) emerged the winner after a huge turnout of 60 per cent - the highest in the country since 1977. The Free and ...

  • Defeated PPP still carries weight

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    islamabad Despite almost complete rout in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa Pakistan People’s Party, however, managed its command in its home province Sindh bringing it into a strong position in the power politics.“Although most of our stalwarts in Punjab are defeated but still we are one of the main players in the parliamentary politics,” said PPPP leaders while talking to The ...

  • BNP-M rejects results, demands fresh polling

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    quetta Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) has rejected the election results of various polling stations, demanding recount of votes or fresh polls.Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference here, BNP-M Vice President Sajid Tareen, PB-5 candidate Akhter Hussain Langov, PB-4 candidate Ahmed Nawaz Baloch and a large number of party workers rejected the election results.“All the ...

  • Independents to decide future course after results notification

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    islamabad Under the 18th Amendment, the independent candidates who have won the general seats of National Assembly or provincial assemblies in election will have the option to join any political party within three days after the issuance of a formal notification of their victory from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).After joining of any political party, they will be considered as ticket ...

  • Political dynasties manage to make way to parliament

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    islamabad Since the May 2013 election results surprised political pundits, the most of the kith and kin belonging to big dynasties, who were contesting against one another, though received major upsets yet succeeded in keeping their seats within their families. Several candidates representing famous castes including Khar, Gormani, Jatoi, Kanjo Waranar, Qaisrani, Leghari and others, whose family ...

  • PPP wins interior Sindh, Lyari seats

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    karachi Despite ongoing violence in Karachi during polls, the outgoing ruling PPP has succeeded in securing its old fort of Lyari for the next five years.According to unofficial results, PPP candidate Shahjahan Baloch has secured 62,000 votes on NA-248 Lyari to defeat MQM’s Nabeel Gabol. Similarly, PPP candidate Sanya Naz Baloch has a clear lead on PS-108 Lyari against candidates from MQM ...

  • Tehrik-i-Insaf sweeps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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    Peshwar Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has swept the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in landmark general elections by standing victorious on 35 national and most of  provincial assembly seats. Unofficial results put PTI ahead of other parties and independent candidates on 35 national and 99 provincial assemblies seats in the northwestern province. PTI chief Imran Khan won the national assembly ...

  • Three injured in PTI, PML-N workers clash

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    rawalpindi As many as 3 people were injured when clashes broke out between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers outside a polling station in Dhoke Mangtal here on Saturday.Some eyewitnesses told The Nation that the enraged political workers also resorted to aerial firing.However, the overall law and order situation in Rawalpindi district remained ...

  • Sharifs beat back poll contenders

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    lahore All the three Sharifs contesting elections in Lahore have won their respective seats.As per unofficial results, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has conquered NA-68 Sargodha seat defeating Hayat Kalyar of PTI, and Dr Yasmin Rashid of the same party in NA-120 Lahore. Former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has won seat of NA-129 Lahore defeating PPP’s Tariq Shabbir Mao and PTI’s Chaudhry ...

  • Masses showed trust in Nawaz: Shahbaz

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    lahore PML-N Punjab President Shahbaz Sharif has said the election results in favour of PML-N reflect public trust in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. He stated here Saturday that the results had established the fact that the masses were with PML-N for which he was thankful to the country’s youths, farmers, workers, traders students, civil servants and women from the core of his heart. He ...

  • PTI snatches Pindi from PML-N

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    islamabad Rawalpindi city, bastion of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) since 1985 non-party based elections, is snatched by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidates on both National Assembly and three out of four provincial assembly seats from the city. While the N-League candidates have also suffered defeat on a few National and provincial assembly seats in Rawalpindi district and ...

  • Lahore remains peaceful

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    LAHORE - rPOTING TEAM - Polling on 13 national and 25 provincial assembly constituencies of Lahore by and large remained peaceful throughout the elections day on Saturday.A great deal of enthusiasm was shown by both voters and non-voters. A healthy turnout was seen at the polling stations since morning as voters gathered at the stations long before the start of the polling at 8am. Polling, ...

  • Nawaz & Imran to limit WH role: US media

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    WASHINGTON The American print and electronic media is highlighting the election-related developments inPakistan, with major newspapers pointing out that the two main contenders for power — PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif and cricket legend Imran Khan — had pledged to limitUSinfluence in the South Asian country. Correspondents and analysts have particularly acknowledged the voters ...

  • Punjab fulfills peaceful polls promise: Sethi

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    LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said that the caretaker government has fulfilled its promise of holding fair, transparent and peaceful elections and efficiently discharged its national obligation of providing an opportunity to millions of people ofPunjabto exercise their right of franchise. He said due to public awareness, better turn out in elections was witnessed was reflective ...

  • Polls held in Balochistan aimd fear

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    QUETTA Like other parts of the country, general elections were held in Balochistan for 14 national and 50 provincial seats aimed fears and tight security across the province. Over 70,000 Army, Frontier Corps, Police, Levies Force and Balochistan Constabulary personnel were deployed throughout the province, particularly in Baloch dominated districts to ensure peaceful polls. The Baloch ...

  • ‘N’ supporters dance to victory beats

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    LAHORE Sound of slogans by supporters of leading political party of the country Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) echoed on roads of the provincial capital on late Saturday as PMLN secures victory in general election 2013. After marking majority seats of National and provincial assemblies in the City, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s workers and supporters especially youth celebrated ...

  • Karachi sees Imran’s magic despite rigging

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    KARACHI Like other parts of the country, the magic of the charismatic personality of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan has also migrated to Karachi, where the citizens especially youngsters and women found excited to cast their votes to PTI despite the fact that only 10 candidates of PTI are fielded in the metropolis in the general elections. According to reports, in various polling ...

  • MQM rigged polls: PTI

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    KARACHI The Sindh caretaker government and Provincial Election Commission of Pakistan have failed to hold free and fair elections inKarachidespite tall claims. MQM workers snatched the ballot papers at various polling stations of NA-250 Defence andCliftonareas. PTI candidate for NA-250 Arif Alvi, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, NA-253 candidate Ashraf Qureshi, Zubair Khan NA-256 and Faisal Vohra and ...