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ECP finalizes arrangements to conduct LG elections in ICT ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will hold local government elections in 50 union councils (Ucs) of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) on November 30th and arrangements has been finalized.According to spokesman of the ECP, over 2400 candidates are in the field to contest election and around 676,795 registered voters will use their right of vote.Out of total registered voters the strength of male voters in the ICT are 366,899 and female voters 309,896, he said.A total of 640 polling stations will be established and out of which 261 will be for males and 256 for females. However; 123 polling stations will be combined for men and women, he added. He further added that ECP will establish 2,156 polling booths for LG elections and out of which 1,121 for males while 1,035 for females.The ECP will depute 640 Presiding officers, 6,468 Assistant Presiding Officers and 2156 Pos for conducting Local ...

Apex Committee decides to curb banned outfits with full force LAHORE: The provincial Apex Committee has agreed to further accelerate the efforts under National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism, extremism and sectarianism besides curbing the activities of the banned organization with full force.The decisions were taken during the meeting of the committee with the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the chair here on Thursday. The meeting was also attended by Corps Commander Lahore Lt Gen Sadiq Ali.The meeting reviewed in detail the measures ...
PM arrives in Malta to attend CHOGM VALLETTA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived here Thursday to participate in the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held on Friday and Saturday.The Prime Minister was received here at the Luqa International Airport by Pakistan's Ambassador to Tunisia Zaheer Pervaiz Khan and officials of the Malta government.Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif and PM's Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi accompanied the Prime Minister. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry were ...
Iranian, UK Envoys meet Nisar ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Ali Reza Haghighian and United Kingdom High Commissioner, Philip Barton Thursday called on Minister for Interior, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan separately here at Punjab House.During the meetings, bilateral relations with respective countries, mutual cooperation and regional situation was discussed. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...
Maternal, Child health: 7,214 deaths reported in 4 years: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Thursday was informed that as many as 7,214 deaths were reported in various Maternal and Child Health and Children hospitals of the federal capital during last four years (2011-2015). Responding to various queries during question hour, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaurdry said that 6,365 such deaths were reported in Children hospitals whereas 849 deaths were reported in Maternal and Child health Care Centers. As per ...
Govt committed to protecting rights of minorities: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said the government was committed to protecting rights of minorities as they were playing a vital role in development and prosperity of the country.He said this while addressing a ceremony held here to distribute cheques amongst Chaklala Church burning victims of 2014.The Minister said, being a democratic society it was collective responsibility to make efforts for promoting tolerance, sectarian harmony and upholding great national values.On the ...
New Islamabad Airport to be completed by end of 2016: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that New Islamabad Airport would be completed by the end of 2016.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed informed the House while responding to a calling attention notice of Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Asad Umar and others regarding delay in completion of new Islamabad Airport escalating cost from Rs 35 billion to Rs.85 billion causing concern amongst the public.The minister said there was unnecessary delay in ...


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