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Voting begins in Pakistan’s general election

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MNA International Desk: Pakistanis began voting on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with the prospect of neither winning a clear majority amid a looming currency crisis. A decade after Pakistan was last ruled by a military government, the election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month. Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national ...

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Nawaz, daughter Maryam arrested at airport

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MNA International Desk: In a high-stakes gamble to galvanise their beleaguered party ahead of a July 25 election, ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam returned to country, and were consequently arrested on Friday to face lengthy prison sentences. Uniformed men escorted the Sharifs, who were sentenced in absentia on corruption charges last week, from their airplane after it touched down in the central city of Lahore at around 8:45pm (1645 GMT), reported news agency. A spokesman for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party confirmed they were arrested soon afterwards. Local Geo TV said Sharif and his ...

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‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel’


MNA Exclusive Desk: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to a group of lawyers gathered at Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday, ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel, but was made into one.’ Sharif remarked, referring to the tragic consequences that followed the state’s refusal to allow a popularly elected leader to hold the prime minister’s office, reports the Daily Dawn. Claiming that that he had been ‘persecuted’ over the years and ‘pushed towards revolt’, Sharif drew parallels between what he considers to be his own ‘cornering’ by the state and the events that led to the secession of ...

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Political Crisis In Pakistan: A Threat To Democracy


MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan’s democracy may be at danger following the last week’s removal of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Last Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed the PM on a failure to announce income in disclosure papers for 2013’s general election that leaves a huge political vacuum in the country. The judicial body based its decision on Article 62 of the Constitution and Section 99 of the Representation of the People Act — little-used legislation that requires truthfulness and honesty from elected officials. While Friday’s decision was hailed as a rare example of accountability in a graft-stricken nation, the fact ...

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Pakistan orders for reopening border with Afghanistan


MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan on Monday ordered the border with Afghanistan to be reopened immediately, a month after it was closed amid soaring tensions as Islamabad and Kabul accused one another of providing safe haven for militants. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the two main crossings on the long, porous border be reopened as a gesture of goodwill, a statement from his office said. The crossings — Torkham at the famed Khyber Pass, and Chaman in Balochistan province — were closed last month after a wave of militant violence killed 130 people across Pakistan. The closure left hundreds of thousands ...

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