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NA-240 Karachi by-poll: Brawl erupts amidst theft of ballot book 

Security forces detained many workers, however, the polling continued with a low turnout.

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NA-240 Karachi by-poll: Brawl erupts amidst theft of ballot book 
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Karachi: A horrific brawl has been erupted between the workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) during the by-election in NA 240 Korangi-2 Karachi amid the theft of ballot book, GNN reported Thursday.  

According to details, a heated argument triggered the scuffle which lead to severe physical assault among workers of both political parties at UC 23 Landhi constituency outside Govt boys primary school Ansari Muhalla.

This comes after, reportedly, an unknown man stole the ballot book from one of the polling stations—Jinnah School Karachi—which was later discovered. 

Security forces detained many workers, however, the polling continued with a low turnout.

Polling for the by-election started at 8am and will continue till 5pm without any break. 

According to details, the seat had fell vacant due to death of Iqbal Muhammad Ali of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan.

Three hundred and nine polling stations have been constituted in the constituency, of which 203 polling stations have been declared very sensitive and 106 sensitive.

There are total 529,855 registered voters in the constituency among which 235,470 are females and 294,385 are males. 

The voters will use their right to franchise to elect the candidate of their choice. 

The by-elections will be monitored by cameras at polling stations. 

The arrangements have also been made for timely delivery of election material to the polling stations and transportation of the relevant staffers to be on duty on the day.

Total 25 Candidates belonging to MQM Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Muhajr Quomi Movement, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and eighteen independents are taking part in by-elections.  

In the meantime, strict security measures have been taken to maintain law and order in the constituency. 

The Rangers deployment order was issued on the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure peace at all polling stations.

 

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Polling for first phase of LG polls in 14 districts of Sindh underway

The polling begins at 8:00 am and will continue till 5:00 p.m. without any break.

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Hyderabad: Polling for the first phase of Local Government elections in fourteen districts of Sindh is underway.

According to details, the local government elections are being held in Umarkot, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Naushehro Feroze, Larkana, Kanbar- ShahdadKot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kahmor, Sukkur, Ghoki and, Khairpur.

The polling will continue till five in the evening without any break.

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PM resolves to equip youth with latest education, skills

Pakistan would host 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Islamabad in January next year.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Saturday expressed the resolve to take all such measures that could help in increasing the digital transformation and promote literacy and skills of the Pakistani youth in all forms of education and learning.

In a virtual address at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held in Kigali, Rwanda, the prime minister said that about more than sixty percent of the total population of the Commonwealth countries comprised of the youth who held the future of their countries in their hands.

“Further with increased role of technology and use of digital medium, we have come to realize that digital transformation is a key to achieve innovative, inclusive and sustainable growth,” he added.

About the CHOGM, the prime minister said that it gave him immense pleasure that they had gathered to think about their nations.

He appreciated the impacts of such a multilateral forum which could create on their shared goals, values, and principles as per Commonwealth charter.

He also reiterated that Pakistan was ready to contribute to the collective endeavours for the development of Commonwealth youth.

The prime minister also announced that Pakistan would host 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Islamabad in January next year and invited the Commonwealth youth ministers to visit Pakistan and explore the beauty and diversity of the beautiful country.

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Polling underway for Swat PK-7 byelection

Four major candidates compete for the KP assembly seat

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Polling underway for Swat PK-7 byelection

Swat: The polling process is underway for the byelection in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa constituency of PK-7 in Swat.

The seat, which fell vacant after the demise of ANP MPA Waqar Khan, is being contested by four major candidates: Hussain Ahmed from ANP, Fazal Mullah from PTI, and two independent candidates.

A total of 183,308 registered voters in the constituency are expected to exercise their electoral rights, including 102,088 male and 91,220 female voters.

The ECP completed its arrangements Saturday evening, setting up 124 polling stations with 308 booths.

The polling started without any delays Sunday morning and will continue until 5 pm.

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