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ECP notifies 39 returned MNAs as PTI lawmakers

Notification came after the decision of Supreme Court

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has notified 39 Member of National Assembly (MNAs) as members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf.

The notification has been issued in the light of previous verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).

The electoral watchdog has formally recognized these law makers, who earlier represented the Sunni Itehad Council (SIC), as the members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI).

After this notification, the strength of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Members of National Assembly (MNAs) are expected around 114 in the National Assembly (NA).

It is worth mentioning here that The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday July 9 reserved the verdict on the Sunni Ittehad Council's (SIC) plea against the Peshawar High Court's (PHC) verdict upholding the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision denying them the reserved seats.

Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, a 13-member full court bench conducted the hearing today with Barrister Salman Akram Raja, representing Kanwal Shauzab, and SIC's Faisal Siddiqui presenting their arguments before the court.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Shahid Waheed, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan are also part of the bench.

The reserved seats issue

In March of last year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided in a 4-1 vote that the SIC was ineligible for reserved seats due to significant legal flaws and failure to comply with mandatory requirements for submitting a party list.

Subsequent to this decision, the commission redistributed these seats among other parliamentary parties. The PML-N and PPP gained significantly, securing 16 and five additional seats respectively, while the JUI-F received four seats. The PTI, however, opposed the verdict, deeming it unconstitutional.

Later in the same month, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) dismissed an appeal from the SIC challenging the ECP's decision and upheld the denial of reserved seats to the party.

In April, the SIC, led by party chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza, filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the PHC's judgment.

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Gold price falls by Rs2,300 per tola

The price of 10 grams of 24 karat gold also decreased by Rs. 1,972

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Islamabad: The price of per tola of 24 karat gold decreased by Rs2,300 and was sold at Rs250,500 on Thursday against its sale at Rs252,800 on last trading day.

The price of 10 grams of 24 karat gold also decreased by Rs. 1,972 to Rs. 214,763 from Rs216,735 whereas that of 10 gram 22 karat gold down up to Rs. 196,866 from Rs. 198,674, the All Sindh Sarafa Jewellers Association reported.

The price of per tola silver deceased by Rs60 to Rs2,860 whereas that of ten gram silver went down by Rs51.44 to Rs2,451.98.
The price of gold in the international market decreased by $43 to $2,370 from $2,413, the Association reported.

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Accurate data helps in provision of relief to public, says CM Punjab

Maryam Nawaz says she opened helpline for all the projects and schemes

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Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that correct data was crucial for the future and people will be provided relief at their doorsteps.

Addressing the inaugural session of Social Economic Registry, CM Maryam said that she applauded the efforts of Marriyum Aurangzeb and the planning ministry.

She said that when she took oath in the month of Ramazan, she announced a package and provided it to the people at their doorsteps.

“We started receiving complaints due to a lack of adequate data. We prepared Ramazan Package according to the numbers we had. We had many addresses devoid of complete information.

“The phone numbers were obsolete and wrong. There is 130 million population of Punjab and I don’t know what number comes into the category of Social Economic Registry.”

Maryam Nawaz was of the view that the BISP also needed to be updated. Ramazan packages were made on the basis of data of BISP and NADRA. She realised then that the government made decisions without information and data.

She said they did not have adequate data of farmers who got registered 12 acres of their lands in order to evade taxes.

The chief minister said she was not well aware of the data regarding homeless, those living on rents, and those on wheelchairs. She said she had opened helpline for all the projects and schemes. “Those who are not registered in schemes can register themselves by contacting helplines,” she said.

She said more than 5,000 registration centres had been established. “There is a well trained staff in the centre. Data collection is not an easy task. Many people cannot pay their electricity bills. We are introducing 4.5 million solar panels. Data is being received,” she said.

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