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PTI prepares to file reference against CEC, ECP members

The reference targeting Sikandar Sultan Raja and the election commission members will be filed in the judicial commission

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Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday assigned Barrister Ali Zafar the task of drafting a reference against the chief election commissioner and all members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The reference targeting Sikandar Sultan Raja and the election commission members would be filed in the judicial commission.

PTI accused the chief election commissioner of undermining its mandate during the general elections held on February 8.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has faced intense criticism following a Supreme Court verdict on reserved seats.

Previously, a complaint was lodged against the chief election commissioner with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).

This complaint against Sikandar Sultan Raja alleges failure to fulfill constitutional duties, usurping PTI's mandate, and non-compliance with court rulings.

The complaint also references a news conference by former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaquat Chattha, who accused the chief election commissioner of overseeing electoral rigging in the Rawalpindi district by reallocating 70,000 votes from PTI candidates to those of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Besides it, the complaint states that the chief election commissioner deprived PTI of its iconic bat symbol, impacting over 120 million voters.

PTI repeatedly called for the resignation of the chief election commissioner and the election commission members.

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Rs105b recovered in campaign against power pilferage

This is a result of actions taken by the government and the military leadership to revive the country's economy and bring the people out of the power crisis

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Islamabad: In a countrywide campaign against power pilferage, 105 billion rupees have been recovered.

This is a result of actions taken by the government and the military leadership to revive the country's economy and bring the people out of the power crisis.          

From 30th of last month till 17th of this, the concerned authorities collected more than 1 billion 63 crore rupees from electricity thieves in Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan and Islamabad.       

43 crore rupees have been recovered from Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Quetta during this period.

More than 83 thousand individuals involved in power theft have been arrested.

The relevant institutions are determined to continue their operations until the complete elimination of electricity thieves from across the country.

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‘Efforts afoot to set up mountaineering school in Skardu’

Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Romina Khurshid Alam says school will have structured training and educational facilities including mountaineering, Sherpa training and sustainable tourism practices to promote environmental-friendly mountaineering, climbing and mountain tourism

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Islamabad: Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Romina Khurshid Alam said that the efforts are being made to set up a mountaineering school in Skardu.

She was chairing a second review meeting in Islamabad regarding Prime Minister’s Committee to Establish Mountaineering School in Gilgit-Baltistan.

She said the school will have structured training and educational facilities including mountaineering, Sherpa training and sustainable tourism practices to promote environmental-friendly mountaineering, climbing and mountain tourism.

Prime Minister's climate aid said establishing such facilities would help equip aspirant mountaineers and mountain climbers with the knowledge, while respecting the local environment, values and cultures.  

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