Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Much demand from overseas Pakistanis to have right of vote has been declared not possible by the Election Commission thus depriving of millions of these Pakistanis from exercising their right to vote.
Election Commission (EC) has declared electronic voting impossible in general elections 2018. A three member bench of Supreme Court(SC) presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took up for hearing the case pertaining to right of vote to overseas Pakistanis on Thursday.
At the inception of hearing, Faisal Chaudhary lawyer of Imran Khan told the court that the report of security check of electronic vote system has been received but Voting is impossible even after our many efforts. A separate voting list of overseas Pakistanis will have to be prepared.
CJP remarked that experiment of E-voting can be carried out in by polls. It is feared that any harm is not caused in general election. Secretary EC took the stance in the court that voting by overseas Pakistanis is not possible because more working is needed on online system. Upon it court adjourned the hearing right after the general elections and said that online voting could be reviewed in by elections.
Punjab caretaker CM
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has unanimously nominated Professor Hassan Askari as care taker Chief Minister of Punjab. On Thursday in the federal capital Islamabad Additional Secretary Akhtar Nazir of Election Commission while talking to media said that ECP has unanimously decided that Hassan Askari should be nominated care taker Chief Minister of Punjab.
Professor Hassan Askari’s name stands in the list of renowned educational personalities of Pakistan and he is linked with the national and international educational institutions. In addition to this Hassan Askari is also known as a renowned commentator on vital issuesin various newspapers, magazines, TV channels. In reference to care taker Chief Minister of Balochistan, Additional Secretary said that soon a decision will be arrived at on the care taker Chief Minister of Balochistan.
It is recalled that on the care taker Chief Minister of Punjab provincial government and opposition have constituted a parliamentary committee. However no consensus was reached on the names and the matter has been referred to the ECP. Earlier, during the meeting of the parliamentary committee PML(N) had proposed the names of Admiral (Rtd.) Mohammad Zakaullah and Justice (Rtd) Sair Ali whereas PTI has nominated the names of Professor HassanAskari and Ayaz Amir.
However during the meeting PTI leader Mian Mahmood Al Rashid had claimed that PML(N) had raised objection on the name of Ayaz Amir whereas PTI had expressed its reservations on the name of Admiral (Rtd) Mohammad Zakaullah.
Following thisthe matter has been sent to ECP. Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal on Wednesday referred four namesto the ECP that included those of Prof Hassan Askari Rizvi and Ayaz Ameer (from opposition’s side) and Admiral (retd) Muhammad Zakaullah and Justice (retd) Muhammad Sahir Ali proposed by the chief minister.
Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and former law minister Punjab, said on Thursday that PML-N has reservations over the appointment of Dr Hasan Askari as caretaker Chief Minister Punjab. He remarked, “We have reservations with Dr Askari as he is very vocal against PML-N.”
He further said, “Dr Askari has always targeted our party.” Sana expressed reservations saying, “He does not believe in democracy and cannot be expected to ensure work is done on merit and without bias.” He added, “We have issued a written statement over reservations on Dr Askari’s appointment and we can challenge it.”
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) nominated Professor Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi as caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab on Thursday. Earlier today, the matter was forwarded to the Election Commission when both the former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and opposition leader failed to reach a consensus on the name of caretaker chief minister for the province.
Later on, a parliamentary committee was formed to nominate a name for caretaker CM but the committee meeting ended with a deadlock after the representatives of government and opposition failed to propose a name for the interim setup.
According to ECP, the government had suggested Justice (retd) Sair Ali and Admiral (retd) M Zakaullah’s names for the post, while the opposition had suggested names of Ayaz Amir and Dr Hasan Askari . The name of Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi was proposed by the opposition after their withdrawal of the name of Nasir Mahmood Khosa. The former opposition leader Mahmood-ur-Rasheed said that defence and political analyst Dr Hassan Askari is “neutral and intelligent.
He not only criticises PML-N’s policies but PTI’s as well.” Dr Hassan Askari is a Pakistani academician, a political scientist and military analyst. He is known for his work in comparative politics, nuclear weapons and the country’s domestic policy. Dr Askari is currently serving as professor emeritus of political science at his alma mater, University of the Punjab. He also served as a visiting professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999.
During 1988 to 1991, Dr Askari served as the Allama Iqbal Professor at Heidelberg University of Germany. In 2010, the professor was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz. He has also published a number of books, including ‘Military, State and Society in Pakistan’ and ‘Pakistan and the geo-strategic Environment’ among others.
Balochistan caretaker CM
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) named Allauddin Marri as caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan on Thursday. Marri hails from Mastung district of Balochistan.
His name was recommended by the former provincial government along with the name of Sardar Shaukat Popalzai for the interim setup.
The names of Mohammad Aslam Bhutani and Ashraf Jahangir Qazi were proposed by former opposition of Balochistan province. The matter of nominating a caretaker Chief Minister for Balochistan was forwarded to the ECP after parliamentary committee failed to reach a consensus on the name of caretaker chief minister.
Caretaker Sindh CM
Former chief secretary Sindh Fazlur Rehman on Saturday took oath as caretaker chief minister of the province. Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair administered the oath to the interim chief minister at a ceremony attended by bureaucrats, politicians, Chief Secretary, Police IG, Director General of Sindh Rangers and members of business community.
Former Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah was also present at the ceremony which took place at the Governor’s House. Fazlur Rehman also served as Auditor General.
KP caretaker CM
Former Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Justice (Retd) Dost Mohammad Khan was sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
The ECP had named Khan as caretaker KP chief minister on Tuesday. The decision was made in a consultative meeting of a five member commission.
The matter was earlier forwarded to the electoral body after the parliamentary committee constituted to nominate the caretaker chief minister was unable to finalise a candidate for the post. Former KP chief minister Pervez Khattak had recommended bureaucrats Himayatullah Khan and Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, while the then opposition leader in KP Assembly Maulana Lutfur Rehman had proposed the names of businessman Manzoor Khan Afridi and Justice Dost Mohammad Khan for the post. Khan will serve as the interim chief minister till the new government takes charge following the general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.