Whether the PTI can replicate its popularity at the local level will ultimately define whether its vote bank in Karachi is genuine or manufactured.
[ August 22 PPP in Assembly: Biliwal living under the shadow of his crafty father, Asif Zardari ]
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who has been elected from from NA-200 in Larkana, also made the list of NA rupee billionaires with assets and cash worth Rs1.54bn [$12,468,339.46].
There was more zing in the ranks of the PPP and with good reason. The party has returned to the Assembly with a larger number of seats. [ PPP now has a total of 53 seats after being allotted two seats reserved for minorities and nine reserved for women. ] More exciting was Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari making his debut in parliament. The scion of Pakistan’s once most powerful political dynasty made his mark in the election campaign trying to lift the party from the abyss.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari may not have the charisma and political acumen of his illustrious mother and grandfather yet, but he has shown a degree of maturity missing in many of our leaders. But living under the shadow of his crafty father, Asif Zardari, it may not be that easy for him to take full charge. The former president is back in the National Assembly after decades and will certainly be in the driving seat when it comes to the PPP’s policy matters.
[August 8 Asifa Bhutto did not contest in the 2018 election ]
Daughter of former Prime Minister (PM) Benazir Bhutto, Asifa Bhutto, did not get ticket from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to contest in the 2018 elections.
According to the sources, Asifa Bhutto would have been a candidate if PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto had emerged victorious in more than one seat.
It is to be mentioned here that Asifa had obtained nomination papers from NA-202.
[ Bilawal Bhutto Zardari managed to win Larkana 1 ]
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari managed to win from the PPP’s fort of Larkana, but lost to the PTI in Malakand.
He contested the elections from three constituencies: NA-246 Karachi South 1, NA-8 Malakand and NA-200 Larkana 1.
KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) workers staged a protest at the Press Club here Thursday night, July 26, after their chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was toppled in NA-246 (Karachi South-1 constituency) according to unofficial and unconfirmed results.
[ December 17 2017 Quetta violence threatens CPEC ]
QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on December 17, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56. Violence in Baluchistan has fueled concern about security for projects in the $57 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan’s southern deep-water port of Gwadar. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—will connect China’s western province of Xinjiang to the Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coastline in Balochistan province.
Pakistani Christians, who number around 2 million in a nation of more than 200 million people, have been the target of a series of attacks in recent years.
[May 10 2016
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 10, 2016
Unknown gunmen kidnapped Ali Haider Gilani, son of ex-prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, from a 2013 election rally belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in his native southern city of Multann .Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmaar announced, “He has been recovered today in a joint operation carried out by the Afghan and U.S. security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan.” Yusuf Raza Gilani was prime minister of Pakistan from March, 2008 until his retroactive disqualification and ouster by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 26 April 2012.
[MAY 6, 2016] Yousaf Raza Gilani and has been put on on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the request of National Accountability Bureau (NAB0 in a case pertaining to the appointment of the head of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)
[August 10 2015 Pakistan has played a double game and seeks to keep Afghanistan unstable and vulnerable?]
The present wave of violence in Kabul appears triggered by a power struggle within the Taliban between factions that favor negotiating with the Afghan government and those who want to continue fighting. Referring to an Afghan delegation scheduled to visit Pakistan shortly to discuss the suspended talks, Ghani said: “The reason we want to talk to Pakistan is that they have given sanctuary to [the insurgents]. This is why we are compelled to engage in talks. If Pakistan cannot bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, at least they can shut down their centers and not take their wounded to hospitals.” Many Afghans are convinced that Pakistan has played a double game and seeks to keep Afghanistan unstable and vulnerable.
April 2 non-bailable arrest warrant for former president and APML chief General (r) Pervez Musharraf]
An Islamabad district and sessions court judge rejected Musharraf’s pleas for exemption from appearance and issued the non-bailable arrest warrant against the former president. The court adjourned the hearing till 27 April. 71-year-old Musharraf is living with his daughter in Karachi where he underwent a medical check-up on Aprill 1. The case was registered against Musharraf for the murder of the cleric and his mother during the Red Mosque operation of 2007. Ghazi was killed when army commandos stormed the mosque in the capital on Musharraf’s orders.=copy
[January 18 crack-down against militants has increased]
QUETTA: Security forces arrested four suspected militants from Killa Abdullah district of Balochistan on Sunday. According to reports, security forces conducted a raid in Jangle Pir Alizai area of Killah district. Reports said two suspected militants identified as Maulavi Shah Wali and Hafiz Niamatullah were picked up by forces during the raid. The suspects were later shifted for interrogation by security forces. In another raid, security forces arrested two suspected militants from Killi Tekhdar area of Chaman, Pakistan’s bordering town with Afghanistan. Forces also recovered weapons from their possession. In Quetta, police detained 31 suspects during various raids. Police said hate materials and CDs were recovered from the suspects possession.
[September 06 2013 Drone kills Mullah Sangeen Zadran]
Sangeen Zadran, named on US and UN blacklists, was among five killed when missiles were fired at a house in North Waziristan. The issue is hugely controversial in Pakistan, where parts of the government and military have often been accused of criticising the use of drones in public, but co-operating in private.
The budget documents don’t disclose CIA payments to its Pakistani counterpart, the Inter-
Services Intelligence directorate, or ISI, which former officials said has totaled tens of millions of dollars. The documents do show that the CIA has developed sophisticated means of assessing the loyalties of informants who have helped the agency find al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan’s tribal region.
Those measures, which The Post has agreed not to disclose, have allowed the CIA to “gain confidence in each asset’s authenticity, reliability and freedom from hostile control.”
[22 January, 2012]
Addressing an audience of 168 retired army officers through video-link at a local hotel under the banner of ‘Pakistan First’ on January 21, Former president and APML chief General (r) Pervez Musharraf has called for holding of transparent general elections under the army’s supervision, formation of a caretaker government three months before the polls and permission to him for taking part in the elections.
[January 17]“I don’t think army intends to take over. The environment is not at all conducive for the army to take over. I think the army understands that,” he said.
Gen Musharraf added; “I am reasonably sure that army coup will not take place but my support always remains with the army.
I’ve been an army man and I can never imagine to be against the army…I am with the army, I will stand by the army.” [January 15]
[January 11] Retired general Naeem Khalid Lodhi, has been removed from his post for gross misconduct.
Gen Lodhi recently wrote to the Supreme Court saying the government had administrative, but not operational, control of the army. State media said he lost his job “for creating misunderstanding between state institutions”. The army warned of “serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences” after the PM criticised military leaders
Mr Zardari’s government is also on a collision course with the judiciary, which wants to reopen old corruption cases in which the president argues he is innocent.
[January 8]Addressing a rally in Karachi, the country’s biggest city, from Dubai via a live video link to supporters, Musharraf said he will return to the city betwen Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 and stand for the elections from the city of Chitral in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The ex-army chief said court cases linking him to two political assassinations are “baseless” and he will fight them in the courts.
[January 7]The Chief of Pakistani Army Staff in October 1998. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be arrested in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 if he returns to Pakistani.
There is no need for any “fresh arrest warrants” for him as a court has already issued orders for his arrest, prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told reporters.
Hours earlier, Musharraf told a Pakistani news channel that he would come back later this month to contest the next parliamentary elections, which could be held later this year.
Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai since 2008 when the government, led by Bhutto’s party, forced him to resign.
Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack near the capital, Islamabad, after returning home to contest elections. Musharraf, at the time, had blamed the Pakistani Taliban for her murder, but the prosecution alleges he was part of the plot.
Musharraf now heads his own faction of the All Pakistan Muslim League, a small political party that does not have any major base in the country. Army
high command is totally loyal to Musharraf. The young commanders are all
handpicked by him.