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    What a joke. The opposition cannot even unite on a single candidate. However this only helps PTI's Arif Alvi’s cause (a dentist by profession) who I believe already has the numbers to become the president.

    Aitzaz may be a cunning and shrewd individual but he is at least educated. A lawyer by profession and educated at Aitchison College, Government College Lahore and Cambridge University. He also topped the CSS examination but did not join the bureaucracy. He has been both an MNA and a Senator in the past. Aitzaz has the strongest cv among all the presidential candidates

    Fazl ur Rehman has been rejected by the people. This bigoted mullah whose forefathers opposed Jinnah and the creation of Pakistan will be bad for the image of our country. Thankfully numbers game is not in his favour

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    typo. can someone kindly correct spelling of 'September' in thread title

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    Usman Bara exposing Fazl ur Rehman

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwkFUQWMVlw

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    So pmln has nominated fazlur rehman for president of Pakistan who decided to boycott the celebration of independence day.

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    PPP under fire as opposition alliance unravels

    ISLAMABAD: The grand opposition alliance formed after the July 25 general elections crumbled within a month as its component parties failed to reach a consensus on a joint nominee for presidential election and fielded two candidates Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, making the Sept 4 election a one-sided affair.

    The JUI-F chief, who had been playing the role of a mediator between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP, has the backing of all component parties of now defunct Pakistan Alliance for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFE), whereas the PPP is now facing isolation.

    Besides the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and the PML-N, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who had faced defeat in two constituencies in the last month general election, is also being supported by the Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party.

    PML-N’s Amir Muqam also submitted his nomination papers as a covering candidate for the JUI-F chief.

    The candidate of the ruling alliance, headed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Dr Arif Alvi, also submitted his nomination papers on Monday, which was the last day for submission of the documents, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

    Talking to reporters after submitting his papers, the JUI chief expressed the hope that he would finally emerge as the single candidate of the opposition parties as there were still days to go before the presidential election.

    “If I can be a mediator, then why not the candidate,” the JUI-F chief remarked with a meaningful smile. He also told the reporters that despite his efforts, both the PPP and the PML-N refused to budge from their stated positions over Mr Ahsan’s nomination.

    Later in the evening, the JUI-F called on former president Asif Zardari and sought his cooperation. Sources in the PPP told Dawn that Mr Zardari had informed the Maulana that the party had already convened a meeting on Tuesday (today) in which he would put up the Maulana’s proposal before the party leaders.

    The PPP claimed the media leaked a decision of the party’s internal meeting to propose Mr Ahsan as the presidential candidate even before they could consult other opposition parties, causing mistrust among them.

    Speaking at a news conference, PPP leaders Qamar Zaman Kaira and Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed said the media “wrongly” reported that the PPP had “nominated” Mr Ahsan as candidate. “It was not the case,” Mr Kaira said.

    He said none of the opposition parties had raised any objection over Mr Ahsan’s candidature, but they justifiably objected to the “unilateral decision”. He said a party delegation comprising Khursheed Shah and Raza Rabbani visited the Sharifs residence in Lahore to explain the situation and then tried to make their position clear during the multiparty conference in Murree.

    Mr Kaira said the statement of PML-N Senator Pervez Rashid asking Mr Ahsan to apologise to Nawaz Sharif over his remarks about Mr Sharif and his wife Kulsoom Nawaz further aggravated the situation. He said that if such a statement had not been given, they might have managed to find a middle way. However, he reminded the PML-N that it had committed great excesses against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in the past.

    About the move of other opposition parties to field Maulana Fazlur Rehman as their presidential candidate, Mr Kaira said: “We have made him a mediator and he became a candidate.”

    Chaudhry Manzoor dispelled the impression that the opposition parties had formed any formal alliance.

    “It was not an alliance like ARD (Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy) or the PNA (Pakistan National Alliance). Had there been such an alliance, there should have been a president and a general secretary. This was an arrangement and not an alliance,” the PPP leader explained.

    Mr Kaira also said: “It will be a wrong impression that we had formed an alliance and we have now broken it.”

    The PPP leaders also criticised the PML-N over its allegation that the PPP was doing all this because of some “compulsions” or under pressure due to the ongoing investigations against Mr Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

    “Don’t tell us about our compulsions. We know about everyone’s compulsions,” Mr Manzoor said, adding that Mr Zardari and his sister had appeared before the FIA in the case that had been prepared in 2014-15 when the PML-N at the helm of affairs.

    After submitting his nomination papers, Aitzaz Ahsan told the media that he had been nominated by the PPP and he would have no objection even if the party later decided to withdraw his candidature.

    Commenting on PML-N Senator Pervez Rashid’s statement, Mr Ahsan said he was not expecting such a statement from “a progressive and respectable intellectual”. He said the PML-N leaders claimed that the demand put forward by Mr Rashid to seek an apology from Mr Sharif was an individual’s act and not the party position. He said the PML-N told other opposition parties that it was ready “to deny the statement publicly”.

    Mr Ahsan acknowledged that the ruling PTI would benefit from the split within the opposition. He added that he would ask the PML-N to review its decision and decide “if the PTI candidate suits them or Aitzaz”.

    PML-N’s acting secretary general Ahsan Iqbal said it had been decided at the Murree meeting that a consensus candidate would be nominated for the presidential polls. He said all the parties had repeatedly requested the PPP to propose a panel of three names, one of whom would be nominated by the alliance through consensus, but the PPP leadership refused to nominate anyone other than Mr Ahsan. He said they had no personal grudge against Mr Ahsan but his controversial statement in which he had “politicized” Kulsoom Nawaz’s illness had hurt the feelings of PML-N workers.

    Mr Iqbal expressed the hope that instead of providing a walkover to the PTI, the PPP would review its decision and support the Maulana for the sake of opposition’s unity and democracy.

    Speaking on this occasion, PML-N chairman Raja Zafarul Haq declared that the opposition parties would continue their efforts to field a joint candidate and the party leaders had a plan to meet Mr Zardari also.

    The PML-N leader said they would again appeal to the PPP to review its decision and support the JUI-F chief for the sake of opposition unity.

    After submitting his nomination papers, PTI MNA Dr Arif Alvi expressed the hope that he would win the presidential election with a “clear majority”.

    According to the ECP, the presidential election will be held on Sept 4 — five days before the expiry of the five-year term of President Mamnoon Hussain.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1429379/pp...iance-unravels

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    ISLAMABAD : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday accepted the nomination papers of three presidential candidates as the opposition remains divided and has failed on fielding a join nominee for the coveted post.

    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Arif Alvi and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had earlier submitted their papers for the upcoming presidential elections on September 4.



    The papers were scrutinised by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan after the candidates appeared before the electoral body.

    “Today my nomination papers have been accepted by the RO for the upcoming presidential elections,” said Ahsan while speaking to the media in Islamabad.

    Terming the elections as a “vote of conscience”, the senior PPP leader said some PTI and JUI members may support him on September 4. “This is a secret vote, not a party vote.”

    Referring to the earlier stalemate in deciding a joint candidate, Ahsan lamented that the opposition will be at an disadvantage.

    While commenting on Pervez Rasheed’s statement, Ahsan said: “I respect Pervez Rasheed, but I was surprised by his statement. There could have been some flexibility shown on our part, but it was impossible after Rasheed’s statement.”

    He also expressed hope that lawmakers will choose the “right” candidate to represent the nation and rejected claims of horse-trading.

    PPP has struck a deal with PTI to get its candidate elected as president: Nehal

    Addressing the media after his nomination papers were accepted, PTI’s Alvi confidently claimed of emerging victorious “by a large margin”.

    Referring to estranged PTI leader Amir Liaquat, the senior party leader said Liaquat will talk to Prime Minister Imran Khan if he has grievances regarding the ceremony at the Governor House.



    The presidential elections are scheduled for September 4. However, the new president will assume charge on September 8 after the incumbent head of state’s farewell.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1790318...-accepted-ecp/


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    Presidential election will be held today, polling to start at 10am

    The presidential election will be held today to elect the 13th president of Pakistan, for next five years. Polling will begin at 10am and will continue till 4pm, Radio Pakistan reported.

    All opposition parties, excluding the Pakistan Peoples Party, have nominated Maulana Fazl as their consensus candidate for the election of president. The PPP has fielded Senator Aitzaz Ahsan as its candidate.

    However, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is confident that its candidate Dr Arif Alvi will win the presidential election comfortably.

    Briefing media persons in Islamabad on Monday, Additional Director General ECP Nadeem Qasim said Chief Election Commissioner will submit the results to the federal government on Wednesday.

    He said that according to the law, the federal government will announce the final results.

    Nadeem said only state-run TV will be allowed to record the process and it will share the content with other media channels.

    A joint session of the parliament will be held in which members of National Assembly and Senate will exercise their right to vote. Voting will be held through a secret ballot.

    Similarly, provincial assemblies will hold separate sessions for the election.

    The PML-N on Monday repeatedly made appeals to the PPP leadership to withdraw its presidential candidate Aitzaz Ahsan in favour of the ‘joint’ opposition nominee Fazlur Rehman.

    Rehman delivered a media talk and made last-ditch efforts to convince PPP supremo Asif Ali Zardari to back him in the presidential election.

    "For my withdrawal, I will have to take into confidence five parties," said the JUI chief had, whose party is one-fifth of the Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA) — a religiopolitical alliance. "For PPP it is easier to withdraw its candidate," he added in response to PPP leader Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira's call for Rehman to withdraw his candidacy earlier on Sunday.

    However, PPP-Parliamentarians Secretary General Farhat Ullah Babar on Monday said that his party would never withdraw the name of Aitzaz Ahsan for contesting the presidential election. The PPP leader urged PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif to withdraw the name of their candidate from the race.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1430740/pr...-start-at-10am


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    Polling begins in legislatures to elect 13th president of Pakistan

    A joint sitting of the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies — together known as the electoral college of Pakistan — will elect the country's new president via a secret ballot today.

    Polling has started at Punjab Assembly while voting is expected to commence at the National Assembly, Senate and other other provincial assemblies shortly.

    In the running for the post are Dr Arif Alvi of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI); PML-N backed chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Fazlur Rehman; and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan.

    With the Constitution requiring the presidential election to be held at least a month prior to the outgoing president's final day in the office, the exercise taking place today should have been held by August 9, as incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain's term will expire on September 9.

    However, since the electoral college was not complete by the Constitutionally set deadline, the presidential election was subjected to delay.

    The presidential election will be held simultaneously at the Parliament House, Islamabad and the four provincial assemblies between 10am to 4pm. The NA and Senate members will vote at the Parliament House, whereas the MPAs will do the same in their respective provincial assemblies.

    The exercise today will mark the end of a lengthy poll season that began with the July 25 general elections and was followed by various speaker, deputy speaker, prime and chief ministerial ballots.

    Tussle over opposition candidate

    After the Election Commission of Pakistan set September 4 as the day of the 2018 presidential elections, four candidates were nominated and had subsequently filed their papers.

    While the PTI and its allies have seen their candidates stave off any upsets in all the post-general election polls this summer, its presidential candidate, the PM-nominated Dr Arif Alvi, could have had a tougher task since the PTI does not have a majority in the Senate, whose members are also going to vote today.

    Moreover, the presidential election is held via a secret ballot, which keeps the door open for horse-trading.

    However, Dr Alvi's presidency bid was given a huge boost due to disagreements within the opposition camp.

    The PPP claims it's "suggestion" to nominate Aitzaz Ahsan as the opposition's candidate was misconstrued as a finalised nomination, which did not sit well with the PML-N as Ahsan had been a front line critic of the its leadership in the past.

    The episode reopened old wounds, and despite efforts to reconcile, a middle ground was not to be reached. PPP o-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari did not budge and stuck with his nomination of Ahsan. Meanwhile, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who had been given the task to mediate between the two parties, ended up garnering the joint opposition's support for himself; he was nominated by PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif.

    A fourth candidate, PML-N's Ameer Muqam had also filed his nominated papers but withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour, possibly in Rehman's favour.

    How is the President of Pakistan elected
    As mentioned above, the electoral college of Pakistan comprises six leading elected bodies of Pakistan: the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies.

    Of the sextet, the Senate and the NA's members are given one votes each. However, the four provincial assemblies are assigned an equal weight with the smallest of them all — the Balochistan Assembly — serving as the base.

    The Balochistan Assembly has 65 members while the strength of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly is almost double this number, i.e. 124; so the vote of a member of the KP assembly has half the value of the vote of a member of the Balochistan Assembly.

    According to the rules, the votes polled by a candidate in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies are multiplied by 65 and divided by the total strength of that house, i.e. 124, 168 and 371, respectively. The values obtained are then rounded off.


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