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August 13, 2018 1:03 PM 15 more suspicious accounts uncovered, FIA tells SC

As the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday resumed hearing of a case pertaining to money laundering through fake bank accounts, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told the court that 15 more accounts linked to a suspicious account in Summit Bank had been uncovered during its investigation. Earlier, the FIA in its probe had unearthed an account flagged in a Suspicious 1

August 4, 2018 2:09 AM ‘1.67 million votes rejected countrywide in 2018 polls’: Fafen

ISLAMABAD: The number of votes rejected in the 2018 general elections was 1.67 million, 11.7pc more that the 1.5 million rejected in the 2013 polls, according to a report released by Free and Fair Elections Network (Fafen) on Friday. The report says the increase in the number of rejected votes is observed in all four provinces and the Islamabad Capital 5

July 27, 2018 1:50 AM Imran Khan receives VVIP protocol

ISLAMABAD: Prime minister in-waiting Imran Khan was provided VVIP security protocol, meant for the head of government, on Thursday. Senior police officers said he was given the protocol after the PTI won a majority in the National Assembly in the July 25 elections, as he would likely be the next prime minister. In light of this, security measures were mounted 12

July 23, 2018 12:00 AM Tight security arrangements finalised for polling stations in Pindi

Rawalpindi: The administration on the directive of Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Dr Hassan Askari has finalised tight security arrangements for A, B & C category polling stations (PSs) in Rawalpindi Division as 606 polling stations (PSs) set up for general elections 2018 have been declared highly sensitive and 1,036 sensitive in Rawalpindi Division 5

July 22, 2018 2:56 AM In a first, ECP suspends Returning Officer over ‘partiality’

ISLAMABAD: In the first-ever exercise of its powers against a judicial officer, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has removed a returning officer from Okara from his position on the complaint of being partisan. Informed sources in the commission told Dawn that the complaint was shared with the Okara District Returning Officer, who agreed that the RO concerned 6

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Qatar ploughs ahead with World Cup plans despite crises

DOHA: Last year, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Sharif Al-Emadi said his country was determined to have everything ready for the 2022 World Cup well before fans started landing in the Gulf. “We don’t want to be painting while people arrive in the country,” he said, before going on to reveal Qatar is spending almost $500 million (430 million euros) a week on infrastructure 3

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Need to reform private equity market rules discussed

KARACHI: Industry leaders have advocated the need to reform private equity market regulations in Pakistan and agreed to further liberalise the regulations at a roundtable organised by USAID’s Financial Market Development (FMD) in collaboration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). The roundtable, attended by chief executive 3

July 19, 2018 10:06 PM ECP authorizes power of magistrates to DROs and ROs

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan has authorized the District Retuning Officers and Retuning Officers to exercise powers of Magistrate of the First Class under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989, with effect from July 12, 2018 and until the consolidation and announcement of official results. The aforesaid offices shall exercise the powers 7

July 18, 2018 12:00 AM ACs among 395 officials reshuffled in Punjab

LAHORE: After getting approval from the ECP, the Punjab government has reshuffled 395 officers including assistant commissioners, officers of local government & community development department, tehsildars and naib tehsildars across the province. According to the notification of Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) Tuesday, as many as 44 ACs and Section 3

July 18, 2018 12:00 AM PTI funding case enters final phase at ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 2014 foreign funding case at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has apparently entered the final phase, as the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is in the process of sharing funding details with it, having received from banks across Pakistan. The ECP had written to the SBP on July 03 this year and sought 2