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Security plan chalked out for sensitive polling stations

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Security plan chalked out for sensitive polling stations

ISLAMABAD: A special security plan has been chalked out to ensure foolproof security for sensitive polling station on polling day of by-elections being held on October 14 in 36 constituencies.
According to an official of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the security plan will be implemented in coordination with the provincial governments and departments concerned.
He said the commission has planned special security measures for highly sensitive polling stations to ensure the security of voters for having a better turnout.
He said the ECP has completed all necessary arrangements for holding of by-elections for 11 National Assembly seats and 25 seats from provincial assemblies included 12 seats for Punjab Assembly, nine for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two each for Sindh and Balochistan. 
He said the ballot papers for all constituencies in both the National and Provincial assemblies have been printed. 
He said foolproof security arrangements have been planned with the deployment of security personnel at polling stations to ensure smooth polling process. 
The official said as many as 122 candidates have been contesting the by-election in 11 constituencies of National Assembly.
He said 28 candidates have been contesting election from NA-131 Lahore-IX, 10 candidates from NA-124 Lahore-II, 12 candidates from NA-103 Faisalabad-III, eight candidates from NA-35 Bannu, 22 candidates from NA-243 Karachi East-II, 11 candidates from NA-69 Gujrat-II, three candidates from NA-65 Chakwal-II, five candidates from NA-63 Rawalpindi-VII, nine candidates from NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV, three candidates from NA-56 Attock-II and 11 candidates from NA-53 Islamabad-II.
He said the commission has already issued amended voters’ lists to the districts concerned as the polling will be held on new electoral rolls.
He said total registered voters in the country have reached the figure of 106,000,239 with 59,243,889 male (55.89 percent) and 46,756,350 female (44.11 percent) voters.
He said out of total registered voters, 60,697,418 were from Punjab, 22,394,212 voters from Sindh, 17,839,845 voters from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (including FATA), 4,302,304 voters from Balochistan and 766,460 voters from federal capital.
In Punjab, the male voters were 33,690,140 while female voters were 27,007,278. In Sindh the male voters were 12,438,375 while female voters were 9,955,837, he added.
Similarly, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the male voters were 10,220,103 while the female voters were 7,619,742.
In Balochistan, the male voters were 2,487,470 while the female voters were 1,814,834 while in the federal capital the male voters 407,801 and the female voters were 358,659.

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High Comm. starts Online Appointment System for Attestation

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LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London has decided to launch Online Appointment System from December 17 for the smooth functioning of the attestation process of the general public.
According to a statement of the High Commission issued here Friday, this step has been taken to facilitate the Pakistani community.
The PHC statement said that It has been observed that there is a long queue for Attestation at the Pakistan High Commission London every day.
” Resultantly, this makes hard for staff members to facilitate the public in scheduled time and  proper manner.”, it added. Initially, the High Commission will accommodate applicants without any prior appointment till December 31 but priority will be given to those applicants who have booked their appointments online.
After the deadline, no applicant will be served without an online appointment at the High Commission. Appointments can be booked on the below-mentioned website:
www.phclondon.org
“Our Diaspora in London is requested to please cooperate in this regard with High Commission enabling us to provide better Attestation Service”, PHC statement concluded.

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Fed. Govt. restores licenses issued for prohibited bore weapons

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has restored all licenses issued earlier for automatic weapons within the prohibited bore.

According to the Ministry of Interior notification: “Federal Government is pleased to notify that all arms licenses of automatic weapons within Prohibited Bore suspended vide the aforementioned notification are now treated to be valid…The ban imposed on the issuance of Non-Prohibited Bore Arms license is lifted with immediate effect”.

The ban on the issuance of arms licenses for Prohibited Bore category [to the extent of General Officers or equivalent, officers or other ranks of the Military in accordance with Army Regulations (Instructions) 2000] has also been lifted. It is pertinent to mention here that these licenses were suspended last year on 26th of December.

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Terrosism: 6 security personnel lost lives in Turbat

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QUETTA: An intelligence-based operation was conducted on a terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda, Turbat, Balochistan on Friday.
Terrorists targeted one of the vehicles of security forces through the improvised explosive device (IED) and as a result, six security personnel embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). In exchange of fire four terrorists were killed.

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