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.
COAS Bajwa arrives in London on official trip
LONDON: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in London today on an official visit, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
The COAS is scheduled to meet senior civil and armed forces leadership of England on the trip.
The trip will underscore matters pertaining to Defence, Security and Geo Strategic situation of the region.
The discussion will also take place on bilateral relations between the two countries especially matters related to mutual security and strategic interests, the ISPR said.
Pakistani writers, poets’ delegation visits Beijing, Tianjin
BEIJING: A four-member delegation led by Director General, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Dr. Rashid Hameed is currently visiting China to further enhance cooperation in the field culture and literature between the two countries.
The delegation arrived here on the invitation of Chinese Writers Association also included renowned poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Dr. Abdul Karim Soomro, and Ms. Bushra Farrukh.
Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid in a meeting held at the Pakistan Embassy Beijing briefed the delegation about Pakistan-China relations and highlighted that both countries were enhancing cooperation in the fields of arts, broadcasting, films, publications, sports, museums, people-to-people exchanges and cultural linkages.
He said that an exhibition of original artifacts from Pakistan representing Gandhara Civilization was on display at the National Museum of China, Beijing.
Ambassador Khalid informed the delegation that publishing houses in Pakistan and China were being encouraged to translate and print literary classics so that the people of the two countries can appreciate each other’s rich culture.
The delegation members briefed the Ambassador about their visit to China stating that they would continue to project the culture and literature of Pakistan through their cooperation with Chinese Writers Association and academics.
During their visit, the delegation would meet the Chinese writers association and academics in Beijing and Tianjin.
They would also visit the famous cultural and historic sites in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the National Museum of China.
It may be mentioned here that the cooperation between the Pakistan Academy of Letters and Writers Association of China is under the Executive Programme of the Cultural Cooperation Agreement which was signed between the two countries in February 2018.
Qatar Emir visits Pakistan tomorrow
ISLAMABAD: Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will reach Pakistan on Saturday evening on two-day visit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will receive the royal guest at airport.
Emir of Qatar will visit the Prime Minister House where he will be presented guard of honour at the PM House.
President Dr Arif Alvi will host a luncheon in the honour of Qatari guests on Sunday.
Qatar is expected to sign investment deals of around $22 billion in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy.
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