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Rapid Transit Systems in Pakistan

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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Yesterday, (on 17th of June 2013)annual budget report was presented in provincial assemblies of three of Pakistani provinces, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) has government in Punjab, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has government in Sindh province. PML(N) also had previous government in Punjab and it started and successfully completed Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System. The system is currently in running and providing transportation services to the people of Lahore across the city.

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2013 Pakistan General Elections Results (Unofficial)

May 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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11 May 2013 was the election day in Pakistan on 272 National Assembly Seats along with 297 (Punjab Assembly), 130 (Sindh Assembly), 99 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly) and 51 (Baluchistan Assembly) Seats. Most of the unofficial results are announced unofficially while  polling was called off before election day on some seats along with NA-250 where polling was cancelled on election day from Election Commission of Pakistan due to some serious reasons.

Here are Unofficial results of the election:

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Pakistan General Elections Results 2013 (Preliminary) – Incomplete

May 12, 2013 Leave a comment

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Pakistan General Elections 2013 Results are coming as counting is being completed in each elected seat of National and Provincial Assembly.

National Assembly (NA) election was contested on 272 seats while 577 Provincial Assembly Seats were contested out of which 297 seats were from Punjab Province (PP), 130 seats were from Sindh Province, 99 seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PK) and 51 seats were from Balochistan Assembly (PB).

Below are the result of National and provincial assemblies (Incomplete)

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2013 Pakistan General Elections

April 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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2013 General Elections are going to be held on May 11, 2013. Less than twenty days remaining and every political party is trying to gain the maximum vote bank from all regions. Pakistan People’s Party (Parliamentarians)was the most successful party in 2008 General Elections held under the military regime of Gen. Pervaiz Musharaf. Second successful party was Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz group) (PML(N))followed by Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam group) (PML (Q)). Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamat-e-Islami did not take part in 2008 General Elections. Elected government first time in country’s history completed its tenure of five years during which almost every party changed it position except Pakistan People’s Party.
2013 General Elections are also based on regional powers like previous elections in which parties take lead in their own area. Sindh excluding Karachi and Hyderabad was dominated by Pakistan People’s Party and Karachi, Hyderabad duo was dominated by MQM while Punjab was dominated by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was dominated by Awami National Party. Balochistan was dominated by PPPP and PML (Q) due to the boycott of Baluchistan National Party from elections in 2008.

In the picture above are shown the political strong of parties along with major cities of area and also shown the fortress cities of political parties. Click on the image to enlarge and get a closer view of political fortresses.

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If we talk about Punjab, most populous province of Pakistan, it is divided in three regions furthermore, Northern Punjab (consisting Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelam, Chakwal), Central Punjab (consisting Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha) and Southern Punjab (consisting Multan, Bahawalpur, Muzzafargarh, Rahim Yar Khan). PML (N) is in clear dominance in northern and central Punjab with Lahore being its fortress city where only one or two seats are won by other parties even in worst PML era. But PML (N) never have been very strong in southern Punjab where PPPP and PML (Q) are in dominant position. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has its roots in Lahore and called the party of youth but it seems that PTI is more popular in cities than in rural areas. PTI will find tough time in cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi Gujranwala from PML (N) and in Multan and Bahawalpur area from PPPP. Jamat-e-Islami have won seats in Punjab also but this time it will be difficult for them too to win some seats in Punjab. Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) lead by Maulana Fazal-ul-Rehman will try to find some vote bank in Mianwali, Bhakkar and areas adjacent to Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa.

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Awami March of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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On 13th of January, long march / million march / awami march kick started from Lahore in the leadership of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri. This march was proposed by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri against the corrupt government of Islamabad and Lahore i.e. Pakistan Government lead by Pakistan Peoples Party and Punjab Government lead by Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Group). At this moment, march reached Kamoke and was planned not to stop there.

This march looks to be reached some time at noon in Islamabad and then protest will begin there until the demands will be fulfilled as per Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri speeches. Will government agree to the agenda of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadiri? Will they allow a person came from Canada back to country to derail democracy? Does this awami march is meant to derail the democracy indeed or there are some other purposes behind that? It looks as first time in Pakistan in current years, protest on large scale started against the government. If everything goes well, we will see a better governance after this long march. InshaAllah. Hope is the key. 🙂

Pak-India Relations

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Pakistan certainly cannot afford a war on its eastern border while it is already in a war like situation on its western border and in some part of federally administrated tribal areas. Some days ago a Pakistan Solider was killed by Indian Border Security Forces in cross fire. Who opened the fire, who broke the ceasefire, who started the action first is not the question. But the question is, whether this is going to be in the favor of Pakistan or not. Pakistan has 796,095 KM area and 18M population but its Gross Domestic Product (Purchasing Power Parity) is 27th while India’s GDP is 4th according to IMF rankings released for 2011. It is worth mentioning here that higher the GDP is, the country is in more stable position. It can easily afford wars, crises or other situations and people are less affected. During this 5 year government alone, GDP growth is dropped significantly. Inflation is multiplied. Electricity, Natural Gas, Oil and other shortages are common in the country. In this situation, we can not afford another war with comparatively stable neighbor. A few months ago, I was very happy with the renewed visa policy with India, in which permission was awarded to visit more cities on a single visa and other restrictions were voided or eased. Also trade policy was renewed. But suddenly things have changed rapidly that today I heard on a news channel that Indian Command is ready for an air strike which is so fearsome.

By living in a mega city Lahore, which is also on the Indian border, it is very dangerous during a war to survive and while both countries are nuclear powers, it makes the scene more dangerous.

The wise solution would be to sit on table and clear the doubts about each other and join hands to take part in the progress of technology in which both countries are already significantly behind than European and North American countries. I pray to Allah that no such incident happen again on the both sides of Pak-India Border and that peace process move further.

World is going to ……

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Here I am, sitting and thinking where the world is going towards?

Read the newspaper, and you will read the titles like, “A storm is hitting many US states.”…. “Japan is suffering from Earthquake” and now “Japan and Korea are suffering from a hurricane from Pacific Ocean.” ….. “Pakistan has earned credit of being under-attack from mass force of dengue mosquitoes.”….. “Southern Province of Pakistan, the Sindh and southern region of Pakistani Punjab is suffering from flood.” “US government is buried under a heavy debt and trying to recover.” “Eurozone is suffering from great recession.” “People are dying from hunger in Africa.”….. Is there any place on earth which is currently not facing issues and moreover global issues?

I am from banks of river ravi, the area which has currently the highest number of dengue affected people. Praying daily that dengue disease does not enter in my house. Where a common man should go in such crises? Will people who have authority ever listen to the voice of public? Will there be justice anyway? Will they brake their self-made shells and come out to solve common man problems? This is not the case in just Pakistan? What do you think living in any country of the world? Are your politicians listening to you? I am not asking for any revolution. I am not asking for any mass change, but I am pointing out the problem whole world is facing. We are all under-attack from our very own governments, very own people we voted for. We are under the heavy debts taken by our current and past politicians for their own good but the ratio of debt on them and us is the same, just because being the citizen of the country to whom the debt was given.

I hope there will be good some day…

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