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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.

Punjab
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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Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System started service

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) Lahore finally inaugurated on 10th of February 2013. A day since the project was started being constructed eleven months ago, people started waiting for this day. Rs. 30 billion project completed in 11 months time including around 8 kilometers elevated track, and 27 stop overs.

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Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

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27 kilometers long Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System first of its kind in the country kick started in early 2012. Prime Minister Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of mega project which will have track from Gajumata to Shahdra on Ferozpur Road which passes from center of Lahore. Estimated cost of project is 30 billion rupees much lower than rumored 70-80 billion rupees. According to newspaper, service will start on February 10, 2013. Project starts from Gajumata, a nearby town on the southern boundary of Lahore, mega city. Traveling on the 27 km long project will be free for first month of its inauguration and PKR 10 will be charged afterwards which is by far the lowest fare to travel in the city. Even 1 km traveling is charge at least PKR 10 local transporters.

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Sunset in Lahore

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Sunset in Lahore

A beautiful sunset in Lahore on 2012 Christmas

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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.