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.
Suspicious package found near British parliament
LONDON: Police on Wednesday carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package found in central London near the British parliament.
Officers were called to the gardens next to the River Thames during the afternoon and emergency services were at the scene, a police spokesman said.
An AFP photographer on the spot saw a bomb disposal robot being deployed in the area and a controlled explosion was heard.
A building where many MPs have their offices were also cordoned off along with Victoria Embankment which leads to parliament.
The area was targeted in a terror attack last year when Khalid Masood, mowed down and killed five pedestrians before fatally stabbing a police officer outside the parliament building.
A man who crashed his car into the security barriers outside parliament in August is also suspected of attempting an attack.
EOC notifies two more cases of polio
ISLAMABAD: The National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication has notified two new polio cases from Gadap, Karachi, and Khyber tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This brings the total number of polio cases in the country to six this year, however, the virus has failed to cause any clinical paralysis to both the children. The first case of polio was confirmed in a 42-month-old female child from Gadap, Karachi, and the other case in a 55-month old female child from Khyber tribal district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The lab detected Poliovirus from their stool samples on October 1 and September 30 respectively. Fortunately, both the girls had received multiple doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) which boosted their immunity and protected them from a life-long paralysis. “The polio virus has been continuously found in the sewage waters of Peshawar and Karachi for the last 12 months,” said Babar Bin Atta, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication.
“The programme will continue to focus on clearing these two remaining reservoirs from the virus with full force,” he remarked. “Multiple vaccine doses gave the children the immunity boost to fight off the polio virus attack. They have no residual weaknesses and will live like normal children,” said Dr. Rana Safdar, National Coordinator for Polio Eradication while appreciating the vigilant health workers who picked these cases with atypical clinical presentations.
“That is why it’s important for every under five-year-old child to be vaccinated in every round, so immunity levels are high enough to fight off the virus in its entirety,” he said. Earlier this year, three polio cases were reported from Dukki District in Balochistan province, while one case was reported from the Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Being fully vaccinated in routine and door to door campaigns, the Charsadda child had also escaped paralysis. The wild poliovirus case numbers in Pakistan are the lowest ever and the immunity gaps continue to fall. However, despite this historic progress, Mr. Bin Atta said: “We cannot afford any let up in our efforts because as long as the virus is being detected anywhere in the country, no child is absolutely safe.” Multiple doses of polio vaccine are required for a child to be fully protected – each additional dose further strengthens a child’s immunity level against polio.
Contrarily, every missed child provides a place for the polio virus to hide. “Any child with low immunity will be where the virus will find refuge. We need to ensure all our children have received all of their routine immunizations and are vaccinated, with two drops, every time the vaccine is offered,” Mr. Bin Atta added. “Parents who do not ensure vaccination of their children are risking health and lives of their own children as well as others around them. It is thus the responsibility of communities to help to identify and vaccinating such children,” said Mr. Bin Atta. “We are closest ever to the goal of polio eradication. But to achieve it, we must all come together as a nation to ensure that every child is vaccinated. This is the only way we can collectively ensure that we rid polio from our land” he remarked.
Asad Umer for probe on Wall Street Journal reports!
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umer on Wednesday underlined the need for investigating the reports of ‘Wall Street Journal’.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was also an investigative institution which would conduct the inquiry regarding reports of Wall Street Journal, he stated while talking to Media.
He said Wall Street Journal had mentioned about the matter of ‘Offshore companies’ scandals. He made it clear that the PTI government would not accept any deal based on kick-backs. About Naveed Malik, he said we knew that he had close relations with Nawaz Sharif. He added that the present government would make all-out efforts to streamline the system in PIA. To a question, he said Tahir Mehmood was working as acting chairman in SECP.
To another question, he said PML-N had damaged the national economy. He said the PTI government had levied taxes on wealthy people, while the poor were not imposed any new tax. Commenting on currency rate, he said it was the prerogative of a state bank to formulate the policy regarding currency rate.