Bhutto’s PPP (87) largest party followed by Sharif’s
Opposition parties dealt a crushing electoral blow to allies of President Pervez Musharraf by winning enough seats to form a
new government. Musharraf, however, refused to quit office even as his opponents urged him to resign.
Even as pro-Musharraf
party PML-Q was today routed in Pakistan’s
parliamentary polls which threw up a hung assembly,
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) emerged the single
largest party with 87 of 269 National Assembly seats for
which elections were held while Pakistan Muslim
League-N, headed by Sharif, two-time prime minister who
was toppled in a bloodless coup by President Pervez
Musharraf in 1999, got 66, providing a clear majority if
they come together.
the King’s men, gone!’ Islamabad, February 19
“Democracy takes revenge” this
brief headline in a Pakistani newspaper on February 19 summed up the
result of the general election in which the opposition PPP and PML-N
have emerged as key players.
Musharraf leaves on his own than told to do so By H. K. Dua
dictator has his day.
President Pervez Musharraf has been too long in the saddle doing things
which no ruler in uniform or without should do to his people. Long
suppressed and living under the jackboots for years, the people of
Pakistan have now asserted and chosen to ensure his defeat in Monday’s
poll that might prove to be a turning point in the country’s chequered
experiments with democracy and military rule.
bids farewell Havana, February 19
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro
said today that he would not return to lead the country as the President
or Commander-in-Chief, retiring as the head of state 49 years after he
seized power in an armed revolution.
Impact Poor Healthcare NHRC notice to
Punjab New Delhi, February 19
The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) has served a notice on the Punjab government on the
basis of a report published in The Tribune on February 9, asking the
state to submit an action taken report to the commission within six
told to review free power policy Rs 6,224-cr plan finalised New Delhi, February 19
Punjab’s annual plan for 2008-09
has been fixed at Rs 6,224 crore which marks 21.77 per cent increase
over last year’s plan allocation. The outlay includes additional
Central assistance of Rs 200 crore for projects of special interest to
the state. The plan outlay was finalised at a meeting today between
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Planning Commission deputy
chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
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