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ECP unseats Rawalpindi mayor, 17 RMC members

The Election Commission on Pakistan on Wednesday unseated the Rawalpindi mayor and 17 members of the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on reserved seats for violating election laws because the PML Metropolitan president and Rawalpindi mayor influenced members to vote for his favoured candidates. However, the mayor, Sardar Naseem, has announced …

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‘Scheme’ to divide Lahore into four dists in the works

In view of Lahore’s burgeoning population, the Punjab government is contemplating a proposal to divide it into four districts. A scheme (based on the proposal) is being drafted after consultations amid reports that Lahore’s population has reached 20 million. The Home Department had formed a committee comprising senior officials of …

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AJK cabinet approves food authority for valley

In a move which will add an additional burden on the already stretched exchequer, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) cabinet on Tuesday approved a move to increase the salaries and allowances of ministers in the valley by over 200 per cent. The move was approved during a meeting of …

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Elected councilors blast WSSP for ‘zero performance’

A meeting convened by the Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) to apprise the local government representatives of its performance witnessed rumpus as the elected councillors blasted the civic body for what they termed its ‘zero performance’. The meeting was arranged at the main office of WSSP. The elected representatives …

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Local govt act changes viewed with suspicion

Local government representatives have expressed serious reservations over newly-approved amendments to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Local Government Act of 2013 that authorised the provincial government to spend certain amount of the district Annual Development Programme (ADP) funds. They feared that the provincial government would use it as a tool for political …

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Local Eye for local bodies activated

Lahore police will reward citizens and community leaders with cash and certificates in case they would pass on useful information related to criminals and suspected militants. The names of communicators will be kept secret. Also, police will blacklist those who would try to convey wrong information to the department. Capital …

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Karachi mayor wants KMC powers restored

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has opposed amendments to the powers of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) City Council. In separate letters sent to the Sindh chief minister, the chief secretary and the Local Government Department (LGD) secretary, Akhtar has demanded restoration of powers for leasing and auctioning of lands. “In …

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Mayor for handing over Board powers to local councils

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar has said that the latest Supreme Court (SC) decision on the poor performance of various departments, including Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) and Water Board and North Sindh Urban Services Corporation (NSUSC), has given an opportunity to the Sindh government to return to the local …

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KP releases Rs21b to LG institutions

Khyber Pakthunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Inayatullah Khan Monday clarified that three installment amounting Rs21 billion has been released to LG institutions ie districts, tehsils and villages councils against Rs28 billion allocated in the budget while the fourth installment would soon be released. He rejected media …

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FATA FACTS

A TIMELINE OF FATA’S ROLE IN PAKISTAN FOLLOWING PARTITION IN 1947. Timeline 1948 Tribesmen deployed for Kashmir war. 1955 During One Unit rule, the tribal areas were represented in both the National Assembly and the West Pakistan Provincial Assembly. The belt could have been merged with the North West Frontier …

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