Energy crisis perturbs Zardari
Large gap between production cost and receipts
Muhammad AliIslamabad—Following a fresh spate of countrywide violent demonstrations over long power load shedding, President Asif Ali Zardrai believes that ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will not achieve its goals in the next general elections without overcoming prevailing power crisis, sources in the presidency told Pakistan Observer on Tuesday.
The sources said that during a high level meeting in Presidency on power crisis that continued till late night on Monday, the president was quite upset on the government’s failure over persisting electricity shortfall.
Pakistan, US sign Nato convoys deal ISI chief begins US visit today
Rawalpindi—Pakistan on Tuesday signed a deal with the United States governing arrangements for Nato convoys travelling to Afghanistan, seeking to draw a line under a seven-month border blockade.
Islamabad agreed to reopen land routes for Nato goods on July 3 after ordering the longest border closure of the 10-year war in neighbouring Afghanistan in protest at botched US air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops.
Punjab, KP protests over outages persist
Lahore/Peshawar—Protests against power outages continue as outrage grows amongst the residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
In Lakki Marwat residents protested and set fire to a NADRA office and vehicles present outside. The raging mobs burnt tyres, pelted stones, smashed the signboards and blocked roads, while venting their anger. Police resorted to aerial firing in their bid to disperse the crowds. At least 17 demonstrators were rounded up by the Lakki Marwat police.
First phase of election kicks off CEC unveils new voters lists
Islamabad—Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ibrahim Tuesday said the Election Commission had finalized new electoral lists according to which some 80.436 million voters are registered across the country.
Addressing a maiden press conference held at the Election Commission secretariat, the chief election commissioner said, “We have used latest technology with the help of NADRA and with the issuance of the voters’ list‚ the first phase of electioneering has started in the country.”
By sending an SMS on 8300‚ a voter can check his information. He said an effort has been made to make the rolls transparent, he said.