Credibility of the general elections has been lost after the statement of the interior minister, as poll results are being questioned even after the passage of seven months, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said on Friday. Addressing a press conference outside the Parliament House, Aitzaz said, “Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday admitted in parliament that 60,000 to 70,000 votes in every constituency of the country cannot be verified. Admittance of this reality by the interior minister has completely harmed the credibility of the general elections, while the Punjab government is bringing changes in ballot papers and thumb verification papers to stop NADRA from verifying the authenticity of the voters.” The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senator also said the Punjab government, by not implementing the orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), was not providing the election record of two constituencies -- National Assembly (NA) 118 and NA 139. Aitzaz said, PPP candidates Chaudry Manzoor Ahmed (NA-139) and Bushra Aitzaz (NA-118) had submitted applications for provision of record several times but the Punjab government was creating hurdles. He said the PPP had filed applications in the ECP asking for the records of NA-118, NA-139, NA-258 and NA-259 since four months, but not providing the record had raised the threat of changing it. “Another application has been also submitted before the chief election commissioner (CEC), because seven months have passed but results of the general elections are still considered suspicious,” he said.
Leaders around the world mourned the death of anti-apartheid icon and South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela who died Thursday at his home in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg. "Madiba", as Mandela was affectionately called by his clan name by South Africans, passed away on Thursday evening. The 95-year-old's death was announced late by South African President Jacob Zuma in a television address to the nation. World leaders in unison paid tribute, including US President Barrack Obama who said Mandela embodied the "promise of change for the better", according to BBC report. Obama said Mandela achieved more than what could be expected of any man. "We have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages," Obama said. Obama, the first black president of the US, said he was one of the millions who drew inspiration from Mandela's life. Obama has ordered flags at half-mast on all US public buildings until sunset on Dec 9 in honour of Mandela. US First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted from the First Lady of the United States account, "We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela's extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility." British Prime Minister David Cameron said "A great light has gone out in the world". Former British prime minister Tony Blair recalled on BBC World Service when Mandela visited Downing Street. "He would talk to the people on the door, to the people making the tea. He had an incredible way about him. It wasn't just what he did, it was the way that he did it.” "Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, told BBC: "It is difficult for me to speak right now because I am so overcome with grief and emptiness. For me, he (Mandela) was really a wonderful hero and idol that I really felt that humanity should emulate, should follow." Former England football captain David Beckham, who met Nelson Mandela in 2003, posted on Facebook: "My heart goes out to the people in South Africa and Mandela's family. We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honour to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people."
At least five militants were killed in an exchange of fire with FC personnel in Pat Feeder Canal area of Nasirabad district. An FC spokesman said one FC personnel was killed and another was injured in the incident. The spokesman said a huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the militants.