Special Transmission on NA-120 by-election-Counting of votes underway- PML-N candidate Kalsoom Nawaz leads with clear majority
Polling for the bye-election in NA-120 constituency Lahore has concluded and now counting of votes is underway According to reports, polling started 8:00 am in the morning and concluded at 5:00 pm without any break. In all forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties took part in the bye-election. Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were the main contestants. Under a pilot project, one hundred biometric verification machines were used on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency. To ensure smooth and peaceful polling process, strict security measures had been made inside and outside the polling stations and fifteen hundred Army personnel will also remain vigilant till the results are announced. The Spokesperson of Election Commission of Pakistan says polling process for bye-election in the constituency of NA-120 remained peaceful. There are 3,21633 registered voters including 1,79505 male and 1,42128 female voters in NA-120.
Host: Ahmad Latif
Co-Host: C.R Shamsi
Analyst Live on Phone:
Mehmood Bashir Virk (Leader, PML-N)
The election today is victory of democracy in Pakistan. We pray for timely recovery of Kalsum Nawaz. All of us should work for betterment and progress of this country.
Topic: NSC responds effectively to Trump's policy strategy on South Asia: PM
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said challenges are met politically. Talking to media persons in London on Sunday, he said government will continue to serve the masses despite conspiracies, which will be foiled courageously. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said he exchanged views with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on party matters. He said the National Security Committee has responded befittingly to US President Donald Trump's new policy regarding South Asia. The Prime Minister said government and the NSC are on the same page regarding US policy.
Meanwhile, US pursuing failed strategy in Afghanistan and use of force is not the solution of any problem: FM
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the Trump administration's "militaristic approach" in Afghanistan represent a failed policy and talks with the Taliban should be held to bring peace to the war-torn country. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said peace talks with the Taliban could be arranged if Washington work with countries in the region that have influence over the militant group. Khawaja Asif said he would tell UN members that peace should return to this area and force is not the solution. He said a four-country group including Pakistan, China, the US and Afghanistan could be expanded to include other countries with influence over the Taliban.
Analyst Live on Phone:
Abdullah Gul (Defence Analyst)
The Prime Minister has truly represented the feelings of people of Pakistan. In past, a military dictator joined American war against terrorism without any calculation. Now, Pakistan has made its decision very rationally. America wants to blame Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan. Nearly, 80% of area in Afghanistan is not under government’s control. Donald Trump himself has admitted American failure in Afghanistan. We should make our foreign policy decisions pragmatically.