ISLAMABAD   -  Scrutiny process of nomination papers submitted by the candidates for by-polls in Islamabad's constituency NA-48 is under way and the scrutiny of some 32 aspirants has been completed.

Returning Officer (RO) Shah Rukh Arjumand Sunday completed scrutiny of nomination papers of some 10 candidates including Asif Jameel Butt, Zafarullah Khan, Syed Zia Gilani, Adnan Haider, Noor Muhammad Awan, Chaudhary Wajid Ayub, Malik Asad Ali, Muhammad Suleman Arif, Mirza Zulfiqar and Muhammad Rabnawaz. Earlier, the RO had retuned the nomination papers of four candidates including Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) candidate Hanif Abbas after objection and directed them to submit the papers again. It objected on his papers that he had not submitted the details of expenditures of his election campaign during the recent general elections. The RO directed Hanif Abbasi to submit the details of his election expenditures till July 15.

For by-polls in NA-48, a total number of 49 candidates have submitted their nomination papers for by-polls in NA-48 of federal capital before the returning officer for the constituency. The scrutiny process of the nomination papers will be completed till July 17 while objections in this connection could be submitted till July 22. The decisions against the appeals will be announced on July 29 and candidates could withdraw their nomination papers till July 30 while the final list of the candidates will be displayed on July 31.

Twenty-five candidates of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), four candidates of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and one each candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema Islam (Fazl), PPP (Shaheed Bhutto), Pakistan Justice Party, and Pakistan Freedom Party, and 13 independent aspirants have submitted their nomination papers for by-election in federal capital.

KPK decides to computerise pension system

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to introduce reforms and computerised system for pension payment in the province soon.

Over 160,000 retired government pensioners will be benefited from the computerised system in the province, as they will no more line up in front of banks and post offices to get their pensions and will receive their pension so easily once the system is launched, official sources said.

The pensioners will collect their pension through smart cards and the initiative would help stop collection of pension by fake pensioners and corruption.

The officials said that to introduce reforms and computerise the pension system, it was decided at a meeting held with Senior Minister Sirajul Haq in the chair. The minister expressed sorrow that many pensioners did not get their right on time just because of having no integrated system of giving pension to the pensioners.

He said that the government has planned to facilitate the pensioners as much as they could as the government was committed to ending corruption from the system. Sirajul Haq said that a total of Rs 24 billion, which is 11.37 per cent of the total budget, was allocated in head of pension.

He informed that number of pensioners in the province increased from 5,000 to 7,000 annually, thus the government has to ultimately enhance pension amount. He said that more reforms would be introduced in pension system while the existing pension system would be made cleaner.