After a fairly dramatic series of events in which former president Pervez Musharraf left the Supreme Court for his house in Islamabad – thus avoiding arrest as the court had ordered – the former army chief has been arrested and given a two-remand by a magistrate. His residence has been declared a sub-jail.
Several politicians have been cleared to contest the elections after being rejected in the first round of the scrutiny process, including former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (PPP / NA-51 Rawalpindi-I) and Sheikh Waqas Akram (PML-N / NA-89 Jhang-IV). However, Akram will not be contesting the seat that he won in 2008 but his father Sheikh Mohammad Akram will be the PML-N’s candidate. The ASWJ has denied reports of formal seat adjustments with any candidate or party in the constituency.
Prominent transgender activist Sanam Fakeer has started campaigning in Sukkur.
The PML-N and the JI have agreed on a seat adjustment deal in Bannu.
After a series of attacks on candidates for the elections and party offices, the ECP has asked the government to ensure security measures. The ANP will not be holding large rallies - given that one was attacked in Peshawar this week - and will focus on a door-to-door campaign instead.
Dawn profiles the contest for the NA-116 Narowal-II seat in Shakargarh.