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General/Politics:

PTI wins NA-4, lead drops compared to 2013:
PESHAWAR: In what was being called a ‘litmus test’ for the popularity of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, the ruling party candidate Arbab Amir Ayub on Thursday stood victorious in the by-election for NA-4 constituency in Peshawar, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) newly-introduced Result Transmission System (RTS). (https://dailytimes.com.pk/130921/pti-wins-na-4-lead-drops-compared-2013/)

PTI launches membership drive in Lahore:
LAHORE – PTI Chairman Imran Khan has announced that intra-party elections in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will be held after the general elections. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-10-27/page-3/detail-6)

Efforts to derail democracy harmful for country: Ahsan:
ISLAMABAD – Federal Planning and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that any efforts to derail democracy would harm the country as political stability and smooth transition of power were the only way for sustainable development of Pakistan. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-10-27/page-4/detail-1)

Law & Order:

CDA asks FIA to stop investigating its employees:
ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to stop an ongoing investigation against its employees involved in unauthorised appointments. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/130995/cda-asks-fia-stop-investigating-employees/)

Economy:

Govt decides to clear Rs13b ST refunds by 31st:
ISLAMABAD – The government on Thursday decided to clear sales tax refunds worth of Rs13 billion to facilitate trade, particularly exporters following healthy tax collection during first quarter (July-September) of the ongoing financial year. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-10-27/page-8/detail-3)

Pakistan stock market ends on a low after range-bound trading:
KARACHI: Pakistan equities dropped on Thursday in a range-bound and lacklustre trading session. After a positive opening, stocks were dragged down amid limited activity pulling benchmark KSE-100 Index below 41,500 points. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/131007/pakistan-stock-market-ends-low-range-bound-trading/)

Opinion/Editorial:

World needs Xi Jinping’s strategic vision:
The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has grabbed the world’s attention. Especially given how he has pledged to take his country, along with everyone else, on a whirlwind trip to reach dizzying new heights under the banner of modern socialism complete with Chinese characteristics.( https://dailytimes.com.pk/130755/world-needs-xi-jinpings-strategic-vision/)

Our Kashmiri brethren:
October 27, 1947 is a date that is etched in the minds of all Kashmiris for it is the day when India forcibly took over Kashmir. This has led to the long-standing dispute of Kashmir, as the people of Jammu and Kashmir were denied the right of self-determination in 1947 and have been continually denied this right till date. This year once again Black day will be observed on October 27 by Pakistanis in solidarity with our Kashmiri brethren. People from all walks of life will mark this day and remember it as a dark day in the history of Kashmir. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-10-27/page-6/detail-4)

Sports:

Sherwood qualify for Polo in Pink main final:
Lahore – Sherwood qualified for the main final of the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital-sponsored Polo in Pink 2017 while Total Nutrition made way for the subsidiary final after registering victories in their respective matches played here at the Lahore Polo Club ground Thursday. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2017-10-27/page-16/detail-6)

Australia’s hopefuls pad up for Ashes auditions:
MELBOURNE: Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield tends to open sleepily, with spring sunshine warming the few diehard fans that turn up to regional venues but auditions for coveted Ashes places have given the start of this year’s tournament additional spice. Australia may be comfortable on their own pitches and confident of fending off an England side likely to be without all-rounder Ben Stokes, their most valuable player, for at least part of the five-Test series. However, the question of who will bat at six in the order has become an increasing bugbear for a team desperate for a quality all-rounder of their own while also needing some starch in the middle after a worrying string of batting collapses. (https://dailytimes.com.pk/130916/australias-hopefuls-pad-ashes-auditions/)

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