DACCA: A good number of candidates are expected to be declared elected uncontested to the National Assembly at the end of scrutiny on Oct 22. According to reports … eleven candidates are likely to return uncontested if their nomination papers are found valid.

Out of 78 seats where by-elections were held, reports of 47 constituencies were available till the writing of this report while reports from the remaining constituencies were still awaited. Today [Oct 20] was the date for contesting by-elections. One hundred [and] fifteen candidates belonging to PDP, Jamaat-i-Islami, three factions of Muslim League, Nezam-e-Islam and [PPP] filed nomination papers. So far there are two PPP candidates for two Dacca NA seats. A complete picture will emerge when the total number of nominations for all the 78 seats known. … — Staff correspondent

[Meanwhile, as reported by news agencies in Islamabad,] Pakistan has told India that the consequences that may follow from unprovoked shelling and mortaring by the Indian Army on Pakistan territory would rest entirely with the Government of India. In a protest Note delivered to the Indian High Commission here … Pakistan conveyed its serious views to … India on the continuation of incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian Army.

Published in Dawn, October 21st, 2021

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