Siraj believes crisis to deepen if resignations of PTI MNAs accepted

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/LAKKI MARWAT: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq Tuesday urged the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq not to accept resignations of the Pakistan Tehirik-e-Insaf (PTI) members in order to put an end to the political crisis in the country.  Addressing a public gathering here, the JI chief said he had told the NA speaker that if resignations of the…

Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

Pakistan’s prime minister has denied asking the country’s military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud. Nawaz Sharif’s remarks to the National Assembly on Friday indicate that the negotiations _ with or without army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif’s mediation _ were unlikely to…

QADRI PROMISES ‘YOUM-E-INQUILAB’ TODAY

POPULIST CLERIC AND CRICKETER-TURNED-POLITICIAN KHAN HAVE BOTH ENDED TALKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT. Populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri announced late on Wednesday that negotiations to end ongoing protests for a “revolution” had collapsed, and warned the government that he would lead a ‘Youm-e-Inquilab’ (Day of Revolution) today. “The government has shown that it is not interested in implementing Lahore High Court orders to…

Dealing with turmoil: ‘No one can dare challenge Pakistan’

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of anyone hurting Pakistan in the presence of the army which is fully capable of giving a befitting response to any adventurism. “The army will thwart all challenges to Pakistan’s territorial integrity,” he told the anchor of a private TV channel. Musharraf said no country, including the United States, should bother…

Army Chief, PM Nawaz agree to resolve current crisis soon

The meeting took place at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.  ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday, Dunya News reported. Both discussed country’s prevailing political situation including protests outside the Parliament House. The Prime Minister and Army Chief also discussed overall security situation…

Crackdown, blockade fail to dampen spirits

ISLAMABAD: As the ongoing sit-in of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the federal capital entered its sixth day, a specific trend can be observed based on the attendance of the participants. Despite coming from all corners of the country, the PTI supporters vacate ground zero during the afternoon, only to return with rejuvenated enthusiasm in the evening – a resolve that…

Pakistan begins talks to end protest crisis

Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been demonstrating outside the parliament building in Islamabad, trying to force Prime Minister…

UPDATE 2-Opposition leader Khan opens talks with Pakistan gov’t over protests

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse. The announcement came the day after Pakistan’s powerful military said the two sides should engage in…

Imran Khan supporters to quit Pakistan parliament in bid to topple government

  Politicians representing Pakistan’s third-largest party will quit their seats in parliament as part of a high-stakes effort by former cricket star Imran Khan to bring down the government of a country long blighted by political instability. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, vice-chairman of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, announced the plan on Monday following days of demonstrations in Islamabad against alleged fraud in last…

Pakistan court orders filing of murder charges against Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Saturday ordered framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz and 19 others over the June violence near Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters here that killed 14 of his supporters. The Lahore sessions court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes ordered police to register a…

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