Controversial Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Indian connection

Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri along with cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has virtually taken Pakistan by storm demanding the resignation of the democratically elected Nawaz Sharif government. But a little-known fact is that Qadri also has a strong Indian connection. As a report in a prominent Indian newspaper suggests, he has more than 10,000 followers in India and his popularity is…

Come back, Khan

Make history, don’t become one   Let’s forget about who is right wrong and who is wrong. No judgments, no prejudice against anyone. Let’s concentrate on only two questions: How can this situation be resolved amicably; and why it is necessary to do it as soon as possible? Are the demands legitimate? Is the modus operandi adopted for this purpose…

No headway in talks to end political impasse in Pakistan

A tense standoff continued in Pakistan on Saturday as overnight talks between the government and protesters demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation made little headway in breaking the political logjam. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri are protesting alleged vote rigging in polls last year and demanding Sharif’s resignation and holding of fresh polls. Khan and Qadri…

Case against Nawaz Sharif not registered despite court orders

Pakistani police on Monday refused to register a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother and some top Cabinet Ministers despite a court order on framing of charges for their alleged role in the violence that killed 14 supporters of cleric Tahirul Qadri. The Lahore Sessions Court hearing the case related to the Model Town clashes on June 17 had…

Imran Khan returns to negotiating table; party lawmakers resign

In a two-pronged strategy, 34 lawmakers of Imran Khan’s party today resigned to step up pressure on the Nawaz Sharif government but followed up with an offer to resume talks after the failed first round. For the second time since it mobilised thousands of supporters for anti-government protests in Islamabad demanding Sharif’s resignation, the core committee of Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)…

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…

Crisis in Pakistan deepens; govtenment’s talks with protesters stalled

Islamabad, Aug 21: Pakistan‘s political crisis deepened today as dialogue between protesters headed byImran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri and the government broke down but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ruled out any crackdown on the siege of Parliament. The fragile dialogue between the government and protesters that had yesterday raised hopes of resolution of the political crisis made no headway today as Pakiatan Awami…

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