Pakistan Arrests Opposition Activists

Pakistani police arrested anti-government protesters in what activists said was an effort to crack down on weekslong sit-ins in the capital, while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a recent attack on state-run TV. The party of famed cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, who is leading one of two major protests demanding the government’s resignation, said a large number…

Pakistan protesters suspend talks with Nawaz Sharif government

Signs of a possible solution to end the political crisis engulfing Pakistan looked bleak on saturday as anti-government protest leaders suspended talks with theNawaz Sharif government following a crackdown on demonstrators with opposition leader Imran Khan asserting that there was no room for negotiations any more. Pakistani police arrested several dozens of anti-government protestors and a court ordered that 100 opposition activists be…

Imran Khan says will not leave until Nawaz resigns

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman, Imran Khan has once again said he will not leave until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tenders his resignation.  Addressing party workers on Friday, Mr. Khan said he brought the long marchers on his own instead of army’s directives.  He said that the army was not intervening despite being vilified by the government.  Mr. Khan said the…

The surreal world of Pakistan’s ‘political circus’

When they first arrived on Islamabad’s sprawling Kashmir Highway three weeks ago, the anti-government protesters were burning with the desire to tear down the citadels of power – and make short work of it. They looked around, saw what seemed like a million heads as their leaders had predicted, and punched the air harder, shouting: “Down with Nawaz Sharif”. But…

Pakistan deadlock broken: Imran agrees to hold talks with Nawaz government

The opposition negotiating team was able to break the political deadlock between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the government on Wednesday after the former agreed to meet a government team to negotiate its demands, a media report said. “PTI has agreed to move forward in a democratic manner. PTI will meet the government’s delegation at 8 pm today,” Dawn online…

Pakistan Parliament meets to end deadlock

Opposition lawmkaers back Sharif, vow to defend the constitution and the parliament amid protests by Imran’s supporters Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with ruling party lawmakers thumped their desks as opposition legislators voiced support for him in the Pakistani parliament amid ongoing protests by two parties trying to force him to resign. The speakers from the opposition, while participating…

Anonymous person sends 200 bouquets to protesters in Pakistan

A bright gift of 200 bouquets from an anonymous person greeted activists who have been protesting outside Pakistan’s parliament house despite heavy rainfall, Dawn online reported on Friday. Members of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) began their protests Aug 15 in an attempt to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has been accused of rigging…

Pak army confirms played role of ‘facilitator’ on behest of Sharif govt

Pakistani military has claimed that it was acting as a ‘facilitator’ in the current political crisis on the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. The Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations posted on Twitter verifying that the government had asked the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to play the role of a facilitator…

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…

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