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  • PM must resign, Khan presents 6 demands for negotiations

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Terming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Pakistan’s Hosni Mobarak, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said that PTI’s first and foremost condition for negotiation is Prime Minister’s resignation.

    PTI chief presented a number of demands saying his committee is ready to negotiate on the following conditions.

    1 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must resign

    2 – Immediate electoral reforms

    3 – Reelection must take place after reforms

    4 –Neutral caretaker government, not the one that inflicts ‘35 punctures’

    5 – Resignation of all the election commissioners that managed the previous election.

    6 – Accountability of those who ‘colluded’ with Prime Minister for election rigging, must be imprisoned and tried under Article 6.

    The PTI chairman said, “If all the opposition parties in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) allege the PTI led provincial government of rigging, I will ask Pervez Khattak to co

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  • Security beefed up around PM House

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Security was beefed up Wednesday around the Prime Minister House after PAT workers began to gather outside official residence of the premier.

    Heavy deployment of security personnel was made outside the PM house while aerial surveillance of the red zone is also being done.

    Hundreds of PAT workers are standing eyeball to eyeball with security personnel in fast changing events, which can turn ugly many observers are fearing.

    Earlier today, Dr Tahriul Qadri, Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), directed his followers to lay a siege of the Parliament House.

    “Don’t let anybody go inside or come outside of the Parliament,” he told his charged supporters.

    Qadri asked his workers not to confront personnel of the Pakistan Army in anyway whatsoever, saying anybody who does that will be expelled from the PAT.

    “Everybody should chant Pa

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  • Gen. Raheel wants early end to political deadlock

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, Wednesday has stressed over warring politicians to resolve the current political impasse as soon as possible.

    This is the second such statement from the Pakistan Army in less than 24 hours as political deadlock in Islamabad persists.

    Reports said that Gen Sharif made remarks during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz this evening.

    Military and political leadership are in constant consultation in the wake of PTI and PAT march on the capital Islamabad.

    Last evening, ISPR also came out with a similar nature of statement urging politicians to resolve the crisis.

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  • I have never refused talks: Qadri

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) head Dr. Tahir ul Qadri dispelled the impression that he was refusing to holding talks with the government.

    Addressing participants of the Inqalab march in front of Parliament House today (Wednesday), Qadri termed as “false propaganda” that he was not willing to talk to end the political impasse.

    “A false propaganda has been launched against me that I am refusing to talk with the team sent by the government.” He said that no government’s delegation has been sent to PAT.

    “We have taken to the streets for the supremacy of law and constitution. We are not ruining the constitution,” he said.

    “We express complete solidarity with the army. We are among those who want to protect the sanctity of the state institutions.” “Is it democracy to shoot and wound 100 people and then refuse to register an FIR?”

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  • Deadlock to end soon, hope Rizvi, Ejaz

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: A team of facilitators comprised of MQM leader Hyder Abbas Rizvi and Ijazul Haq on Wednesday approached Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to facilitate talks between the government and Dr. Tahirul Qadri.

    Hyder Abbas Rizvi earlier talking to media said that the team will try to facilitate dialogue between Dr. Tahirul Qadri and the government to guide the country out of the political crisis. The team was engaged in consultations with other leaders of PAT over the issue of the dialogue.

    Haider Abbas Rizvi and Ejazul Haq talked to PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri and hoped that deadlock would end soon.

    Talking to media here on Wednesday, Rizvi appealed the PML-N government to provide water and food to the PAT protesters as they badly lack these basic necessities. “Hopefully deadlock will end soon as Dr Qadri showed willingness for talks”, Rizvi told media.

    Haq also said the protesters were hungry and

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  • PTI links talks with PM’s resignation

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) again toughened its stance regarding holding of talks with the government, saying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have to resign first.

    In a press statement, PTI’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that talks would begin only after the resignation of Prime Minister Sharif. “We will not hold talks unless our first condition is fulfilled,” he added.

    Earlier speaking to a private TV channel, Qureshi said that PTI was willing to hold talks on six points.

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  • Qadri workers cordon off Parliament on order of their leader

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    Islamabad: Workers of Qadri's Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) cordon off the Parliament House building on order of their leader.

    PAT workers gathered near gates of the parliament where heavy contingent of police, rangers and army personnel were deployed.

    Meanwhile PAT workers captured an unidentified man near container of Qadri and beaten him.

    Minutes earlier, Qadri asked his workers to blockade routes to Parliament House saying that he has allowed all prey to be gathered at on place for hunt.

    Addressing to gathering of his followers sitting outside the Parliament House, Qadri said ordered PAT workers to cordon gates of Parliament so that no lawmaker could enter or exit from the Parliament including the Prime Minister.

    Qadri also urged his workers not to conflict with army personnel deployed at sensitive buildings

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  • Drone attack kills two Pakistani Taliban commanders in Afghanistan

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    Kabul: Foreign forces' drone strike killed three Taliban commanders, two alleged Pakistani insurgents and wounded five others in eastern Kunar province, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.

    "Preliminary information showed that around midnight on Tuesday foreign forces drone attack killed Tahrik-e-Khurasan, an Afghan Taliban group and their two commanders," Kunar Police Chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhaili told TOLOnews.

    In a separate drone attack on the same day in Nari district one Taliban commander including two Pakistani Talibs were killed.

    "The Taliban commander named Qari Omid along with two Pakistani Talibans were killed on Tuesday around 3 p.m.," Sayedkhaili said.

    According to officials, no civilians were injured and no civilian property was damaged in the strike.

    The foreign forces have not commented on the attack.

    Sayedkhaili adds that on Tuesday a Taliban commander by the n

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  • Fakhruddin G Ibrahim admitted to the hospital

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    KARACHI: Former Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Justice Fakhruddin G Ibrahim was taken to a local hospital on Wednesday after his health seriously deteriorated, media reported.

    He is under medical observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Three days ago Former Election Commissioner of Pakistan underwent a heart surgery. One of his heart valves was replaced in the open heart surgery.

    Last night his condition deteriorated and he was therefore, shifted to a private hospital in Karachi. He is under observation currently though the doctors have said that he is out of danger.

    Justice Ibrahim, 86, was a former judge of the Supreme Court and a former governor of Sindh. His last active appointment was as Chief Election Commissioner from July 14, 2012 till he resigned in July, 2013.

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  • PM Nawaz to meet Imran Khan to find out ways: says Rafique

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    Islamabad: Amid political turmoil, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to meet with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Federal Minister Saad Rafique said on Wednesday.

    Despite the language that Imran Khan has been using against the prime minister, the latter has decided to meet Imran Khan "for the sake of the country", Rafique said on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

    The decision comes in the wake of Imran's threats to storm Prime Minister House if Nawaz Sharif does not resign within the so-called deadline that the PTI chief had earlier announced.

    Already, activists and supporters of both PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are camped inside the Red Zone of the federal capital which houses significant government buildings such as the Prime Minister House, the Parliament House, the Supreme Court and a number of foreign missions.

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  • Khursheed Shah appreciates PML-N govt’s step

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Appreciating government’s step to allow marchers in the Parliament House, Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said that the PML-N government did the right thing.

    Talking to media here on Wednesday, Shah said that the current political crisis will ultimately resolve through talks.

    He further said that things would not have been worse if the government had accepted demand of Imran Khan for a recount in four constituencies

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  • Next 48 hours are crucial, says Asif

    Dated: 2014-08-21

    ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif Wednesday asserted Prime Minister will not step down come what may, as Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri along with their thousands of supporters are camping outside the Parliament House.

    “Next 48 hours are crucial and I hope that the political crisis would be resolved through dialogue,” Asif said while talking to media after National Assembly’s session.

    The defence minister said patience shown by the government should not be considered as its weakness.

    “A wrong precedent is being set after which anyone would get the government toppled by bringing 50 thousand people on streets,” he said.

    The parliament and the lawmakers have expressed trust on the prime minister today, he added.

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  • QUETTA: President Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Ahmad Kaasi speaks during a press conference at Quetta Press Club.
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  • RAWALPINDI: Security has been increased manifold on the entrance of Islamabad at Faizabad.
  • RAWALPINDI: Security has been increased manifold on the entrance of Islamabad at Faizabad.
  • RAWALPINDI: Security has been increased manifold on the entrance of Islamabad at Faizabad.
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  • PESHAWAR: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Bara Khyber Agency stage a demonstration against air strikes in the agency, outside Peshawar Press Club.
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  • KARACHI: Workers of KESCO repairing wires on pole near Sindh Secretariat.
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  • KARACHI: People face inconvenience due to sewerage water accumulated on link road near Burns Road.
  • KARACHI: A view of road leading towards Empress Market where smooth traffic flow is hindered due to encroachments at both side of the road.
  • KARACHI: Activists of PTI stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Karachi Press Club.
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  • ISLAMABAD: Policemen are seen coming near the Dharna of PTI and PAT near Parliament House.
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  • KARACHI: President of Islami Yakjehti Council Mufti Abdul Qadir Jaffar meeting with leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Shah Owais Noorani at his residence.
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  • ISLAMABAD: Poilce officer checking security arrangements during sit in protest by PTI in front of Parliament House.
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  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman PTI Imran Khan responding to supporters during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
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  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan addressing supporters during sit in protest by the participants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: People listen to the speech of chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan during sit in protest by the participants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
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