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  • Govt to continue to function without any distractions: PM

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the parliament has played an important role in the current political crisis adding that the government will continue to function without any detraction.

    Talking to the media persons here on Monday PM vowed to bring reforms in the system in his five year term.

    He said the parliament has played an important role in the current political crisis. The entire parliament and the nation stands on the one side while a handful elements stand isolated on the other.

    He said the political leadership has demonstrated maturity in the prevailing situation and all the democratic institutions are working as per their mandate.

    The PM said ongoing protests had inflicted large damages on the economy.

    “We have not staged rallies so far. When we do, it will be known to public,” he said in an apparent retort to protesters, hinting at the public support PML-N e

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  • Nisar, Shahbaz, Imran yet to submit asset details: ECP

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    ISLAMABAD: As the deadline for submission of asset details nears, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday said that only 305 out of 1,174 lawmakers have submitted their details yet.

    Chief ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are among those who have not submitted their asset details so far.

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan have also not submitted their asset details to the poll body.

    On September 26, ECP had said that it has received the asset details of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    On July 9, the poll body had issued a notification, asking all lawmakers to submit details of their assets by September 30.

    ECP had said that if lawmakers fail to submit the details, their membership from the relevant assembly would be suspended

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  • PPP wants continuity of system: Zardari

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    KARACHI: Asif Zardari, former president and PPP Co-Chairman, said Monday that his party wants continuity of democracy.

    The former president said that the party did not go for protests after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination but saved the country with the ‘Pakistan Khapay’ slogan.

    “The problems are solved in the parliament not in the streets during protests”, he said.

    He supported the PML-N government, saying his party wants continuity of democracy as it is the only way of Pakistan’s development. Zardari said that the PPP will hold countrywide public meetings from October 18th.

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  • It's natural for Imran to attract a few people: Kaira

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) senior leader, Qamar Zaman Kaira, says it's natural for a charismatic leader like Imran Khan to attract a few people towards him, however, unlike Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the PPP was a party with an ideology. Kaire said this in a statement that was all about singing praises of party patron-in-chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for going down on his knees to win disillusioned sympathizers back.

    Kaira analyzed that Bilawal was an up-and-coming politician of this age and his unconventional style had always raised the eyebrows of many an old-school politico.

    "Bilawal is new-school, but his coming down to his knees to apologize to those workers, who he had inadvertently hurt, is heartening. He knows it's the workers who make parties and not the other way round", said he.

    Responding to PTI bigwig Asad Umer's wishing him and Saeed Ghani to join PTI, a courteous Karai said all he could say was thanks for making him feel worthwhile.

    "I can only appreciate Umer for this compliment, but in the same breath want him to know that PPP is my heart and soul", Kaira said. inadvertently

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  • Govt willing to hold talks with PTI: Khawaja Asif

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the government is still ready to hold meaningful dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to resolve political issues.

    In an interview with a private TV channel, he said the government made serious and sincere efforts to resolve the issues through dialogue.

    Commenting on PTI's public meeting in Lahore, the minister said though it was a good show it did not mean that Imran Khan's popularity graph has increased.

    Khawaja Asif said three electricity meters each were installed at residences of Imran Khan in Banigala and Zaman Park and eight at the house of his party's Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Multan to reduce bills amount, which is a sheer violation of the law.

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  • Five militants killed in Khyber Agency explosion

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    Peshawar: At least five militants were killed and several others injured in an explosion in the main office of banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency.

    Levies Forces said the blast occurred in Nala Khajori area. As a result, five men including central spokesman of the banned outfit Younis Khan alias Abu Rasheed Lashkari were killed and several others sustained injuries.

    Those killed included three members of Lashkar-e-Islam and two of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The office of the militants was also badly damaged.

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  • Govts are not formed by chanting slogans: Ahsan Iqbal

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    Lahore: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said governments are not formed by chanting slogans and holding big rallies.

    Talking to media after attending a ceremony at University of Engineering and Technology here Monday he said that many parties don’t even contest elections but stage huge rallies. He said that governments are not formed through mere slogans but through elections and 2018 elections would be decisive factor who comes into power or not.

    He said Imran Khan earlier gave ultimatum of 48 hours for PM’s resignation and now he is saying that Prime minister should resign later which means grapes are sore

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  • PTI Punjab MPAs refuse to appear in groups of four

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Punjab MPAs have refused to appear at Punjab Assembly Speaker’s office individually.

    Speaker Punjab Assembly had directed all the MPAs to appear in groups of four. Refusing to appear individually, PTI has written a letter to Speaker Punjab Assembly and has maintained that all its MPAs will appear together.

    According to Dunya News, PTI has prohibited its MPAs to appear individually before the Speaker. In its letter, PTI has claimed that calling the MPAs in groups of 4 is a conspiracy against PTI. It says that 29 members of PTI had presented their resignations together and they will appear together to affirm them too.

    Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal called 4 PTI MPAs on 11 am on September 29 and kept waiting till 2 pm but none of the 4 appeared. Speaker has said

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  • People’s struggle soon to become success story: Qadri

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri said struggle of people against the government would soon be translated into a success story.

    Addressing his supporters at D-Chowk, the PAT chief said Punjab was facing debt of Rs 452 billion that accumulated in last seven years. This province has never been in debt in its entire history, added Dr. Qadri.

    He castigated the rulers for pushing masses under a pile of debt. They [leaders] are carrying begging bowl, in contrary to their pledges to do away with practice of seeking loan when taking to power, Dr. Qadri said.

    In democracy, he said, under-privileged segment can question the privileged, but in “Pakistan no such democratic practices prevail”. We want end to this autocratic rule, said the PAT chief. He claimed the entire national wealth was being spent on private businesses of

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  • Secretary ECP terms elections 2013 as most laudable

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmad said that the General Elections 2013 were the most laudable elections in the history of the country.

    A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms was held in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Secretary ECP presented Fact Sheet about the General Elections 2013 before the Committee.

    Giving salient features of the Fact Sheet, he said the elections 20013 represented significant milestone and a vital step on a path to a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan.

    Ishtiaq Ahmad said that the international and local election observers, organizations and prominent personalities declared the polls free, fair credible and successful. He said the reports of important organizations and statements of international personalities including UN Secretary Ge

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  • Sit-in a conspiracy against Imran politics: Javaid Hashmi

    Dated: 2014-09-30

    Multan: Javaid Hashmi said that he had already mentioned that PTI sit-in was a conspiracy against Imran Khan to end its politics and it had been proved”.

    Talking to media at his residence on Monday, he said that according to party constitution, neither Imran Khan nor Jahangir Tareen can suspend him from his party designation.

    He added that on October 16, people of Multan are going to do an important decision which will change the fate of this country and true democracy will come to country.

    “Imran Khan is a simple man; Sheikh Rasheed wants to roll back democratic set up whereas Shah Mehmood Qurashi is after power,” he stated.

    Talking about Shah Mehmood Qurashi, he said that why he does not appear in front of Speaker of National Assembly for the approval of resignations whereas the Speaker is summoning him.

    “Shah Mehmood Qurashi is taking

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  • MULTAN: Students presenting a tableau during a ceremony at a local school in Multan.
  • KHANEWAL: RPO Multan Amjad Javed Saleemi reviewing the Guard of Honour at Police Lines Khanewal. DPO Rana Muhammad Ayaz Saleem is also seen in the picture.
  • RAWALPINDI: A heap of garbage lying on Peshawar Road near Chohr Chowk, needing attention of the concerned authorities.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Health Minister Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Shehram Tarkai briefing about New Health Policy for KPK during his Visit in Ayub Teaching Hospital.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Health Minister Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Shehram Tarkai meeting the Patients during his Visit to Ayub Teaching Hospital.
  • KARACHI: Poor children eating their lunch, along a road in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: A woman carrying a bicycle while travelling on a motorcycle, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Sanitary workers of Shah Faisal Town, hold a demonstration in support of their demands in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Program Manager Forum of Federations Canada Phillip Gonzalez, Former Judge Lahore High Court Justice (Retd) Raja Shafqat Abbasi, Prof Roberta Ryan from Australian Center of Excellence for Local Government, Fatima Guerreiro Fiscal Auditor of the State of Bahia, Brazil, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and International tax counsel Dr. Ikram Ul Haq and National Program Manger Forum of Federations, Pakistan Emmanuel Khurshid, posing for a group photo with the participants after a Workshop for Media and Civil Society Organizations on” Consolidating Democratic Devolution in Pakistan” by Forum of Federations in Karachi.
  • LAHORE: A health worker supervising polio drops to a child during Polio Immunization Drive in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: A health worker supervising polio drops to a child during Polio Immunization Drive in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Visitors taking interest in the art pieces displayed during an exhibition at Al Hamra Art Gallery.
  • LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning and Developmnt Ahsan Iqbal talking to the media persons in Lahore.
  • LAHORE: Applicants submitting their applications for some vacant posts in Lahore High Court.
  • HANGU: A view of IDPs camp at Hangu a day after the blast. 9 people were killed in an explosion in Hangu.
  • HANGU: A view of IDPs camp at Hangu a day after the blast. 9 people were killed in an explosion in Hangu.
  • HYDERABAD: Vendors showing decoration items for sacrificial animals in temporary animal market Hala Naka.
  • HYDERABAD: Villagers of taluka Latifabad hold a protest against auction of the land, which were alleged in their custody, outside DG HDA office.
  • HYDERABAD: Activists of civil Society and Shehri Ittehad hold a protest against civic authorities, outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Doctors and paramedics hold an awareness walk on the eve of World Heart Day, in Civil Hospital Hyderabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Girls take keen interest in exhibition of portraits of the shrine Hazrat Imam Raza, on the eve of his birth celebrations, organized by Khana-e-Farhang Iran Hyderabad.
  • HYDERABAD: A girl taking photo with her mobile of dome of the shrine of Hazrat Imam Raza during an exhibition of portraits of the shrine on the eve of his birth celebrations, organized by Khana-e-Farhang Iran Hyderabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Sewage water seen inundated on Liberty Chowk near civil hospital.
  • HYDERABAD: The truth of the maxim
  • HYDERABAD: A woman vendor presenting grass to her goats, in temporary animal market Hala Naka.
  • HYDERABAD: Sacrificial animals and their owners, waiting for customers in temporary animal market Hala Naka.
  • HYDERABAD: Treasury employees hold a protest against arrest of their colleague from anti corruption police during a raid.
  • ATTOCK: SSP North 5 Highway Dr Mian Saeed Ahmad posing for a group photo with the media persons, in Attock.
  • ATTOCK: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad speaks during the launching cermeony of a book in Hazroo.
  • SWAT: Motorists are stuck in a traffic jam on Makanbagh Road.
  • ABBOTTABAD: College Girls Welcome KPK Minister for Food Qalandar Lodhi during his arrival at Govt. Girls Degree College Qalandarabad.
  • QUETTA: Collector Customs Zahoor Akhtar Raja speaks during a press conference in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: Chief of Khilji Qaumi Tahreek Lala Yousaf Khilji and others, offering Fateha for the martyred staff workers of Online News Network.
  • ISLAMABAD: A disabled man sleeping near the stage during PTI Sit In, in Islamabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Leaders of political parties, members of civil society and NGO’s activists attend a dialogue
  • PESHAWAR: Pakistani journalist released from Afghan Jail, Faizullah speaks during a press conference at Peshawar Press Club
  • PESHAWAR: Famous Cardiologist Dr Hafeezullah speaks during a press conference at Peshawar Press Club
  • PESHAWAR: Activists of Railway Prem Union hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club
  • PESHAWAR: A young girl collecting reusable items from the garbage in Peshawar
  • FAISALABAD: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar giving degree to a student during 5th convocation of GC University Faisalabad.
  • FAISALABAD: Students sitting during 5th convocation ceremony of GC University Faisalabad.
  • FAISALABAD: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar giving compensation cheques to relatives of martyred and injured policemen during a ceremony at Police Line.
  • LAHORE: David Rehmat leading a demonstration organized by Civil Society against torture on women, outside Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Vendor selling knives and other tools to earn livelihood at Ravi Road.
  • LAHORE: Former Interior Minister Zahid Sarfaraz addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Former Prime Minister and senior vice president of PPP Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani addressing a press conference after Core Committee meeting of the party at Bilawal House.
  • KARACHI: Girl applying color of national flag on face of students during a ceremony held in connection with Defense Day at local school.
  • ISLAMABAD: Sacrificial animals eat as their owners wait for customers at cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Adha.
  • ISLAMABAD: Man holds goat at cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Adha.
  • ISLAMABAD: Vendor sells harnesses and other decorative items for sacrificial animals at cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Adha.
  • ISLAMABAD: Leaders of political party stand with residents of Malot who stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside National Press Club.
  • KABUL: President Mamnoon Hussain and Afghan President Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ghani at Presidential Palace, Kabul.
  • KABUL: President Mamnoon Hussain exchanging views with Afghan President Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ghani at Presidential Palace, Kabul.
  • ISLAMABAD: Students busy in renovating wall at government school in sector F-7/2 where large number of police were staying.
  • MULTAN: Vice chairman of PTI Shah Mehmood Qurashi addressing a press conference.
  • QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch addressing a press conference at MPA Hostel.
  • KARACHI: People who are affiliated with civil society hold placards during a demonstration against VIP culture, at Teen Talwar, Clifton.
  • MULTAN: Former MNA Makhdoom Javeed Hashmi addressing a press conference at his residence.
  • KARACHI: Vendor displayed harnesses and other items for sacrificial animals at a stall in the area of Teen Hatti.
  • KARACHI: Man selling fodder at his shop on Jamsheed Road.
  • KARACHI: People stand at counters as they reserve seats of Eid Special Train at Cantt Station.
  • KARACHI: People stand in queues as they wait for their turn to reserve seats of Eid Special Train at Cantt Station.
  • KARACHI: Policeman seen alert at security check post at Cantt Station.
  • KARACHI: Lady Health Worker giving polio vaccination to a child of a passenger at Cantt Station.
  • KARACHI: Workers of Mohajir Rabita Council stage a demonstration in support of Mohajir province, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: General Secretary of Mohajir Rabita Council Arshad Siddiqui addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: A view of traffic jam on the busy road of Liaquatabad.
  • KARACHI: People standing perturbed outside the office of Secretary Education Sindh after delay in issuing list of candidates for admission in part I of intermediate class through Central Admission Policy of Sindh Education Department.
  • GUJRAT: People seen at cattle market setup near Gujrat Railway Station ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
  • KARACHI: Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch lighting lamps in the memory of victims of Baldia Town factory incident.
  • KARACHI: Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • NOWSHERA: Sacks full of explosives seen at Cantt Police Station which were recovered during raid.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri playing cricket with participants of Inqilab March during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing participants of Inqilab March during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participant of Inqilab March showing victory sign during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participant of Inqilab March holds a child for picture during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan addressing participants of Azadi March during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women participate in sit in protest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women react as they participate in sit in protest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in front of Parliament House.