ISLAMABAD: As protests in Islamabad seemingly slip out of the government’s control, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s met at the PM House on Monday to discuss the political crisis.
According to sources, the embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif informed army chief General Raheel Sharif that he will not resign in the wake of protests by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Insiders said that in the meeting that lasted over two hours, the prime minister and army chief discussed the ongoing political crisis in detail – and its likely fallout.
The army chief took the prime minister into confidence over the discussions held during the corps commanders meeting on Sunday evening on the prevailing political crisis.
According to sources, the COAS asked the prime minister to resolve the political impasse as soon as possible.
Sources said that General Shari More details
ISLAMABAD: A joint session of the Parliament has been summoned to meet on Tuesday morning at 10 am.
The National Assembly secretariat has issued a notification after securing approval from President Mamnoon Hussain.
The joint session is scheduled to discuss the prevailing political crisis and will give suggestions to end the deadlock.
The session is also expected to adopt a joint resolution for upholding supremacy of the Constitution. More details
ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi has said that Imran Khan has come on an agenda to Islamabad. “Imran Khan told us, ‘they’ say move forward with Tahirul Qadri”, said Javed Hashmi. "Imran Khan said we cannot move forward without Army", Hashmi said. "He told us that he has settled all the matters, there will be elections in September", Hashmi said.
In a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, Javed Hashmi said that Imran Khan lied when he said that only Javed Hashmi disapproved marching towards Prime Minister House.
He said that entire core committee of the party had asked Imran not to move forward. "When Imran Khan shared his plan with us, he said that a judge of our choice is coming in Supreme court", said Hashmi. He said that Imran Khan maligned the Supreme Court. “Supreme Court will expel Nawaz sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, Imran had said”, Hashmi said.
“Resignations were taken from MNAs by force”, Hashmi revealed. “I am in none of the parties right now. I am with the people of Pakistan”, he said. He warned, “Imran Khan! Do not use s More details
Islamabad: Prime Minister has declared that he will neither resign nor go on leave while national political leadership has resolved that there can't be any compromise on supremacy of the Constitution and continuity of the democratic system.
A joint declaration to this effect came during meeting of the national political leaders with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.
The meeting pointed out that future of Pakistan is linked with democracy and any deviation can be dangerous for federation of Pakistan.
The leaders expressed their firm resolve that they stand by the Prime Minister in the struggle to defend the democracy.
All parliamentary parties decided to become party to the petition filed in the Supreme Court for supremacy of the Parliament.
They said they would not allow to set a precedent under which a few people to make hostage mandate of millions of people.
The meeting strongly condemned attacks on the More details
ISLAMABAD: Intermittent clashes continued between police and workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek on Monday.
According to reports, the sit-ins of both the parties have been staged near Pak Secretariat while the protesters are pelting policemen with stones.
SSP Islamabad has warned the protesters not to cross red lines as his force will protect the area.
PTV transmission restored after army takes control over TV HQs
Islamabad: Transmission of state-run Pakistan Television has been restored as army personnel took control minutes after PTI and PAT workers stormed the headquarters of national TV.
Transmission of PTV was suspended Monday after protestors entered its premises and ransacked and occupied its building.
Protestors entered into PTV building after breaking main gates.
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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, has held government responsible for violence in Islamabad and reiterated his demand Prime Minister tender resignation.
He was speaking to protestors from atop his container in Islamabad’s Red Zone where charged mob entered Pak Secretariat and PTV buildings earlier today.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is responsible for whatever police have done with protestors in Islamabad the If anyone dies it will be considered to be a murder
He blamed government for using poisonous teargas shells against protestors.
“Resign immediately, you can’t run the government anymore, it’s up to you to leave with honour or humiliation… Pakistan will be closed today,” Khan warned the government. More details
ISLAMABAD: Minister for planning Ahsan Iqbal has again invited Imran Khan to resume dialogue for resolution of the crises.
In a TV talk show he said the government is ready to resume talks from the point where these were suspended to solve the issues.
Minister for Planning and Developing said he is convinced that innocent people were used as tool to sabotage the upcoming visit of Chinese President to Islamabad.
He said PTI is part of international conspiracy against Pakistan's development agenda.
The minister said the sit-inners are doing the politics of invasion as they invaded the parliament and other state buildings. He said the government was convinced to resolve issue through dialogue and thing were satisfactory for PTI dialogue committee. He said all of a sudden, Chairman PTI Imran Khan directed his part More details
ISLAMABAD: An FIR has been registered by Islamabad police under anti terrorist act against the leaders of PTI and PAT for attacking the president house and parliament house.
The FIR has been registered against Tahir ul qadri, Imran Khan, , Shafqat Mehmod , Jahangir Tareen, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmod Quershi, Sheikh Rasheed, Ch. Shujat Hussain, Hamid Raza of Suuni Ittehad Council and Chief Minister KPK Parvaiz Khattak.
Article 7-ATA of anti terrorist act has also been included in the FIR. More details
ISLAMABAD: Leading from the front, SSP Ismatullah Junejo, who was given the charge of police operations in Red Zone just last night, got injured Monday on first day of his new assignment along with his five colleagues.
Media Reports said that Junejo was hit by stones pelted by protestors.
He was profusely bleeding and was taken to PIMS, Islamabad.
Last night, Junejo was given the charge of operations of Islamabad police battling with protestors of PAT and PTI since late Saturday.
The baton-yielding and stone throwing protestors crossed a distance of nearly one kilometer and reached Pak Secretariat and PTV Chowk where they smashed windowpanes of several vehicles of government employees.
Seizing an area of Shahrah-e-Dastoor within one kilometer, the protestors reached Pak Secretariat and broke outer gate of the building entered the building. More details
Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader disowned storming in state television building by their protesting workers.
“PTI did not attack PTV and we totally disown this action. It damages our cause. We have always been peaceful & unarmed,” Imran Khan said through a recognised Twitter account.
Qadri said “none of our workers entered PTV. They instead ousted some infuriated persons… I direct them not to enter PTV premises.”
Earlier, hundreds of protesters stormed the state broadcaster as fresh clashes with police broke out in Islamabad.
Transmission of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel was cut minutes after an anchor announced demonstrators had entered the building and "besieged" staff.
Meanwhile, Pakistan army contingents cleared protesters from PTV building. More details
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday offered to play its role as a ‘final mediator’ for resolving the current political crisis that has paralyzed the country.
The offered was made by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk during a hearing of petitions against possible unconstitutional measures in the wake of the crisis.
“The Supreme Court is ready to resolve this crisis as a final mediator,” the chief justice said.
Counsels from both PTI and PAT sought sometime from the court so that they can take permission from their respective clients.
The court granted one hour to both the parties. More details
ISLAMABAD: A meeting of national political leaders with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is underway in Islamabad to discuss the prevailing political situation.
Participants of the meeting include Syed Khursheed Shah, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, IjazulHaq, Babar Khan Ghauri, Dr Farooq Sattar, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Haji Adeel, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Abbas Khan Afridi and Ghazi Gulab Jamal.
Senator Rehman Malik will pass the message of former President Asif Ali Zardari to the premier. More details
Islamabad: The federal government has registered treason case Monday against PTI and PAT leaders Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri respectively.
According to media reports the case was lodged at Pak Secretariat police station.
Several sections and clauses including section 124-A pertaining to treason have been penned down in the FIR.
Both Khan and Qadri were also charged with incitement to violence, attempted murder, robbery and interfering in the affairs of the state.
PTI ally Shaikh Rasheed and party leaders Jahangir Tareen, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and others said to be booked in the FIR registered at Secretariat Police Station over rioting at Red Zone area of Islamabad and attack on Parliament House.
The PTI and PAT who are agitating against the government in Islamabad have also decided to register a case against Prime Minister More details
TURBAT: At least 12 terrorists were killed and one FC personnel embraced martyrdom during a search operation by Frontier Corps Balochistan in Gomazai area of Turbat.
FC spokesmen told that the operation was conducted on an intelligence tip off. He said four FC personnel were also injured in the encounter with terrorists.
Huge quantity of arms, explosives, and improvised explosives devices were recovered from hideout of the terrorists, while six vehicles of terrorists were also destroyed during the operation.
The killed terrorists were involved in ransom kidnapping, target killing and attacks on forces.
Meanwhile in another search operation, the Frontier Corps Balochistan has recovered large number of landmines, IEDs and explosive material from a hideout of wanted terrorists in Dasht Goran area of Khuzdar district. More details