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  • Govt asked COAS to play facilitative role: ISPR

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    RAWALPINDI: Pakistan military said that army chief General Raheel Sharif stepped in to diffuse the political crisis on government’s request.

    In a press statement, army said that “COAS was asked by the Govt to play facilitative role for resolution of current impasse, in yesterday's meeting, at #PM House.” Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the National Assembly floor said the government had not requested nor had the army asked to act as a mediator in helping resolve the political crisis.

    The prime minister said in his presence Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had received a telephone call regarding Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri wanting to meet Army chief General Raheel Sharif.

    Prime Minister Sharif informed parliamentarians that he said if Khan and Qadri had requested a meeting the army chief should meet them. Prior

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  • Govt, PTI talks again fail

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Talks between government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) suffered another failure on Friday with two sides refusing to back down from their stated positions.

    Speaking to journalists, senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that deadlock persisted between two sides due to mistrust.

    “We came with a constructive approach. We gave fresh suggestions, but government doesn’t offer any solution,” he said.

    He stated that PTI also demanded explanation from government regarding position it took in the National Assembly. “Government took a different position what it adopted yesterday,” he said.

    “Unless government explains its position, this meeting will remain futile,” he added.

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  • Army asked to act as ‘facilitator’ not ‘mediator or guarantor’: Nisar

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said that the clarification issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) endorsed government’s point of view.

    “The ISPR statement was sent to me before its issuance, I get it approved from the prime minister and then it was released," Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.

    Nisar said the protesting leaders do not want formation of Supreme Court commission for vote rigging probe. The sit-inners said that they have full confidence on the military after which the government decided to involve the army to play its role as a “facilitator,” he said.

    Nisar said the ISPR used the word ‘facilitative’ which is in the circle of the constitution. He said the military’s statement reflects the stance of the government. “We used the word facilitator which is constitutional, and not guarantor

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  • Altaf demands national government, army intervention

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) head Altaf Hussain called for the formation of a national government to end the political crisis engulfing the country.

    In a press statement, Hussain said that army should intervene to improve the prevailing tense situation in Pakistan.

    He said that God forbid, Pakistan could face any risk just to save democracy and constitution.

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  • PM can be ousted under Article 62, 63: Rashid

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rashid said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could be dismissed under Article 62, 63 of the Constitution.

    His remarks came minutes after ISPR confirmed that army chief was asked by government to play a facilitative role for the resolution of current impasse in yesterday’s meeting at PM House.

    Speaking to a private TV channel, Rashid said that there was no need for Prime Minister Sharif to give his statement on the floor of house. The prime minister was pushed to this state by opposition leader Khursheed Shah, he opined.

    “Nawaz Sharif has failed to recognise the difference between his enemy and friend. There was nothing wrong in asking army to end the political impasse,” he stated. The situation, he noted, got complicated after ISPR’s statement.

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  • Dialogue, dialogue only dialogue: Zardari

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    Shangai: Former President and Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari has said that dialogue, dialogue and only dialogue is the best way to settle political standoff.

    Talking to different gatherings in China on Friday, he said that PPP believes in talks and did not go to extreme in politics.

    “It is my wish to settle political crises through peaceful means,” he stated.

    He added that people sitting in protest have accepted the results of general elections despite of rigging.

    Talking about Pak-India relation, he said: "We want good relations with India and sincere efforts should be carried out to settle all issues with New Delhi."

    Talking about Afghanistan, he said that NATO troops are withdrawing from Kabul whereas Pakistan should support its neighbour.

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  • Govt asked for army mediation, insists Imran

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan denied Friday that his party contacted the army, saying Federal Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had revealed that it was in fact the prime minister who urged the army chief to mediate for resolving the prevailing political impasse.

    “You can confirm it from a few journalists to whom Chaudhry Nisar issued this statement,” Khan said while talking to media from atop his container. “General Raheel Sharif knew that I had received a call from his office after which I met him,” the PTI chief said.

    The PTI chief said that during his meeting with the army chief, General Raheel told him that he will guarantee a transparent probe into vote fraud.

    “I told General Raheel that I don’t trust Nawaz Sharif and his resignation is essential so that vote rigging allegations could be investigated in a transparent manner,” Khan said.

    “General Raheel told me that Nawaz Sharif is not willing to resign,” he said.

    Khan said that he told him

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  • Khurshid Shah resolves to defend constitution

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah has said that all political parties will stand steadfast to ensure supremacy of the constitution, the parliament and to strengthen democracy.

    Speaking in the National Assembly, he said it is unfortunate that a bad impression was created about the position of the government on the issue, while it is a matter of satisfaction that the interior minister has removed this impression.

    Khurshid Shah said the government should allow these undemocratic protesters to storm the parliament and destroy the state institution, so that they could be exposed before the nation of 200 million people with their ulterior motives.

    Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that the fight to defend democracy has entered the decisive stage and we will continue struggle in this regard. He suggested that the joint session of the parliament should be summoned to address t

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  • PM reiterates to never compromise on supremacy of Parliament

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that he can sacrifice his governments ten times, but will never compromise on the supremacy of the parliament, the constitution and the democracy.

    Speaking in the National Assembly on Friday, he assured the House that government will honor each word of the resolution passed by this House regarding holding of negotiations with protesters. He said he has taken oath to protect the constitution and the parliament and will never deviate from this oath.

    Nawaz Sharif has said he has taken oath to protect supremacy of the constitution and he will never compromise on it as protection democracy is his ideology. He against said that he can sacrifice his government, but could not sacrifice on the ideology of the constitution and strengthening of the democracy.

    He said all political forces including PML-N and PPP have rendered matchless sacrifice

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  • Prof Ajmal recovered after four-year abduction

    Dated: 2014-08-30

    PESHAWAR: Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Prof Ajmal has been recovered after after four years of abduction.

    Pakistan Army has succeeded in releasing Vice Chancellor Islamia College University Peshawar Professor Ajmal Khan from Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency.

    He was kidnapped by terrorists from the University premises in September 2010.

    He has been shifted to Peshawar through army helicopter.

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  • MANSEHRA: Aug29 - Federal Ministers, Member Provincial & Nation Assemblies, Govt. Officials & Local People Offering Funeral Prayer of father of MNA Captain Safdar in Mansehra.
  • MANSEHRA: Aug29 - People carrying coffin after offering Funeral Prayer of father of MNA Captain Safdar in Mansehra.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Farmers hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - A man selling lime water to earn living for his family, outside Session Court.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Farmers hold a demonstration in support of their demands at Faisal Chowk.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Lawyers hold a demonstration against the staff of Anarkali Police Station, at Session Court.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - A worker is busy in painting a large boat on Fish Harbour.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - People facing hardships due to the garbage in the sewerage nullah in Bheempura Area.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Stock brokers are busy in trading during the ascending trend at Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • ATTOCK: Aug29 - A view of the rough state of Attock Tomb, needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • ATTOCK: Aug29 - Visitors enjoy boat ride in the water of River Indus, in Attock.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Leader Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi talking to the media persons in Islamabad.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimeen Leader Syeda Noreen Bukhari talking to the media persons at Lahore Press Club.
  • HYDERABAD: Aug29 - Activists of Qaumi Awami Tehreek hold a protest in the favor of their demands outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Aug29 - Residents of Ali Nagar Qasimabad hold a protest for crystal survey of their vilages, outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Aug29 - Journalists hold a protest rally against killings of 3 journalists in Quetta, in Hyderabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Aug29 - Leader of Lady Health Workers association Haleema Leghari addressing a press conference at HPC.
  • PESHAWAR: Aug29 - Haroon Shafdial speaks during a seminar on religious harmony organized by South Asia Partnership at Kali Bari Mandir, Saddar.
  • PESHAWAR: Aug29 - Vice Chancellor Islamia University Prof. Ajmal Khan talking to the media persons after his recovery from the kidnappers.
  • PESHAWAR: Aug29 - Journalists hold a demonstration against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta.
  • RAHIMYARKHAN: Aug29 - Journalists hold a demonstration against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta, outside Rahim Yar Khan Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqi cutting the ribbon to inaugurate a movie on the topic of eunuch community.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Journalists hold a demonstration against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Journalists hold a demonstration against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • QUETTA: Aug29 - Journalists holding banners and placards during a demonstration organized by Quetta Press Club and Balochistan Union of Journalists against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: Aug29 - Journalists pray during a demonstration organized by Quetta Press Club and Balochistan Union of Journalists against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: Aug29 - Journalists hoisting a black flag outside Quetta Press Club against the killing of 3 journalists of Online News Network in Quetta.
  • FAISALABAD: Aug29 - CPO Faisalabad Dr Sohail Tajik speaks during a press conference at Police Lines.
  • FAISALABAD: Aug29 - Activists of Shiite Ulmaa Council hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Imam Bargah Dhobi Ghaat.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - A view of the coffin of Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi who was killed in firing in his office in Quetta.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - A view of the burial of Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi who was killed in firing in his office in Quetta.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - Journalists hold a demonstration against the killing of Senior Journalist Irshad Mastoi who was killed in firing in his office in Quetta.
  • MULTAN: Aug29 - A vender arranging grapes to attract the customers in Multan.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Members of National Press Club and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists stage a protest against killing of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi who was gunned down by unknown assailants in his office in Quetta, outside National Press Club.
  • BANNU: Aug29 - Workers of a local NGO setting up tents for displaced persons of North Waziristan at Tent City near link road.
  • BANNU: Aug29 - Workers of a local NGO offering Dua after setting up tent city for displaced persons of North Waziristan, near link road.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek addressing participants of Inqilab March during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Participants of Inqilab March listen to the speech of chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • BADIN: Aug29 - Journalists stage a protest against killing of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi who was gunned down by unknown assailants in his office in Quetta.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Quaid-e-Millat-e-Jaffaria Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi addressing a ceremony held in connection with the death anniversary of Allama Mufti Jaffar Hussain at Karbala Gamay Shah.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah along with Zammurad Khan welcomed 26 orphan children from Waziristan who arrived at Sweet Home H-9.
  • KASUR: Aug29 - DCO Syed Javeed Iqbal Bukkari presiding over a meeting to review weekly performance of all the departments engaged in dengue eradication.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Senior vice chairman PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi seen after meeting with government officials in the capital.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Senior vice chairman PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi talks to media persons after meeting with government officials in the capital.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Forklifter carrying a car which was parked at No Parking area on Jamsheed Road.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Workers of Baloch Students Organization (Azad) stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Hindus are seen singing their religious songs on the occaion of festivial of Gandpati Deva Baba Morya, at Karachi Zoo.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Hindus are seen singing their religious songs on the occaion of festivial of Gandpati Deva Baba Morya, at Karachi Zoo.
  • MANSEHRA: Aug29 - Prime Minister Mian Mohamamd Nawaz Sharif coming to attend Namaz-e-Janaza of father of MNA Capt. Safdar in Khawari village.
  • RAWALPINDI: Aug29 - Pir Abdul Shakoor Nakshbandi leading Istehkam-e-Pakistan Rally organized by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Senior Group).
  • RAWALPINDI: Aug29 - Man is seen busy with his cell phone while sitting on a push cart at road side.
  • RAWALPINDI: Aug29 - Men are seen sitting idle on road media at Raja Bazaar.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - Journalists offering Fateha on the death of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi after his funeral ceremony on Friday.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - Journalists stage a protest against killing of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi, who was gunned down by unknown assailants in his office in Quetta, after his funeral prayer on Friday.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - MD Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh along with orphan children who came from Bannu and North Waziristan.
  • JACOBABAD: Aug29 - People offering funeral prayer of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi who was gunned down by unknown assailants in his office in Quetta.
  • FAISALABAD: Aug29 - Activisits of Insaf Students Federation hold huge flag during a rally on Railway Station Road.
  • KARACHI: Aug29 - Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest organized by Joint Action Committee Karachi against sit in protests in front of Parliament in Islamabad, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Soda drink vendor listens to his cell phone at roadside near Badshahi Masjid.
  • LAHORE: Aug29 - Activists of PML (N) minority wing hold torches during a rally outside Lahore Press Club.
  • COLOMBO: Aug29 - Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt reviewing guard of honor during his visit to Sri Lankan Air Force.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Federal Minister of Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan addressing a press conference.
  • GUJRAT: Aug29 - Residents of Garhi Ahmadabad UC-52 stage a protest against over billing of electricity, outside A-Division Police Station.
  • GUJRAT: Aug29 - Vendors selling old shows and clothes with the wall of residence of President of PML (Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain at Chowk Pakistan.
  • GUJRAT: Aug29 - Police showing weapons recovered from men who were arrested by the personnel of Saddar Police Station.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar talks to media persons in the capital.
  • MULTAN: Aug29 - Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq addressing public gathering.
  • MULTAN: Aug29 - Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq, Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and others join hands to express solidarity during public gathering.
  • MULTAN: Aug29 - Gils present flowers to Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq during public gathering.
  • CHERAT: Aug29 - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif meeting a Chinese soldier during his visit to Pak-China special forces joint training exercise at Headquaters SSG near Cherat.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing participants of Inqilab March during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House. President PML (Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is also present.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri addressing participants of Inqilab March during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Participants of Inqilab March listen to the address of chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Participants of Inqilab March listen to the speech of chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Participants of Inqilab March listen to the speech of chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri during their sit in protest in support of demands in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Girls participate in sit in protest of Inqilab March in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Aug29 - Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah talks to media persons during a ceremony of Pakistan Sweet Home.