Lahore: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri Saturday said he would consider his participation in PTI’s November 30 rally in Islamabad if he is invited by Imran Khan.
Talking to media before his departure to Bhakkar for a public rally later Saturday, the controversial cleric said that if PTI leadership invites him to participate in November 30 anti Nawaz government rally, he would consider it sincerely.
Replying to a question on the PAT’s relationship with PTI, Qadri said that he is in touch with Imran Khan and there are no differences between the parties.
The PAT chief reiterated that his destination is revolution and would not end his struggle until it is achieved.
Qadri again rejected the government-formed Judicial Investigation Team (JIT) to probe Model Town incident dubbing it as a 'Patiala House Plan'.
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CALIFONIA: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited US military's National Training Center at Fort Irvin, California on Saturday.
According to ISPR, the COAS reviewed the US military training system and appreciated it.
COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif, who is currently on official visit to USA, was conferred with US Legion of Merit Medal few days ago for brave leadership, sagacity, vision, efforts for peace and stability in the region.
There, he categorically stated that the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation targets all militants without any discrimination and that it is aimed at defeating the menace of terrorism squarely.
"I would like to openly say that this (operation) is against all hues and colors, and it is without any discrimination, whether it is Haqqani network or TTP or anything," he said More details
ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has warned that those taking law into their own hands on November 30 will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Talking to a private TV channel, he said last time PTI violated the commitment as it left their agreed designated place and resorted to violence and attacked Parliament, Prime Minister House and PTV buildings.
The minister said Imran Khan should go to the Supreme Court to get his demand of judicial commission fulfilled as the Prime Minister has already written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan. More details
QUETTA: Two more polio cases were reported in Balochistan on Saturday, taking the number of polio victims to 14.
According to health officials, polio virus was detected in an 18-month-old girl Bibi Amina who is a resident of Killi Tarkha, Quetta.
The second case was confirmed in Balochistan's Khuzdar district.
Shah Zaman, a resident of Chandni Chowk in Khuzdar, fell prey to the virus even though he was administered polio drops, according to health officials.
The crippling disease continues to spread despite tall claims on the part of the government regarding its eradication. Majority of the cases that have been reported are found in Quetta and Killi Abdullah districts of Balochistan. More details
ISLAMABAD: The deadline given by the Supreme Court to the government for the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner will expire on Monday, November 24, while the situation is still dubious as the government and opposition have not yet revealed the name of the probable candidate.
The apex court had warned that if a new CEC was not appointed, the acting chief election commissioner would be recalled and the position would be left vacant.
The CEC appointment case was heard by a three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice. During the proceedings, the attorney general sought more time for the appointment of the CEC on behalf of the federal government. The attorney general said the prime minister and opposition leader were not in the country and those people contacted for the position had excused themselves.
Justice Dost Muhammad Khan inquired if the prime minister would be abroad as the next deadline for the appointment expired. The attorney general replied that the More details
ISLAMABAD: US ambassador in Islamabad Richard Oslon called on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday.
The meeting was held at Khan’s residence in Bani Gala, Islamabad.
Former foreign minister and PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi also attended the meeting, in which issues of mutual interests and Pak-US ties came under discussion. More details
Taxilla: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has clarified the government would not create hindrances in the way of a peaceful rally but would take matters into its own hands if the situation turns violent.
“If anyone wants to stage protest in Islamabad, it’s their political and democratic right but people of the capital also have some rights which should not be violated by chaos and disturbance by the protests”, Nisar said while talking to media here on Saturday.
He said that if someone tries to create chaos then we are prepared for that too.
“There is no obstacle if anyone wants to hold a political rally on November 30 but a protocol needs to be followed”, he said adding that state is not too weak to stop aggression towards its capital.
He said the security forces had foiled such attempts on August 31 when PTI and PAT started their aggression towards PM House.
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BHAKKAR: All arrangements have been finalized as Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) would hold a public gathering at Jamil Stadium in Bhakkar today (Sunday).
PAT workers will take responsibility for security of the rally venue and the stage.
According to District Police Officer (DPO) Shakir Hussain, a security plan has been prepared under which more than 700 police personnel would be deployed.
Walkthrough gates would be set up at the entry gates of the venue, Hussain said.
A bomb disposal squad has also been called out to inspect the venue ahead of the rally, the DPO added. More details
KARACHI: The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on a political party camp in the southern city of Karachi which wounded at least 15 people.
Three provincial legislators were among those wounded when gunmen hurled hand grenades and opened fire on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement(MQM) membership drive meeting in the city’s restive eastern district of Orangi Town late Friday.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Jamatul Ahrar faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the attack was in revenge for the arrest and killing of Taliban members in Karachi.
“We will keep on targeting MQM, Awami National Party (ANP)and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Karachi,” he told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location. The PPP rules southern Sindh province while the MQM represents the city’s dominant Urdu-speaking population.
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that next general elections would be conducted in year 2018.
The prime minister said that performance of political parties would be judged in the 2018 elections. “People will have the right to vote for the party of their choice in the elections,” he said.
Prime Minister Sharif said that all political parties were stakeholders in a democratic system. “All of us know that loyalty with constitution is inevitable,” he remarked.
The premier said that loopholes in the system could be rectified by parliamentary democracy. There is no other option except to abide by the constitution, he added. More details
BAHAWALPUR: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) head Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Saturday urged his supporters and office bearers to gear up for local government elections.
Addressing a public gathering in Bahawalpur, Hussain said that a government can be formed through rigging, but it cannot survive.
He said that Pakistan was faced with many internal and external threats. The government, he noted, should not sit silent on the issue of Indian shelling at Line of Control (LoC).
Hussain further said that people were being fooled in the names of false promises. More details