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Pakistan in siege

THERE was time when the people in Pakistan came to the streets to defend their democratic system from the onslaught by the military which wanted its say in the country's affairs. Today, the same people want the military to intervene to save whatever is left of the democratic structure in their country. This was visibly seen when the popularly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, to request him to assist. Nawaz Sharif...

Pak protests ease as rival leaders seek negotiated settlement

Pak protests ease as rival leaders seek negotiated settlement

Pakistan's protest leaders demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation prepared to resume talks with the government on Wednesday, reviving hopes for a negotiated solution to a crisis that has shaken the coup-prone nation. Protests turned deadly last weekend, with thousands trying to storm Sharif's house, in an outburst of violence which has prompted fears...

Editorial

Pakistan's unending agony

IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan has been causing to Pakistan's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he...

Securing Pakistan's democracy?

THE two-week-old political crisis in Pakistan took a sharp new turn over the past few days as the military leader, General Raheel Sharif, positioned to mediate the stand-off between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition demonstrators on the streets of Islamabad, led by cleric Mohammed Tahir-ul-Qadri and his ally cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Whether Prime Minister Sharif or Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan initiated the move to military mediation and how the military has played into the development of the crisis itself...

Pak parliament holds emergency session

Pak parliament holds emergency session

An emergency joint session of parliament in Pakistan has been adjourned as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to rally support, with protesters calling for his resignation. It follows three days of violent clashes which left three people dead. The army has denied suggestions it is backing anti-government groups, insisting it is "apolitical". Sharif - who was elected...

A disastrous turn of events

ON Saturday evening the political crisis that has captivated this country for three weeks boiled over. First, there were indications that somehow the government had acceded to the most extraordinary and wretched of capitulations: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was, according to feverish rumour, to go on a month-long enforced vacation while a senior minister ran the government and the Supreme Court-led judicial commission investigated the allegations of so-called widespread fraud in last year's election. If the allegations were found to be...

Troops return Pakistan TV to air

Troops return Pakistan TV to air

Pakistan's national television channel is back on air after security forces removed anti-government protesters from its headquarters in Islamabad. Troops were sent in to regain control from demonstrators who had forced their way into the PTV offices. Earlier, fresh clashes erupted between protesters and police in the capital. Protesters loyal to opposition leader Imran Khan and...

Pak PM summons joint parliament session

Pak PM summons joint parliament session

A high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday has decided to summon a joint session of the parliament on Tuesday to discuss prevailing crisis in the country. The joint session of the parliament would adopt another resolution for upholding the Constitution and supremacy of the Parliament, Pakistani news portal Dawn.com...

PTI's bizarre proposals

WHEN is a resignation not quite a resignation? It seems when it is demanded by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Determined to secure seemingly even a 'non-resignation resignation' to fulfil its original demand that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down, the PTI has mooted a most peculiar set of ideas: the prime minister should, according to the PTI, resign for a short duration while the judicial commission completes its work, and thereafter resume office if the commission's findings do not warrant fresh...

Bid to Topple Govt

Led by Imran, 34 Pak MPs resign

Lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) submitted their resignations from the National Assembly yesterday, as the party continues to lead a sit-in in the capital against Nawaz Sharif's government. However, the party yesterday said it will resume talks with government aimed at ending tense protests that, according to the ruling party, threatens the country's fragile democracy. Former cricketer Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside parliament this week calling for Sharif to go.   Khan insists the May...

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