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Pakistan

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...

No deadlines, no solutions

No deadlines, no solutions

The political crisis in Pakistan remains at fever pitch as both the government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refuse to budge on their respective positions. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stands firm in the face of growing pressure for his resignation, and the protesting PTI and PAT are adamant...

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...

PAKISTAN CRISIS

Imran Khan for 'Bangladesh model'

Imran Khan for 'Bangladesh model'

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi's startling claims of a scripted political crisis being engineered in Pakistan has led to widespread speculation among analysts that a version of the 'Bangladesh Model' may be in the works. "Imran had told the PTI core committee it won't be called a martial law," Hashmi alleged at a...

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...

2 die as anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan

2 die as anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan

Clashes are continuing in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif. Police again fired tear gas as the demonstrators tried to regroup after a night of violence near Sharif's residence in the capital, Islamabad. Two people died during the clashes and at least 300 were injured. Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician...

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...

Breakthrough expected in Pak talks

Breakthrough expected in Pak talks

A breakthrough is expected between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the government committees formed to hold dialogue, reports geo.tv. There is another round of talks expected today (Saturday) between the PTI and government. The government team comprises Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Pervaiz Rashid and Abdul Qadir Baloch. The PTI is represented in the talks by Shah Mehmood...

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