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Political Crisis

Withdraw blockade for students' sake

Withdraw blockade for students' sake

As the country's ongoing political crisis seems to be far from over, the education minister yesterday once again pleaded with the BNP-led alliance to withdraw its indefinite blockade for smooth holding of the SSC and equivalent exams. Over 14 lakh students from 27,808 educational institutions are set to take the exams at 3,116 centres from February 2 against the backdrop of political violence that has so far claimed 35 lives, burned scores and injured several hundred since January 6. “For the sake of God and humanity, withdraw the blockade during...

Editors for talks to end impasse

Newspaper editors yesterday urged the government to resolve the ongoing political crisis through discussion. In a view-exchange meeting with several ministers at the Secretariat's information ministry, they said the country should no longer go through this impasse that had rendered people helpless. “We made it clear that we stand against violent activities....we don't want any chaos and we want peace,” Golam Sarwar, editor of the daily Samakal, told reporters after the meeting. “This should come to an end. We've proposed that the...

Editorial

Our leaders inured to our plight

For government ministers to say that there is no political crisis is like burying one's head in the sand. If there is no crisis then why the 30 dead and more than 900 injured since January 5?  The country has suffered three weeks of violence and one sees no end to it. And while it is well and good that the government should take all necessary measures to stem the spate of violence it must also address the fundamental issue,...

Normalcy in a few days

Leaders of the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition Jatiya Party yesterday forecast an end to the ongoing violence and political crisis in the next couple of days, stating without elaborating that policing and talks would bring about the change. Violence in the last 18 days of a blockade being enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance left 33 people dead and around 900 injured while about 700 vehicles were vandalised and torched. The alliance demands an inclusive, credible national election...

No political crisis in country: Hanif

No political crisis in country: Hanif

Observing that there is no political crisis in the country, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif today said a quarter is carrying out subversive and terrorist acts to make Bangladesh a dysfunctional state. “We’ve said the country’s situation is not abnormal. A quarter has been carrying out subversive and terrorist acts in...

Afghan rivals strike power sharing deal

Afghan rivals strike power sharing deal

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president yesterday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result. Allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 vote sparked political crisis as both candidates claimed victory, paralysing the country at a key...

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...

‘Soft coup’ fears grow in Pakistan

Pakistan's army chief took centre stage in a national political crisis yet again by holding talks with two protest leaders who have been agitating on the streets of Islamabad for the overthrow of the elected government for the last two weeks. Politician and former cricketer Imran Khan and a Muslim cleric called Tahir-ul-Qadri left their protest camps outside parliament for back-to-back audiences with Raheel Sharif, the general in charge of Pakistan's 500,000-strong army. Officials said the general had agreed to mediate...

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...

Pakistan talks spark 'soft coup' fears

Pakistan talks spark 'soft coup' fears

Pakistan's army chief took centre stage in a national political crisis on Thursday night by holding talks with two protest leaders who have been agitating on the streets of Islamabad for the overthrow of the elected government for the last two weeks. Politician and former cricketer Imran Khan and a Muslim cleric called Tahir-ul-Qadri...

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