Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan gestures during a protest march - AFP
Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan gestures during a protest march - AFP
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri (C) is surrounded by Pakistani supporters as he addresses demonstrators in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri (C) is surrounded by Pakistani supporters as he addresses demonstrators in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather as security personnel arrive in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather as security personnel arrive in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014 — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014 — Photo by AFP
Screengrab of security personnel in the Red Zone
Screengrab of security personnel in the Red Zone
A supporter of Imran Khan flashes victory sign during a protest march against the PML-N government in Islamabad. — Photo by AFP
A supporter of Imran Khan flashes victory sign during a protest march against the PML-N government in Islamabad. — Photo by AFP

Islamabad is heating up. Imran Khan has threatened to storm the Prime Minister House if Nawaz Sharif does not resign. Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri has promised his followers that accountability would be ensured for the “corrupt” rulers.

The army has broken its silence and has publicly urged both the government and the protesting political parties to exercise restraint and find a way out of the crisis through dialogue.

Follow our live updates below.


01:23 | We do not operate on ISPR instructions: Qureshi

Talking to media, after a dialogue session, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the PTI delegation met government’s delegation and discussed the political stalemate in the country.

He said the PTI delegation presented it six conditions and discussed the logic behind them.

“They will get back to us tomorrow after examining our demands,” he said.

In response to a question regarding the timing of the PTI’s negotiation, coming after the Ispr press release, Qureshi became irked and said, “We do not operate on ISPR instructions.”

Ahsan iqbal, a member of the government’s delegation told media that both parties understand that we cannot afford this political crisis.

He said that PTI has presented their demands and we will consult with our leadership and respond them in the next round of dialogue.


12.15 | PTI’s six-point charter of demands

1) Resignation of the prime minister and Punjab chief minister

2) Audit of the government’s 14-month expenses

3) Bringing culprits of the alleged vote fraud in the 2013 general elections to book

4) Electoral reforms prior to fresh elections

5) Re-elections for all assemblies

6) Installation of impartial interim government before new elections


11.56 | PTI gives govt delegation six-point charter of demands

Talks between PTI leadership and a government delegation is currently ongoing at a local hotel in Islamabad, reports suggest.

PTI delegation comprises of Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Arif Alvi and Asad Umar while the government is being represented by Abdul Qadir Baloch, Ahsan Iqbal and Ijazul Haq among others.

The PTI delegation has reportedly presented a six-point charter of demands to the government team.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar is heading the government delegation.


11.46 | PM to address National Assembly on Thursday

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the National Assembly tomorrow on Thursday, local media reported.

He is expected to take the nation and the Parliament into confidence on the prevailing political situation.


11.26 | JI delegation reaches PTI sit-in

A delegation of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), headed by its Amir, Sirajul Haq, has reached the PTI sit-in. They hope to convince Imran Khan to diffuse the rising political tension.

JI leader Liaquat Baloch is also present on the occasion.


11.16 | Govt committee optimistic that dialogue will resolve crisis

Speaking to media representatives, MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi expressed optimism that the prevailing political crisis would be resolved through dialogue since both Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri have agreed to negotiate with the government.

He said that the next round of their talks with the PAT and PTI leadership would be held on Thursday evening.

Accompanying Rizvi, Ijazul Haq said that their responsibility and role would be to facilitate the talks and they would not debate on the negotiation agenda.


10.43 | Will give my life but won’t back down over demands, says Imran

PTI chief Imran Khan told his supporters that he was prepared to give up his life but he would not back down over the demands that he has made of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government.

"I will not leave this place until Nawaz Sharif resigns," said Imran Khan.

“We will make a new Pakistan,” he said during his speech.

“If the current rulers do not resign, then this nation will be the slaves of their children,” said the PTI chief.

“Those who rigged the elections have been rewarded with positions of power,” Imran Khan said.


10.27 | FIR must be registered against Model Town culprits, demands PAT

The PAT during its negotiations with the government committee has stuck to one of its central demands of having those responsible for the Model Town incident brought to book.

PAT’s Central President Raheeq Abbassi spoke to the media and stated that FIR against those responsible for Model Town must be met.

“After the government resigns, action must be taken against culprits,” says Abbassi.


10.07 | Govt committee meets with Qadri for negotiations

The PAT’s committee has met government's team of negotiators, in the latest attempt to break the deadlock between the two opposing factions.

The government committee includes Abdul Qadir Baloch, Ahsan Iqbal, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Ijazul Haq.

Khawaja Saad Rafique was not part of government committee in the latest negotiations with Tahirul Qadri.


9.40 | Maryam Nawaz says no

As Imran vowed to stay put in D-chowk, Maryam Nawaz Sharif took to Twitter to send a strong message to the protesters — "U can spend your whole life in the container but Nawaz Sharif will NOT resign."


9:25pm | D-chowk is 'Azadi' square

"Just like Tahrir Square [in Cairo], this [D-chowk] is 'Azadi' square," Imran Khan announced, much to the delight of his supporters.

Imran vowed to continue the dharna in the Red Zone till the time Nawaz Sharif resigns.

"It is not easy to sleep here," he laughs, pointing at his mobile stage, "But i am sleeping here for you [supporters]."


9:20pm | The PTI committee is ready

Imran Khan said that his party has prepared a committee for negotiating with the government, but it will not move ahead unless the prime minister steps down.

"You resign, make an independent committee which investigates [rigging] and then we can proceed," he said to Nawaz.

Hitting out at CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for the deaths in the Model Town incident, he said, "Shahbaz Sharif will not be prosecuted while Nawaz is on top."


9:10pm | A message to Khursheed Shah

Imran advised Opposition Leader in the NA, Syed Khursheed Shah not to act as a "personal secretary" of PM Sharif.

"Nawaz Sharif is hiding behind the Army due to fear of the public," Imran said.

The crowd is chanting slogans of "Go, Nawaz, Go!" With the 'Azadi' march in its fifth day, supporters look charged and energetic.


9:05pm | 'Pity' for Nawaz?

"I felt sorry for Nawaz," Imran said, much to the dismay of his supporters, "But listen — I felt bad for him because if we storm PM House and his heart fails then I don't want that on my conscience," he said.

He said that he would order CM KP Pervaiz Khattak to hold re-elections in the province if this many people shouted 'Go Imran Go'.


9:00pm | Imran lashes out at N-league

Imran Khan lambasted PML-N workers for attacking Shah Mehmood Qureshi's home in Multan.

“In Lahore it was Gullu Butt … in Gujranwala it was Pomi Butt who pelted stones on PTI long march … and in Multan today it was Billu Butt who attacked Shah Mehmood Quershi’s house," he said.

"We have decided to negotiate with you Nawaz Sharif, but listen carefully — the negotiation will start with the resignation of PM Sharif. How can a probe under Nawaz Sharif be transparent?"

He claimed that around 40 to 50,000 votes have been proven illegitimate during the verification of 14 constituencies being probed by the courts

He also apologised to the crowd for his sore throat. "Forgive me, but after these back to back speeches my throat…is not working so well," he said.


8.40 | If music be the food of dharna... play on!

From Essa Khelvi to Rahat Fateh Ali songs, PTI rallies have the best music — all thanks to DJ Butt. This disc jockey has been organising music for Imran Khan's jalsas from the very start, and is proud to be flown to every dharna location (from Khyber to Karachi).

Undoubtedly, the crowd loves the entertainment factor and often breaks into dance as the music is turned up.

PTI senior leaders (most recently CM Pervaiz Khattak) often join the festivities, but Imran's signature move remains the fist pump. Below is a screengrab of PTI workers enjoying some music:


8.20pm | Imran addresses crowd

As usual, the PTI Chairman is in high spirits as he addresses the crowd. He tells supporters that there were reports that people would not turn up due to high temperatures, but he appreciated the turnout.

Senior leaders Javed Hashmi, Shah Mehmood Qureshiand Arif Alvi are standing beside him.

Imran last night had threatened to storm PM House if Nawaz did not step down.

“Nawaz Sharif listen to me, Imran Khan will stay in this container if no one turns up at the sit-in,” says Imran


7:45pm | TuQ's negotiators

TUQ has announced a negotiating committee comprising Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali.

This committee will soon talk to the government delegation to find a solution to the political deadlock.


7:30pm | The 'inquilab' sleeps

While some sleep, many protesters are busy taking selfies and family photos outside Parliament. For many of the protesters, this is their first visit to Islamabad.

 Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sleeping on green belt of Constitution avenue during Revolution March. — Photo by INP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sleeping on green belt of Constitution avenue during Revolution March. — Photo by INP

7:20pm | Nawaz thanks Altaf

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanks MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his role played for the sake of democracy, according to DawnNews.

The premier extended his gratitude during a telephonic conversation held with Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan.

The two discussed the country's prevailing situation during the conversation.

Altaf Hussain also welcomed talks between the negotiating and PAT. He also thanked Dr Tahirul Qadri for accepting the offer of the government's negotiating team.

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi is part of the government delegation that met with PAT to end the political deadlock.


7:10pm | Imran trusts the SC

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said he trusts the Supreme Court of Pakistan and will abide by its verdict on alleged rigging in the 2013 polls.

He added that PM Nawaz Sharif is Pakistan’s Hosni Mubarak and alleged that Sharif had killed innocent people in Lahore’s Model Town. He also said that those involved in rigging the last year’s polls should be brought to the book through Article 6 of the Constitution.

He remained unflinching in his demand that dialogue with the government is only possible after resignation of the PM.


6:55pm | PAT softening on govt?

PAT representative Khurram Nawaz Gandapur spoke to the media after meeting with Saad Rafique, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Abdul Qadir Baloch.

"Our leader had said that the negotiations should reach a conclusion which is in the best interests of the people," Gandapur said.

"The delegation will visit us again in an hour-and-a-half in the presence of the Sunni Itthead Council representatives. I would once again thank Haider Abbas Rizvi and Ejazul Haq for highlighting our concerns."

"We have yet to put forward our demands and they would be presented once the government delegation visits us again. I am hope of a positive result to arise out of our efforts."

Khawaja Saad Rafique said, "We have no ill-intentions and I believe these people have no ill intentions either."

 Screengrab of the power huddle
Screengrab of the power huddle

6:50pm | The 'luxury' container

Qadri's airconditioned container is reportedly bullet and bomb proof.


6:45pm | A message of love

A government delegation comprising Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ijazul Haq, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Abdul Qadir Baloch has reached at the PAT sit-in to negotiate with Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Rafique reportedly said that the delegation has brought a ‘message of love’ for Dr Qadri.

PAT chairman Tahirul Qadri asked his supporters to stop shouting slogans against the government and give respect to the delegation that had arrived to hold talks with him.


6:40pm | Army wants end to impasse

The meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ended with emphasis on ending through dialogue the prevailing political deadlock that had emerged in wake of PTI and PAT protests in Islamabad.

Although it was earlier reported that Interior Minister Ch Nisar also attended this meeting, later Defence Minister Khawaja Asif clarified that only CM Punjab had met with the army chief.

— Mateen Haider


6:25pm | Police moves into D-chowk

A heavy contingent of police personnel are moving into D-chowk to protect state infrastructure. Imran Khan had announced that he will march into PM House today if Nawaz Sharif does not step down.

 Screengrab of police personnel walking into D-chowk
Screengrab of police personnel walking into D-chowk

6:20pm | Delegation leaves to meet Qadri

A mediating delegation comprising Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) Haider Abbas Rizvi, Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz's (PML-N) Khwaja Saad Rafique who is also the Federal Railwas Minister and Safron MInister Abdul Qadir Baloch departed from the Prime MInister House to hold talks with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.


6:15pm | Imran on stage

PTI chairman Imran Khan reached D-Chowk where a large number of his supporters had gathered. The PTI chief made a brief appearance on stage following which he sat to one side.

The number of female participants was considerably low today as compared to previous days of the march.


6.10pm | Situation is precarious

Military analyst Ayesha Siddiqui warned that the situation was very precarious.

“From the military perspective, they have tried and tested Nawaz Sharif a third time and they feel disappointed. Why would they let him be?” she told AFP.

But Hamid Gul, the former head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, said that despite the military's differences with Sharif, he thought they were unwilling to get involved.

“They (Khan and Qadri) are trying to drag the army into it, to pull the army, but the army is very reluctant,” Gul told AFP, adding that the crisis would inevitably weaken Sharif.

“If Nawaz wants to stay in power he has ho choice” but to listen to the army, Gul said.


6:05pm | SMQ house attacked

Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz supporters reached the Multan residence of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi to staged protests.

Workers reportedly banged their fists at his gate. A large contingent of policemen reached the spot and forced the protesters away from the gate of Qureshi's house.

The protesters shouted slogans against the PTI leader and said that no one had the right to hurt the Parliament.

"What kind of doublespeak is this from the government? On one hand they are offering dialogue and on the other they are resorting to violence," Qureshi said to a television channel.


6.00pm | Imran to address supporters

Imran Khan will deliver a speech to the participants of the Azadi march after Maghrib prayers, according to PTI leader Jahangir Tareen.

Tareen added that their party chief would take the nation into confidence before taking any more steps.

However, he said he cannot comment on the party's willingness to enter negotiations with the government.


5:30pm | PAT workers end siege of PM Secretariat

Following negotiations between the Inspector General of Islamabad police and the PAT leadership, workers have started to disperse from outside the building.

The PAT workers had encircled the building on the call of Dr Qadri.


5.10 pm | PTI's Punjab MPAs hand in resignations to Mehmoodur Rasheed

29 PTI MPAs have submitted their resignations to opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed.

Rasheed will hand these over to party chief Imran Khan. — Arif Malik reported from Lahore


5:11pm | 'Deadlock will end'

MQM's Haider Abbas Rizvi says:

I want to thank Tahirul Qadri for giving us respect. He would have held talks with us already if he hadn't gone on the stage but he had. We appeal to the government to remove barricades and containers so that the food supplies for PAT protesters can be transported. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should direct CDA to ensure that the people here do not go without clean water.

"I have a feeling that this deadlock will end...Qadri has reacted very positively to our approach."

"We'll continue to channel between the two sides...in order to resolve the crisis," Rizvi said.

Ejaz ul Haq says:

"I'm happy that Qadri says he hasn't said no to dialogue."

"I'm very hopeful that talks will begin soon...regardless of what PAT's agenda is, we should discuss it."


5:02pm | PTI backtracks on dialogue

We have decided not to immediately enter negotiations with the government, says PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The party decided that the foremost fundamental condition is that the PM step down, and that no dialogue can be initiated unless the resignation takes place.

Earlier, Qureshi had said that the party is willing to sit at the negotiating table with the government.


4:55pm | 'Protest to continue'

Qadri says the protest will continue, but urges supporters not to resort to violence or antagonise security forces.

"Don't block anyone's path, even if he is an enemy...stay peaceful, democratic and lawful."

He instructs PAT workers not to enter the Pakistan Secretariat premises.

Separately, PAT activists surrounded the vehicle of State Minister for Education and Trainings Balighur Rehman. The minister managed to escape the scene unharmed after police intervention.

Activists had also encircled the vehicle of Pir Muhammad Aminul Hasnat Shah, the Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in a similar manner. — Irfan Haider reported from Islamabad


4:50pm | Familiar rhetoric

Referring to the Model Town tragedy, Qadri questions, "if an FIR is not registered despite the orders of a court, then tell me what kind of a law prevails in the country?"

"No one approached me for talks. Why does the government lie and say i had refused to hold dialogue?" the PAT Chief reiterates again.


4.25pm | I have never rejected talks: Qadri

PAT chief Tahirul Qadri.
PAT chief Tahirul Qadri.

Tahirul Qadri said I have never rejected the path of talks.

Pointing towards Haider Abbas Rizvi and Ijazul Haq who were standing close to the PAT chief, Qadri said ask them if I have said no to talks to anyone.

He said no one came to me for talks and I haven’t said no to anyone.

Addressing media representatives, Qadri said we regard the Parliament as a sacred institution.

However, I do not agree with those who indulge in state terrorism in the name of democracy.

Qadri evoked the memory of the 14 supporters of his party who were killed during the Model Town tragedy in Lahore.

The PAT chief said he was refuting the charge levelled against him that he and his party were engaged in a movement to derail democracy in Pakistan.

It is those who have abused their power to cause harm to the public who are in fact derailing democracy.

He asked what the PML-N leaders would have done if any of their loved ones were harmed, adding that the Sharif brothers ”would have employed the services of thugs and murderers” to take revenge if an FIR was not registered.

Qadri said he and his supporters were peace-loving and law abiding citizens of the country.

He referred to the court’s ruling calling for the registration of cases against the Sharif brothers and other senior PML-N leaders over the Model Town tragedy.


4.20pm | Spotted outside his 'luxury' container — Qadri

 Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri (C) is surrounded by Pakistani supporters as he addresses demonstrators in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri (C) is surrounded by Pakistani supporters as he addresses demonstrators in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP

4:15pm | PML-N meets army chief

Federal Interior MInister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif met with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the federal capital in wake of the protests being staged by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

The meeting specifically discussed the security challenges which had arisen after supporters of the PAT besieged the Parliament premises.

This is the second meeting between the two; earlier in June Chaudhry Nisar and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had held a meeting with the Army chief.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also held a meeting with General Raheel Sharif to discuss the prevailing security in the country and specifically Islamabad.

— Mateen Haider reported from Islamabad


4:00pm | PTI's 6 demands

PTI’s media advisor Faisal Vawda told Dawn.com that the PTI’s 6 demands to the government include:

  1. The resignations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif

  2. Electoral reforms

  3. That the Election Commission of Pakistan be disbanded and reconstituted

  4. That recounts take place on certain constituencies

  5. That action be taken against those involved in rigging

  6. Re-elections


3:50pm | MQM to meet Qadri

MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi is to meet Dr Tahirul Qadri in a bid to end the political deadlock resulting from PTI, PAT workers laying siege to Parliament.

Farooq Sattar told Dawn.com that the country needs a solution to the political situation, and that nothing will be achieved from breaking barriers and storming into PM House.

“This is a test of nerves. It is psychological warfare. The biggest test for both sides is to show patience and not let anyone resort to violence.

When asked to comment on speculations that the military will intervene, he said: “The army has played a role in Pakistan’s history. They have previously declared coups and taken the reins. But the statement that came from the ISPR last night ws necessary; it was important for the military to define their position.”

To the PTI and PAT, Sattar said this is the last opportunity for dialogue. “Altaf Hussain from day one has said that our first concern is stability of Pakistan, and also that democracy should prevail.”


3:45pm | LEAs step up

Police personnel are taking control of government offices to provide further security, Dawn.com correspondent Irfan Haider reports.

A large number of government employees who work in the premises of the Red Zone are on holiday today. The remaining government employees are inside their offices fearing a possible violent clash.

 Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather as security personnel arrive in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather as security personnel arrive in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014. — Photo by AFP

3:40pm | Imran's fresh rallying call

"I want all Pakistanis 2 get here breaking all barriers. Warning police 2 release r ppl or v will punish them 4 unlawfully detaining r ppl"


3:35pm | Supporters gain ground

Several protesters are at the Pakistan Secretariat and have taken control of the main gate of the secretariat building.

Iftikhar Shirazi reports that protesters have also taken control of routes to Punjab House and the police is not stopping them from approaching anywhere or offering any resistance.

No violence or clash has taken place between protesters and law enforcement personnel so far.

Protesters are marching on and although the police is alert but offering no resistance.

Three key doors of the Parliament House are under the control of the protesters. To leave the Parliament House, parliamentarians would have to use another route.


3:30pm | PM chairs consultative meeting

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a consultative meeting on the country's political crisis with senior PML-N leaders in attendance.

Mateen Haider reports that the meeting was taking into consideration the prevailing political situation.

In the meeting, the premier made it clear that the security of important government buildings should not be compromised.

Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar has been given the mandate to reach out to PAT leadership.

Another political figure will soon be given the mandate to lead talks with the PTI leadership.


3:15pm | PTI agrees to talks with govt

PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Dawn News that PTI had agreed to negotiate with the government.

"We discussed amongst ourselves that if it comes to talks what our position will be... The aim is to come out of this deadlock. We wish that the govt had seriously considered our demands," he said.

"Our strategy is clear, we want to strengthen democracy and not derail it as opposed to the impression that is being given."

He said that six conditions will be put forth on the negotiating table but said that he will not give more details to the media.

"Our line is clear — we want to remain peaceful," he said.


3:10pm | Large number of PAT, PTI workers

According to intelligence and police officials on ground, there are around 20,000 PTI and PAT supporters present in the Red Zone right now with the majority from PAT. Local workers of the PTI are likely to reach the dharna around 5 pm.

Police personnel say that in compliance will government directions, they will not fire any bullets at the crowd.


3:05pm | Map of Red Zone

 Map shows possible routes the protesters could take to reach their intended destination, the PM House.
Map shows possible routes the protesters could take to reach their intended destination, the PM House.

3:05pm | MNAs take alternative exit route

Parliamentarians were forced to leave Parliament house via a back entrance onto Bari Imam road, Dawn.com correspondent Irfan Haider reports.

The situation on Constitution Avenue is very critical, with PAT protesters active and charged. as yet while a large number of female participants are present in the crowd of the PAT.

 Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014 — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri gather in front of the Parliament during the “Revolution March” protest in Islamabad on August 20, 2014 — Photo by AFP

3.00pm | Siraj urges for solution

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq in a press conference said that it is unfortunate that the power to resolve the current political impasse lies with the army instead of the political leadership.

“The decision making power has gone from Islamabad to Pindi… it is the failure of political leaders and a loss for politics that when elected leaders fight the army should come to the resuce," he said. "The announcement issued by the establishment last night to enter dialogue should have come from the political leadership.”


2:40pm | Sri Lanka President cancels Pak visit

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cancelled his visit to Pakistan in the wake of the country’s political situation.

During the visit which was scheduled to begin on August 22, the Sri Lankan president was scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

Read more here.


2:30pm | Army takes control of security

Below is a video showing soldiers of the Pakistan Army taking position outside state institutions. As the protesters marched on to the Constitution Avenue on Tuesday night, the army had urged both the government and the protesting political parties to exercise restraint and find a way out of the crisis through dialogue.

“Situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders to resolve prevailing impasse through meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said in a late night statement.

2:30pm | Dangerous precedent, says Rana Mashood

Speaking to a news channel, Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood said the provincial government has reports that some protesters are paid.

"What will they achieve from entering PM house?" he asked. "They have already broken the law, will they also break the constitution? If you look at social media you will see that even those who supported Imran have openly started saying that they cannot support this behaviour. They say anyone — even terrorists — can bring a crowd and do the same for forced negotiations… this has set a dangerous precedent."


2:21pm | Situation remains tense

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers have left Parliament and have instead reached the Pakistan Secretariat.

Workers of both the PTI and PAT are marching in multiple directions, while security forces surround sensitive installations.


2:17pm | Supreme Court issues notice to Imran, Qadri

The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued notices to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri during the hearing of a petition filed by the Lahore High Court's Multan Bar Association.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk admitted the petition, filed by the Lahore High Court's Multan Bar Association and issued notices to the concerned parties while adjourning the next hearing of the case until tomorrow (Thursday 9:30 am).

Read more


2:09pm | Storm the PM house?

Protesters are advancing towards the PM house, apparently in a bid to storm the building.

A massive contingent of police and other security forces stand on-guard outside.

A clash seems imminent.


2:00pm | PM enjoys support of all parliamentarians: Khawaja Asif

Speaking on TV, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enjoyed the support of all parliamentarians, adding that he could not be removed from his office in an unconstitutional manner.

The defence minister said that if the tradition of protests continued, then every second person would gather people in order to form a government.

Asif said on no account would Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down from office.


1:30pm | Cannot allow attack on Parliament: Shazia Marri

Addressing the National Assembly session, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Shazia Marri said we would not let anyone attack the Constitution and the Parliament, adding that freedom did not mean disparaging the Parliament’s supremacy.

Marri said those who were instigating civil disobedience were also a part of the government.

“I am going to hold everyone who has abused the Constitution of Pakistan responsible,” Marri said.


1:00 pm | Qadri orders activists to lay siege to Parliament

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Wednesday said that he had allowed legislators to enter the National Assembly so that "all the prey was gathered at one spot." He also ordered supporters to lay siege to Parliament.

In a speech delivered to his supporters outside parliament Qadri warned the government that the 'revolution' had not begun on Aug 14 but had been in process for more than three weeks. "I cannot let the elderly and sick remain in agony. I cannot control my people for long. If too much control is exerted then my supporters will turn against me," he added.


12:30 pm | Parties united for protecting constitution: Fazl

Addressing a session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that all the political parties were united on the same page for protecting the constitution and the Parliament.

The JUI-F leader also said that they wanted to safeguard the country from plunging into a civil war.


12:15 pm | PM Nawaz attends NA session

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached the Parliament House as a session of the National Assembly commenced on Wednesday.

The assembly session is being presided over by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, as thousands of anti-government protesters remain outside the National Assembly building.

The meeting came as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan threatened to storm the Prime Minister House if Nawaz Sharif does not resign before the expiry of a deadline given by his party.

Last night supporters of the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek marched towards the Parliament House in a move directed to take resignation from the premier.


12:00 pm | Punjab Governor Sarwar to meet PTI leadership

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday has decided to make another attempt to engage Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in talks to hear his demands.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the premier at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.

Credible sources told Dawn that the meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar as well as other key ministers and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz leaders.

The meeting discussed the overall situation of the country and it was decided that Sarwar would contact both PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leadership in order to convince them to call off their marches.

The PTI and PAT have been protesting against alleged rigging in the 2013 elections and are calling for the resignation of PM Nawaz whose government they call the outcome of a rigged election.

Also read: Saad Rafique denies statement on PM-Imran meeting


11:45 am | 'No coup'

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been assured by military that there will be no coup, but in return he must “share space with the army”, according to a government source who was privy to recent talks between the two sides.

Last week, Sharif dispatched two emissaries to consult with the army chief. He wanted to know if the military was quietly engineering the twin protest movements by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri, or if, perhaps, it was preparing to stage a coup.

According to a government insider with a first-hand account of the meeting, Sharif's envoys returned with good news and bad: there will be no coup but if he wants his government to survive, from now on it will have to share space with the army.

Read more.


11:30 am | Saad Rafique denies statement on PM-Imran meeting

Federal Minister Saad Rafique has denied making any statement regarding a decision by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over meeting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

Rafique said he did not have an account on the microblogging website Twitter from where the statement originated.

The tweet had stated that Nawaz had decided to meet Imran "for the sake of the country".


11:15 am | Ex-military men back call for dissolution of assemblies

The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association, headed by Retired Vice Admiral Ahmed Tasnim, has jumped into the fray by supporting the call for dissolution of assemblies, formation of a caretaker government, introduction of electoral reforms and appointment of an independent election commission to hold fresh elections.

The association’s executive council held a meeting in Rawalpindi to discuss ‘current crises-like political situation prevailing in the country’. The participants said political leaders had failed to rise above party affiliations at the cost of country’s interests, says a press release issued by the association.

According to it, the government and parliament have failed to perform their institutional functions and fulfill their responsibilities to address serious issues being raised through public protests.

The ex-servicemen, who call themselves ‘former military strategists’ expressed concern at the failure of the government to implement orders of the additional session judge of Lahore to register the FIR of the Model Town killings, and termed it an instance of contempt of court and breach of fundamental rights of people enshrined in the constitution.


11:00 am | PAT supporter dies under mysterious circumstances

A PAT supporter detained in the recent police crackdown in Punjab died on Wednesday under mysterious circumstances in the central jail of Gujranwala city.

The 35-year-old Shoaib was a resident of the Noor Bawa area of Gujranwala and had left home on the eve of August 13 to attend the march following which he was detained.

Jail authorities handed Shoaib’s body to his family after conducting a postmortem. The report of the post mortem has not come yet.

Police sources claim Shoaib died due to a heart attack. However, his brother Hayat said Shoaib was subjected to torture during detention that led to his passing.


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Moona
Aug 20, 2014 10:07am

What is the government supposed to do? Already they have shown incredible restraint.

AHMER
Aug 20, 2014 10:08am

what happens to someone if they storm the presidency or pm house in the usa, uk etc.....they are either shot dead or arrested. this shoud be no different here in pakistan

Anwar
Aug 20, 2014 10:19am

I wonder how the PTI leaders other than IK are silent against the undemocratic stance and lanvuage of their leader. i wonder why personal intrests and egos are more important than Pakistan. j

blahistani
Aug 20, 2014 10:25am

Hey, man. What about my vote to PML? I wantz jamhuriyat to thrive.

Salma Wazirzada
Aug 20, 2014 10:36am

Not only should Nawaz Sharif resign, he should be tried for murder in Model Town killings. A new era of justice is on the horizon, and it would be fitting that it began with the accountability of the individual who has plundered this country for 25 years.

sam
Aug 20, 2014 10:39am

I feel so embarrassed. I just want Pakistan to see developing alike other countries in world. What

Ashraf Mirza (USA)
Aug 20, 2014 10:44am

PM Mr.Nawaz Sharif is great PM for people of Pakistan. He is doing great job for the country and for the people. Imran you are good cricket player, go and open cricket team all over Pakistan and teach kids. Qadri must join EDHI foundation and help poor families , Qadri join Edhi foundation, so you dont need bullet proof car. Also spend your millions of $$$ to support poor families of Pakistan . You both stay away from Politics.

M. Ahmed
Aug 20, 2014 10:46am

There is no doubt that poll rigging was down all across the country, the question is how much and if it were a fair election then what would had been the outcome? I believe with fair elections PTI would have won another 10-20 seats in NA and PML would not have gotten clear majority.

Human
Aug 20, 2014 10:46am

@blahistani, dude, this is 21st century, and it has been century of riots government. No body give a damn about democracy! Gather some mob and storm the capital and become PM of the country. End of Story. No body have time for democratic process...

Raja
Aug 20, 2014 10:48am

Mr. Khan i voted for you in NA-56 and the problems of this area are the same, this is your constituency and you never visit here. I'm sure its the same situation in KPK. You have made me regret my decision again and again. It's not that other parties or PMLN are doing great but you told us you will deliver and you have disappointed thousands including me. First your support & love he has for Taliban amazed me, then instead of dealing with issues in KPK you are after the PM's slot with all those stunts and dramas which you dont deserve, people didnt vote you for that. Next time I'll vote for any party but never you again.

Sheroz
Aug 20, 2014 10:49am

We dont want monarchy to thrive

Hasnain Haque
Aug 20, 2014 10:50am

Too little, too late from the Govt. For too long Sharifs have got used to making deals,this will no longer happen. An illegitimate Govt has no right to negotiate anything.

Hasnain Haque
Aug 20, 2014 10:54am

I promise all the good people of Pakistan, this is the beginning of the end of the Govt. You need to be strong, have a clear conscious, put your self interests aside and work for the betterment of Pakistan. You will see the fruits of your labor and future generations will be able to live decent lives.

Dr Haroon
Aug 20, 2014 10:54am

@blahistani Sorry, the party and criminals you voted for RIGGED and STOLE the election. If you really care about "jamhuriyat" don't vote for corrupt politicians and criminals who are in politics to loot and pillage.

Shah
Aug 20, 2014 10:56am

The army with Gen. Musharraf should had never signed the NRO with Condoleezza Rice. This is by enlarge their doing. I support our armed forced 100%, our ultimate security guarantee, but the time has come to put things right. Remove these NRO corrupt people and install caretaker government which works for the people and not against the people of Pakistan.

Munir Ullah Shah
Aug 20, 2014 11:02am

People keep saying that what Imran Khan is doing is unconstitutional and wrong, but I want to ask them just one question. Where were these people when Imran khan was trying his best for the audit of just 4 constituencies for the last 14 months in constitutional way, and was willing to pay all the expenditures which the fake government of PMLN was saying it would take. Why didn't they blame PMLN for that. What Imran Khan is doing today is just because they don't have left any room for him, and has shut all the constitutional means for him. I appreciate Imran Khan for his stance against the government and always will.

Syed
Aug 20, 2014 11:16am

Yes, Khan should and will storm the pm house. Any doubts ?!

Syed
Aug 20, 2014 11:17am

@sam - Excellent post Sir.

Syed
Aug 20, 2014 11:18am

@Ashraf Mirza (USA) - Yes, your PM is doing a great job but only for his personal benefits. You forgot to mention that.

Syed
Aug 20, 2014 11:20am

@Salma Wazirzada - define democracy ? as in not letting the FIR registered despite court orders ? or obstructing protests with containers , or plundering the govt of pakistan's wealth ? The list can go on and on .....

Waqas
Aug 20, 2014 11:21am

Now Imran wants only NS to resign how can he defend his stance from fake parliament to minus 1 formula? just another gimmick to be PM. for last 5 days, he stance change daily from civil disobedience to attack PM house. where it is going to end? caretaker gov cannot do anything about election reforms, its only the authority of parliament or the fake parliament which Imran Khan is still part of. What happened to the resignations from NA and other provincial assemblies? how can he stay there, again a uturn?

Syed
Aug 20, 2014 11:21am

@Raja try n league next time and regret for the rest of all your life.

Kash.
Aug 20, 2014 11:32am

If imran fails we are left with dynasties to rule us for rest of our lives. I wish IK success and all the best.

Gaz
Aug 20, 2014 11:50am

@Ashraf Mirza (USA) So in the USA would a politician who failed twice before and plundered millions get voted in again. No never. You find me one article about Nawazs business from an international business paper I might accept they are proper businesses but you will not find anything anywhere.

Its a big myth that he is a successful businessman those businesses only have one function plunder from the country.

Mehboob Ali Lalani
Aug 20, 2014 11:54am

It is unfortunate that once again politicians are failing. Elite class democracy has no answer to cope with the crises. The country needs grass root democracy. Democracy norms are to be followed in letter and in spirit with keeping country and its people interest at the top most priority. The present system is lethal to the existence of the country.

MSD
Aug 20, 2014 12:07pm

Ha hahahaha... he should be allowed to come in PM house then we see what is his next stupid demand. We have good entertainment these days. A lot of suspense in this movie. Come on guys, enjoy it

Gulfy
Aug 20, 2014 12:10pm

Will he? My answer is 'yes' - nothing is beyond him. He has changed his statements before, this one he is probably not going to change as he is so close to 'entering' the PM house. His stance and words make me sick.

blahistani
Aug 20, 2014 12:11pm

@Dr Haroon, Evidence? Or is your dear kaptaan's word enough?

deendayal lulla
Aug 20, 2014 12:12pm

Where do the protestors go to attend nature's call? What about their food? Where do they take bath? Protection from rains? Is this not rebellion against an elected government? is Imran Khan providing all these facilities?

nasir siddique
Aug 20, 2014 12:14pm

People all over the country need to take to the streets with their protests. Regardless of whether they support PTI or PAT. Politicians need to understand and respect people power. If this fails, then the people will have no choice but to take the coming sufferings in silence. We will loose the right to protest and criticise. Very important juncture for Pakistan. Seize the mement.

Gulfy
Aug 20, 2014 12:33pm

@Salma Wazirzada - why only NS and Model Town sir? What about thousands killed in Karachi, Quetta and even in Islamabad not so long ago? To try people for crimes we need the justice system to work, for the justice system and rule of law, we need democracy and for democracy we need change of govt through elections. For fair elections we need honest people. Are you up to it?

Sachal Smith
Aug 20, 2014 12:35pm

Nawaz government is usually backed by the state police and bureaucratic set up of Pakistan with none whatsoever concerns for the general well being of the populace. Without any charm of leadership, Nawaz governments mediocrity is self evident as he relies upon rich investors to support him for tax reduction on imported goods and services. The corruption in Pakistan's institutions would never allow any hope for the destitute majority of the Pakistani public unless revolutionary measures are firmly implemented. Kudos to Khan for standing up against the plutocratic Mafia in Pakistan...Cheers

shami
Aug 20, 2014 12:41pm

It is quite strange that drum beating is on for quite some time against elections 2013 were rigged / engineered without producing any tangible / documentary evidence. However some days ago PTI MPA from Karachi was offloaded from the membership for making some rigging in elections and Jamat Islami MPA was given the chit to be legitimate winner.

Harmony
Aug 20, 2014 12:47pm

@blahistani - For "evidence" just Google about your leaders overseas properties and wealth and look around you how they rule from Raiwind palace where Parliament is just for cronies to attend.

Asim
Aug 20, 2014 12:49pm

Well i must add in this conversation,that PM with his brother Shabz meet with PTI and PAT.If still insist then step down from your seat atleast listen what public saying. Rest any other trust worthy member after votes from public PTI and PAT should come in place of PM or shabz sharif.

True justice is in front of public and who is doing what very clear picture is seen every where in world

Ahmad
Aug 20, 2014 12:50pm

@Salma Wazirzada A new era of justice? I think the only thing on IK's mind is to become PM of Pakistan, somehow, anyhow.

Rahela
Aug 20, 2014 12:53pm

Imran Khan will now do what Dr. Qadri says. He is with him and Dr. Qadri can manipulate so many people. He dictates the follow it is in a way a dictator ship but than he also talks about democracy. Imran Khan has similarly this kind of DNA in his blood he wants he his way or the high way. Right now he is in the hand of Dr. Qadri and his followers. He chose to be there irrespective of his followers view's.

Mustafa
Aug 20, 2014 12:59pm

@M. Ahmed;

" the question is how much and if it were a fair election then what would had been the outcome? "

Obviously the best way to find out is to have a fair election. Of course we would have to De-Gullu our election commission as well as judiciary.

jamal shah
Aug 20, 2014 01:03pm

This is the time your progeny will hold you responsible for not getting up for your country, for yourself and for them. I deplore the idea of democracy being shoved in our mouths for a bit too long. If people don't want to change this sham crap of a system where most useless rose to heights and a teacher is most useless profession in our society, People supporting this are hoping against hope and have their eyes-wide-shut.

shami
Aug 20, 2014 01:05pm

It is quite strange and ironical that an elected PM is being coerced to exit the incumbency which is extra constitutional demand. I had voted for Imran's PTI but he is over obsessed to be PM at any cost and that could be the lives of protesters marching along him. This is again unethical that he is contained safely and followers' comforts at stake.

Mira
Aug 20, 2014 01:06pm

@M. Ahmed

There should be NO RIGGING at all.

nisar
Aug 20, 2014 01:06pm

As long as Nawaz doesn't rid this man Saad Rafique the coup will take place. It is now more than certain that he has become the main spoke man for PML-N for reason best known to Shariff brothers

Capt C M Khan
Aug 20, 2014 01:09pm

Another Mess. This country is not ready for Democracy. Too many unemployed Youth, Too few jobs. Too many illiterates. To many Parchee walas. Too many poor people. Too many IMMATURE wanna be leaders. Army Rule for 5 years then Democracy for 5 years this is the only way forward I see in Pakistan. One thing is sure PTI will never win enough seats to make IK the Prime Minister.

MAB
Aug 20, 2014 01:22pm

Dear followers of PTI, how can you ensure that after the end of Govt, as intended by IK, our all issues will be addressed and IK will make our nation shining in the World (as one of my friend mentioned)? What kind of plan IK will implement to resolve all issues? Why not IK made KPK a role model? Why not he taught others how to run government by creating the example in KPK? Why not he started doing decent efforts to change the system? System could not be changed by force; it requires gradual and long lasting efforts. Being a nation, is everyone of you doing a great job at your level? Is everyone of you doing a job on merit? Is everyone of you never deprives other from their rights? Is everyone of you following "Shariyah"? We could not change our country unless we change ourselves at individual level. Look at the croud of PTI at Islamabad who found to be dancing every time whether it is the male or female. Do you think these dancing people will make our country an Islamic country? I am not in favor of Nawaz or Zardari but no doubt IK is now become another leader in our country who really disappointed us. Please ask IK to bring her wife and children in "Dharna" and also be in front rather than to remain under the shelter of ladies and children.

Dr Khan'
Aug 20, 2014 01:26pm

Storming the PM house is a stupid announcement by Imran Khan.Many groups like tribal militants have larger strength than him .Will it be legitimate for them to storm the PM house and take over as PM.He should also not turn his back on written promises.He has promised in writing not to enter the red zone and now he is storming the PM house as Sultan Rahi.Who will trust this joker in future.

Pak Rat
Aug 20, 2014 01:27pm

This could be big.

shuaib
Aug 20, 2014 01:28pm

If IK and this Qadri thinks that their homes are sacred, they are daydreaming. Both these and their instigators must remember that they are sowing seeds, whose crop will burn them ...err..not them, common people. The language, both these are using, cannot be heard with family members. These hate sermons will create anarchy.

Paki
Aug 20, 2014 01:36pm

Someone please inform that entering the PM house does not make him the PM.

Khan
Aug 20, 2014 01:40pm

Yea nawaz should be brought to justice

Parvez
Aug 20, 2014 01:40pm

A leaders mettle is tested in difficult times.......Nawaz has been tested and found wanting.

baakhlaq
Aug 20, 2014 02:06pm

Nawaz Sharif's patience and tolerance is commendable.He is showing this restraint for the survival of the constitution.

Salman Tarik Kureshi
Aug 20, 2014 02:08pm

@AHMER Agreed, but who will do the shooting or arresting?

Garble
Aug 20, 2014 02:11pm

@AHMER what happens in the US when the government massacres 14 and shoots 80 civilians.

Awais
Aug 20, 2014 02:12pm

@Salma Wazirzada I agree

dr.sf
Aug 20, 2014 02:12pm

@Ashraf Mirza (USA) why...everyone should have right to do politics.it should not b legacy of a few one.

Talha
Aug 20, 2014 02:13pm

If Fazlur Rehman says that political parties are united to protect democracy then it means that political parties are united to protect their corruption spree. Fazlur Rehman- the ultimate opportunist, people have decided that they won't side with opportunists like Fazlur Rehman and company and instead would support the genuinely brave man of principles called Imran Khan.

sohail
Aug 20, 2014 02:15pm

@Ashraf Mirza (USA) If you have decided like many other Pakistani to live like a slave to this corrupt Mafia of shareef, then dont expect any good days coming to your generation. Imran Khan & Dr. Tahirul Qadri are not angels but indeed they are the only hope for Pakistan & pakistanis in present times.

Khalid.
Aug 20, 2014 02:22pm

what the Govt. should do now? My suggestion is to arrest only 3 people(SHaikh Rashid,Shujaat and Pervaz Elahi) and the crisis is over.

Ali
Aug 20, 2014 02:22pm

@Ashraf Mirza (USA) how can you cal imran a good cricketer, He is a great Cricketer you Nut job, and the people of Pakistan can choose for themselves, the only thing that i agree with you is about TUQ, and same should go for Nawaz Sharif

Usman
Aug 20, 2014 02:39pm

I dont know what kind of change Ik wants to bring where daughters of Islamic Republic of Pakistan are dancing openly. Where others men are not there for "Neya Pakistan" but for good entertainment. As our elders made this Pakistan in the name of islam and our beloved IK is making "Neya Pakistan" with musical concerts and dances of daughters of Pakistan. May Allah bless Pakistan and whole muslim ummah.

Mumtaz
Aug 20, 2014 02:42pm

@Khalid. well said ;)

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 02:57pm

IK you want us to believe that the party, which was not even in power, was able to rig the election to the extent that your right to govern was denied. Tell that to the gullible (unfortunately plenty in Pakistan), I do not believe you.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 02:58pm

@Khalid. Lock them up and throw the key away.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:02pm

I was an Imran Khan supporter. I can no longer support his follies. My respect for the government has increased for the display of patience. Please put up with these misguided people for a while more to avoid bloodshed. IK and his support is finished we will not even talk about the other character.

Frankenstein
Aug 20, 2014 03:04pm

SC issuing notice to both IK and TUQ is the most bizarre thing

oregata
Aug 20, 2014 03:05pm

"... Rana Mashood said the provincial government has reports that some protesters are paid."... Different people get paid in different ways.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:05pm

Pakistani electorate is still gullible but a lot maturer than before. They can see what is going on. Every sensible person must have withdrawn their support for this anarchy. I am certain this is the end of IK. I will not validate the other one even by mentioning him.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:07pm

IK stop this folly. It is just not cricket Old Chap!

Faiza
Aug 20, 2014 03:10pm

i dont know y PM is quiet instead of taking any step, y he step back after deciding such a strong decision like no entrance to PAT and PTI in any case unto red zone. He must atleast gv his strong glimpse to rallies. wake up Nawaz Sharif... you r PM of Pakistan not an ordinary person

MSD
Aug 20, 2014 03:11pm

Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood said the provincial government has reports that some protesters are paid. That's true, not some a lot..

Moona
Aug 20, 2014 03:16pm

@jamal shah You shouldn't use big words like "progeny" when your brain cells are so limited.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:16pm

@AHMER To get people shot while raiding PM House. is exactly what IK and TUQ want so long as the person shot is not one of their loved ones. Unfortunately they will gain votes in our country, elsewhere they would have lost.

Muhammad Khan
Aug 20, 2014 03:28pm

Atlast the stubbornness of the the stubborn has come to an end. Good news for nation and bad news for sabotage lovers.

Asif Raza
Aug 20, 2014 03:30pm

If by any means if PTI is going home without PM resign - will people trust them anymore? If by any means if PM resigns - will his followers stop following him?

In Imran Khan's failing case, people will lose trust on his leadership. In NS resigning case, people will say he did it instead of killing many innocent people. It will be win win situation for NS.

Usman
Aug 20, 2014 03:41pm

It's good step. But the 1st point should be the resignation of PM Nawaz.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:44pm

@Usman First step should be resignation of PM? And you guys call this negotiation?

Abdul
Aug 20, 2014 03:45pm

I'm no big fan of IK but for years PPP and PML have been hiding each other corruption. Now at least we have someone who does not afraid to challenge anyone. Practically in current govt the main opposition is provided by PTI, as always PPP is just there and once again Nawaz hiding corruption of zardari. You like IK or not but you can feel real opposition in country for the 1st time.

sattar rind
Aug 20, 2014 03:45pm

Its 1st sensible news come from PIT. if they are serious than we should be hopeful that talks would be successful and it will provide respective exist to PIT. Otherwise they have no any chance to get resignation from the elected PM of Nawaz League.

M J Syed
Aug 20, 2014 03:48pm

Welcome development but do not hold your breath, if these people were capable of REALLY negotiating the country would not be in this situation to start with.

naseem
Aug 20, 2014 03:51pm

@Ali : That does not necessarily make him a good politician.

Shaheen
Aug 20, 2014 03:52pm

@Munir Ullah Shah : only sensible people can understand this!

David Watsons
Aug 20, 2014 03:55pm

LOL such a drama . i never seen in my life i dont know why they create such a long drama when he agreed with this government

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 20, 2014 04:03pm

Nothing has been lost still and some amicable settlement can still be struck provided both parties (Imran+Qadri and MNS) show some relaxation instead of being too rigid. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

Dr. B.N. Anand
Aug 20, 2014 04:12pm

That's not the way an elected govt should be changed by mobbing the PM house and the Parliament. Democracy is passing through an acid test in Pakistan.

Nasir Khan
Aug 20, 2014 04:17pm

Nawaz Sharif is a classical example of Shakespeare third category of leaders those who have greatness thrust upon them. Wrong man at the right time & at the right place, brought him to limelight(courtesy lady luck). It is a real pity that things have been greatly blown out of proportion by sheer arrogance from Sharifs. History is witness to the fact that Royal's always trip on their own feet.

M.Saeed
Aug 20, 2014 04:18pm

"When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.

Paki
Aug 20, 2014 04:20pm

Don't worry guys, its the Khan's negotiations. If he demands 5000, he'll settle for 5.

P.S: Pun is unintentional ;)

sanjeev
Aug 20, 2014 04:21pm

Hina Rabbani should be made Prime Minister.

Anon
Aug 20, 2014 04:21pm

@AHMER The PM House in the UK (10 Downing Street) is quite approachable, people hold rallies there all the time. Mere steps away from the office of David Cameron, do you see protesters exercising their right to protest.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 20, 2014 04:26pm

Hats off 4 Imran+Qadri+Nawaz as till this point of time no riots have taken place even though all the parties are fully charged. MNS has not has been too provocative otherwise things have gone to dogs till now. I repeat my wish that none even be injured what to talk of being killed. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

Rahela
Aug 20, 2014 04:27pm

Who is paying for all this?? I sure hope it is not coming out of my taxes. I was with Imran Khan for social reforms but what he is doing now is hate speeches.

ashfaq1
Aug 20, 2014 04:29pm

IK lost my respect when Malala was attacked and IK didn't condemn TT. I knew then he doesn't see past his self interest.

MSD
Aug 20, 2014 04:33pm

@MAB Excellent...! agree with you

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 20, 2014 04:48pm

Thanks Allah, ice is broken and Imran agrees to talk to government though not unconditionally and I hope things will improve upon whereby hatred is gone and pleasure takes over. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

Dr Khan'
Aug 20, 2014 04:58pm

@Abdul You are I think too young to remember opposition of 90s and 80s.

Muhammad
Aug 20, 2014 05:05pm

By the way what is "Haider Abbas Rizvi" doing there? Is MQM pro- or against- government?

Sher khan
Aug 20, 2014 05:11pm

There is no room to negotiate with. Inept rulers like nawaz ...

riftraft
Aug 20, 2014 05:23pm

@sanjeev Yes very is that fashionable lady don't see much of her today.

M.M.Sherazi
Aug 20, 2014 05:25pm

I have supported Imran Khan during the elections of 2013, with a fresh hope of bolstering new leadership in the political arena of Pakistan, the current long-march dramatic change of stances every now and then have changed my mind-set of defining the attributes of a leader, that are completely unfounded in Imran Khan. The situation has been handled with utmost patience and tolerance by Nawaz Shareef as a true leader of the nation. Now I am feeling proud to say that Pakistan has got a great leader within Nawaz Shareef. In the mean-time, it is extremely important to mention that the current turmoil of long-march has unfolded the abilities and qualities of two new leaders, i.e. Nisar Ali Khan and General Raheel Shareef. We are a proud nation to observe extreme levels of intellect and circumspection of the Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Chief of Army Staff.

lnsafians
Aug 20, 2014 05:32pm

@Kash. yes you are absolutely right

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 20, 2014 05:32pm

PTI and PTA have asked for nothing less than PM MNS resignation which he is not tendering so what negotiations we are talking about. If MNS had resigned even on 14th, none has marched to Islamabad but ever since he did not resign and does not want to resign then I doubt there could be some talks except waste of time and test of energies and patience. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait

lnsafians
Aug 20, 2014 05:37pm

@Ahmad nonsense conclusion just wait and see

waseem
Aug 20, 2014 05:38pm

Only a miracle can save the clash. Imran's strict stance on Nawaz's resignation will lead to confrontation, which all nation wants to avoid.

vcbhutani
Aug 20, 2014 05:42pm

Imran Khan and Qadri will discover tomorrow morning when they appear in the court that they had been used by the powers that be and that they would getting nothing fir their pains. They shall be warned to stay within the law. Nawaz Sharif shall not resign. There shall be no new elections. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, 20 Aug 2014, 1812 IST

F.Anwar
Aug 20, 2014 05:43pm

The PTI has brought to light some very thought provoking and fair demands. Our system needs change - for too long has it been subject to the whims of landlords and feudal masters.

However, that said, their current stance is one which will damage the party in the long run. They need to enter negotiations - this is a political question, after all. Their method of bringing about much needed change needs closer deliberation.

Z khan
Aug 20, 2014 05:45pm

Simple solution to this madness "Put all this mob with IK and TUQ on plane to destination of Malaysian MH370"

Satish Kumar Dogra
Aug 20, 2014 05:46pm

From the latest turn of events one gets the impression that democracy is taking root in Pakistan. The way the army, the judiciary and other institutions have played their role and the type of restraint the police have shown during the past couple of days all bode well for democracy in Pakistan. And this is good news for us Indians, because a healthy, democratic Pakistan is a greater guarantee for peace and prosperity in South Asia than a militarised Pakistan. I think Imran's and Qadri's failure to rouse masses into a mob frenzy has in fact brought true 'azaadi' to Pakistan. I wish all Pakistani brethren well on this dawn in their history!

lnsafians
Aug 20, 2014 05:48pm

@baakhlaq nawaz should be ashamed of just to save her baadshaht he is not caring the harsh words of khan and want to remain in power selfless

Zia
Aug 20, 2014 05:48pm

I feel sorry for Nawaz Sharif why he had to do this to the end now it looks like nothing will come out. The Govt even if it stays in power is now weakened by resource and by morals. I think it would have been wiser first to engage the opponents but this was replied with irresponsible statements by some minsters like they have been doing in bashing the army. Now how they can expect army will favor them - its over and it is really sad by Govt's own insincere efforts We can just say Allah keep all Pakistanis in peace!!! Terribly disturbed with all these happenings

Z khan
Aug 20, 2014 05:51pm

@M J Syed I have better idea, put them on a plane to find MH370 so they can't come back.

Naveed
Aug 20, 2014 05:53pm

Well I truly feel that IK has handled the situation very well so far. Consider the fact that they have been out on the road since August 14! And yes there are thousands of them out there. The biggest plus for IK has been that he hasn't shown any desperation; there has been no violence. There have been rains and there have been rumors - all being braved by the zealot crowd.

I don't see people behave so nicely even at a traffic signal for 3 minutes in Pakistan!

Lets give Khan Saheb a chance. What's wrong with it? I do not entirely agree with all what he to has to offer or does but look at the options - NS and AAZ!! My dear countrymen status quo will not work for us anymore.

If IK does not deliver, he will be thrown out by the same people who are trying to bring him in. As a result we would have upped the ante.

Naveed

Z khan
Aug 20, 2014 05:57pm

PTI Vision " ITS EITHER PTI WAY OR HIGHWAY"

Karim Mombani
Aug 20, 2014 06:06pm

@Moona The Government should resign........... What restraint have they shown so far?? waited for days!! the revolution and the Azadi have been waiting for more than a year this is called restraint!!! Now the time has come Pakistan needs to get rid of the conventional politics ...........

A J Khan
Aug 20, 2014 06:07pm

IT is a joke. An other U--TURN. They have no clue as to what are they doing. PTI has become a laughing stock. I hope they come to their senses and do the right thing because our country is at stake and the whole world is watching us.

Irfan
Aug 20, 2014 06:31pm

Does NRO is the constitutional and Democratic document, through which cheaters and looters has governed and still governing Pakistan.

Tanveer Ahmad
Aug 20, 2014 06:39pm

Who will loose and who wins?

Being a Positive Thinker, we must look for Betterment before we analyze who wins and losses; let

Pakistani
Aug 20, 2014 06:44pm

Nawaz Sharif take action. Nation is standing behind you and elected you after giving votes to you so be brave

Rahela
Aug 20, 2014 06:55pm

@Naveed It is the DR. Qadri people that are disciplined. The rest is dancing the bangra thinking this is all a party. I think Imran Khan is most of the time in his Palace in BanI Gala while his people are struggling to get water. Nothing has changed at the end of the day

shuaib
Aug 20, 2014 07:07pm

Champion of U turns is again taking U turn. It may be said, even U turn is asking IK to forgive him and "W" turn; be rather used. In fact PTI is short of arguments, they know they do not have such grounds to hold this halla gulla. Let us enjoy some music and street talk from IK, yet for another night.

Imtiaz hamid
Aug 20, 2014 07:16pm

@AHMER in late sixties there were daily demonstration in washington of course there was no breach of White House or exec. branch and hills security.LBJ agreed not to run for election in 68.It started with Vietnam war spilled to social discontent and alienation of young people .there was bloodshed most famous or notorious is Kent state incident . But nobody besieged vital organs of government. We have probably have to wait a century for that type of maturity. Of course if you decide to jump whitehouse fence you will pay the price.

Khurram Siddique
Aug 20, 2014 07:21pm

Current situation requires political evolution instead of revolution. Do it for sake of Pakistan

Dr Khan'
Aug 20, 2014 07:52pm

@Munir Ullah Shah Khan Sahab is a big fraud.Why didn't he table a bill for opening 4 seats in the Parliament.In present law govt can not open any seats without a constitutional amendment and Khan Sahab if sincere could easily present a bill and even if govt opposed it he would have got moral victory.He does not want to do anything except street drama and gimmicks.Storming the PM house with Sheikh Rashid Tareen Kasuri and other lotas is his stupid most statement .

arif
Aug 20, 2014 07:55pm

@Z khan: that's not right,if NS want to speak with IK then he should come on same level of IK, it is possible only after resigning, so he should resign.

GM
Aug 20, 2014 07:57pm

@Naveed so what is wrong with waiting for 4 years and try in election. your party did that for Zardari why not now?

Asif A. Shah
Aug 20, 2014 08:10pm

Lal Bahader Shashtri, an Indian Prime Minister, he was of a quite short stature even in Indian context. However, in moral terms he was a Giant. A towering figure of morality, the likes of him the world has rarely witnessed. Once he was a Minister for Railways in Jawahar Lal Nehru's cabinet. There was a train accident in which he was not even remotely negligent. Nobody asked him to accept the direct responsibility. However, as a man of conscience, he immediately resigned. West German Chancellor, Wily Brandt, immediately resigned when it was discovered that he had an affair with a woman who happened to be an East German spy. President Clinton had to go through a trial for his removal in the Senate over Monic Lewinski and Paula Jones's affairs. He prevailed because he was very popular. The petrol was about one dollar a gallon in those days. Mr. Nawaz Sharif has not able to solve or even mitigate the shortage of electricity problem in 14 months and yet he clings to power despite massive protests. Khawaja Asif apologized to the nation for not keeping up the promise to deliver electricity seems to have some political integrity. If PAT and PTI want him to be the Prime Minister then why PML-N should not give him a try. However, I assure you, there will not be a marked improvement in the economy in the short term. What Pakistan really needs is a thoughtful sustained planning and its implementation.

Ali
Aug 20, 2014 08:21pm

@naseem I never argued on him being a good politician...!! all i opposed was, calling him a good cricketer, he is a great!! P.S: Pakistan does not need politicians atm! we need sincere and honest leader, who not only can answer questions about you on world forum,but also present him self to answer the general public in different forums, like should answer questions of audience after an address, do debates with opposition and stuff like that...!! so when you bring these things to table, you only find IK to be voted for...!! not his supporter but he suits the criteria best!

Zain
Aug 20, 2014 08:22pm

I am a neutral observer and support neither PML-N or PTI. However the management of the peaceful dharna and the government's patient handling of this "provocation" has impressed me. Maybe this is sign that we are maturing as a democracy

As long as the dharna remains peaceful and does not take law into it's hand, they should be allowed their constitutional right of assembly and protest.

The next evolutionary step would require that the future dharna organizers work out, in advance, a venue and other logistics with the administration so as to cause minimum inconveniences to ordinary citizens.

OxfordUK
Aug 20, 2014 08:40pm

I don't think that's true. PTI would have started all this back in May 2013 if all they wanted was government. They have exhausted all channel before taking this approach.

OxfordUK
Aug 20, 2014 08:41pm

And do you think NS runs the show with consultation.

Rahela
Aug 20, 2014 08:44pm

Arrogance back fires Imran Khan .The hand full of people dancing the Bangra can not change the decision and votes of the majority. No short cut for you wait your term and change the election system.

ivehadit
Aug 20, 2014 08:53pm

Ghulam Mustafa Khar is the "revolutions" spokesman? PML-Q is the "revolutions" spokesman?

People can believe what they want, but seems like the "revolution" has delivered on a weakening of the democratic order and is now ready to head back to the shadows.

Ramesh
Aug 20, 2014 09:07pm

I am from India. I think Pakistan needs stable government for 4-5 years. Elections just happened last year, and now this. Not good for Pakistan. Whatever it is, all politicians are not honest. Let it be Sharif. Give him chance to Govern for 4 years and they IM should fight for Power.

Nasir
Aug 20, 2014 09:15pm

When these marches, inqalab going to to end? I am seeing it would be end by tomorrow but in any case it don't end then thing will start worsening for people. I pray a peaceful end for this.

Salman
Aug 20, 2014 10:07pm

@AHMER In USA and UK they have social justice for all. Don't compare USA. UK with Pakistan.

Shazaib
Aug 20, 2014 10:13pm

Everyone knows PM will not even listen sincerely to IK's concerns on rigging (let alone resigning, complete audit and punishments to culprits), that is why I doubt this two-party democracy is a real democracy where no one is punished for corruption.

arif
Aug 20, 2014 10:32pm

@Rahela : I have no idea what channel you are watching, IK is sleeping on his container and people are there.This NS govt is stopping people to deliver food and water, IK protesters are also very peace full and most of them are young generation, and you know this young generation is not coming from factory worker background, they are students ,doctors and teachers etc. you should grow up love.

Ahmer
Aug 20, 2014 10:46pm

The only solution and it will come sooner than later, is for the two Sharif brothers to resign without bloodshed.

Riaz
Aug 20, 2014 11:37pm

@Satish Kumar Dogra thank u for ur comments and for pointing out the failure of IK & Q to have a massive following in this destructive step.

N. Rahim
Aug 20, 2014 11:57pm

@M. Ahmed Even if one seat was stolen, that is injustice of the highest order.

Insaf
Aug 21, 2014 12:19am

Simple but hard to digest solution for current political crisis is either arrange for complete election audit or fresh elections.

Nero
Aug 21, 2014 12:21am

When those who matter talk, then everyone (including IK & TUQ) has to listen. In coming days it will be more evident and we all know the ones who 'matter the most' in Pakistan.

truth
Aug 21, 2014 12:29am

Interestingly if free and fair local bodies election are held today nawaz will be defeated in punjab and IK will be a big looser in nwfp. But this is what do not want. It does not give the position of PM. The people of Pakistan will be the winner. this should what people should demand

Mustafa J.
Aug 21, 2014 12:48am

I strongly feel regardless of how bad and corrupt Nawaz Sharif is to hold the position of Prime Minister of Pakistan, he can only be removed in civilized manner through due process of law and not by by a crowd of 20 or 30 or 50 thousand people through demonstrations, slogans, threats. If this is allowed today, future Prime Ministers may face the same threats and instead of rule of law, Pakistan will be at the mercy of rule of those who take the laws in their own hands.

bilal
Aug 21, 2014 12:49am

Can we deport Canadian citizen? Wait, why not send the two mob leaders together.

Ahmer
Aug 21, 2014 01:27am

"I will not leave this place until Nawaz Sharif resigns," said Imran Khan.

Pakistan is proud of you, Khan Sahab.

Rehman
Aug 21, 2014 01:39am

The best course for PML-N is to organize a peaceful rally of one million people to support Nawaz Sharif and disapprove IK. If they are successful then this will validate popularity of Nawaz Sharif and political demise of IK. This will clearly show to the world that more people are with PML-N than IK

Nasir
Aug 21, 2014 01:43am

If only persons with matric+ education can vote then things will change.. This way Feudal will also want their workers to get education

Inam
Aug 21, 2014 01:52am

What in Heaven's name is going on?After what has happened,will anyone in his right mind invest in a country where,for want of something better,gathering a motley rabble rousing crowd of ten thousand odd,seems to be child's play.Something is seriously amiss and requires correction.After almost a decade in an alien'wilderness',the PM should be a wiser man.He needs to introspect more,to withdraw recluse like and seek The Lord's guidance.Being surrounded by so many fortune seekers cackling 7/24,the poor man hardly has time to deal with political cross currents that demand his attention.Would it be asking too much if the PM,in addition to his kitchen cabinet,also sought the opinion of those whose interest in the mundane is at best peripheral.

Shahpur
Aug 21, 2014 03:23am

I guess everybody is waiting for the END DRAMA.

Imran
Aug 21, 2014 03:35am

The hate speech from IK is apmazing. The man has no shame. Where is Naya KPK? We wasted our vote on Asad Umar. never again. PTI is nothing but a farcical party led by a foul mouthed ego maniac.

AW
Aug 21, 2014 03:52am

PTI demands presented to the government are reasonable and should be accepted except one pertaining to the resignation of the PM and the one about holding mid term elections. PM must not resign, however the CM Punjab's resignation is warranted because of the model town Lahore incident

M J Syed
Aug 21, 2014 03:52am

Supporter of IK listen. The interest of every Pakistani is to have democratic structure established in Pakistan. That is the only way your voice will be heard every time all the time. We have barely achieved a fragile imperfect form of democracy. Allow it to grow in strength and quality. Do not destroy it by mob rule. You will be back to square one. There are no magic solutions and ALL politicians including IK have got none. In end it is willing participatory hard work of the people which bears fruit. Only democracy ensures that.

Lucky Star
Aug 21, 2014 03:56am

@Munir Ullah Shah
What do you want hear, that he is great leader? He is definitely a leader who commands some respect from lot of Pakistanis excluding me.

M J Syed
Aug 21, 2014 03:56am

Azadi Marchers and Inqlabis. The meaning of democracy is the ability of people (yes you and I both included) to participate in governing. If you destroy it, you are destroying it for yourself too. How clever is that?

Lucky Star
Aug 21, 2014 04:04am

@Satish Kumar Dogra Thanks, and yes, we are all brothers first and something else.

Lucky Star
Aug 21, 2014 04:06am

@M. Ahmed I have to disagree with you, PTI could not have one single seat in Punjab.

wajid ali
Aug 21, 2014 05:04am

@AW CM Punjab resignation is not warranted unless he is proven guilty by the on going investigation. There is no reason what so ever to assume that he was part of this incident. Qadri and his followers swiftly cleaned all evidence including main gates with bullet holes . why would you do that? not every thing is clean and clear.

NAEEM AKHTER
Aug 21, 2014 05:18am

All credit goes to prime minister who not only allowed them to enter red zone but also provide them with food and water well done Nawaz Sharif May Allah bless you.

NAEEM AKHTER
Aug 21, 2014 05:30am

No mater what prime minister must not resign because resignation of prime minister will be the insult of millions of voters and their mandate and it will set a very fatal example for our country in future not to mention the end PML N.

Alaf Khan
Aug 21, 2014 06:28am

Nawaz Sharif and his lot must be shown the door as they and before that Zardari and his mobsters ruined Pakistan in every respect. Pakistan needs fresh elections with no chances for the likes of Nawaz or his associates coming back to power by voter rigging. First and foremost Pakistan needs elimination of the Taliban types. Pakistan needs new leaders in particular new blood to pursue and prosecute the corrupt from top to bottom. Hopefully then a democratic Pakistan will emerge with good relations with all its neighbors.

Yogi Kabir
Aug 21, 2014 07:41am

Mr Khan and every other leader accepted the level of involvement of international observers during election process. Now crying foul re the outcome is strange. It would be more sensible now to provide constructive opposition by highlighting flaws in the governance and wait for next opportunity. This approach is crucial in Pakistani political landscape for democracy to establish itself. Else, it won't be long before the country once again slides back into authoritarian regime.

Yogi Kabir
Aug 21, 2014 07:53am

@Alaf Khan Rightly said so - however, there are no apparant leaders in the country at this stage. Therefore, it would be appropriate to do with whatever is there. It is important that the elected Govt is given time to settle; this is very important for democracy to find foothold in the current situation.

Humdard
Aug 21, 2014 08:00am

If the election was rigged then there should not be any talk until Nawaz resign and care taker government is form, Government Shouldn't be from any political party

kumar
Aug 21, 2014 08:01am

Imagine tomorrow when Imran Khan becomes the prime minister...Is imran khan ready for the same kind of protests from PML & PPP parties...? Is this the way Democracy works... well i am an indian.. i don't have any business.. here..just asking ?

azar
Aug 21, 2014 08:13am

I trust in IK. He made a history in Pak cricket in 1992. When he came to bat and the way he was batting I hated him. Friends of mine shut of their tv because they were upset of team performance. But when Pak win the game everyone loved Imran. History will repeat again Insha Allah, he will get you the results, it doesn't matter if his party wins next election or not but Pakistan democracy will be on right track. Insha Allah he will win. My prayers are with IK.

Nasir
Aug 21, 2014 08:17am

Mr Imran Khan's & Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri's demands are absolutely unconstitutional and undemocratic .Already their marches have seriously affected the fragile economy of the pakistan. Every citizen of the country is worried hyper, inflammatory speeches of the contending parties. As the leaders of the both the parties literally paralyzed the country.

imran
Aug 21, 2014 08:27am

There comes another dea and nothing will happen! , what a Inqilab in Pakistan!

azar
Aug 21, 2014 08:31am

Ik is a great leader but majority of people in Pakistan do not respect such people or his deeds. Ik will seed the plant and future generations will get the fruits from it. It doesn't matter his party get seats next election or not but he has Already waken the nation up from sleep. Even current government doesn't change before five years but rest of the term will not be as easy as last 14 months. People who are in support of current government are those who get benefit of corrupt system or do not have common sense.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 21, 2014 08:51am

Just an academic exercise. Can any IT wizard tell me the method to count as to how many have favored (a) Imran (b) Qadri (c) fNawaz and (d) how many had been neutral? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / zaidifirmerdiplomat@hotmail.com

mirza
Aug 21, 2014 08:56am

Nawaz Shareef should also be asked to fire all his relatives from Government positions including the very pompous Finance Minister . A bill should be moved to ban all relatives of prime Minister, Presidents from future appointments , no matter how talented they are.

mike ghaous USA
Aug 21, 2014 09:08am

Least is Sharif Jr should be indicted...

Winnerman
Aug 21, 2014 09:12am

PAT leader Fraud-ul-Padri is just a power hungry individual. Imran Khan has lost many many supporters by coming out with PAT. Wrong timing for Imran Khan. When Mr. 10% was in the power where were these two individuals? Pakistani people are just ignorant sheep being herded by these two shrewd thugs. Let the democracy thrive!

Shahid
Aug 21, 2014 09:30am

Now everything will fall in to orders as the army and Dady cool has decided to side with Nawaz Sharif. Lawyers have been hinted and all the so called civil society which is funded by dady cool will join to demonstrate in favour of the government. Bye bye Imran Khan.

imran
Aug 21, 2014 10:09am

There comes another dea and nothing will happen! , what a Inqilab in Pakistan!

Asif
Aug 21, 2014 03:08pm

@Anwar Same can be applied to Nawaz sharif.. He should step down to save so called democracy which is unable to deliver a common citizen of Pakistan but the same democracy is saving these corrupt politicians... take care

SMQ Zaman
Aug 22, 2014 09:51am

All the demands by PTI are negotiable except No. 1 & 6 are non-negotiable, as these are now deemed to be 'ultra viras' and 'illegal' under the constitution and confirmed by the judiciary, and by the vote on the parliamentary resolution (opposition parties: 11-1 or votes: 304-38).

Imran Khan and PTI are on the brink of committing a 'political suicide' unless they show flexibility in their demands and seize the opportunity on negotiating the other four demands!

SMQ Zaman
Aug 22, 2014 09:53am

All the demands by PTI are negotiable except No. 1 & 6 are non-negotiable, as these are now deemed to be 'ultra vires' and 'illegal' under the constitution and confirmed by the judiciary, and by the vote on the parliamentary resolution (opposition parties: 11-1 or votes: 304-38).

Imran Khan and PTI are on the brink of committing 'political suicide' unless they show flexibility in their demands and seize the opportunity on negotiating the other four demands!

Malik Ajmal Khan
Aug 22, 2014 11:48pm

"I don

Fatima
Aug 23, 2014 03:13am

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Its not the matter of the amount of numbers! The amount of difficulties they are facing matters! Even if there was only one person protesting, it matters as they are sacrificing their health, time, lives only for justice in Pakistan! They want implementation of constitution...they are fighting for human rights for poor in Pakistan! They are fighting for our future generations!

Fatima
Aug 23, 2014 03:14am

@blahistani I want democracy as well ! But is democracy alive when there is no justice in Pakistan??