PTI supporters gear up for protests - AFP/File photo
PTI supporters gear up for protests - Photo courtesy PTI Media Wing
Protesters gear up to advance from Lahore to Islamabad - Photo courtesy PTI Media Wing

Despite last minute appeals for dialogue from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek are determined to march to the capital - come what may.

Many parts of Lahore and Islamabad have been blocked off with containers; sensitive areas are expected to be without cellular services for the duration of the marches; there is real fear that there will be blood as the protests advance.

Despite the Lahore High Court's order that maintained that the PTI and PAT's marches should not proceed, the parties' leaders said they would not be deterred.

Below is a round-up of the day’s political happenings and statements on the even of August 14.


2014-08-13 22:45:06

End of live updates

2014-08-13 22:39:42

Imran demands 'non-political' caretaker govt

"We do not want a technocratic [caretaker] government, we want a non-political one," said Imran Khan.

"I will sleep on the streets where you sleep. I will be with you," Khan told supporters.

2014-08-13 22:36:47

We will rid Pakistan of Sharif monarchy: Imran Khan

PTI chief Imran Khan said that his party will bring true democracy to Pakistan.

"We want to rid Pakistan of the Sharif monarchy," he said. The PTI chief said that whenever the government breaks the law his party will break the government.

"We will demand that the PM that was involved in rigging should resign," Imran Khan said.

2014-08-13 22:22:18

LHC prohibits PTI, PAT from march

2014-08-13 22:09:23

Revolution march will take place tomorrow: Qadri

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that August 14 will be the day of his 'revolution march' come what may. He said that protests will be held in a peaceful manner.

"We have been the upholders of peace, so there is no possibility that the march will be violent," Qadri said.

"There is no possibility that our conduct will be one of violence... We have been the strongest opponents of violence and militancy," he said.

2014-08-13 21:51:39

There will be no martial law: Javed Hashmi

"I am guaranteeing that there will no martial law. Imran Khan is going to guarantee this. Every worker of PTI is responsible – if martial law is imposed we will sacrifice our lives," Javed Hashmi said in a press conference.

2014-08-13 21:39:09

Hashmi will join 'Azadi' march: PTI

Senior PTI leader Javed Hashmi has agreed to participate in the 'Azadi' march scheduled to reach the capital on Thursday (tomorrow).

Hashmi reportedly agreed to join the protest caravan when a delegation of PTI members visited him to reconcile matters and persuade him to join the march.

The PTI leader had earlier refused to join the march.

2014-08-13 21:06:41

Will not create any hindrance to political process, says Nisar

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government would not create any hindrance in way of the political process.

Addressing a press conference Nisar said that maintenance of law and order and security is the responsibility of the state.

He added that certain elements were not only threatening the government but the society as well.

2014-08-13 21:01:55

'Azadi' march to go ahead "even if I have to go to prison", says Imran

2014-08-13 20:18:41

The Lahore High Court has issued a short notice stating:

"The respondents PTI and PAT are restrained meanwhile from launching Azadi march Inqilab March or holding dharna at islamabad in an unconstitutional way keeping in view the sanctity of the Independence Day and the chaotic and uncertain situation prevailing in the country."

The short order issued by the high court said that any march that causes anarchy or is unconstitutional is not allowed.

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2014-08-13 19:45:23

PM denies giving permission for 'Azadi' march

— File Photo
— File Photo

A spokesperson from the Prime Minister House denied that any agreement to call off the march has taken place between Nawaz Sharif and Sirajul Haq.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisal Ali Khan is expected to announce the government's decision regarding the march.

2014-08-13 19:25:24

Nawaz agrees to allow ‘Azadi march’ on Sirajul Haq’s request

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq and told him that the federal government was ready to allow the PTI’s ‘Azadi march,’ upon his (Haq’s) request.

— Rana Fawad reported from Lahore

2014-08-13 18:51:42

On reports of Javed Hashmi departure

2014-08-13 18:46:48

LHC to announce order on Azadi march at 8pm

The Lahore High Court will announce its decision over the petition filed against the ‘Azadi March’ announced by PTI at 8pm today.

Earlier, the court had reserved its decision and said that a short-order over the petition filed by a citizen against the PTI’s Azadi March would be announced at 3pm and later at 6pm.

2014-08-13 18:42:46

No differences within PTI, says Shireen Mazari

PTI’s central information secretary Shireen Mazari said that there are no differences within the party. "Javed Hashmi has supported and been involved in all decisions taken by the party in relation to the Azadi March,” she said

“He (Hashmi) along with Shah Mehmood had organised various functions in relation to the Azadi March recently.”

The PTI spokesperson added, “Misunderstandings do occur within families but I don’t see any reason for Javed Hashmi to have any difference with the party.”

Earlier, PTI leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi appeared before media personnel and denied reports that he was not in contact with the party. He said that consultations were underway and an announcement in this regard would be made soon.

2014-08-13 18:37:41

Altaf tells govt to remove barriers blocking 'Azadi' march

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday appealed to the government to remove all barriers blocking Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) 'Azadi' march.

In a message addressing the prime minister, the federal cabinet and the chief minister Punjab, he said that containers, trucks and all other barriers placed across Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi should be removed immediately.

He said the situation demands that the matters should be resolved through consensus and dialogue. "The people cannot be stripped of their constitutional, legal, political and democratic right," he said.

2014-08-13 17:49:31

Destination: Islamabad

A motorcyclist ducks to go under a shipping container placed by security forces to stop protesters from entering the capital, Islamabad, as he drives on a street in Lahore on Wednesday — AP Photo
A motorcyclist ducks to go under a shipping container placed by security forces to stop protesters from entering the capital, Islamabad, as he drives on a street in Lahore on Wednesday — AP Photo

2014-08-13 17:33:52

Hindu community members join the march

2014-08-13 16:49:02

Govt writes to SC for formation of commission

—File Photo of PM Nawaz during an address to the nation
—File Photo of PM Nawaz during an address to the nation

The government has written a letter to the Supreme Court to constitute a three-member commission to investigate allegations of rigging during the 2013 elections.

The letter has been submitted to the SC Registrar by Barrister Zafrullah Khan.

In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, PM Nawaz Sharif had appealed to the Supreme Court to investigate alleged rigging in last year's general election.

— Reported by Mateen Haider

2014-08-13 16:47:35

Imran should accept that people did not elect PTI to govern country: Rana Mashood

Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood has said that Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan should admit to the reality that the people of Pakistan did not elect his party to govern the country.

Speaking to media representatives in Lahore, Mashood said that during the May 2013 election, officials in the caretaker set-up were opposed to Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and sympathetic to other parties.

Mashood said that nonetheless, the people bestowed their trust on PML-N and it was strange that other parties were now bringing up allegations of rigging.

The provincial minister said Imran’s allegations of rigging against PML-N were unfounded.

Mashood said no one has been able to doubt the integrity of Justice (retd) Riaz Kiani and now Imran was going after him. He added that Imran previously regarded Iftikhar Chaudhry very highly but now the latter was tainted in the PTI chairman’s eyes.

“We wonder for how long Imran will remain respectful of the current chief justice,” the minister said.

2014-08-13 16:47:30

LHC to announce order on Azadi march at 6pm

The Lahore High Court will announce its decision over the petition filed against the ‘Azadi March’ announced by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Independence Day at 6pm today.

Earlier, the court had reserved its decision and said that a short-order over the petition filed by a citizen against the PTI’s Azadi March would be announced at 3pm.

2014-08-13 16:19:37

Imran sends delegation to reconcile with Hashmi

PTI chairman Imran Khan has sent a delegation of party leaders to reconcile with Javed Hashmi, who had developed differences with the leadership last night.

Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Arif Alvi, Umar Dar and Aijaz Janjua left Lahore for Multan to convey Imran's message. The PTI chairman has already assured Hashmi that his reservations would be addressed.

2014-08-13 15:59:16

Roads dug up in capital

2014-08-13 15:54:36

Workers being detained in Punjab: PTI

— File Photo of PTI workers at a protest rally
— File Photo of PTI workers at a protest rally

PTI officials say workers are being detained in several parts of Punjab as they make their way to the capital for the 'Azadi' march.

100 activists have been arrested in DG Khan, whereas the party puts the number of workers detained in Golra Thana, Islamabad at 50.

2014-08-13 15:39:49

Islamabad under complete lockdown

2014-08-13 15:32:07

Islamabad policemen fall ill, complain of stale food being served to them

Several policemen posted in Islamabad have fallen ill and have been hospitalised, following complaints of stale food being served to them.

Zakiya Nayyar reported that the catering company was preparing stale food for police personnel under unhygienic conditions.

2014-08-13 15:25:15

Locked and loaded: Police on alert

2014-08-13 15:24:40

LHC accepts govt’s review-petition against decision to remove containers

Earlier the LHC had ordered for the removal of containers placed by the government in Lahore
Earlier the LHC had ordered for the removal of containers placed by the government in Lahore

A three-member bench of the Lahore High Court led by Justice Mehmood Bhatti and comprising of Justice Masood Jahangir and Justice Arshad Mahmood would hear the petition filed by the government against the court’s earlier decision.

— Tauqeer Ghumman reported from Lahore

2014-08-13 15:18:21

Rs300 bn losses at KSE due to political crisis, Dar claims

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar – Photo by APP
Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar – Photo by APP

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday claimed the ongoing political crisis has caused Rs300 billion worth of losses to the Karachi Stock Exchange.

Addressing a press conference held at the finance ministry, Dar argued that the current political crisis was an "attempt to destabilise the country".

The finance minister made it clear that Imran and the Azadi March would be dealt with politically, while Tahirul Qadri would be dealt administratively.

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2014-08-13 15:04:02

Govt should allow long march to continue: Siraj

Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) emir Sirajul Haq says his party supports the PTI in its demands for transparency in polls, electoral reforms and against election rigging.

"But we also want that all our efforts do not result in derailment of the democratic system. It is our wish that the long march reaches Islamabad safely," he said.

Siraj said that the government should allow the long march to continue, and that it was better that does not block the way of the PTI chairman.

2014-08-13 15:03:49

LHC orders removal of containers in Rawalpindi

Police personnel sit on the grass near Faizabad to avert any untoward incident. -Online photo
Police personnel sit on the grass near Faizabad to avert any untoward incident. -Online photo

The LHC Rawalpindi bench ordered the removal of containers blocking roads all over Rawalpindi, Touqeer Ghuman reported.

The LHC headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the petition against blockades along routes which affected business and employment and has also led to the shortage of food.

2014-08-13 14:50:08

The road on which PTI’s Islamabad office is located is blocked with containers

2014-08-13 14:45:56

Policemen receive orders to remove containers in Lahore
Policemen moving containers in Lahore. — File photo
Policemen moving containers in Lahore. — File photo

Policemen deputed in and around Lahore’s Model Town area have been instructed by their seniors to remove containers and open roads leading from Barkat Market are to Jinnah Hospital, as per the earlier directives of the Lahore High Court.

— Wasim Riaz reported from Lahore

2014-08-13 14:42:27

LHC orders removal of containers in Punjab

2014-08-13 14:39:56

Entrances to Islamabad's Red Zone blocked 

  Our reporter Irfan Haider is in Islamabad’s Red Zone area.

Only Margalla Road is open in order to enter the Red Zone area, otherwise all remaining roads are blocked through containers, including the routes to Constitution Avenue, Radio Pakistan, Serena Hotel and Marriott Hotel.

There is no mobile signal in the Red Zone area and police, Rangers and army personnel are busy patrolling there.

2014-08-13 14:26:58

Toilets for 'Azadi' march participants

Workers in Lahore install commodes for the participants of the Azadi March near the residence of PTI chairman Imran Khan — INP PHOTO
Workers in Lahore install commodes for the participants of the Azadi March near the residence of PTI chairman Imran Khan — INP PHOTO

2014-08-13 14:19:15

LHC to announce verdict on 'Azadi' march

The Lahore High Court has reserved its verdict on a petition against PTI chief Imran Khan’s 'Azadi' march. The court is expected to announce a short verdict today at 3pm.

The petition argues that the protest would propagate anarchy in the country.

2014-08-13 14:10:06

Blockades = Bad show, says Sherry Rehman

2014-08-13 14:05:48

Punjab govt files petition against LHC order to remove containers

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. -File photo
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. -File photo

 The Punjab government has filed a petition against the LHC’s decision to remove the containers blocking roads across Punjab, Arif Malik reported.
 Moreover, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has called a meeting of all security forces today to review the law and order situation in the province. All important officials of the paramilitary forces are expected to attend the session.
 The meeting will discuss the stance of the government regarding the security in the province after LHC has ordered for the removal of barricades. Furthermore, Chief Secretary Naveed Cheema and Home Secretary Punjab Azam Suleman have suggested that if the containers were being removed then a curfew should be imposed in the province.

2014-08-13 13:32:13

PTI workers in high spirits a day before 'Azadi' march

2014-08-13 13:25:34

The MQM point of view

2014-08-13 13:18:32

Model Town residents irked at blockades

2014-08-13 12:58:09

Location of containers in Islamabad

— Photo published in Dawn's Islamabad edition

2014-08-13 12:54:18

Islamabad is getting sealed

Capital police personnel in riot gear stand on a greenbelt in Islamabad on Saturday — Photo by Tanveer Shahzad
Capital police personnel in riot gear stand on a greenbelt in Islamabad on Saturday — Photo by Tanveer Shahzad
The capital police have started to seal the federal capital to halt demonstrators.

Authorities have placed cranes and barricades at several junctures of Islamabad to prevent marchers from entering the city.

Security across the capital has been beefed up. As many as 21,000 security forces — including the Islamabad police, Punjab Police, Azad Kashmir police, Rangers and other paramilitary forces — have been deployed at various sensitive spots of the city.

2014-08-13 12:46:23

An aerial view of a locality in Islamabad

2014-08-13 12:44:46

LHC orders removal of containers in Punjab

— Online Photo shows people crawling under a container to cross a bridge on Saturday.
— Online Photo shows people crawling under a container to cross a bridge on Saturday.

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday ordered the removal of containers blocking roads all over the province of Punjab.

A three-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mahmood Bhatti heard the petition filed against the hurdles created in the city by blockades along routes.

There were four to five applications filed by citizens in this regard in the LHC.During the hearing, the court asked the Inspector General Punjab police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera if he knows how many containers were placed in the city and their locations as well.

The IG police replied that he was unaware about the situation of containers in the city.

2014-08-13 12:40:08

Bloodletting likely during PAT march, PM told

The prime minister was briefed about the impact of the marches the PAT and PTI would be undertaking on Aug 14. — Photo by AFP
The prime minister was briefed about the impact of the marches the PAT and PTI would be undertaking on Aug 14. — Photo by AFP

The government is unlikely to allow the Pakistan Awami Tehreek to take out its Inqilab (revolution) march as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been told that some hitmen have infiltrated into its folds for bloodletting during the march.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, however, will be allowed to continue with its Azadi march after a ‘nominal’ resistance by police.

Mr Sharif was told that some hired-guns had infiltrated into the PAT ranks and they would initiate a clash with law-enforcement personnel and then resort to firing on the workers, he said.

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2014-08-13 12:38:18

Islamabad contained!

Workers place barbed wire at Faizabad on Tuesday. — Photo by Tanveer Shahzad
Workers place barbed wire at Faizabad on Tuesday. — Photo by Tanveer Shahzad

Containers ready to be placed at entry/exit points - Dirt mounds, trenches dug at key points across city - Cellular services suspended in Red Zone from Tuesday night.

Army deployed along trails, ordinary citizens not allowed to hike onto Margalla Hills - Businesses, offices issue work-from-home orders - Diplomats told to limit their movements - Citizens rush to supermarkets, stock up on food and supplies...

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2014-08-13 12:36:08

No possibility of military intervention: Khawaja Asif

- File photo
- File photo

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the government’s relations with the military were “cordial and fine” and he did not see “any possibility of a military intervention”.

“We still have four years to go,” Asif told the news service, adding that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had “a legislative agenda to complete.”

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2014-08-13 12:32:32

Islamabad residents rise against city closure

- File photo
- File photo

Social activist Fouzia Saeed said that a separate place should be designated for the protests. “The lives of federal capital’s residents should not be disturbed because of these protests. We are fighting a war against Taliban, so our focus should be on the war and the internally displaced persons (IDPs),” she said.Yasser Chattha, an educationist, said a number of containers had been placed all over the city after being impounded by the police.

“There are life saving drugs, milk for children and other edible items in those containers and no one knows how long this situation will go on. People should get together and raise their voice against the situation,” he said.

Zubair Faisal Abbasi, an intellectual, said that thousands of people, living in Islamabad, work on daily wages in different markets and buildings. “Because of the current situation, they are not getting any work and their life has been disturbed. Protesters should go to F-9 Park and record their protest,” he said.

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2014-08-13 12:28:53

LHC dismisses petition calling for Qadri's arrest

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. — File photo
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. — File photo

A bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition calling for the arrest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on charges of ‘inciting violence’.

The LHC bench rejected the plea for Qadri's arrest, saying that in the current political crisis, the arrest of any political leader may lead to further unrest.

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2014-08-13 12:26:16

Javed Hashmi in Multan, refutes rumours of intra-party differences

- File photo
- File photo

Hashmi had told reporters upon reaching his Multan residence that he was in the party and would remain a part of it.

“Whenever there is a difficult situation, I come to my constituency to sort it out with consensus,” said Hashmi on his arrival in Multan at a time when his party is close to launching its long march on the federal capital.

Responding to a question, Hashmi said no differences prevailed between him and other party members, adding that he was a democrat through and through and had endured seven years in a prison cell for the sake of democracy.

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Comments (51) Closed

Aug 13, 2014 12:40pm
LAHORE High court has ordered removal of ALL containers. This is a peaceful march and has every right to march. The government has no right to stop the peoples freedom, nor does the government have the right to dictate and control where the march will go. Unless of course it is scared and guilty...
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Aug 13, 2014 12:43pm
Some of blocking containers on roads having filled with flammable chemical which can be make any big disaster
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Aug 13, 2014 12:52pm
Each life is precious please all concern should consider this I urged Nawaz go to Imran and Imran cool down what you said about Nawaz 100% correct register case against his rising wealth, about conflict of interest let SC to disqualify him and his family like SC did for Gilani convert this long March into Join Celebration after registering all cases against Nawaz and his family
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Hassan Nasir
Aug 13, 2014 01:08pm
Shouldn't there be a petition against the Punjab government for not obliging to the LHC's orders and not removing containers?
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Aug 13, 2014 01:16pm
@SANA that u will come to know tomorrow...
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Hasan Hasni
Aug 13, 2014 01:25pm
I am surprised from Shariff's aghast. They made the recent protest look that this is the end of their government. Let democracy in the parliament and outside prevail. We should also learn to solve problems of the day inside the parliament. But this will only be happened when rule of law is fully implemented inside and outside the parliament. Otherwise these type of processions will go on.
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Aug 13, 2014 01:29pm
should a peaceful march for illegal demands be allowed. How would you disperse a crowd shouting to resign a PM elected legally
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Aug 13, 2014 01:37pm
This government is willing to torch the country with fuel laced containers. They are disregarding Lahore High court as well as Rawalpindi Court rulings for removal of all containers. This government is doing everything undemocratic and is calling itself democratically elected. Their time is up. Gone.
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Aug 13, 2014 01:39pm
lets march and march like never before! this should be the march for the future of Pakistan the March to Honor all those who have sacrificed their lives. Long live Pakistan!
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Aug 13, 2014 01:54pm
I don't know why the Govt. do not permit this march. Let them march and if there is any law order problem during the march firmly deal with it. Marches like this are part of democracy and govt has to interfere if there is an indefinite blockade by marchers. Instead of blocking roads they may keep key installations secure against vandalism by marchers and may appeal the city dwellers to stay inside on the day. Obviously this is not the way to deal with the situation there are alternate ways to deal with the situation.
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Aug 13, 2014 02:18pm
@SANA unless of course it is scared and guilty please clarify/explain
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Aug 13, 2014 02:29pm
Please don't brand the struggle to make a new Pakistan free from corruption & tyranny as Azadi March Madness. It may be called "Azadi March enthusiasm" It will be foolish to create hurdles to stop the march. The decision that NS took now to order judicial probe into election rigging should have been ordered long back. Now the arrow is out of the bow. While not resigning Nawaz Sharif should appoint a care taker Dy PM (acceptable to all) to take care of the affairs until the judicial probe is completed & findings made public. This probe should be completed within 90 days. If the finding is in favour of the PML N gov't then Dy. PM goes & everything revert to the original else New Election cannot be avoided.
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Aug 13, 2014 03:00pm
I hate to say that Imran Khan is loosing his integrity very fast. His reasoning and justification of his actions is flawed. A few more irrational steps, and he will join the leagues of typical Pakistani politicians with Nawaz, Zardari, Altaf, Shujaat etc.. The hope that he gave to the people before the elections is fading quickly..
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Aug 13, 2014 03:05pm
@Malik We already know it and is very much evident from your pic
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Aug 13, 2014 03:18pm
@AbidRashid - "PM elected legally"???
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Aug 13, 2014 03:22pm
Its not march "madness". Its for the truth and right cause.
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Aug 13, 2014 03:23pm
NS is not serious with the mach. If IK can bring thousands so can NS too. Street power and protest is destined to move Pak in the foots of Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Guys use your sanity and work together for a better Pakistan.We cannot have the best but the current guys are better of the lot. For IK and PTI, please focus on KPK and press the govt for electoral reforms. Punjab and so the KPK will be better off by next elections but Sindh and Balouchistan needs a desperate overhaul. Please join hands and turn around Sindh and Balochistan.
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Aug 13, 2014 03:42pm
open air toilets? :)
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Aug 13, 2014 03:56pm
@SANA Unless Mr. Qadri openly asks his followers to attack LEAs.
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Aug 13, 2014 03:58pm
Why our politicians are acting so immaturely
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Aug 13, 2014 04:12pm
In a country where people do not have the basic common sense to stop at a red light, how can they expect the leaders to act?
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Aug 13, 2014 04:27pm
I hate the way the N-League has performed but I believe that the march procession should stop right outside Islamabad. I believe that Imran and TUQ should give negotiations another chance. The last thing we want is terrorists to hijack these demonstrations and create havoc causing loss of innocent lives. Leaders should lead with the national peace as the first priority not at the hem of their demands.
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Aug 13, 2014 04:29pm
@Musa For the sake of the people who will ACTUALLY MARCH...and not trigger it from the comfort of their humble abodes I sincerely hope that these marches dont break out into riots. We want change through a peacefull demonstration. I hope the people will stay alert and will do their best not to get agitated beyond control
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Aug 13, 2014 04:55pm
It is good to see the youth of Pakistan participating in this Historical Azadi March. They are the future of Pakistan not the children of the privileged only. Pakistan needs to involve their youth in responsible rebuilding of the nation. These youth will carry Pakistan in the future. A Pakistan free of Tribal, Cultural, traditional and religious dogma. Youth of Pakistan, Its for you to take Pakistan into the 21 Century.
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Aug 13, 2014 05:15pm
seriously what a joke - Sharifs complained when they were stopped from marching by Musharraf and now when its their time to show democracy, the whole city has been shut down one day in advance. Billions of dollars lost and poor street workers will go hungry - shame on Sharifs.
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Tariq Ahmad
Aug 13, 2014 05:19pm
IK has installed commodes, where does he think the waste will go. This is not a portable toilet this is amazing and he thinks he knows how to run a country, what a joke
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Aug 13, 2014 05:40pm
@Fahad I agree with you but nevertheless it has to be a show of force in numbers and will. I still see some of my country men talking about democracy tell me where is that democracy! I have one worry though and that is; PMLN will make sure to stir violence and have a counter march. I think to counter PMLNs containers PTI should march at 12 midnight.
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Aug 13, 2014 05:53pm
Dear all Pakistani, Its the country our elders get after a long hardships and hard work. But now what we can see the Tremendous brain storming of young generation and the coming one. Is this the excellent way to change any thing by power or disturbance. If the PTI wants a real change than first they have to change this young generation in an achievable goals not by engage them in politics.
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Agha Ata
Aug 13, 2014 06:04pm
A question : If all these people voted for PMN, then why to worry? Why this panic, unprecedented security arrangements and for whom?
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Aug 13, 2014 06:21pm
Dear Marchers Jashane Azadi Mubarak ho! You are free to look towards your 'holy' leadership,in case the 'Great' captain isn't there to disclose few other 'secrets' or culprits,you've leaders in form of Chaudhary Brothers and Sheikh Sb for gudiance,so don't stop,keep moving,you owe it to your "leaders" !
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Aug 13, 2014 06:22pm
Constitutional violence by the Government No respect of court orders when the court orders removal of containers. Also there is no written order presented by the Punjab government to the court. Yet court seems to be giving a leniency to the PML(N) government. Is there any document available that suggests that the owners of containers were hired? So far none. Pakistan will not see any change with the present political turmoil. We need Nicolo Machiavelli's Prince.
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Aug 13, 2014 07:23pm
If NS has so much confidence on 2013 election results. Then why not announce re-election he'll become a hero instantly. But he cant do that. And he knows why !! I think it time for my country men to stand up and fights for there rights. We should change our compromising attitude and get what we deserve a government elected from Free and fare election. If today IK as willing to lead us to get our rights back then we should respect him and standby him because he is fighting for our rights. Another day he might choose not to. And i really hope IK has no personal interest in this Azadi march
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Aug 13, 2014 08:31pm let's see if Imran obeys court order, he has been banned from going ahead with the march...
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Aug 13, 2014 09:01pm
Why the government is scared, or assuming that there will be bloodshed, it seems that Nawaz Sharif after left with no other option is using these cheap stunts to demoralize people. In which book is it written that people cannot protest, it is their right under democratic rule. It's clear and simple that the PML (N) does not wish to see this march in advance, but for how long they can shut the voice of people, if not today, then tomorrow they will get up, and each time there are obstacles created for them they will emerge with more powerful protest next time. All this commotion is a proof that Nawaz Sharif is guilty, and very vulnerable at this moment.
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Aug 13, 2014 09:04pm
IK will never become PM - unfortunate but true. He cannot grow up any more.
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M J Syed
Aug 13, 2014 10:09pm
Imran Khan took a calculated risk and he has lost. Goodbye IK. Unfortunately Pakistan has lost a good potential leader.
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Aug 13, 2014 10:40pm
In English.... Freedom, Liberty, Independance, Solidarity, Social Justice...... hamaray haan .....AAZAADI !!!!! wo bhi qurbani ki baanhon mein... :)
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Aug 13, 2014 10:53pm
What a country!
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Tariq Javed
Aug 13, 2014 11:10pm
First of all let me state that peaceful protest is right of every political party. So my rational brain supports 'Azadi March'. Some other issues: 1. What measures 'PTI' has taken to ensure that extremists within the March i.e TUQ group turn this march into riots, or highjack? 2. Majority of people take IK seriously but there are suspicions over the conduct of TUQ in the past. I have suspicion that TUQ would high jack and sabotage the March. Let me more clear about it. some elements in TUQ are actually working for PMLN and they are influencing TUQ. Let me appreciate stance of Mr. Javed Anwar Hashmi. He is working for democracy and does not want another Martial Law or Semi Martial Law government.
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Aug 13, 2014 11:21pm
Another twist in the sop opera called Pakistan.... What a dark comedy
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gerry d'cunha
Aug 13, 2014 11:53pm
a way for martial law in the country
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Asif khan
Aug 14, 2014 12:34am
I am with king khan (Imran khan) in tommorow's Azadi March. And with the help of ALLAH imran khan will reach his destiny successfully insha allah
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Asif khan
Aug 14, 2014 12:38am
Imran Khan is a true leader
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M J Syed
Aug 14, 2014 12:43am
Imran Khan has staked major part of his political future on this futile march. More and more he is appearing like a rebel without a clue. His loss as a leader will be unfortunate for Pakistan. This, however, is his own fault.
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M J Syed
Aug 14, 2014 12:45am
@Asif khan Well said my friend. That is what he considers himself and that is why it is difficult for him to accept that he lost the last election.
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Aug 14, 2014 01:09am
I think this whole event can be best described as ' Buyer Remorse'. The man was elected last year as PM with all the enthusiasm and hoopla. Now people are having second thoughts. They are disappointed with the progress of their elected leader. So rather than following the law, waiting till next election, Hey why not start a 'Laanng March' ( as NP describes it ). This is nothing but a Tamasha. People are going to get hurt. Many are going to lose their lives. Look at the damage it is doing to the economy. Who is going to pay for all the container rental fees. Brave security staff's pay, etc. It is quite evident that certain people are agitating the masses for one purpose only. SELF BRAVADO.
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Lucky Star
Aug 14, 2014 05:25am
@Fahd He(IK) might be fighting for your rights, but what about those millions of voter cast their ballots for NS.
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Lucky Star
Aug 14, 2014 05:25am
@SANA Government has every right to stop the miscreants with clubs and ice-breakers.
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Aug 14, 2014 09:16am
do the dawn finally decided the biased Azadi march "madness" from the header. a fair start.
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Civilian Pakistani
Aug 14, 2014 10:18pm
@Fahd The problem is, if elections are held tomorrow as demanded by your hero, and he loses again, he will again reject the results and demand reelection, and again and again... But maybe that is beyond your understanding that elections are held only once every five years. Interestingly, the forever captain has no issues with rigging in Karachi, where rigging is big time and open.
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Aug 15, 2014 09:51am
Why Mr.Imran Khan and his fellows have taken the oath of this illegitimate national assembly and provincial assembly & and why he is enjoining the KPK government .He demanded resignation from PM ,but he and his fellows are still the members of the same fraud
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