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A truck (L) Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP

As Pakistan celebrated Independence Day Thursday, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remained determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

It is uncertain how the days will unfold and the fear of violence persists as parts of the capital have been blocked off by containers and cellular services remain suspended there. The caravans that departed from Zaman Park and Model Town have moved slowly, hours into the movement.

The developments come as the Lahore High Court has maintained that the two parties should not continue with the course and the government has begun taking steps to establish a judicial commission to investigate alleged malpractices in the 2013 polls.

Below is a round-up of the day’s political happenings.

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2014-08-15 04:40:27

Interior ministry suggests 40,000 activists of PTI entered in Islamabad

Interior ministry presented a report, suggesting that 40,000 activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) have entered in Islamabad.

The report said that PTI chairman Imran Khan has been accompanied by 20 to 30 thousand workers, however the headcount could be excessive to 200,000 in Islamabad.

As per details, the report pointed out that more than expected participants of the march would result in administrative problems for the government to tackle the situation.

2014-08-15 00:35:15

PTI supporters in festive mood near Islamabad's Zero Point

Several thousand PTI supporters from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have gathered near Islamabad's Zero Point in a festive environment.

The PTI supporters were almost entirely men, with very few women and families. Islamabad and Punjab police have been stationed at Zero Point, but the atmosphere was completely peaceful.

2014-08-14 22:58:27

Imran Khan's sons are in London: PTI

Rubbishing reports that PTI Chairman Imran Khan's sons are part of the 'Azadi' rally moving from Lahore to Islamabad, senior leader Naeem-ul-Haque told Dawn that Qasim and Sulaiman are in London.

"The boys left Pakistan for London on August 10," Haque said via telephone. He said the media is mistaking Imran's nephews for Qasim and Sulaiman. He also said reports that Imran's nephew has fallen from the container are untrue.

Earlier, the boys were in Pakistan to meet their father.

2014-08-14 22:34:22

Things get heated

2014-08-14 22:28:56

Our march is independent, we are not joining anyone: Qadri

PAT chief Tahirul Qadri said the question now is not about how long his march will stay in Islamabad. It is about how long it will take to get there.

"Our workers have removed containers themselves," he said.

"It is not about joining Imran. He is going his own way. I do not know where he is at this point," said Tahirul Qadri.

2014-08-14 22:26:51

Support from overseas

2014-08-14 22:24:36

For Imran, with love

2014-08-14 22:20:50

Red Zone will not be crossed: Chaudhry Nisar

2014-08-14 22:08:23

'Azadi' marches on

2014-08-14 22:02:35

PAT supporters in Lahore come prepared

— AFP Photo shows supporters of Tahirul Qadri brandishing sticks as they make their way from Lahore to Islamabad
— AFP Photo shows supporters of Tahirul Qadri brandishing sticks as they make their way from Lahore to Islamabad

2014-08-14 21:38:03

Peshawar 'tsunami' reaches Islamabad

PTI founding member Imran Ismail tells Dawn that he has arrived from Peshawar along with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

“Can’t give you an exact figure but there seem to be at least 100,000 people in this caravan,” he said.

Ismail added that the group has reached the Faizabad Interchange, which had been blocked by containers.

“You can imagine the numbers here – containers have been pushed and we have cleared the way.”

2014-08-14 21:32:59

PAT takes on PML-N

Activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) clashed with Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) workers near Mall Road.

According to DawnNews reporter Arif Malik, baton-wielding PAT workers scuffled with PML-N workers, making them flee the area.

Banners and posters of the PML-N and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were also taken down by emotional supporters of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, as they chanted slogan in favour of the 'Inqilab' march.

2014-08-14 20:58:19

This is the capital – red lines will not be crossed: Nisar

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan says that the security inside Islamabad's Red Zone has been 'tripled'.

Speaking at a press conference, Nisar said that protesters should have no doubts about crossing into the Red Zone in the capital. “I want to make it clear – and no one should have any doubts – I have also told the PM… If the Red Zone security is breached, if diplomatic zone security is breached, the law will take its course,” he said.

“Despite threats and abuse [from opposition parties], the government has not responded in that manner.”

“But this is the capital, red lines will not be crossed.The security will not be tampered with,” he said.

"If you want to protest, you are most welcome. But if you want to take the law into your hands - that will never be allowed," he said.

He said that the government gave in to the PTI’s demand for a long march “drama” despite their insistence that women and children will participate.

“But when you sit here, and if someone crosses that line, law will take its course. No one should have any doubt.We do not want a security situation on our hands.”

2014-08-14 20:12:26

Qadri supporters showing strength?

2014-08-14 20:08:01

PTI workers vs Container

PTI supporters at Faizabad - PTI media cell
PTI supporters at Faizabad - PTI media cell

According to updates on Twitter, PTI workers have had some success in removing containers at the Faizabad Interchange.

2014-08-14 20:02:03

Imran says heading to Islamabad to demand PM's resignation

Photo: Khurrum Sherzaman/Twitter
Photo: Khurrum Sherzaman/Twitter

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan says that he is heading to the federal capital to demand the prime minister's resignation.

Imran was speaking to party workers and supporters while making his way to Islamabad on his 'Azadi' march.

"The 2013 elections were rigged," he said, pressing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down. "If you have any shame left, hand in your resignation," said the PTI chairman.

2014-08-14 19:37:09

Policemen resting near Faizabad

Police personnel on security duty take a rest on the grass near Faizabad Interchange as they wait for the 'Azadi' march to reach Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Police personnel on security duty take a rest on the grass near Faizabad Interchange as they wait for the 'Azadi' march to reach Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-08-14 19:31:58

Imran rally nears Faisal chowk on Lahore's Mall road

Activists of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf taking part in Azadi March in Lahore. — Photo by Online
Activists of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf taking part in Azadi March in Lahore. — Photo by Online

The PTI rally led by Imran Khan in Lahore reached near Faisal Chowk situated on Mall road area, six hours after departure from Zaman Park.

This distance takes roughly 35 to 45 mins on foot.

PTI workers claim that the slow pace of the rally is due to the large number of workers and supporters on the streets.

Earlier during the day, analysts had raised questions over the turnout for the 'Azadi' march.

— Sana Naqvi reported from Lahore

2014-08-14 19:19:54

Weather update: Islamabad

2014-08-14 19:00:38

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2014-08-14 18:51:08

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2014-08-14 18:46:41

Three suspected terrorists enter Islamabad, police put on high alert

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reviewing the security arrangements for the participants of PTI Azadi March and Inqilab March.— Photo by Online
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reviewing the security arrangements for the participants of PTI Azadi March and Inqilab March.— Photo by Online

The Islamabad police was put on high-alert after reports of three suspected terrorists entering the federal capital were received from intelligence sources.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also instructed for beefing up of security and additional deployment of security personnel in Islamabad especially in and around the ‘Red Zone’ areas.

— Shakeel Qarar reported from Islamabad

2014-08-14 18:37:38

Over 300 PTI activists gather at Zero Point

Irfan Haider, our correspondent in Islamabad, says between 300 to 400 PTI activists have arrived at Zero Point in cars and motorbikes.

The activists are complaining that the Dhoke Kala Khan stop that leads to Zero Point has been shut down with containers. Containers that had been removed earlier today have been placed again at Faizabad interchange.

2014-08-14 18:24:13

Khattak-led ‘Azadi march’ convoy departs from Peshawar

A Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) ‘Azadi march’ convoy comprising hundreds of vehicles left for the federal capital city from Peshawar Motorway Interchange.

Chief coordinator of the march, Saifullah Niazi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet ministers, legislators and workers were marching with the convoy which was led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

Chief Minister Khattak was escorted by his official security squad and enjoying full protocol while leading the rally. Two cranes were also escorting the convoy to remove all obstacles on their way.

— Zahir Shah Sherazi reported from Peshawar

2014-08-14 17:49:25

PAT march advances

2014-08-14 17:24:05

‘Azadi’ march gets green light from govt

The Interior Ministry finally gave permission to PTI to hold rally in Islamabad but not at D Chowk rather near Islamabad Serena Hotel.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has also ordered police and administration to remove containers and entry routes to the federal capital.

The Federal Interior Minister gave orders after visiting various places in Islamabad along with the federal capital police chief, Chief Commissioner and other high-ranking officials.

2014-08-14 17:09:46

LHC declares PTI, PAT demands ‘unconstitutional’

The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued its detailed nine-page verdict over the petition filed by a citizen against the marches announced by PTI and PAT and declared the demands put forward by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri were “unconstitutional”.

“We are convinced that demands raised by the chairman PTI and chairman PAT as mentioned in paragraph No1 herein above read with statement of learned counsel for respondent No 4 referred in para No 3 above are in violation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and as such for resolving the important constitutional issue, we admit this petition for regular hearing.”

The court also observed that leaders and activists of PTI and PAT could face legal action in case the constitution was violated.

2014-08-14 16:47:34

Sirajul Haq still playing mediator

2014-08-14 16:46:14

Sights and sounds of the PTI march launch

2014-08-14 16:40:19

Hashmi and Imran in high spirits

2014-08-14 16:37:06

Imran to reach Islamabad in two days?

— AFP Photo shows supporters cheering for Imran Khan as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government
— AFP Photo shows supporters cheering for Imran Khan as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government

Head of PTI media, Faisal Vawda tells Dawn the ‘Azadi’ march is likely to reach Islamabad by late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

“Workers have got some provisions for food,” he said via telephone from Islamabad, adding that they have dried fruit and water.

“The media has been reporting that the start in Lahore was slow. I was traveling so cannot verify this, but it has gained momentum since.”

Vawda also said that in the last three hours, the ‘Azadi’ march caravan from Lahore has traveled one kilometer in three hours.

He said that each blockade in the capital has three rows one containers, causing major obstructions.

2014-08-14 16:30:41

Nisar inspects security arrangements in Islamabad

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan visiting Islamabad's Aabpara Chowk to inspect security arrangements.—DawnNews footage
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan visiting Islamabad's Aabpara Chowk to inspect security arrangements.—DawnNews footage

2014-08-14 15:59:48

Azadi march route

2014-08-14 15:52:17

Sheikh Rashid hopes for caravans of PTI and PAT to march together

2014-08-14 15:12:04

Qadri allowed to march: Police chief

Policemen stand guard on a major highway in Rawalpindi August 14, 2014. - Reuters
Policemen stand guard on a major highway in Rawalpindi August 14, 2014. - Reuters

Tahirul Qadri will be allowed to lead his supporters on an anti-government protest march to the capital, a senior policeman said, reversing an earlier government decision.

Provincial police chief, Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhera, said the ban had now been lifted and a spokesman for Qadri said in a text message that the cleric and his supporters were setting off for Islamabad.

2014-08-14 14:48:46

Qadri reveals 'agenda of revolution march'

2014-08-14 14:43:55

Imran's container-caravan starts moving

— AFP Photo shows Imran Khan stands with other leaders as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14
— AFP Photo shows Imran Khan stands with other leaders as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14

Another photo of Imran flanked by senior PTI leaders as well as AML leader Sheikh Rasheed

— AFP Photo shows Imran Khan waving as he heads a protest march from Lahore
— AFP Photo shows Imran Khan waving as he heads a protest march from Lahore

2014-08-14 14:20:30

And now for a little lunch

2014-08-14 14:14:48

Politicking on Twitter as the march proceeds And on the side....

2014-08-14 13:58:55

PTI chief Imran Khan delivers a speech before leaving

2014-08-14 13:57:40

Toilet update

 — Photo courtesy PTI media cell
— Photo courtesy PTI media cell

A picture released by the PTI central media cell shows makeshift cubicles made from metal sheets that will be installed at several spots in Lahore and Islamabad where the party administration has set-up toilets.

The PTI is prepared for a drawn-out protest and is marching equipped with food and water supplies.

 — Photo courtesy PTI media cell
— Photo courtesy PTI media cell

Yesterday, a photograph released by INP showed commodes being installed in Lahore.

2014-08-14 13:48:58

The wheels roll

 — Screengrab shows SUV in which Imran Khan and other senior leaders are travelling
— Screengrab shows SUV in which Imran Khan and other senior leaders are travelling

Inside the vehicle:

2014-08-14 13:22:32

Javed Hashmi joins PTI marchers

2014-08-14 13:18:24

Qadri reveals 'agenda of revolution march'

Before leaving, Qadri said he wants to ‘define’ the goal of his revolution march. Below is a summary of his goals:

  1. Revolution should be green, peaceful and democratic..

  2. It should alleviate poverty

  3. It should practice accountability of leaders to remove corruption

  4. Electoral reforms should take place

  5. Grant social rights to people

  6. It will give no permission for martial law.

  7. Remove terrorism and extremism from this country

  8. Devolution of powers and efficient justice

  9. Protection of minorities

  10. Give rights to women

2014-08-14 13:18:16

Women police in Islamabad

2014-08-14 13:10:07

Qadri's revolution march begins from Model Town

— File Photo
— File Photo

Tahirul Qadri in a press conference outside his Model Town residence said, “The Inquilab march is leaving Model Town for Islamabad. I want to wish the country a happy Independence Day. The revolution march leaving from here will give the constitutional and democratic rights to the downtrodden of this country.

2014-08-14 13:04:34

Azadi rally begins march from Lahore

PTI supporters cheer as they gather outside the residence of Imran at the start of their protest march against government in Lahore on August 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP
PTI supporters cheer as they gather outside the residence of Imran at the start of their protest march against government in Lahore on August 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) ‘Azadi march’ rally departed from Lahore’s Zaman Park area heading towards the federal capital city of Islamabad.

“The success of Azadi march will provide peace and prosperity in the country,” Khan said as he began his move along with thousand of supporters who had gathered outside his Zama Park residence in Lahore.

2014-08-14 12:44:31

Freedom is not offered on a plate it has to be snatched, says Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's(PTI) chief Imran Khan delivered a speech to his supporters gathered outside in Lahore during which he said that freedom was never offered on a plate and has to be snatched.

“We will free Pakistan from pharaohs,” Khan added.

Khan was flanked by Sheikh Rashid, Asad Umar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other leaders outside his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

The PTI chief had earlier summoned a meeting of his supporters at his residence just hours before the ‘Azadi march’ announced for today, during which the further plan of action to be taken by the party was discussed.

2014-08-14 12:36:29

Say 'cheese'

PTI Chairman Imran Khan poses for a photograph with senior leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Arif Alvi, Shireen Mazari, Jehangir Tareen, Asad Umar,Shafqat Mehmood and Ejaz Chaudhary before heading out. Sheikh Rasheed is also with the group leaving Zaman Park, Lahore.

2014-08-14 12:12:14

As Lahore heats up

This Reuters photo shows policemen gathered outside the residence of Imran Khan amidst campaign posters as a man in a green shirt walks through a security gate, Lahore, August 14, 2014.

2014-08-14 12:05:10

PTA directed to restore cell phone services in several areas of Islamabad

Federal Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan directed the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) to restore cell phone services in several areas of Islamabad’s Red Zone locality.

Subsequently PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran ordered the cell phone service to be restored in the vicinity.

Earlier on Aug 12, the Interior Ministry had ordered mobile phone and wireless internet services to be shut down in several parts of Islamabad for an indefinite period, to avoid any untoward incident and security threats during independence day celebrations.

— Irfan Haider reported from Islamabad

2014-08-14 11:59:50

No permission given to PTI over protest sit-in: interior ministry spokesman

Rejecting rumours that the Interior Ministry had granted the PTI permission to hold a sit-in in Islamabad, Mujeeb Qadir Khokhar, a spokesman for the ministry, said that was not the case.

“The ministry has granted no such permission to the PTI,” Khokhar said.

Moreover, Malik Najeeb, a superintendent in the Islamabad deputy commissioner’s office said no such directive had been received by the administration. — Reported by Irfan Haider

2014-08-14 11:14:18

Imran Khan on 'Azadi' march

2014-08-14 11:02:10

How Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport looks today

— Photos provided by Irfan Haider

2014-08-14 10:50:26

PTI, PAT marchers in Lahore

PTI will begin its march from Lahore’s Zaman Park whereas PAT is expected to launch its march from the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri in Model Town. Both parties were scheduled to begin their march at 10 am and then go on towards Islamabad.

A large contingent of security forces was expected to move along the marchers to ensure their safety.

Furthermore, mobile phone jammers have been installed in a number of locations in Lahore.

Meanwhile, the Faizabad Interchange that connects the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has been sealed with containers and additional contingents of police have been deployed there.

The measures have been taken in order to manage any untoward situation. — Reported by Shiraz Hasnat and Shakeel Qarar

2014-08-14 10:24:41

Protests to be held in all areas of Islamabad except Red Zone: Ghulam Sarwar Khan

PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that the party leadership has directed all activists to get to Islamabad come what may.

Khan, who is a senior PTI leader from the party’s Rawalpindi division, added that activists and supporters would protest and stage their sit-ins in all areas of Islamabad except for the Red Zone.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan had contested the election against PML-N’s Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in May 2013 and had emerged victorious. — Reported by Irfan Haider

2014-08-14 10:23:18

PPP's Jehangir Bader criticises Shahbaz Sharif

2014-08-14 10:02:07

The word in Islamabad

2014-08-14 09:50:00

FC being deployed in Islamabad's Red Zone

Security around Islamabad's Red Zone area is being tightened and the administration has deployed FC personnel in the locality.

More containers are being set up in the area to ensure it remains impenetrable.

Moreover, unconfirmed reports say PTI has apprised the Islamabad administration of the location where the party wants to hold its sit-in.

2014-08-14 09:08:54

President Mamnoon hoists national flag

President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the national flag at the Independence Day ceremony in the Presidency.

The president was flanked by Prime Minister Nawaz and army chief Raheel Sharif was also present on the occasion.

During the ceremony, a one-minute silence was observed by those in attendance to pay tribute to soldiers who died in the Zarb-i-Azb operation.

2014-08-14 08:57:59

Punjab Home department extends Section 144 in province

The Punjab Home department has extended the implementation of Section 144 in the province to August 18.

Under a notification issued by the provincial government, not more than four people can congregate at a public spot.

The development comes as thousands of PTI activists and supporters are present in Lahore's Zaman Park and a number of convoys of party members and sympathisers have come in from different cities.

— Reported by Shiraz Hasnat and Nadeem Haider

2014-08-14 08:14:03

PTI’s Sialkot members en route to Lahore to join Imran

PTI members and supporters from Sialkot had taken on the road to Lahore where they will join the larger group of party activists which will move towards the capital.

The march from Sialkot commenced from the Jinnah House and is being led by PTI leaders Usman Dar, Ajmal Cheema, Akmal Cheema, Tariq Butt and Asjad Malhi.

Speaking to DawnNews, Dar said protesters would partake in the march despite all the barriers that had been erected by the government and the march would translate into real freedom for the people.

2014-08-14 08:02:13

No difference between Imran, Qadri: Khurshid Shah
Leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah on Thursday said that while the government should not stop Imran from marching, there was no difference between the demands he was making and the ones made by Tahirul Qadri.The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader said that by making the demand for a technocratic set-up Imran had expressed his distrust on politicians which was condemnable.Shah said it was wise of Nawaz Sharif to call for a judicial commission to investigate the PTI chief’s rigging allegations. Responding to a question, the lawmaker said he had not seen any containers in Islamabad apart from those in the Red Zone area. — Reported by Atif Butt 

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Ahmed USA
Aug 14, 2014 08:36am

...and the circus goes on... :-)

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Mohammad Akhtar
Aug 14, 2014 08:40am

HOPE EVERY ONE RETURNS HOME SAFE AND ALIVE.

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Malik Ajmal Khan
Aug 14, 2014 08:42am

Please publish more photos. I need to show them to my colleagues here in the USA. Good Tourism promotion

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Humdard
Aug 14, 2014 08:55am

PPP and PMLN are both full of corrupt leader and MNA. They together have destroyed Pakistan for over 40 year by stealing money from Public and depositing in their personal account in UK, USA, and Dubai. Look at their children how well and comfortable life they live from the poor Pakistanis money and look at Pakistani they do not even have basic necessities of life. Pakistani Youth have seen and understood the game of these corrupt PMLN and PPP leader. It is about time that the Pakistani awam also get the same facilities as these corrupt leaders do. And the only way this will happen if you throw these corrupt leaders out of power and take control of your destiny.

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M. M. Alam
Aug 14, 2014 09:24am

Imran Khan is showing his true colors, he wants power by any means even if that leads to total chaos and destruction.

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Hamid Bashir
Aug 14, 2014 09:30am

Long live Pakistan! It is a nation of heroes and fighter and will prevail. www.music4cause.net

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mushtaq
Aug 14, 2014 09:37am

IT SEEMS THAT PAKISTAN IS HEADING TOWARDS MARSHAL LAW..

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raja
Aug 14, 2014 09:55am

@Mohammad Akhtar @mushtaq Hope you two fix your caps lock keys

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Asif Raza
Aug 14, 2014 09:56am

This is sad. Our grandparents witnessed blood on streets and on wall of their homes in 14 august 1947. Even that day caused them a lot of pain, they celebrated this day for their freedom. But today, if there is again blood on our streets and walls, this day will turn into dark day in Pakistan's history. In 1947, that sacrifice was for Pakistan's freedom and today it will be handing Pakistan to a person who just needs power no matter who dies.

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Shashi Kant Singh
Aug 14, 2014 10:14am

@Ahmed USA Why not make a lucrative business hub of Export during the protest..The Story goes on

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Mazhar
Aug 14, 2014 10:24am

IK please take pity on nation and don't make this day, controversial Dont be crazy as TUQ !!!!

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Lucky Star
Aug 14, 2014 10:39am

@Humdard PTI is full of honest people without any blemish and sin!

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Ahmed USA
Aug 14, 2014 10:46am

Imran Khan's mantra is not working because people no longer believe in him and his team. Here are the reasons: His leadership team is full of people whom people do not trust...well you know why...; PTI has a very confused ideology; PTI's mission statement makes no sense whatsoever...what else the list goes on and on and on...further he has become a bag full of complaints...don't get me wrong, he may have some genuine ones as well, however, ask him solution to any issue and all you get is more complaints and mumbo jumbo...IK this is not cricket where your family contacts, some talent, some friendship, gut feeling and mere chance would let you sail through...before calling for change in Pakistan change your and your teams direction...after all..."at the twilight of your political career you cannot win the election...by yourself alone"...I rest my case...

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Mazhar
Aug 14, 2014 10:47am

Mr.TUQ, why you not launch your business campaign of so called "Inqilab" in Canada, will they kill you ? Every year your circus in pakistan is like jugglers. How much money of poor people you snatch and run away to canada.

  1. our image outside pakistan is blurred due to such mad peoples.
  2. We are losing our friends outside Pak. Who is behind you ?
  3. Why we are moving toward situation as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and libya.
  4. What is logic of protesting against rigging after one year passed. At time PMLN govt was established, protest would be really logical.

On election how much cost is paid, do nation has enough money to carry election every year. Our nation is really passionate but we should have clear decision before casting vote.

PMLN is doing what, let them do their job but Mr. IK have close look on these guys and scrutinize them. you will be winner finally.

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Patriot
Aug 14, 2014 10:56am

@Ahmed USA If the people don't people in Imran Khan then please tell who are coming with him?

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Muhammad Tufail
Aug 14, 2014 11:05am

Down with the cheaters and looters of the national exchequers. March till the end of the kings.

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Ahmed USA
Aug 14, 2014 11:12am

Tahir ul Qadri needs to be audited...he has not even considered worth publishing his and his team's "income and assets" on Pakistan Awami Tehreek's (PAT's) website....may be people don't need to know...on PAT's website, however, you can easily find "Donate" and "Buy" links without further "clicks" though...shamefull indeed...Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan and other politicians alike need to be very very careful while making statements about their foes because inflammatory and derogatory comments may cause unpleasantness and may lead to an untoward accident...

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Mazhar, Layyah
Aug 14, 2014 11:20am
  1. "King" is statement of Mr. Zardari.
  2. Long march trend is from PMLN "for CJ".
  3. White paper is congress terminology.

I am searching PTI mind.

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Azam Chattha
Aug 14, 2014 11:45am

Politics is the word on street.

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Asif Raza
Aug 14, 2014 11:50am

PTI about elections: "All the election was rigid."

  • PTI has 34 MNAs.
  • PTI has 54 MKPKAs.
  • PTI has 30 MPAs.
  • PTI has 4 MSAs.

None of them has resigned yet. Since they are saying it was rigid, I think there seats should be canceled till they prove that we won through pure and fair elections.

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M.Saeed
Aug 14, 2014 12:06pm

Although I am all-out for Azadi but, not for any animalistic-Azadi. A man must strive to be a better man always, by keeping pride a light-years away and grabbing humility where-ever found as his lost inheritance.

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Sheraz Imtiaz
Aug 14, 2014 12:19pm

May Allah Almighty bless us from collision and bloodshed.

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Rehan Ahmad
Aug 14, 2014 12:29pm

@Asif Raza Yes agreed, All seats should be cancelled and all member should prove the have won in fair. This includes PML-N and other parties too. Even if PTI candidate rigid the election he should be thrown out. But same should go for all parties. Justice should be served equally without any discrimination.

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An Indian
Aug 14, 2014 12:31pm

Happy Independence day to Pakistani friends.Wish you have a peaceful day.

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riz
Aug 14, 2014 12:33pm

Nawaz Sharif will see off and defeat the traitors of democracy

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Tariq
Aug 14, 2014 12:40pm

That's not the type of independence that Quaid had dreamed.

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Mira
Aug 14, 2014 12:41pm

@M. M. Alam

No he doesn't. It is your types who want the PPP and the PML (N) looters and fraudsters to remain in power.

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Sher Baluch
Aug 14, 2014 12:44pm

If the Military, Government, Bureaucracy, Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri could channel resources and energy instead of obstructing highways, spouting useless rhetoric and undertaking long marches, they could illuminate Pakistan

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Ahsen
Aug 14, 2014 12:53pm

Enough of Sharif brothers , to all those who are still in favor of these two [Zardari fraud and Sharif brother who think pakistan is property of their fathers] "fool me once shame on you , fooled me twice shame on me " you should have learned by now that these crooks will keep sucking blood from the nation. Its a time for change , i am not in favour of Imran , But hey he is the only one not tested yet. I want a change in my country this might be the sparking point for it , But i also want my nation to not break the public belongings rather break the house of all these rich ministers and burn them down , show it to them that they mean business , Enough is enough .. time for change enough of this rubbish ...

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Azmeen
Aug 14, 2014 01:05pm

Here Jugglers go again. They are unable to respect the sacredness of the Independence Day and acknowledge the sacrifices of workers of Pakistan's movement. Pity is that jugglers still pretend that they are the righteous ones.

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Asif Raza
Aug 14, 2014 01:11pm

@Rehan Ahmad Agree with you. It should go for everyone. But it should be PTI turn first since they are the ones who claimed it.

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Mazhar, Layyah
Aug 14, 2014 01:18pm

"Change I like" is no doubt is slogan of every patriot Pakistani. But Suppose under flag of PTI: 1. What is next ideology after PMLN Govt finished? have PTI put their ideology to nation? 2. Where and which correction need to implement? 3. What will be optimization plan? 4. What will be anti corruption policy? 5. What will be foreign policy? 6. How they will audit themselves ? 7. Where is weakness and strength ? 8. How action plan will be executed ?

Any idea ? or just we need change ?

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Asif Raza
Aug 14, 2014 01:24pm

@Ahsen Totay right bro. You have said it very well. We really are tired of these PML-N and PPP. I was born when Benazir was PM for her first time. So since that day, there was Benazi, Nawaz Sharif, Benazir, Nawaz Sharif, Musraf, Zardari and now Nawaz Sharif again. No Imran Khan or anyone else at all. So many of us voted for PTI in elections. But we were not strong enough to win election. We lost. Now, we have to accept that and wait for next election. Bringing revolution like this is just being cheap and losing faith of so many people.

No matter what issues Imran Khan has with government, he should talk to them and try to solve them first instead just announcing long march on a celebration day. That's bad move for power.

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Ali
Aug 14, 2014 01:34pm

@Ahmed USA

And the circus goes on because people like you and me are sitting either in US & KSA and those in Pakistan don't want to rise against the corrupt system!

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MA
Aug 14, 2014 01:56pm

May Allah show the right path to these so called leaders and the protesters.

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asgher
Aug 14, 2014 02:00pm

Politics is used to persuade public to agree on the ideas to unite, improve and serve the country. Unfortunately Politics is used to improve and serve personal agenda instead of country

Hamari badluck k hamain politicians milay leaders nahi

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Syed Munir Iqbal
Aug 14, 2014 02:01pm

One other goal for Tahir-ul-Qadri that he should add. "Send him packing back to Canada-- never to return- Inshallah"

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Zaheer Ul Hassan
Aug 14, 2014 02:03pm

These two gentlemen Imran Khan & Tahir Ul Qadri, they have no political baggage. They have not stolen any thing from ex-chequer, rather they have given some thing to the country/people. They are the best hope for our people and I request all to come out and support them in their efforts for this poor nation. May God bless them with success in their efforts to re build our country.

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M J Syed
Aug 14, 2014 02:09pm

@An Indian Shushshshsh. Do not tell the Azadi Marchers that we already have independence.

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Imran Ali
Aug 14, 2014 02:12pm

Our leadership is still not maturate to run democracy. Pakistan is not ready for democracy as 70% population cannot read and write. So called leaders exploits the population for their won interest. We need Technocrat to run the country not corrupt politician.

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Harmony
Aug 14, 2014 02:15pm

@Malik Ajmal Khan - Demonstrations are "Good Tourism"?

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Harmony
Aug 14, 2014 02:16pm

@Lucky Star - They are "honest people"...well said!

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Gaz
Aug 14, 2014 02:17pm

@Humdard Totally agree. Add to that people always say Sharifs and Bhuttos and Zardari have big businesses. This is a lie there businesses are not real functioning businesses they are simply fronts to channel money. Look at the websites of their businesses and you can tell this companies don't exist.

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ali ahmed
Aug 14, 2014 02:17pm

this the begging of the end of monarchy of pakistan

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MTK
Aug 14, 2014 02:20pm

@M. M. Alam - I fully agree

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Harmony
Aug 14, 2014 02:20pm

@Mohammad Akhtar @mushtaq - using cap letters is considered shouting. There is no need for this.

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M J Syed
Aug 14, 2014 02:22pm

@mushtaq I have never heard of a "MARSHAL LAW" in Pakistan. to the best of my knowledge that is a comic book. Are you referring to that? The episodes of our Martial Law could, in many ways, be truly described as MARSHAL LAW.

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Tim
Aug 14, 2014 02:27pm

Barbadi march is on... Real mature PTI real mature.. Taking issues to street is clear sign of hooliganism .. They are not what they claim they are they are no better then gulu badmash...

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rashid siddiqui
Aug 14, 2014 02:28pm

Fifteen people were shot dead at point blank range (and many more injured) and nothing happened. Imagine if this occurred in Europe or USA. This government needs to go on this account alone, let alone anything else.

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Darkanu
Aug 14, 2014 02:51pm

They have started their campaign and let's hope a peaceful end and pleasant political environment prevails in the country.

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Muhammad Umair Tariq
Aug 14, 2014 02:59pm

14th August the day of independence and I'm obliged to stay at home.

Irony.

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dheeraj
Aug 14, 2014 03:16pm

Imran khan too in a container

ita all abt container theses days in pak

its better if imran qadri contain themselves a bit

god bless

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rhazes
Aug 14, 2014 03:23pm

I guess, Junoon concert will be the highlight of this event

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Shafiq
Aug 14, 2014 03:39pm

@Lucky Star You are joking of course ! I saw Rasheed from Rawalpindi who joined every bandwagon that was going since he was in college. He joined all dictators with his car full of supporters. Was he the minister in Mush's dictatorship ?

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Wali
Aug 14, 2014 03:42pm

We want change, no matter how many people die for it and in how many pieces Pakistan is torn into, but Imran should be the PM of whatever remains in the name of Pakistan... Regards, PTI

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Hassan
Aug 14, 2014 03:42pm

@Ahmed USA some talent! really...

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Khaled
Aug 14, 2014 03:50pm

This is my saddest independence day in the last fifty years of my stay in Islamabad. Courtesy the trio, Nawaz, Imran and Qadri , I pray that better sense will prevail and they are back on track.

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Faisal Bajwa
Aug 14, 2014 03:53pm

COAS is booked with the PM since zero hour Aug14 to Aug17, till both of them pay tribute to the holy dentures shrine by the white mosque. PM is outta luck & outta time. Too bad! For the third timer.

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Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 14, 2014 04:02pm

Putting containers + digging up roads + laying barbed wires + arresting protestors prove PM Mian Nawaz Sharif has accepted his ouster otherwise why to do this all. Where will he go is the most baffling question? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait

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Ali
Aug 14, 2014 04:18pm

@M. M. Alam If he wanted power he could have compromised on his principles ages ago

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Zaman
Aug 14, 2014 04:18pm

Wish I could join the March. Stay strong.

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Z khan
Aug 14, 2014 04:33pm

Indeed Allah knew more than us and did not give PMship to IK, this man is totally lost, don't know how he will handle everything even if Nawaz make a decision to resign. IK this is real country with 180 Million real human beings and need some planning/time to change, this is not a twenty20 cricket match. Wake up !!!

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Sharar
Aug 14, 2014 04:35pm

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Rashid
Aug 14, 2014 04:36pm

@Humdard From where the PTI people came from? They are all same with different face mask.

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Ganga Din
Aug 14, 2014 04:48pm

With Hashmi and Qureshi on his either side, what's 'Naya' about his 'Naya Pakistan'?

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sanjeev
Aug 14, 2014 04:52pm

Why are the airports deserted?

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A J Khan
Aug 14, 2014 04:56pm

I think gas is out of the Balloon and PTI is looking for some sort of face saving and Govt. is providing them to let this "Jalsa" carry on. Very wise decision by the Govt. Wii stay for 2 or 3 days and then leave . I said it before and will say again that" this is the beginning of the end of PTI."because of too many U-Turns.

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Z khan
Aug 14, 2014 05:33pm

Change while both IK and TUQ sitting in AC containers with all facilities, you can imagine how different there tenure would be.

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Z khan
Aug 14, 2014 05:36pm

@Wali think before what you wish for

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Agha Ata
Aug 14, 2014 05:45pm

". . . .We are convinced that demands raised by the chairman PTI and chairman PAT . . . . are in violation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. . . . " I have a question.

Was rigging allowed in the constitution?

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kv singh
Aug 14, 2014 05:49pm

These two gentlemen ( Imran and Qadri ) could go for Fast ( hunger) till death. Why they put lives of thousands in danger. Bring technology in elections. India.... voters 80 crores , Zero complaint in election 2014. I wish happy independence and safety of your people.

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ghazi
Aug 14, 2014 05:51pm

Dawn... this live update is great. It would be better if you put the most recent news or update on the top of the page and then readers can scroll down for older updates.

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shoukat sheikh
Aug 14, 2014 06:09pm

I pray along with M Akhtar

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shoukat sheikh
Aug 14, 2014 06:11pm

thank you Dawn for great coverage.

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Asif Raza
Aug 14, 2014 06:15pm

@Agha Ata Nope. Rigging was not allowed. And sadly, all PTI members won through rigged elections.

On the other hand, LHC said the "demands" are against the constitution not the allegations. PTI alleged that election was riggid. As far as allegations are concerned, everyone including Imran Khan has so many allegations on himself. Its another thing that any of the allegations is true or false.

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Arisha G
Aug 14, 2014 06:36pm

"No difference between Imran, Qadri: Khurshid Shah"

Apples and oranges, Sire and the likes. No point in trying to explain in now anyway. there was ample time to understand and work with both parties if there was a proper DEMOCRATIC government and ministers in Parliament.

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Madan
Aug 14, 2014 06:45pm

@rashid siddiqui I am with you when you write "Fifteen people were shot dead at point blank range (and many more injured) and nothing happened. Imagine if this occurred in Europe or USA. . . ." We of the sub-continent should not complain when the West treats us badly and our lives 'quite cheap." Very unfortunate considering that we shoot at our own feet!

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Hira
Aug 14, 2014 07:09pm

This march will fail. Imran Khan cannot bring social change as too many through these means as too many of the participants of the current system have skin in the game. The problem does not end with PML-N. Most political parties including many of Khan's party colleagues have looted and plundered Pakistan. I come from an Army family and have the highest regard for the jawans and officers who lay down their lives for our country. But make no mistake, corruption is prevalent in the armed forces as well, from plots to awarding contracts for something as little as groceries. When you are ordering food or supplies for thousands of jawans on base there is a lot of room for negotiation, if you get my drift. The point is that too people are rotten to the core who don't like IK's message.

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MSAlvi
Aug 14, 2014 07:16pm

Every body is pointing to IK and TQ's lust for power. Can you name one politician, at any level, without lust for power? No politician is there just to serve people. If you ignore lust for power, then who is better. I would say Imran Khan, or even TQ. They are definitely better than Nawaz, Zardari and rest of the dirty dozen. They have not looted anything yet.

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Raza Babar
Aug 14, 2014 07:25pm

Look at the luxury five star penthouse suite with leather sofas for the people's leader Imran Khan; while the followers follow unprotected in scorching heat. This is NO INQALAB. This is NOT EVEN INSAF.

When leadership exhibits shameless DOUBLE STANDARDS, how can they claim any CREDIBILITY?

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El Cid
Aug 14, 2014 07:25pm

As a symbolic gesture against corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, foreign influence, treason and loot the name of Islamabad's International Airport be changed immediately.

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Omer
Aug 14, 2014 07:29pm

I am against these tactics of imran and qadri

I support PML N and have full confidence in Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistani
Aug 14, 2014 07:42pm

@Hamid Bashir Insha Allah. Long live PAKISTAN.

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Pakistani
Aug 14, 2014 07:48pm

@Ahmed USA It's really working but paid trolls like you have given permission to write other way around opposite to reality.

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Waqar Khan
Aug 14, 2014 07:54pm

Anyone have visited the KPK, under Imran Khan? I couldn't believe my own eyes...in in our village the streets were fixed, the educational system is enhanced, Now you can write FIR online, and even report a police, or other authority for corruption. No more electricity stealing. Things are changing, under Imran. Great Job.

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Sajn
Aug 14, 2014 08:24pm

@Asif Raza Rigged not rigid my friend

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Sajn
Aug 14, 2014 08:28pm

@Rehan Ahmad The point is that both Khan and Qadri sahib compare elections in Pakistan against Western structures but all the external observers at these elections said they were the fairest elections Pakistan has ever held.

I do not for one minute believe that there was not some element of rigging in some constituencies but to suggest that the whole election should be held again on the basis of the demands of two people who cannot provide a full audit of their own supporters is ludicrous.

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khan
Aug 14, 2014 08:41pm

are you still sleep walking and don't see the agenda Imran Khan and crazy Kadri are working and who is their sponcer

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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Aug 14, 2014 08:42pm

Let the march go please.

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zack Khan
Aug 14, 2014 08:48pm

@M. M. Alam If that is true, he could have been president long time ago!

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S. Khan
Aug 14, 2014 09:01pm

@Rehan Ahmad If by "rigid" you mean "rigged" one can agree with you.

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Kashif Abro
Aug 14, 2014 09:02pm

what a waste of resources and time. IK was given a chance to prove his leadership in entire KPK...such a shame that he failed and now creating drama and bad image of our great country PAKISTAN. If IK and Qadri are true leaders, they must sit and talk to the Government in a much respectful manner rather than using human shields.

Long live Pakistan

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Kaleem
Aug 14, 2014 09:04pm

@Waqar Khan Just to confirm, was it Pakistan's KPK or some other country? How many hours you slept that dreamy night?

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waqas
Aug 14, 2014 09:07pm

March in August!!!

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h.harris
Aug 14, 2014 09:17pm

How this is being Financed?

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Waseem.
Aug 14, 2014 09:31pm

Imran should first prove him self with better governance of KP before claiming the PM seat.

The steps he is taking shows 3 things. 1) He is impatient 2) He is afraid he will not be able to win hearts of people with KP government. I agree managing KP is tough, but not tougher than the whole PK. 3) He did not believe next elections will be fair.

If it is the third point only, then addressing election process as result of this march should be enough. PML-N government should get change for once to complete their tenure leaving no excuses for them in the future.

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Ahmed USA
Aug 14, 2014 09:39pm

@Ali Bro...I agree with you...wait untill our time comes inshAllah...not far off though...Pakistan should be a place where people of the world come to seek knowledge, goodwill and prosperity... :-)

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Dr Zubair Khan
Aug 14, 2014 09:40pm

People believe in IK. How can a government continue when they have question marks as big as this??? The whole country is crying that the current government is not legitimate. For God sake resign and show moral courage. If you were the real winner, then you will win again. But It is now sure that the stance of IK is legitimate and valid. The current government has lost credibility with regard to their position on electoral rigging.

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Salma
Aug 14, 2014 09:41pm

Brothers and sisters, Don't put down new Quid-e- Azam ( IMRAN KHAN) real true and honest Pakistani leader. God bless Pakistan under IMRAN KHAN, as all pakistani aboard want to come back to real PAKISTAN.

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Hamid
Aug 14, 2014 09:56pm

Unfortunately,the captain doesn't remain a national hero,as I always admired. He is now an arrogant person,destroyer of nationalism on 14th August and someone who can't be trusted because he changes his demands/statements every day and to make it even worst he is now a comrade of Cahudharies of Gujrat and Sheikh Sb,what a fall!

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Arisha G
Aug 14, 2014 10:08pm

@Sajn And that is why they had put in an application for having those constituencies re counted etc per due process. and we all know of the timeline of the events that have occured since that have led to this day.

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Arisha G
Aug 14, 2014 10:10pm

@Salma With all due respect there can be and ever will be only one Jinnah. the ONLY person entitled to be known as Quaide Azam.

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Arisha G
Aug 14, 2014 10:11pm

@h.harris Not sure about PAT, but for the PTI march through the party workers' donations, quite clearly and transparently advertised.

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Sara Y
Aug 14, 2014 10:19pm

Supposedly no other country has this degree of loyalty towards their political leaders, where citizens have no life, nothing to do and could be easily manipulated for whatever the agenda each party has. No doubt this seems to be a circus. People are fooling themselves if they think something will be accomplished. Instead they are just putting the country on the verge of self-destruction while a third force is perhaps laughing off at this.

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M.Saleem
Aug 14, 2014 10:32pm

How Nawaz could understand the difficulties of ordinary Pakistanis who are living in poverty ,with out water , electricity and gas when his palace never faces any shortage of these facilities. Sheikh Rashid is right that this not a democracy but a dictator ship of a five members of a family.

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Ahmed USA
Aug 14, 2014 11:05pm

Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri's photos says it all...while our make believe "Inqilabi Heros" are enjoying hearty meal and seen riding luxury airconditioned bullet proof vehicles...their followers including women and children are seen braving the sun, lathis, harassment and hunger in open...while they ignorantly march to the beat of their respective "leaders" drums...shame has lost its meaning for these so called "Inqilabi leaders"...a true leader only lead by example...

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Azam
Aug 14, 2014 11:39pm

Junoon at its best. Long live PTI

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naghman
Aug 14, 2014 11:46pm

try to rid the country of extremists,terrorists than worry about the looter brothers

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Fiz
Aug 15, 2014 12:05am

How long this drama will contiue? In this oppressive heat , I already feel so tired.

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Sadia Khattak
Aug 15, 2014 12:26am

@Kashif Abro those who claimed that PTI failed in kpk , shall into account the performance of previous governments who have ruled the province .i wont go into detail how PTI government is performanig in KPK ,but at least i would like to mention here that it is controlling corruption specially in education sector which has been hugely corrupted by the previous ANP government .

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American Gandhi
Aug 15, 2014 12:50am

I have a huge regret that I am not part of this freedom movement. First time in my life I feel that Pakistan is about to get freedom. In 1947 we got freedom from Brits but it is the moment when history would say Pakistan was created in 2014.

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nasir
Aug 15, 2014 01:06am

Good Luck, PTI.

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Jawad
Aug 15, 2014 01:18am

@Sara Y where citizens have no life, nothing to do and could be easily manipulated for whatever the agenda each party has. Don't underestimate the power of a common person.

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Ghazanfar
Aug 15, 2014 01:18am

@naghman with due respect its the other way around.. poverty gives birth to extremism and terrorism.. west looks discipliend and shinny because the labour drivers Ford F-150 truck... which most highly paid Engineers cann't afford!

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Jawad
Aug 15, 2014 01:22am

@M.Saleem True. But that applies to all our beloved politicians. Isn't it.

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Jawad
Aug 15, 2014 01:25am

@Salma

Quaid Azam A little too much? I think But he is best of the current lot of politicians though .

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qasim
Aug 15, 2014 01:26am

@Sajn change what change if same faces are in pti like mr hashmi and mr qureshi

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Jawad
Aug 15, 2014 01:29am

@Waseem. Problem is the 3rd point. But can you trust Sharif brothers to really revamp the election process honestly? So for that reason it needs to be done by someone without any basted interest ( no politician)

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Jawad
Aug 15, 2014 01:36am

@Kashif Abro ...such a shame that he failed What makes you say he failed?

Sit and talk with NS? IK has been raising this issue for more than one yr. in the Parliment, courts, TV , in his speeches. Even with CJ Iftikhar who opted to ignore. And now that people are on the roads, suddenly the PM and PPP want to talk? I don't think it's a secret anymore that Zardari and NS watch out for each other's back. Zardari however turned out to be a much better politician though.

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sami khan
Aug 15, 2014 01:42am

this is great long march on independance day 14august against corupt gov pml(n) i like that imran khan is a great leader.

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Ayesha
Aug 15, 2014 01:56am

MashaAllah, Kafi jazba loogo'n mae nazr aa raha hae --Khuda khair krae Mian Sahab kee

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Ahmed USA
Aug 15, 2014 02:35am

Media should wake up and have some courage to ask Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri as to why their respective family members are kept away from leading these marches from the front row...whereas poor and ignorant folks including women, children and elderly are asked daily to offer sacrifices and consequently put themselves in harm

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Aysha
Aug 15, 2014 02:53am

We need Musharaf...

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Naeem Qureshi
Aug 15, 2014 03:26am

The opportunist IK will continue to undermine an elected government. He is power hungry. I am so disappointed.

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Mustafa J.
Aug 15, 2014 03:27am

Azadi March (Freedom March) means Pakistanis have either been Ghulam (Slaves) for 67 years since 1947 or they were enslaved sometimes after 1947. This means the work of Mohamad Ali Jinnah to create Pakistan is either a hoax or fairy tale. There are two ambitious people Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri who wish to do what Mohammad Ali Jinnah did and wish to earn the credit for "Azadi" or independence of Pakistan. It is a shame for all Pakistanis that the great work of Mohammad Ali Jinnah is being disputed by the two men thus an insult to the entire nation of Pakistan.

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NAEEM AKHTER
Aug 15, 2014 05:18am

Mr Prime Minister we elected you with love and hope and we hope you will not let us down and will have faith and no matter what never resign or dissolve the assembly.

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Badsha Khan
Aug 15, 2014 05:59am

@M. M. Alam is this the only attempt to grab power through chaos and destruction since august 1947?

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Imran
Aug 15, 2014 06:17am

excellent coverage

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Kabir
Aug 15, 2014 07:53am

@Ahmed USA You are joking. Right?

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naveed khan
Aug 15, 2014 09:35am

we want to freedom we want to imran khan the grat learder of the world.

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syed
Aug 15, 2014 10:14am

@Humdard :what do you think about the army bro ?? they hve been in power more then any govt. they take up 60% of the budget of the country.... my point is everyone who gets the oppertunity has looted this country and these leaders are imposed on us bcoz of our own deeds so we shouldnt be blaming others.

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Anjum Arshi
Aug 15, 2014 01:07pm

@Aysha We need Musharaf.. ... to complete the destruction process.

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Kashif Abro
Aug 15, 2014 05:54pm

@Jawad & Sadia

"I, being a Pakhtun PTI voter & supporter, would sadly say NO (partially). PTI has not been able to do ALL that was expected - not because it lacks the capacity but perhaps because it has not done the proper homework." By Pervez Khattak

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Shan
Aug 15, 2014 06:13pm

@Malik Ajmal Khan So you live in USA... Doing what? McDonald

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Shan
Aug 15, 2014 06:14pm

@Ahmed USA From USA this looks circus to you. You must be used to corrupt ways of life.

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