Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan attend a protest march - AFP
A combination images showing PTI workers advancing towards Islamabad's Red zone area.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan raises his fist as he attends an anti-government rally in Islamabad. — Photo by AFP
Police leave their shields at a road as the government relaxes its restrictions to stop anti-government marchers in Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 16, 2014.  — Photo by AP
A commando soldier patrols behind a barricade with flags left behind by supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) - Reuters
PTI supporters from Peshawar protect themselves from the rain - Photo by Irfan Haider
PTI supporters in festive mood in Islamabad. - Photo by Irfan Haider

Undeterred by inclement weather and low turnouts, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) continue protests in Islamabad for a fourth day running.

Both PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri have so far stood firm on the one demand that remains off the negotiating table with the PML-N led government - that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down to make way for a new government, a new system.

Follow our updates on the ongoing political crisis below.

Read Day one updates here | Read Day two updates here | Read Day three updates here


2014-08-18 00:52:56

Shah calls for a parliamentary session to discuss PTI chief’s declaration

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has called for a session in the NA between the government and opposition parties to discuss PTI chief Imran Khan's call for civil disobedience.

He said that talks between political party leaders have already started.

“I am already speaking with Malulana Fazlur Rehman, Mahmood Achakzai, Aftab Sherpao and Sirajul Haq,” Shah said.

“We are conducting talks between the government and Imran Khan,” the opposition leader said.

“I will speak with various political parties tomorrow...We will debate and discuss Imran Khan’s statements,” Shah said.

“I am confident that within two days we will find a solution,” said the opposition leader.

2014-08-18 00:24:00

'BMW gift allegation' denied by ISPR

2014-08-17 23:27:55

Imran Khan’s civil disobedience declaration a joke, says Altaf

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that PTI chairman Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience, “Is nothing more than a joke”.

He said that if Imran Khan was going to make such a call, what was the point of having a long march.

“If he was going to make such a declaration, he should have done it earlier on,” said the MQM leader.

He urged the govt and PTI to resolve their differences through dialogue.

“The current political situation is causing harm to the country,” he said.

2014-08-17 23:10:07

No political party is supporting the PTI, says Nisar

During a press conference, Federal Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said the PTI is alone and that no political party is supporting them.

“The PTI is alone and no political party is supporting them,” the interior minister said.

He said that that civil disobedience movements work less against governments and more against politics itself.

“We are ready to accept all of Imran Khan’s constitutional and legal demands,” said Nisar.

He urged PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri to work for democracy and Pakistan by uniting the country.

2014-08-17 22:36:55

We will win this game before two days are up, says Imran Khan

During his speech PTI chief Imran Khan told party workers and supporters, “We will be celebrating before deadline is over”.

“We will win this game before the two days are up… we will be free,” the PTI chief said.

“The working people in the country have been crushed by this system,” he said

“If Imran Khan becomes prime minister, he will never ask money from anyone…I will never ask for money from Saudi Arabia, America or the IMF” said Imran.

“The Islamabad police cannot stop this sea of people,” said the PTI chief.

2014-08-17 21:14:22

Two days, or...

"Chaudhry Nisar...tell your prime minister I will not be able to hold my people beyond two days," Imran says, outlining possible dire outcomes of the PTI's demands not being met.

"Thank you God for helping me to achieve my 18-year dream to wake the Pakistani nation."

Imran ends his speech. Chants of "Go Nawaz Go!" erupt.

2014-08-17 21:10:52

Imran has the crowd charged with pointed, amusing, inspiring one-liners:    "Change isn't coming...its here!"    He asks the crowd to raise its hands in a solemn vow not to cross into the Red Zone. The crowd obliges.

2014-08-17 21:07:57

No deals

"Nawaz Sharif I know you will send your people to strike a deal with me, please don't waste my time," Imran says, calling on the crowd to "give me the names of those corrupt people who have looted you."

The PTI Chairman promises two fun-filled days of protest, fist pumping as the DJ blasts tunes.

2014-08-17 20:59:39

Building Naya Pakistan

"We're here to build a Naya Pakistan!" Imran says as the crowd goes wild, dancing to 'Jazba Junoon'.

He asked his supporters to not advance into the Red Zone - for now.

2014-08-17 20:49:35

Two day deadline - protests to continue

Imran gives the government one week to dissolve, while asking the crowd if they "would prefer [to give the government] three days...or two?".

"We don't accept this false prime minister! We will gather here and expose all the corrupt members of this government," Imran says.

The PTI Chairman says after two days, "He will not be able to hold his people back any longer".

2014-08-17 20:43:51

Crowd jubilant over saying no to taxes

"Don't pay taxes...don't pay electricity bills...don't pay GST till Nawaz resigns!" Imran chants, with the crowd cheering on.

"Build your resolve and ensure this setup cannot continue," the PTI Chairman says, having to pause due to the cacophony.

2014-08-17 20:40:29

Doing this for Pakistan...

Imran claims not paying taxes will have a big impact on the corrupt government.

"I'm not doing this [civil disobedience] for me...I'm doing it for you," Imran says, explaining how the movement was critical for tackling injustice, oppression and corruption.

The PTI Chairman outlines the dangers he faced coming to the rally, narrating how the Interior Ministry told him the Punjabi Taliban would try to attack him.

2014-08-17 20:34:25

'Dont pay taxes' movement launched

Imran announces the launch of a new civil disobedience movement, focused on not paying taxes.

"Will you pay taxes?" Imran yells out to a jubilant crowd which screams, "No!".

2014-08-17 20:32:33

Lambasting Geo owner

"Shakeelur will go...and so will your channel [Geo]...and God willing, I will get millions of tax rupees back from you!" Imran says.

The PTI Chairman questions what the police should do if the tsunami march moves towards the PM house.

2014-08-17 20:28:19

March to PM house?

"What path forward do we have left?" Imran asks.

The crowd chants once more.

"There is one path left...that the Tsunami march to the Prime Minister house!"

2014-08-17 20:27:47

Corruption aplenty, Imran alleges

Imran churns out more anecdotes, statistics and allegations all-sorts against Nawaz Sharif.

He alleges that Nawaz "bought Najam Sethi" and "bought Mir Shakeelur Rehman" (Jang Group owner) for personal gain.

"What should we do with Nawaz Sharif now?" Imran demands, as the crowd erupts with chants of "Go Nawaz Go!".

2014-08-17 20:21:27

More rhetoric

Imran resumes his speech - reiterates it is his political career's most important speech.

"If everyone does what I say in this speech, then no one can stop us," he says as the crowd erupts with cheers.

Imran outlines a number of reasons why Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign - the rhetoric is familiar, covering a range of election rigging and corruption allegations.

2014-08-17 20:12:12

A bigger crowd today

DawnNews correspondent Sohail Iqbal Bhatti reports that yesterday's crowd was almost half the crowd seen today. He added that a lot more women were in attendance today.

While describing deplorable conditions witnessed yesterday, Bhatti added that the numbers may have improved as administration of the protest site has improved to some extent.

"The PTI should audit where the money to arrange this event went."

Bhatti reports that PTI activists have been in high spirits, despite the rains.

2014-08-17 19:43:17

Speech of a lifetime

The PTI Chairman begins his speech by promising this will be his political career's most important speech.

2014-08-17 19:35:42

PTI Chairman reaches protest

Imran Khan's promised "final match" remains on schedule as the Banni Gala convoy has reached the protest site.

Imran's speech, scheduled for 8pm, is expected to present the PTI's new line of action.

With supporters dwindling in number, this may be the PTI Chairman's last effort to achieve the party's principle objectives i.e. the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and fresh elections under a caretaker setup.

2014-08-17 19:35:00

Nawaz must resign or more street protests to follow: MWM

The Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM) has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must hand in his resignation before the deadline, or they will also join in street protests against the government.

MWM leader Nasir Abbas said that protests will first start from Karachi and then they will lead up through Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab.

"Until the leadership is overthrown, the struggle will continue," Abbas said. The MWM leader said that the current government has come into power with a fake mandate.

The MWM has been seen on stage with PAT chief Tahirul Qadri.

2014-08-17 19:21:09

Nawaz arrives in Islamabad

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Islamabad. He is expected to hold a critical meeting with PML-N stalwarts to discuss options regarding the ongoing political crisis.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will also be attending the meeting, which is being held at the same time as Imran Khan's 'final speech'.

2014-08-17 19:01:31

PTI Chairman heads to rally

Imran Khan has exited his Banni Gala residence with a large convoy, en-route to the protest. A small number of supporters are accompanying the convoy as well.

He is expected to make an important announcement at 8pm today. Given that Banni Gala is approximately a 25-30 minute drive from the protest site, it is hoped that his speech will be deserved on time.

  • Kashif Hussain reports.
2014-08-17 19:00:13

Nawaz Sharif cannot bear the revelations i make today: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan said he was yearning to reach the sit-in venue for his 'final address' where he will expose Nawaz Sharif at 8pm today.

"Nawaz sharif would not be able to bear the revelations i make today and it will take a maximum of one or two weeks for the government to finally leave," the PTI chief said while talking to a private TV channel.

Imran Khan further said "No one destroyed democracy like Nawaz Sharif has, how can you call it merit when the prime minister's daughter was given a fund worth Rs10bn to handle, his brother gets elected as a chief minister for the third time, and brother-in-law and nephew are given key government posts."

When asked about criticism over Imran's stay at his Bani Gala residence he said that he had gone home to sleep and then had to take a bath as well and had immediately returned to the sit-in venue.

He said he would continue to hold his protests and would not quit until Nawaz Sharif resigned.

2014-08-17 18:29:45

Suspect arrested from Qadri crowd

A suspicious individual was arrested from a crowd that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri was addressing, reports suggest.

The individual was removed from the crowd after being regarded as a security threat. No further details were available.

Qadri in response while speaking on stage said that "My chest is bare for those who want to strike me".

2014-08-17 18:12:33

PTI gets approval to set up stage near Serena chowk

Punjab Police personnel arrive to reinforce security during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on August 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Punjab Police personnel arrive to reinforce security during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on August 17, 2014. — Photo by AFP

A clash between PTI protestors and security forces seemed to have been averted after the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was given permission to set up a stage near Serena chowk.

2014-08-17 18:03:59

There is no bigger Lenin, Stalin or Marx than me, says Qadri

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri when speaking to a charged up crowd said, "There is no bigger Lenin, Stalin or Marx than me".

Qadri was speaking to his supporters when he made the remarks and further said that Pakistan will have a "system that will be in line with the Quran and the vision of Jinnah and Iqbal".

He lashed out at the system saying that it cannot catch thieves when it is full of thieves themselves.

Qadri and his supporters also started chanting slogans of "Go Nawaz go".

2014-08-17 17:51:10

Ishaq Dar departs for Dubai to meet Zardari: sources

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar left for Dubai on Sunday where he is expected to hold talks with former president Asif Ali Zardari over the current political situation in the country, DawnNews quoted sources as saying.

2014-08-17 17:40:29

PTI workers continue to advance, situation precarious

Activity on the edge of Islamabad's Red zone intensified as charged up, stick wielding PTI protesters hit containers and removed barbed wire blocking their route.

Policemen gathered and took up positions above and around the containers keeping an eye on the advancement of protesters.

Some security personnel were also seen on the run after PTI supporters charged towards them.

2014-08-17 17:24:13

Workers heading towards Red zone to set up stage: Shahryar Afridi

PTI leader Shahryar Afridi claimed that party workers, especially charged up members of the Insaf Students Federation (ISF), were heading towards the Red Zone areas to establish a stage in the area.

Another reporter claimed that the PTI workers headed towards the federal capital's Red Zone area after announcements were made through loudspeakers on the existing stage set up at the sit-in area.

2014-08-17 17:23:55

’Peaceful protest’...with sticks

PTI workers are brandishing sticks, while a set of supporters have formed a human shield around the main crowd near the Red Zone.

Some members of the Islamabad police have advanced and are seen speaking to PTI supporters, assumedly to request them to move back.

2014-08-17 17:18:33

The advance

2014-08-17 17:15:07

PTI workers continue to advance

PTI workers have advanced right up to the containers that have been placed at the Red Zone.

Police forces are preparing to take on the charged crowd, while PTI leaders including Asad Umer are with supporters, attempting to stop the advance.

PTI supporters are waving sticks in the air, while celebratory chants are to be heard.

2014-08-17 17:14:51

PTI workers not to enter Red zone, Naeemul Haq

PTI leader Naeemul Haq said that party chief Imran Khan has asked workers to remain peaceful and not to enter the Red zone in Islamabad.

He said the situation would become clear after Imran Khan's address today and added that any kind of negotiations are irrelevant at the moment.

Answering a question over criticism against Imran Khan for leaving his workers last nigh Haq said Imran Khan slept in his container last night and will sleep in the same container tonight as well.

The PTI leader also confirmed that Leader of opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurheed Shah has contacted Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Answering another question about joining Pakistan Awami Tehreek Dr Tahirul Qadri he said that PTI did not agree to the PAT's demand of the formation of a national government for the next four years as announced in the meeting between Qadri and Chaudhry brothers held in London.

"We want govt to resign and elections be held as per the Constitution of Pakistan," Naeemul Haq added.

2014-08-17 17:07:10

Container advances, crowd jubilant

The PTI's new container is advancing slowly towards the Red Zone.

PTI workers on-ground claim the government is "afraid of them" as the route to Parliament appears clear.

A massive contingent of police is positioned in the area and a major clash is feared.

2014-08-17 17:01:46

Security forces move to stop protesters from entering Red Zone

Security personnel have moved into positions to prevent PTI protesters from crossing into Islamabad's Red zone areas.

2014-08-17 16:52:52

PTI workers headed towards Red Zone

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers were heading towards Islamabad's Red zone area. The stick-wielding PTI workers were removing barriers placed on their way to the Red Zone area of the federal capital city and also shouting anti-government slogans.

2014-08-17 16:36:08

MQM's Haider Abbas Rizvi tweets photo with Tahirul Qadri

2014-08-17 16:26:08

A drone's eye view of the PAT sit-in venue in Islamabad

2014-08-17 16:16:19

Government will be gone in a week: Imran

PTI Chairman Imran Khan spoke to DawnNews and said today would be his final address to the dharna.

He also said the government will only be around "a few days more", and "maximum a week". The PTI Chairman did not clarify how this would take place.

2014-08-17 15:58:55

PTI contacted by govt

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar  — File photo by APP
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar — File photo by APP
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar held a telephonic conversation with Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) and said that the government was ready to hold dialogue on all issues if Imran Khan backed off from his demand of Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

Sarwar has been in contact with leaders of several political parties including the PPP, JI and the MQM.

— Shiraz Hasnat reported from Lahore

2014-08-17 15:12:49

Analysis: Imran Khan overplays hand in Pakistan power game

 - Photo shared by @ImranKhanPTI/Twitter
- Photo shared by @ImranKhanPTI/Twitter

In taking his campaign to force out Nawaz Sharif on to the streets of Islamabad, Khan may have overplayed his hand.

This weekend his crowd of followers was already thinning out, and without overt support from the military his protests are unlikely to be a game-changer.

In the past, the military may have seen Khan as a useful figure to ensure it remains the real centre of power...but the military also see him as a nuisance.

Read the complete analysis

2014-08-17 15:08:27

Red Zone-bound PTI container reaches Aabpara chowk

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf brought in a new container at Aabpara chowk, which may be used to set up a stage inside Islamabad's Red zone.

The government beefed up security in around Islamabad's Red zone and Aabpara areas and deputed additional 20,000 policemen for security.

Additional containers were also placed around the Parliament House on the directives of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Kahnhad.

— Sohail Iqbal Bhatti reported from Islamabad

2014-08-17 14:52:17


MQM representative Mustafa Aziz Abadi termed the current political crisis an issue of zid (stubbornness) by the leaders of the political parties involved.

Outlining the MQM perspective, he said the party still believes there is time for dialogue and negotiations.

2014-08-17 14:27:28

More meetings, more talk on the Red Zone

Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah met with JI Chief Sirajul Haq in Karachi in yet another meeting aimed at ending the political stand-off between the PML-N led government and the PTI/PAT.

The media briefing after the meeting revealed little about what the PPP and JI were specifically working on.

The only clear message from the meeting extended by both leaders was a need to ensure "democracy is not derailed", along with a plea to Imran:

Do not advance towards the Red Zone.

2014-08-17 14:09:59

Imran stands firm

Latest Twitter updates by the PTI Chairman suggest there are no compromises or negotiations underway.

2014-08-17 13:25:50

From the politicians: A few thoughts on the protests

2014-08-17 12:56:51

More containers, more holidays

More containers are being placed around the Red Zone today in anticipation of PTI supporters attempting to enter the sensitive area.

Additionally, schools in Islamabad will now open on August 25 instead of August 18.

2014-08-17 12:45:41

Altaf, Shah warn against intrusion into parliament

MQM chief Altaf Hussain (L) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah belonging to the PPP ® — File photo
MQM chief Altaf Hussain (L) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah belonging to the PPP ® — File photo
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain asked the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to take back their ultimatums and to resolve issues through dialogue.

He further said entering into Red Zone areas and attacks on government installations should be avoided at all costs and added that the ruling and opposition parties should keep in mind that armed forces of the country are engaged in a war against terrorists.

An MQM delegation led by party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi arrived at the sit-in venues to deliver food items to the PTI and PAT workers.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said if Imran Khan’s rally intrudes on Parliament's premises then it will be considered a ‘murder of democracy’.

Responding to Imran's statement that workers may reach Parliament or the PM house, the senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader said such a step would be criminal.

— Mateen Haider contributed to the reporting from Islamabad

2014-08-17 12:35:27

Take us seriously, Mazari demands

When questioned about multiple warnings issued in relation to the Red Zone, PTI leader Shireen Mazari said the non-serious attitude of the government would be to blame.

“If the government does not take us seriously, our supporters may get out of control. Just because we have managed to control them so far doesn’t mean you don’t take our demands seriously.”

She added that, “The government still has no direct contact with us…we cannot negotiate through media updates.”

2014-08-17 12:18:43

Sights and sounds of the revolution

2014-08-17 12:00:35

Nawaz in a huddle

A PTI supporter sleeps under an umbrella - Reuters
A PTI supporter sleeps under an umbrella - Reuters

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a meeting to discuss the demands put forward by the PTI and PAT.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah are attending the meeting.

On Saturday, a senior PML-N leader told Dawn that the prime minister had been closely watching the marches, but “he is in no hurry to engage both Mr Khan and Mr Qadri in talks”.

2014-08-17 11:50:24

Weather improves, bringing relief to protesters

Sunday forecast

2014-08-17 11:33:24

’Unconstitutional protests’


Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch has declared the PTI, PAT rallies 'unconstitutional'.

He said that the leaders need to take mature steps to resolve the crises prevailing in the country, rather than staging unconstitutional protests.

2014-08-17 11:17:36

Stop inciting violence, Marvi warns

 Marvi Memon. – Photo by APP
Marvi Memon. – Photo by APP

Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Marvi Memon said the leaders of PTI and PAT are inciting violence and endangering lives by suggesting their supporters could enter the Red Zone.

Memon said the government is ready for talks, but conflict is inevitable if the opposition tries to enter the Red Zone. She said if protesters march into the Red Zone at 3pm, security forces will respond accordingly.

2014-08-17 11:03:54

2,520 PTI, PAT activists in 27 Punjab jails

As many as 2,520 office-bearers and activists of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and Tehreek-i-Insaf detained under 3-MPO ahead of ‘Inqilab’ and ‘Azadi’ marches across Punjab, are still languishing in 27 jails of the province and will remain there till further government orders.

Further details here

2014-08-17 11:01:17

PTI leaders, sleeping in warm beds...

The party leadership, which is staunchly against the badshahat (fiefdom) of the Sharifs, went back home - Javed Hashmi and Chairman Imran Khan are said to have sped away to Bani Gala to catch up on their sleep. Both party leaders have their residences in this scenic and upscale neighbourhood in the suburbs of Islamabad.

Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and member of the National Assembly Asad Umer from Islamabad found comfort in their apartments in an upscale residential building in F-10, overlooking Islamabad’s largest park.

Party General Secretary Jahangir Tareen is said to have retreated to his house in F-6 while the official spokesperson for the party and chairman, Dr Shireen Mazari, also lives nearby.

Read more about where everybody slept

2014-08-17 10:33:09

Saad Rafique warning over entering Islamabad's Red Zone

2014-08-17 10:14:09

I will not even leave Lahore, let alone Pakistan: Rana Sanaullah

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah has said he is neither leaving the country nor running anywhere abroad.

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, Sanaullah said those who are claiming that he will flee the country should know that he won’t even leave the provincial capital.

He was speaking in relation to Tahirul Qadri’s statements in which the PAT chief had said that Sanaullah would leave the country after the court ruled that a case be registered against the Sharif brothers and senior PML-N figures over the Model Town tragedy.

2014-08-17 09:57:50

On a Saturday night

2014-08-17 09:32:04

Security beefed up for PTI rally, anti-terror squad deployed

An anti-terrorism squad has been deployed in Aabpara as PTI supporters prepared for yet another day of protests.

Security has also been beefed up around Imran Khan’s container due to reported threats and there is increased presence of personnel from Islamabad police. —Reported by Fawad Chaudhry

2014-08-17 09:23:08

Tough night

PTI Chairman spent most of the night on top of the container, only departing for his residence close to dawn.

2014-08-17 09:13:28

PAT chief Tahirul Qadri's 'revolution'

Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri has given a deadline of 48 hours for the government to meet its charter of demands. Qadri also demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign and surrender before the police.

Major points from the PAT’s charter of demands:

1) Resignation of Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif as well as the arrests of the Sharif brothers in accordance with the law. The PAT also demands the addition of the names of Sharif brothers to the exit control list so that they cannot leave the country

2) The dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies as the assemblies have members who do not meet constitutional requirements listed in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution

3) The formation of a national government which works on the project of thorough democratic reforms in the country

2014-08-17 09:13:27

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2014-08-17 09:11:35

Imran's revolution

Addressing charged crowds last night, PTI Chairman Imran Khan made it clear that he was in it for the long haul.

A recap of major statements made by Imran are below:

  1. I will not go home until the resignation of Nawaz Sharif

  2. I demand the immediate resignation of Shahbaz Sharif

  3. Those involved in rigging should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution

  4. The tsunami that started in Lahore can go to Parliament House and Prime Minister’s House

  5. Whoever has stamina can stay and whoever wants to go and come back but I'm going to be here

  6. There is no deal made between the PTI and the government

2014-08-17 09:10:41

Things will improve in a few days: Siraj-ul-Haq

 File photo shows Jamaat-i-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq. — Photo by INP
File photo shows Jamaat-i-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq. — Photo by INP

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Siraj-ul-Haq has predicted that the situation will be normalized soon.

Talking to DawnNews on Saturday, he termed long march as an opportunity of joy for “depressed masses”.

The JI chief said that no heed should be paid to those predicting turbulence.

“Political figures are working to calm the situation down and everything will be fine in the next few days,” he added.

2014-08-17 09:10:22

Suicide bombers planning to attack Islamabad protests, warns Nisar

The country’s top intelligence agencies say terrorists are planning to carry out suicide attacks on protest rallies in Islamabad, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told reporters today.

"Two suicide bombers are known to have entered,” Nisar told a press conference. “Their aim is to target PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf) and PAT (Pakistan Awami Tehreek) rallies.”

The information is based on reports from "the country’s top-most military intelligence agencies", he said.

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2014-08-17 08:33:24

Batsman, bowler, umpire Imran is harming his political credentials: Pervaiz Rasheed

PML-N leader and Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed has said that before the long march started, Imran had assured the administration that he would stay at the designated spot for the rally but has broken his word saying he would now proceed towards the Red Zone.

Speaking to DawnNews in a television interview, Rasheed said Imran is harming his political credentials by acting as the batsman, the bowler as well as the umpire.

He compared PTI supporters to the Taliban in North Waziristan, saying both wanted to enforce their agenda by force.

If PTI does not adopt democratic behaviour, then whatever happens in the country in the next several days will be its fault and the fault of Imran Khan.

The PML-N leader said people with democratic credentials have been trying to throw some sense into the PTI leadership and supporters and they should heed that advice.

2014-08-17 08:24:19

Situation in Islamabad quite serious: Hasan Askari Rizvi

Security analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi said the situation in Islamabad is quite serious and if it doesn't resolve, things can deteriorate pretty quickly.

Responding to a question in a telephone interview with DawnNews, Rizvi said Sunday may not be the final round but things can become tense depending on how the situation develops.

He added the government shouldn't take the situation so lightly and said the government should come forward and make recommendations on the crisis.

Rizvi said certain political leaders have tried to act as interlocutors but Sirajul Haq is now saying that the government is not offering any suggestions.

The analyst said the government must become proactive in resolving the crisis as the crowd will not disperse by itself.


Comments (138) Closed

Aug 17, 2014 08:45am
I just hope everyone stays safe. And through all this, something positive prevails for Pakistan as a whole.
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syed salik
Aug 17, 2014 08:59am
Only solution govt to step down. Sooner or later this will happen
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Habibullah Naviwala
Aug 17, 2014 09:10am
Govt has to listen its constituency what promises made to them during its election campaigns that's what they want in its second year governance or call midterm election or suggest some resolutions Once public is on march then crisis may ignited to major fire
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Aug 17, 2014 09:20am
IK and TAQ should stop harming the country. The polls were fair according to independent observers. If PM resigned because of 50,000 protesters where will this end
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Ahmed USA
Aug 17, 2014 09:24am
I agree with Fereeha Idrees's observation about KPK CM...height of ignorance...if Nawaz Sharif has to give in...than he should also not allow IK or TuQ to be part of any future care taker set up...Care taker set up should be from technocrats and should comprise of at least 200 CTs (Care Takers-new name instead of ministers)...CT should possess at least 20 years of local and foreign experience i.e. 10 years each...each ministry should be headed by 10 CTs and they should work like a bench as in and judiciary should oversee there performance...further advice will be offered later...
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Kashif Kamran
Aug 17, 2014 09:28am
PM Nawaz and CM Shahbaz must step down. They plundered the containers loads of wealth from poor country's countries poor people who are struggling to get three meals a day and hardly get. These illegal rulers are still not satisfied with billions they looted. They want more, they want to retain their ruling chairs at the cost of thousands of lives. Take examples of Libya,Iraq,Egypt etc. March against government can never be peaceful, It has to be blood shaded and Nawaz greed will not resign but will pay otherwise,
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Aug 17, 2014 09:36am
There is a Chinese proverb "every crisis has an opportunity". I am sure there is an opportunity in all this for the greater good, one which is far beyond individual interests. We just need to think with national interest as paramount in our minds. InshAllah Pakistan will come out stronger from this situation, ameen.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:40am
Yes all people attending the protest should be very tired. But as the saying goes change will not come to your door steps.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:56am
Every group of ten thousand people wants to see their own leader in the PM House.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:57am
Such a shame when i saw dancing khattak and swati in the news today..Whts happening in KPK.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:58am
looking at 10,000 to 20000 people gathering across the country , IK should resign , people did not showed up for protest and same people did not voted for him, why can't he understand the small logic., he should have regnied from PTO after thiese incidents... gik is looking for face saving and gov should provide face saving for OK>....
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Malik Achakzai
Aug 17, 2014 10:01am
Lets respect democracy. IK & TuQ sb should take on their demand democratically. This way of politics which they are pursuing never seems to be a constructive way. And they are dreaming the Tahrir Square of Egypt like politics those were against a three decade old ruling dictator. Here in Pakistan we are having only a year and half old democratically elected government. IK has to respect his voters views who voted for him across Khyber Pashtunkhwa and in spite of providing them good governance he has started marching against democratically elected government.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:02am
The more I listen to IK and TQ, the more I feel these two are not ready to lead the nation.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 10:02am
@syed salik Other solution is that both IK and Qadri go home peacefully.
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Ravindra sharma
Aug 17, 2014 10:11am
Kadari is looks like a joker and his demands are strange ! An elected govt can ousted in parliament or National Assembly but how on streets hooliganism ? Is it democracy or a mobocracy. ?
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Aug 17, 2014 10:18am
Is there democracy in pakistan?
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Aug 17, 2014 10:20am
In his sleep Imran Khan appears non political.
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A Muslim and a Pakistani
Aug 17, 2014 10:21am
I really hate politicians and the politics in my country and I have no sympathy or interest in politics but I got little hope when I see Imran Khan. People who criticize Imran Khan, I wan to ask you: Do you really think the way our country is going is right? the answer is a huge NO. This is the worst government ever, its getting worst and worst by the day. The most corrupt, incapable, and anti-Pakistan government. Look at the life of every politician and look at the life of Imran Khan. Other countries admire him and his abilities, every task he did was with full honesty and faithfully without any personal benefit, all the other politicians do otherwise. If Imran Khan is not succeeded in his objective to get rid of this government and form his government then this nation does not deserve anyone who is sincere and honest, and this nation is doomed to its destruction.
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Zaheer Ul Hassan
Aug 17, 2014 10:25am
Imran Khan and Tahir Ul Qadri, these two gentlemen have no political baggage and they have not looted/taken any thing from the country unlike other politicians, rather they have given some thing to the country. They are, hence, the best bet for the country. May God bless them with the success in their efforts.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:27am
PTI FTW! I do hope Imran will negotiate with the government & finish this. Lets build the country & enough of the dharna.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:29am
If they entered the red zone and occupy and ransack prime minister house, supreme court, election commission and parliament house etc the world community will certainly going to ask Pakistan to dismantle its nuclear assets. They will argue if a mob of 10.000 can occupy the nerve center of Pakistan with such ease they could also snatch nuclear assets from the government control. The net result will be a toothless Pakistan facing an India with Modi at the helm of affairs.
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Arif Aslam Khan
Aug 17, 2014 10:29am
IK is a born fighter, he knows what to do next & how to achieve his goal, the only concern to me is the security of every one.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:33am
Yesterday i was at abbpara, there were hardly seven thousands PTI workds present at the dharna and 90 percent of them were from KPK........the rest were spectators like me enjoying the theater show.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:37am
we, overseas pakistanis, are really disturbed by whats happening in our beloved pakistan. especially we thought Imran Khan will be different from other politicians and will put COUNTRY first POLITICS second ........... but gee we were wrong! I am not sure how can you make a sitting Prime Minister resign with no apparent disaster... is there any example in history??? what guarantee we have if this prime minister resign then we will not see another march in few months asking new prime minister to resign as well........
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zahid bajwa
Aug 17, 2014 10:37am
there is no dearth of mad people in our country. They just don't understand the reality. For Imran Khan a new and free Pakistan means his Govt. in the country. If he becomes PM, Pakistan will be free and new. what an irony! As far as TQ is concerned, he is working on his personal vendetta. Let the people of develop democratic norms for God's sake.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:48am
Democracy is not about casting votes, it about COUNTING votes. How can something that can not be verified be considered authentic? Every one, and most importantly the PML(N) itself has categorically said that votes can not be verified due to many reasons including ink. So if its not verifiable, its not authentic, if its not authentic then what did they count?
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Aug 17, 2014 10:51am
All, don't forget!!! IK didn't want this to happen. All he had been asking was to re-count the 4 constituencies that he requested, which Nawaz didn't allow. And finally at the 11th hour when Nawaz came to know that the tsunami is indeed coming he offered. THIS IS NOT HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS!!!! This should happen and Inshallah the change would be for good, realize that if this doesn't happen these so called rulers who have been ruling for years will keep on playing with our beloved land.
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Napier Mole
Aug 17, 2014 11:00am
PTI supporters should ask their leadership the wisdom of this failed march and the untenable and unrealistic demands put forward there which has only led the party into a blind alley and return from which is not possible without losing face - and faith.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:01am
@Zahid I agree. So many people are still happy under those who came to power with rigged elections, have billions stashed abroad and have Gullu Butts to silence the opponents; not to mention cold blooded killings of protesting women. One gets what one asks for.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:05am
@Zahid then who do you think is leading the nation zahid people who have been in power many times and have nothing seeing a problem and closing your eyes will not solve it . These people who are protesting are not fools time will go by day and another day and your pockets will be empty so what if someone dances on top of a container everybody has there own views in life i have worst things happening in this country
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Aug 17, 2014 11:15am
Almost all political parties are saying that Imran's demands are entirely unconstitutional but people are surprised why Imran does not understand this point, perhaps he thinks that PM is a chairman of PCB.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:19am
@Lucky Star so you and your master can continue with corruption shame on you
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Abo Omar
Aug 17, 2014 11:21am
What makes me sad is that IK was the last hope for Pakistan and I have even lost that due to his immature attitude for past year or so. He does not understand that overnight changes never last long.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:22am
PTI chairman just said yesterday that I will not return unless and until I have won, and he is back in his temple in his bannigala farm house. Imran you have won we accept but please forgive this nation now.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:22am
NS should resign & national gov made for new elections.
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i loved PTI once
Aug 17, 2014 11:25am
they are both looking for the third umpire to come into action I must say that now even the third umpire is considering for the third player as both of these are too rigid and stubborn to be even given one province forget the whole country.
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i loved PTI once
Aug 17, 2014 11:50am
@Ahmad and why that , what about sind and Baluchistan and rest how you demand them to resign pti don't has a single seat there. again you want to prove that in Pakistan its always Punjab to decide the fate of other provinces.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 12:04pm
Marvi Menon is one brave PMN leader, and better PTI and PAT take her warning seriously.
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Aug 17, 2014 12:14pm
@abdullah What's happening in Pakistan
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Umar Khan
Aug 17, 2014 12:16pm
End this fake-mandate, family politics and culture of do-nambri once in Pakistan otherwise we will always be slave like we are,
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 12:18pm
@Humdard IK has lost all the rounds, and he has lost the election in 2013 and he has no chance of winning in 2o18 either. Stop behaving like Talaban!
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Arif Aslam Khan
Aug 17, 2014 12:19pm
Zahid Hussain's comment is very strange and biased, Fareeha lives in Pakistan and should know that an accident in KPK does not bar its CM to join public in celeerating a day after, should he wiat for 40 days before doing such things? I believe our Anchors are crossing lines since there is no check on them,envelope Journalism should be clamped forthwith.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 12:20pm
@Ahmad . Nonsense.
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Aug 17, 2014 12:48pm
if PTI demand is that government leaves and new elections to be held, then it has to sit in "Dharna" for 4 years, and they will get it.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 01:01pm
IK has committed political suicide.
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a comman man
Aug 17, 2014 01:06pm
@Zahid : No, "not ready" is not suitable words - you should say "not worthy" to lead
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a comman man
Aug 17, 2014 01:16pm
@Zaheer Ul Hassan : "Gentlemen"??? Sadly, so ignorant you are that you cannot differenciate between gentlemen and hipocrates. I can only pray for you may God give you some wisdom.
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Aug 17, 2014 01:20pm
@Naeem people like you who just sit behind a laptop and criticize everything that happens dont really get to comment!! You want a change, you do it yourself and if you cant then let others do their work!
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Aug 17, 2014 01:28pm
@Umar Khan ... how much freedom does one want ? ... i think u havent been to oder countries !
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wali khan
Aug 17, 2014 01:39pm
well i really do not condone what is going on in our country and i been a strong supporter of IK but lately Mr Khan is acting weird . and with this situation i think he has last chance to prove that he is a leader or he should get out of politics and live relaxed life in Bani Gala Come on Khan show what you got do not back pedal now it is time to serve your people or i will hate you for rest of your life for putting up this serious show and endangering lot of lives
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Aug 17, 2014 01:41pm
mattress ironed sheets clean white pillow. Just like a 5 star hotel. IK enjoying himself. While in his constituncy of Peshawar people are dying. Not even words of comfort from their elected leader Imran Khan. I guess this is naked ambition. KPK is just a stepping stone for his game plan.
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Anakin Skywalker
Aug 17, 2014 02:00pm
Seeing Imran Khan current situation, I do remember Star Wars's character Lord Vader who started as Jedi and ended up to be part of dark forces. It's true, "Anger, fear and aggression lead to dark path".
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Aug 17, 2014 02:08pm
I am very disappointed to hear IK and TUQ . Both r immature. They r talking utter nonsense. TuQ is and will b a non entity. However it is quite trajic to see IK destroy the mandate of an emerging third force. My extended family had provided support for PTI and voted for Asad Omar. We will not support PTI anymore. They don't deserve our support.
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Syed Munir Iqbal
Aug 17, 2014 02:14pm
IK should not behave like a truant and be a bigger man if not a statesman.
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M J Syed
Aug 17, 2014 02:23pm
Now there is only one way left to make headlines. That is violence. Qadri Sahib and Khan Sahib, are you willing to stoop that low? Are you going to get innocent blood shed? Please don't. Enough damage is already done to the country, the economy, the people of Pakistan, your cause and to you as as parties and as leaders. Please just go home.
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Aug 17, 2014 02:42pm
@Ahmed USA what do you do for work? I've been reading your comments for a while, interesting views.
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Aug 17, 2014 02:51pm
In 67 years of independence , never once India lost democracy. It is misfortune of Pakistan that undemocratic activities have been supported like what's happening at the capital now. God bless Pakistan.
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Iftikhar Ali
Aug 17, 2014 03:34pm
Imran Khan childish behaviour and demands never surprises anyone. It is a fact that a person who has no family and parents responsibility will keep getting into this adventures. For TuQ it is his usual puppet show to demonstrate his followings and increase his Islamic fundings. All factors aside people and Pakistan issues are still unresolved and no one is paying attention to Energy, transportation and health issues worst in KPK and Balochistan.
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Aug 17, 2014 03:38pm
Imran Khan Fial in my View
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Aug 17, 2014 04:10pm
Now there is no doubt that IK and Q have become biggest disruptive forces in Pakistan.They are completely acting on the orders from their puppet masters .May God give courage to Pakistan govt to deal with such disruptive traitors of democracy.As regards many of their demands most of these are hollow slogans ,others are impractical.One of the demands of Q is totally rubbish namelly forming. 23provinces .Problems are not due to provinces being big ,it is because of bad governance and having disruptive leaders like IK & Q.Provinces of UP, CP,Gujarat ,Mahrashtra in India are bigger than any province in Pakistan and no one in India is agitating to break these provinces.Similarly the many states in USA,Canada,Australia etc are many times bigger than Pakistan itself .Moreover. if Punjab is broken up then full representation will have to be given to all these areas of Former Punjab on the basis of population for NA,Senate& election of President( one Man one vote & not a lower proportion like now)Also it is a wrong propaganda that there is a Language called Saraiki ,in fact multani,Riasti,pothwari,chakwali,mianwali accent,Hindko,Lahori,Mirpuri etc are all dialects of Punjabi language.Propaganda for a Saraiki Proince in South Punjab is an insincere attempt by feudal lords of South Punjab to gain absolute power in that area like feudal lords enjoy in Sindh.
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zain soomro
Aug 17, 2014 04:14pm
i wounder it would be safe solution if nawaz make a wise decision. although it not seems to be coz the ZID always creats trouble
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M J Syed
Aug 17, 2014 04:37pm
Whatever case IK, please do not let any violence happen. Just go home peacefully. I will thank you for it and I am sure many more in the country will too.
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M J Syed
Aug 17, 2014 04:39pm
Khan Sahib. Despite your naive judgment and blatant folly you still have respect of many in the country. There are, however, people around you with a completely different agenda. Do not let them use you any more.
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Aug 17, 2014 05:17pm
I am not sure if Imran has proved himself in KPK to be worthy of occupying PM's chair. He has certainly failed to enthuse common Pakistanis to join his March. Most have left for home disillusioned by his failure to present a clear agenda for Pakistan's future. Few thousand are from his home province who are staying back with hope of encashing their participation in the march for their benefit. His protest has become a farce which is incapable of any change in Govt.
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Ganga Din
Aug 17, 2014 05:35pm
@syed salik : Yes government will step down in five years and hold elections but government cannot step down because some are unhappy about the results.
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Aug 17, 2014 05:50pm
Here comes Egypt style revolution! Where is the originality?
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Tariq K Sami
Aug 17, 2014 06:02pm
The Elections were rigged. Chaudary Nisar the Interior Minister said on the floor of the Parliament that there are 60-80 thousand votes in each constituency that are unverifiable. Former Secretary of Election Commission says additional ballots were printed 2 days before the Elections is against the rules. Where ever the ballots were recounted they revealed huge number of bogus votes. I think we should all be concerned not just the PTI or PAT. Imran has taken a huge gamble. He should have remained in Lahore. Islamabad is not a place of revolt or revolutions.
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Sab Se Pehle Pakistan
Aug 17, 2014 06:23pm
Imran Khan's demands are 100 percent justified and right. If there is a threat of a suicide bomber then Chaudry Nisar should ask his party dictatorship to resign quickly. Goverment again doing the mistake of taking things lightly. Paid PML-N social media posters are trying to nullify the situation but people of Pakistan it is not what they say people are charged up and are backing this cause of PTI and PAT regardless of their political affiliation. Pakistan wake up. This is our last chance comeout for Pakistan. This cause is a lot bigger then Imran Khan and Allama Qadri. Pakistan please decide for yourself. You want these dictatorship who looted the country of billions of rupees? Look at yourself, your struggle, your children and compare with this corrupt political dictatorship and their royal lifestyles. Decide for yourself before its too late Pakistan Zinabad
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Sami Qureshi
Aug 17, 2014 06:49pm
Changes in political scenario in Pakistan will not only leave socio-political impacts in this country but the whole of the subcontinent from Afghanistan to Bangladesh will be under the influence of a new revolution.
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Aug 17, 2014 06:56pm
Imran and Tahir please bring back the money the Sharifs and Zardaris have looted from Pakistan's poor people. Where is the so called Independent Judiciary of Pakistan? Thank you Imran and Tahir whatever you are doing for the poor people of Pakistan.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 07:57pm
MWM is making a mistake of siding with PAT.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 08:11pm
@Sami Qureshi You live in a fools paradise.
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Aug 17, 2014 08:14pm
Can anyone help and let me know what DEMOCRACY really means. Totally confused. Would appreciate it. Cannot see it anywhere in the world. Thanks.
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Ahmed Ijaz
Aug 17, 2014 08:51pm
Looks like IK has lost face and now accepted defeat. The failure to bring crowds and his hubris has cost him his political life. Everyone knew you can't change an elected Govt by bringing on ten thousand people on the street.
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Aug 17, 2014 08:53pm
PML(N) beat PTI by one inning and one run. Test March is over. Captain Loss - Seasoned Politicians Won!
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Aug 17, 2014 08:57pm
Mubarak Hoo Pakistanio...Naya Pakistan is here where no one will pay taxes, totally disappointed in IK, all he is talk and no action..does this also mean no one will pay taxes in KPK as well..Please answer with logic Insaafians!!!!
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Aug 17, 2014 08:59pm
I am with Imran Khan against Sharif or Zardari League and any element trying to break Pakistan.
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Aug 17, 2014 08:59pm
This "no pay taxes" will be led from the front by Nawaz Sharif and his ministers. In fact they have been followers of Imran's movement from the 1980s.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:01pm
hahaha finally the plot thickens. I thought the sit in was getting boring to be honest but they are trying to keep up the entertainment. How wonderful would it be if all these MPAs, ministers and the Nawaz brothers released their tax information in response so the truth can be exposed!
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No Future
Aug 17, 2014 09:04pm
Jokes on you Imran bro, hum toa pehley he taxes nae detey.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:06pm
@jj you need to do some reading - it is not simple - if you are PTI supporter then contact IK. He has one which suits him
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Aug 17, 2014 09:10pm
Nawaz and his government , both the houses and the provincial assemblies have agreed to Imran's proposal of not paying taxes, bills, etc etc. They have been doing this ever since they found their dads and grand daddies doing the same. What an epic fail .....Imran learn something from Qadri.....
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Aug 17, 2014 09:13pm
Two wrongs don't make a right.
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M. Siddique
Aug 17, 2014 09:14pm
Who pays taxes?
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Aug 17, 2014 09:19pm
Ah well. What a damp squib, though IK would be a breath of fresh for my neighbors Pakistan, but no, he is all talk. How many of his followers on the ground are actually tax payers? And as to not paying taxes, its a national sport in both India and Pakistan, no one pays the tax-man lol. Imran Khan saab, you have let down everyone. Will you risk being a tax-defaulter IK? I don't think so.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:22pm
Enough is enough. Does IK appreciate what he is saying. Is he sane ? Or the lust for power has blinded him. He can't fool people any more.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:30pm
Not a great move Imran Khan. Civil disobedience of the right laws in Pakistan - where there are already few law-abiding citizens - is not the right thing to do. If you were any hope for the people who trusted your ability and judgement, I fear that hope has now been put under question. Good luck Pakistan!
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Aug 17, 2014 09:52pm
IK is a power hungry politician and is willing to put the poor into dispear.
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Aug 17, 2014 09:54pm
For those who are here and supporting PTI with their keypads! Why don't you guys just shut your laptops and get along with the Long March?
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Aug 17, 2014 10:06pm
Peoples problems are real, but there looks no real solution to their problems, by PTI or PAT. If the poor do not pay their utilities bills, they will be living in dark. Their lives are already in the darkest tunnel.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:09pm
Although, I am not a big fan of politics and prevailing conditions overall in Pakistan, and waited almost 6 years to come back to Pakistan to my parents and family after spending many years abroad, it looks like this may be the last resort for all Pakistani's to rise and fix it once and for all and do not leave a single politician or bureaucrate without a proper accountability and taking back every single penny from them and hang them to let them not come back to this system again. The other side is just darkness and no change and to have people of Pakistan get nothing. If anyone asks any Pakistani, no one would say against the agenda points given by either TUQ or IK and would like to give Pakistan something good after all.
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Just Someone
Aug 17, 2014 10:16pm
IK is raising the political stakes for himself, the govt. and everyone else. The more he raises the stakes, the more it will become difficult for him to back down, and the more it will hurt Pakistan. Sitting in the opposition his not aware about the ground realities. When he comes to power all his stances will change.
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Lucky Star
Aug 17, 2014 10:29pm
No Pay Taxes movement"; rubbish! Shame on you, IK! You have no option but to resign my the chairmanship of PTI.
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Just Someone
Aug 17, 2014 10:30pm
I hope IK directs all his energies to bring improvement in KPK. The only part about the march that I agree with is about putting pressure on government to deliver, and not to spread anarchy in Pakistan. But the way he is proceeding ahead with his demands, this does not look good. A disorderly transition will not be good for Pakistan and would be akin to a military take over of the govt. and would bring even more disastrous results and push Pakistan back by many years.
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Just Someone
Aug 17, 2014 10:32pm
Is IK too blind to see what happened as a result of the so called revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. Did these revolutions help the people of these nations or they cause them further hardships. Are the people of these nations happy after those revolutions. I hope that he understands sooner than later.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:38pm
Wow ! So PTI is now going to join the rest of the Pakistanis who never paid taxes anyway? This is a master stroke to increase the membership.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:39pm
why ppl ignore the fake ballot printing and rigging? Would you accept this if it happened with you or your kids? The problem is that we as a nation always let it go. Why not for once say NO
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Fazal Khan
Aug 17, 2014 10:40pm
His bouncer was a no ball.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:48pm
"Do not pay taxes", Imran. "Nothing original in this slogan. Our family has already been following it for decades.", Nawaz Sharif.
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Ajay vikram singh
Aug 17, 2014 10:48pm
@Sarah - When the going gets tough, tough gets going. Keep trying.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:53pm
Its a civil disobedience movement, not a 'dont pay taxes' movement. IK has asked his followers not to obey government orders.
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Aug 17, 2014 10:57pm
We must all repent to Allah SWT and pray for Pakistan. May Allah forgive us and help us through these difficult times.Aameen. We need leaders like Imran Khan.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:21pm
And the drama continues, with no direction..
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Ahmed USA
Aug 17, 2014 11:30pm
Imran Khan seen sleeping on flying carpet...with mattress and comfy pillow...while his comrades sleep on grass, footpaths and roads in open with no blankets...some leadership...
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Shabbir Allibhai
Aug 17, 2014 11:38pm
All heads of Political parties should get together immediately, select a leader or allow the head of the opposition Syed Khursheed Shah to form a committee of 3 & negotiate a settlement as neither IK nor TQ are on right track.
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Aug 17, 2014 11:46pm
Mr. Khan, I think you have lost the match ! Maya be its time to find a new captain !
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M J Syed
Aug 17, 2014 11:49pm
Civil disobedience? IK do you think you are Gandhi and country is occupied by foreign forces? Your protest partner has already declared himself bigger that Lenin and Marx. Are you guys real? With all due respect, I have say please jokers go home.
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I.A Bangash
Aug 17, 2014 11:53pm
" Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order..and everything becomes chaos...I am an agent of chaos"...IK seems to be following the Joker's advice in the movie " The Dark Knight":)
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I.A Bangash
Aug 18, 2014 12:11am
Interestingly every dialogue of Joker( Heath Ledger) seems to apply on the situation in Islamabad..." Madness you see! like gravity...all it takes , is a little push":)
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M J Syed
Aug 18, 2014 12:14am
Dear Khan Sahib, At one point you actually had the power to make such a call. Either you are very badly advised or you just do not take advice. I have watched you destroy yourself and with that the hope of honest leadership in Pakistan. You have shown yourself naive bad judge of company you want to keep and make a joker of yourself when things have gone wrong. Please get some good advisers close you. Back off now with as much dignity as much you can save. Today's speech was another folly joining the series of follies in the last few weeks. Please do not do any more damage to yourself. Do not go beyond the point of redemption. You still can give something to this unfortunate nation. Do not waste yourself.
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Aug 18, 2014 12:34am
First off I want to say Im a big fan of Imran Khan and believe he will make a great Prime Minister. However in all honesty I think the current agitation and protests are not in the interest of our country. Lets put politics aside and focus on the greater good of the nation. A reasonable outcome would be to modify, improve and safeguard the voting system so that next election things go alot smoother. We have to be realistic and knowing our own people, I expected some degree of rigging but overall per international observers it was relatively fair. Democracy is still fragile in Pakistan and elected officials need to be abe to finish their terms. The ''wheels of democracy'' need to turn otherwise if he is kicked up it will make for future agitation. Lets all be rationale and put the goodwill of our nation as our priority number one!
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M J Syed
Aug 18, 2014 12:40am
IK. You have progressed steadily from Rebel with a cause to Rebel without a cause and now to Rebel without a clue. Congratulations.
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Lucky Star
Aug 18, 2014 12:44am
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Aug 18, 2014 01:06am
If that's the alternative than god help pakistan and we are in serious touble.
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Mustafa J.
Aug 18, 2014 01:20am
Mr. Imran Khan tells his followers not to pay taxes. Mr. Khan should do this himself first and see if he can live without electricity, water; if there is fire in his home, no fire fighters; if his home is attacked by criminals, no police to come to his help; no use of roads to drive car or even walk; no ambulance or hospitals to attend to medical emergencies. If Mr. Khan can live without all these services then all his followers can live without it.
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Aug 18, 2014 01:23am
@Malik Achakzai Serving people is far more challenging than organizing marches and making speeches. Imran Khan apparently has chosen the easier path. Think for a moment, would he have received so much coverage in the media if he had been devoting his efforts and energy to better the lot of people in KPK province?
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Aug 18, 2014 02:54am
Imran Khan is beginning to sound more and more like Sarah Palin.
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Aug 18, 2014 03:57am
For the first time (and Maybe last) I agree with Altaf Hussain: Imran Khan is a joke!
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Asif A. Shah
Aug 18, 2014 04:15am
Just be reasonable. When the government placed containers to stop Imran Khan's " Azadi March" it was unreasonable in its measure. When Imran Khan demands the resignation of an elected Prime Mininster he is being unreasonable. Parliament is the sovereign body and it can choose another Prime Minister if it sees fit. However, to ask people to start in civil disobedience is not reasonable. There is a plenty of lawlessness in Pakistan. Please do not add fuel to the fire.
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Aug 18, 2014 05:06am
Unfortunately Pakistan has been confronted with political chaos since the death of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, this situation continues even after more than sixty years of existence the recent political chaos and the developments in Islamabad is just another example of weak and immature leadership.
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Aug 18, 2014 05:15am
From US Things not looking good for IK But I don't understand one thing. Every one writing in favor is Sharif brothers don't seem to be bothered about corruption/ People killed including women , video of Law minister taking bribe? Either they are blind or being paid to spend time on line. Any other countrys Gov. Would have resigned Example----- people died in Korea in the ship( nothing to do with PM ), yet the PM resigned. Here innocent people were killed by the state and CM is still glued to his chair. Law minister is caught red handed but CM is still there. Why?----he should he prosecuted and punished. But NO Sir NO.
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Aug 18, 2014 06:02am
@M. Siddique Only the government servants pay taxes.cut from there pay checks. MPAs and MNAs etc don't think they are required to pay taxes. Same is true for most of the people owning there businesses. And finally of course the Wadairas and Zimindaars---- there is no Zarai tax. As most of then are in the assemblies and don't want to pay taxes. Then everybody looks at USA for aid and every one knows what happens to that. And I don't think I'm writing anything that no one knows God help Pakistan.
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Muhammad Saeed
Aug 18, 2014 06:27am
It is not who rules the country, the Govt must look into the issues raised by the protesters and address these issues to solve the problems of the masses. The Issues are briefly: poverty, injustice by police, impotent courts, poor governance, nepotism right from the Prime Minister to lowest rung of the Admn. , poor health and education facilities, poor sanitation
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Aug 18, 2014 06:39am
I think it's a great idea to stop paying takes. After all if there's no money in the PML-N and PPP personal bank accounts (aka Pakistani Treasury) then these same old, tried and failed politicians might just leave on their own. We can only hope!
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Aug 18, 2014 07:26am
IK alleged that last NS bought CJ Iftikhar Ch, caretaker PM Najam Sethi, all Returning officers, and and a General. So, I wonder if the NS government is dissolved and new elections take place and IK loses again, what's the guarantee that IK will accept the new results? What is to stop IK from claiming again that the new elections were also rigged? IK is delusional and someone need to give him a dose of reality.
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Mahmood Alvi
Aug 18, 2014 07:32am
Imran Khan should be charged with treason for calling for not paying taxes. He is just selfish trying to grab power android rob the country.
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Joe FL
Aug 18, 2014 07:45am
Dear IK Sahib: I live in the USA. I pay my taxes, knowing that some of the money goes to Pakistan. Should I stop paying my taxes?
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Aug 18, 2014 07:48am
Imran and one more joker who on sit in are another Kejriwal of pakistan in making. I hate these jokers who creates sensation but does not have guts to do any thing good for ppl. Im sure even if god will come and govern Indian subcontinent it will hard for him until unless people him self are not corrupt and do hard work. These slogans only works in air and to create noise it can build nation. Only leader who make changes is working silently and through democratic process and not through threatening.
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Azhar Shah
Aug 18, 2014 07:53am
@Kashif Kamran Democratic form of government, you fight the elections, win with a majority and make the changes. Just because you have a long march and you tell the government to resign, is not the right solution. First IK does not represent the whole country, he only won a majority in PK.
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Pervez Iqbal
Aug 18, 2014 07:56am
Half Cooked Notion Imran Khan's call for civil Disobedience is a Half Cooked Notion. He has not explained what to do ? If their electric connection get disconnected. He is not serious about Civil Disobedience as he has not directed WAPDA or Electrical Companies not to disconnect electric connection on non payments. Pervez Iqbal
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Aug 18, 2014 08:09am
"He (Imran) also said the government will only be around "a few days more", and "maximum a week". The PTI Chairman did not clarify how this would take place" "Take us seriously, Mazari" .
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Aug 18, 2014 08:40am
@Jawad They were not "innocent" people but trained troublemakers. They fired at the police. What was the police to do? Take their bullets? As for corruption,which government in the world is corruption free? At least the PML-N government is not as corrupt as Zardari's. Even allowing for that, this is no way to remove an elected government.
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Aug 18, 2014 09:29am
I agreed with IK for not paying tax and bills....there is hardly a few percentage of people who pay tax honestly. No politician pay any tax or bill....people pay bill where they are full of surcharges and charges and taxes but they get no utility be it a gas or electricity....these politicians and bureaucrats don't even spare zakat, khairat and Hajj funds....politicians don't even spare animal hides in EID. Now they are doing bla bla against the Civil Disobedience. They and their families even their friends are doing civil disobedience. I am with not paying for bills and taxes until system is corrected and I know where my tax money is going i.e. it is spent in my country for my country and for my family and countrymen.
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Aug 19, 2014 10:12am
IK and TUQ are bent upon destabilising the Country, thats for sure , they have some hidden Agenda.
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Aug 19, 2014 10:59am
IK & PAT's agenda: divide and rule, create anarchy. pursuing ppl to kill each other so that they can get political benefit. enough is enough,whenever IK will loose, it will be due to rigged election.we are looking at what have u done in KPK. ppl were dying there and yr CM was dancing. when u gain power u ll be even worse.thank you we dont want to see music and dance parties in Parliament. now its time to stop it. enough is enough. u ppl already have made a lot of fun of Pakistan & Pakistanis.
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Last Word
Aug 19, 2014 10:24pm
Well, what a brilliant idea asking people not to pay taxes, electricity bills etc as very few pay taxes and many steal electricity. I am sure even PMLN supporters and all others would obey Imran's orders, kioki kisi ki shakal par nahi likha hua ki woh PTI supporter hai.
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Aug 20, 2014 08:14am
Imran should beware of urging people to break the law and not pay taxes, lest people should adopt the same newly learned tactics, should he ever get into office.
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Taimur Ali
Aug 21, 2014 02:25am
This is absolutely asinine. 87% of Pakistan do not pay taxes. I am not sure how will this impact anything. Imran Khan's inexperience is oozing out through his words.
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