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Injured opposition protesters walk during the anti-government march near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. – AFP Photo
A supporter (2nd R) of Tahirul Qadri lifts up the hand of a Pakistan Army soldier during a march towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad, September 1, 2014. — Photo by Reuters
Soldiers stand guard outside the headquarters of PTV after the building was stormed by supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan during anti-government protests in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP
Supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan enter the headquarters of the state owned Pakistan Television building during anti-government protests in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP
Army soliders stop protestors after clashes with anti-government demonstrators and police near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP
A policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahirul Qadri during the march towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad, Sept 1, 2014. — Reuters
Imran Khan addresses his supporters near the prime minister's residence following clashes with riot police in Islamabad — AFP Photo
A Pakistani riot policeman kicks a tear gas shell - AFP
Army soldiers disperse protestors after clashes with anti-government demonstrators and police near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP
Protesters hold sticks after intruding into the state television building in Islamabad, Sept 1, 2014. — Photo by AP
A supporter of Canadian cleric Tahirul Qadri returns a tear gas shell towards riot police during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. – AFP Photo

The plan to oust the PML-N led government and topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power is reaching critical mass.

The last 48 hours saw the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) anti-government protests morph Islamabad's Red Zone from a concert ground to a bloody battlefield, with at least three people killed and hundreds injured.

The deadly confrontation shows little signs of letting up, as both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have encouraged their supporters to battle on, while negotiations with the government appear to be going nowhere - despite the Pakistan Army playing the role of 'mediator'.

Follow our live updates below.

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2014-09-01 22:47:22

Hashmi to Imran: Do not expect umpire’s support

In an interview to a private TV channel, PTI President Javed Hashmi said that he had told his party’s chairman not to leave his fate on any third umpire. “Khan Sahib, do not think that the umpire will favour you,” Hashmi claimed to have told this to the PTI chairman.

He said Saifullah Niazi, Jahangir Tareen and Sheikh Rasheed were the ones who mended Imran’s opinion regarding Army’s support. Hashmi claimed that the PTI chief had been assured about support of five Corps Commanders.

2014-09-01 22:17:33

Three more FIRs registered against Imran, Qadri

PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri -File Photo
PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahirul Qadri -File Photo

Three more cases have been registered in Islamabad against Imran Khan, Dr Tahirul Qadri and protesters from their parties, according to DawnNews.

Two separate FIRs were registered in Margalla Police Station against the marchers, first for reportedly snatching a teargas gun from a policeman, while the second one was for setting a police bus on fire.

The third one was registered at Aabpara Police Station.

2014-09-01 21:12:43

Army not responsible for political crisis: ISPR

 File Photo ISPR spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa
File Photo ISPR spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa

In a statement issued Monday, the ISPR has rejected the assertions that the military and ISI were backing the protesters.

The press release states: "ISPR has categorically rejected the assertions that Army and ISI were backing PTI/PAT in anyway in the current political standoff. Army is an apolitical institution and has expressed its unequivocal support for democracy at numerous occasions. It is unfortunate that Army is dragged into such controversies."

"Integrity and unity of the army is its strength which it upholds with pride."

2014-09-01 21:06:28

Security forces vs protesters in the Red Zone

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2014-09-01 20:51:17

Nawaz rules out resignation

Assuring the nation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that neither he will resign, nor will he go on leaves, state-run PTV reported.

According to a joint statement issued after the opposition parties’ meeting at the PM House, the premier said that he would not let people’s mandate be hijacked by intimidation. The statement said that the country’s future was linked to democracy.

2014-09-01 20:34:45

Imran Khan leaves sit-in site

According to local TV channels, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has left the sit-in site in his car. He reportedly has gone to workout.

2014-09-01 20:25:09

Qureshi seeks Altaf’s help to break deadlock

Speaking to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain over telephone, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the nation needs guidance from a seasoned politician like him, DawnNews reported.

“The whole nation is looking at you to break the deadlock between government and protesters,” he said.

Altaf Hussain said national security demands sacrifices of personal egos and personalities. “National stability is at risk … the country is being destroyed economically,” he said.

The MQM chief urged Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri to save democracy in the country.

2014-09-01 20:12:34

Parliament has damaged democracy more than any dictatorship: Imran

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the Parliament has caused more damage to democracy in Pakistan, than any dictatorship has managed to do.

“The better the democracy works, the better society progresses,” said the PTI chief.

“I first experienced democracy when I went to Britain. I grew up during the dictatorship of Ayub Khan,” he said.

“The society that has true democracy is the one that values human life the most…Scandinavian countries value the lives of animals more than Pakistan does of human beings,” Imran said.

“A leader knows that he must serve the people otherwise he will not be voted in again by the public… in democratic countries vote rigging does not occur,” he said.

“In democracies money is spent on human development not on metro buses,” said the PTI leader.

2014-09-01 19:59:48

Police crackdown

 Riot policemen beat a supporter of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP photo
Riot policemen beat a supporter of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — AFP photo
2014-09-01 19:52:47

Protesters vs police

 Supporters of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri beat a riot policeman during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on September 1, 2014 — AFP
Supporters of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri beat a riot policeman during an anti-government protest in Islamabad on September 1, 2014 — AFP
2014-09-01 19:36:20

Joint session of Parliament to continue throughout week

After consulting political leaders at PM House it has been decided that a joint session of Parliament, starting from tomorrow, will continue for the whole week.

The government and opposition parties have decided to continue debates throughout the week to discuss the current political situation in the country.

2014-09-01 19:28:47

‘All political forces, institutions stand united’

Following a combined meeting of all political parties, headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Federal Minster Ahsan Iqbal said all political forces and state institutions were united against any attempt to derail democracy in the country.

He said critical decisions would be made in the joint session of Parliament, scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Iqbal said all leaders have vowed to stand with the premier in the ongoing political struggle.

2014-09-01 19:16:58

PTI respond to Hashmi’s revelations

Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari has responded to Javed Hashmi’s revelations:

  • Imran Khan had parted ways with Javed Hashmi after the PTI President had called him a liar.

  • The PTI is adopting the party’s constitutional path by issuing a show cause notice to Hashmi.

  • If Hashmi thought PTI was linked to the army then he should have immediately resigned. There was no such talk in any meeting nor is there any such covert agenda.

  • Hashmi’s unfounded allegations are not grounded in facts.

  • The PTI’s protest has been peaceful, democratic and constitutional.

2014-09-01 19:14:10

Terrorism charges included in Model Town FIR

According to DawnNews, police have included terrorism charges in the FIR registered in connection with Model Town incident. Sections 452 and 780 of PPC, pertaining to anti-terrorism act have been included in the FIR.

2014-09-01 18:45:40

Why Sheikh Rasheed?

Javed Hashmi: "Imran used to say we have to take Sheikh Rasheed with us...we have to ensure his victory in the elections...why should we take him along? what use is he to PTI? Why did we get him elected? I have defeated Rasheed before in the elections."

2014-09-01 18:35:38

'It won't be called a martial law'

Hashmi said he was ashamed and said he was sure Imran was too.

"Now I'm going to say something and maybe Imran will refute that as well but it would be good if he didn't."

"Imran had told the core committee it won't be called a martial law...we will file a petition in the Supreme Court and get a judge of our choosing...and he will say okay...we didn't talk about Bangladesh...that CJ will validate the actions that will be taken eventually...today I have heard that CJ has called all judges...Justice Jilani will retire and the current CJ will become chief justice...and they will get rid [of the government]".

"When Imran laid out the plan, I said to Imran, Khan sahab what are you doing? What are you getting involved in? You have our support. You have the support of so many people...Khan said we are going ahead...he said I am telling you there will be elections in September and everything has been worked out."

2014-09-01 18:29:43

Javed Hashmi's revelations: who scripted all this?

2014-09-01 18:25:19

Asma seeks ISPR clarification on Hashmi’s revelation

Speaking to a private TV channel, legal expert Asma Jahangir said she has severe suspicions that Army might take over the government and urged the ISPR to hold a press conference to issue a clarification on the issue.

Commenting on Javed Hashmi’s latest press conference, she said that the fresh issue must be taken up in the Parliament.

2014-09-01 18:02:34

A scripted protest

Javed Hashmi reveals that Imran Khan had told PTI leaders that the protest would follow a particular script, ending with a new chief justice, who would be sympathetic to the protesters' cause.

Imran also said the plan was set, elections will be held in September, Hashmi added.

"Imran made a committee of me, Shah Mehmood and Jahangir Tareen and asked us to decide on a date...for elections to be held in September...I don't who is behind the plan...I don't know...names have been named...of General Zaheer, ISI, army."

2014-09-01 17:59:00

'Told to align with Qadri'

Hashmi revealed that Imran Khan said "They [army] have told us to align with Tahirul Qadri."

Imran also brought the idea of a caretaker government of non-political people, Hashmi said, adding that the idea came and I went to Multan and since then Imran stopped discussing and put forward many things before me.

Imran also referred to the army and said “they say…they say…go together with Qadri sahib.”

2014-09-01 17:54:27

'PTI leaders, Imran on different page'

Javed Hashmi says the entire PTI core committee was opposed to marching forward. He said that the committee members also advised Imran against listening to the advice of Sheikh Rasheed.

"Today Imran Khan is saying that I was the only one who opposed his decision to march forward towards PM House...but he knows that it wasn't me alone...the entire PTI committee engaged in dialogue agreed that we shouldn't go ahead. Now they may deny it but they know what really happened."

“Imran Khan and I are not on the same page,” he adds.

2014-09-01 17:39:17

Imran told us CJ would agree to our demands, Javed Hashmi reveals

"Imran Khan had told us that the new CJ would agree to our demands," said Hashmi.

Accusing Imran of autocratism, Imran completely walked over the decisions of the PTI’s core committee.

Elaborating on his political career and affiliations with various political leaders, Hashmi said he said no to the hypocrisies of every political leader and party he was with at some point but later disagreed with.

The PTI president said that he had fought against dictators, adding that he stood up against General Ziaul Haq.

2014-09-01 17:17:37

Protesters head towards Cabinet Secretariat, PTV office

Protesters from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were moving towards Cabinet secretariat and the Pakistan Television (PTV) network headquarters when the police began tear gas shelling.

Six protesters were injured during the clash and the protesters stepped back when the police began to counter them.

2014-09-01 17:02:12

Clashes resume on Margalla road

Clashes between police and the protesters have resumed on Islamabad's Margalla Road, DawnNews reported.

According to DawnNews, tear gas shells were fired at the charged baton-wielding protesters.

A large number of women and children were affected as a result of tear gas shelling, according to DawnNews.

Police is forcing protesters to move backwards.

2014-09-01 16:59:03

Khawaja Asif denies rumours that PM was asked to step down

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif denied rumours that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

"This conspiracy is against the state, against the government," he said.

"Also I would like to clarify that not only is the rumour malicious and false but that nothing of that nature was even discussed," Asif added.

2014-09-01 16:53:48

PTI submits request for FIR registration against PML-N leadership

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has submitted a request in the Secretariat Police Station for the registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The request was submitted by PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

2014-09-01 16:45:12

’Why haven’t protesters who entered PTV HQ been arrested?’

“If we storm into government buildings then we will be arrested, there is a law in place. Then why not arrest the protesters who ransacked PTV headquarters?” legal expert Asma Jehangir questions. “They should have been handed over to the police.”

Jehangir suggested two possible solutions to the ongoing crisis:

  1. An ISPR statement ordering protesters to vacate the Red Zone and ensure the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order.

  2. A political solution, which political stakeholders need to figure out.

2014-09-01 16:36:48

PTI's Sindh MPAs submit resignations

PTI MPAs in the Sindh Assembly have submitted their resignation to the assembly secretariat.

2014-09-01 16:17:06

CJ cancels holidays of judges, summons them to Islamabad

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk has cancelled holidays of all judges and has instead summoned them to Islamabad, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 16:07:54

NFP on the sidelines

2014-09-01 16:05:11

ISPR denies Nawaz was advised to step down

Following close behind the government denial, the ISPR has also denied rumours that the army chief suggested Nawaz step down or go on leave.

2014-09-01 15:44:34

No truth to Nawaz being advised to step down: Govt spokesperson

A government spokesperson has denied and denounced rumours broadcast on TV channels stating that COAS General Raheel Sharif has advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down.

The government spokesperson termed the rumours "baseless" and "fake".

2014-09-01 15:34:31

Nawaz, Raheel meeting concludes

The meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif at the Prime Minister House has concluded, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 15:18:12

Imran, Qadri booked on terrorism charges

A case has been registered against PTI Chairman Imran Khan, PAT Chief Tahir-ul Qadri and others for terrorism.

First Information Report (FIR) number 182 31/8 has been lodged against the party leaders and their activists in the Secretariat police station under the supervision of SHO Mehboob Ahmed.

2014-09-01 14:59:04

PTI, govt should come back to talks: Sirajul Haq

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq said the government and PTI should come back to the talks’ table, adding that all political parties in Parliament were prepared to act as guarantor in case the two opposing sides reach an agreement.

Speaking to media representatives, Haq said safeguarding the Constitution was the duty of all political parties and it was important to respect the will of the people.

“We believe the country is only protected by the public and not through weapons…it's important to respect the people’s will...just having an atom bomb and a lot of weapons won't help the country in any meaningful way.”

He said political parties were also condemned all kinds of terror — whether done by the government, the state or by any organisation.

2014-09-01 14:58:32
 Army medic checks the injury of a supporter of Tahir ul-Qadri — Reuters Photo
Army medic checks the injury of a supporter of Tahir ul-Qadri — Reuters Photo
2014-09-01 14:48:35

Parliament session summoned tomorrow

A joint session of the Parliament has been summoned to meet on Tuesday morning at 11 am.

The session was summoned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the advice of President Mamnoon Hussain.

The National Assembly secretariat has issued a notification in this regard.

The joint session is scheduled to discuss the prevailing political crisis and will give suggestions to end the deadlock.

The session is also expected to adopt a joint resolution for upholding supremacy of the Constitution. — With reporting by Mateen Haider

2014-09-01 14:39:46

Iran appeals for peaceful settlement

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham urged all Pakistani parties for peaceful settlement of disputes, urging them to exercise self-restraint to help secure their national interests.

She said that stable and democratic Pakistan will benefit all the neighboring nations including the Iranian nation and regional states.

Afkham hoped that Pakistan would overcome the current political crisis at the earliest through insight of the leaders and the government.

2014-09-01 14:35:44

Two captains: Miandad backs Imran's protest

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's former team mate and cricket legend Javed Miandad announced his support for the ongoing protest in Islamabad.

“Imran Khan is a man of great integrity. No one can challenge his honesty and his clear intentions. He has an impeccable record and I fully support him in his endeavor to enlighten and change Pakistan," Miandad said.

He insisted that Imran's endeavors are aimed at changing the system and he remains to be a hope for the citizens of the country.

2014-09-01 14:10:47

PTV office severely damaged: Marvi Memon

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marvi Memon claimed that the PTV office was severely damaged by protesters in Islamabad.

Speaking to the media, Memon said that police were present outside the office, but they couldn’t do much in front of a “huge mob”.

2014-09-01 13:46:54

Looking back at PTV office break-in

 Soldiers arrive to enter the headquarters of state-owned Pakistani Television (PTV) after the building was stormed by supporters of Qadri — AFP Photo
Soldiers arrive to enter the headquarters of state-owned Pakistani Television (PTV) after the building was stormed by supporters of Qadri — AFP Photo

Clashes broke out early on Monday and the state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in Islamabad.

“They have stormed the PTV office,” a news anchor said just before the screen went blank. “PTV staff performing their journalistic duties are being beaten up.”

A PTV source told Reuters the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment. Later, television pictures showed uniformed members of a paramilitary force and soldiers walking calmly into the building.

A Reuters witness said the soldiers escorted protesters out and placed the building under their protection.

There were no signs of violence and the protesters were seen leaving the building peacefully. The station later came back on the air.

2014-09-01 13:46:41

What role can court play, SC asks protesting parties

Supreme Court on Monday asked the protesting parties what role they wanted the apex court to play in the ongoing crisis.

This was said by a larger bench during the hearing of a plea against extra-constitutional steps and sit-ins at Constitution Avenue.

The court gave PTI and PAT lawyers one hour to take counsel from their leadership.

2014-09-01 13:38:04

Maryam Nawaz criticises Imran

2014-09-01 13:22:51

Imran walks over to PTV office

Soon after the PTV office in Islamabad was stormed by protesters, PTI Chairman Imran Khan was seen walking amongst the crowd on Constitution Avenue as he made his way towards the PTV office.

A smiling, cheerful Imran was seen walking on the road to the PTV office, which has now been secured by the military personnel deployed in the area.

Journalists and protesters thronged the spot where the PTI chairman reached, and he raised his hands and clapped as if to encourage the crowd.

It is not clear whether Imran went into the PTV building.

2014-09-01 13:22:03

Nawaz's time is up: Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's time in power is up, adding that an important announcement would be made shortly.

Addressing supporters, Khan said that the attack on the Pakistan Television (PTV) network building had hurt the party's mission.

Khan reiterated that those who had attacked the building did not belong to the PTI.

He said the party had a right to protest as it was a democratic country.

2014-09-01 13:14:10

The meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif is underway at PM House.

2014-09-01 13:11:54

Cheers and cries of victory

2014-09-01 13:05:40

PTI to comply with army orders

When asked how the PTI will react if the army chief — who is scheduled to meet the prime minister shortly — asks parties to take a step back, PTI representative Imran Ismail said: “If the army chief orders... no doubt we will comply.”

Ismail was speaking to a news channel as the military secured the the PTV’s Islamabad office which had been besieged by protesters.

“The govt has damaged the army significantly in this process. They are liars. They retract their statements. They think they can fool everyone. “

2014-09-01 12:56:13

'Govt orchestrated PTV attack': Jamshed Dasti

Independent member of the National Assembly Jamshed Dasti alleged that those who entered the Pakistan Television (PTV) Network building were the government’s 'own lot’, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 12:50:27

Attack on PTV office is unacceptable: Shireen Mazari

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari said that the attack on the Pakistan Television (PTV) network building was unacceptable, adding that those involved in the attack should be punished, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 12:48:26

On a side note: take the military coup quiz

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2014-09-01 12:47:55

Marvi Memon denounces attack on PTV office

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Marvi Memon said that the attack on PTV building was unacceptable, adding that the solution to every problem lied in dialogue, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 12:42:06

PTV cameras stolen, cables damaged: PTV MD

Managing Director of Pakistan Television (PTV) News Mohammad Malik, talking to a private TV channel, said cameras worth hundreds of thousands of rupees were stolen from the headquarters, and protesters also damaged cables inside the office.

He said that PTV was not the government’s but the state’s representative.

2014-09-01 12:41:07

Army chief to meet Prime Minister

DawnNews reported that the military chief General Raheel Sharif will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the prevailing political crisis as well as the violent clashes that have broken out as the police cracks down on protesters at Constitution Avenue.

On Sunday night, the corps commanders met to discuss the political crisis and cautioned the government against use of force. It said that the deadlock should broken through a political solution.

2014-09-01 12:36:53

Protesters attacking property

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri use sticks to hit a car and a motorcycle as they protest during a march towards the prime minister
Supporters of Tahirul Qadri use sticks to hit a car and a motorcycle as they protest during a march towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad, September 1, 2014. — Photo by Reuters
2014-09-01 12:35:54

Post mortem of PAT workers

 A supporter (L) of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), gestures next to soldiers from the Pakistan Rangers — Reuters Photo
A supporter (L) of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), gestures next to soldiers from the Pakistan Rangers — Reuters Photo

The postmortem conducted on two deceased workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek on Monday revealed that one was shot in the head while the other in the stomach.

Hospital authorities said that the ammunition used was “real metallic bullets”.

A total of three people died in the ongoing clash between protesters and police officials in Islamabad’s Constitution Avenue. The first death occurred when a PAT worker fell into a trench and drowned on Sunday. Hospital authorities said the unidentified worker was dead when he was brought to the hospital.

2014-09-01 12:19:18

Qadri calls on protesters to 'obey' Army

2014-09-01 12:18:21
Protesters gather during clashes with police near the prime minister
Protesters gather during clashes with police near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 1, 2014. — Photo by AFP
2014-09-01 12:11:15

PTV transmission restored in Islamabad

Pakistan Television (PTV) network transmission, which was stopped in Islamabad when protesters broke inside its building, has been restored, DawnNews reported.

PTV also took to its Twitter account and posted the following tweet:

2014-09-01 12:05:27

Qadri orders supporters to follow Pak Army's directives

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri directed the protesters to follow orders issued by the Pakistan Army.

"Don't cross any boundaries set by the army," Qadri said, adding that the army fights for the protection of people.

The PAT chief also posted on his Twitter account:

2014-09-01 12:04:36

Raheel sahab, order karain: Imran

2014-09-01 12:00:09

PTI protesters not inside PTV office, says Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said PTI protesters had not broken into the Pakistan Television (PTV) network building, adding that if any PTI protesters were discovered inside, they would be kicked out from the party.

"I appeal to the protesters to refrain from any harmful activity within the area and also refrain from acts that would defame the party," he said.

2014-09-01 11:56:03

PTI protesters not inside PTV office, says Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said PTI protesters had not broken into the Pakistan Television (PTV) network building, adding that if any PTI protesters were discovered inside, they would be kicked out from the party.

"I appeal to the protesters to refrain from any harmful activity within the area and also refrain from acts that would defame the party," he said.

2014-09-01 11:54:56

Protesters inside PTV HQ, destroy PM Nawaz' framed photo

2014-09-01 11:42:58

Protesters barge into PTV office

The Pakistan Television (PTV) network office has been held hostage by protesters as a result of which transmission has stopped in the federal capital, DawnNews reported.

The protesters — who seemed to have faced no security obstacles — also barged into PTV's control room.

Army troops reached the PTV office and are beginning to secure the building.

Meanwhile, Rangers personnel have assumed positions outside the PTV Headquarters.

2014-09-01 11:21:29

Imran congratulates supporters for holding unrelenting protests

Addressing his supporters, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan congratulated them for holding protests for the past 17 days.

"Our foremost demand was that rigging carried out during the May 2013 elections should be investigated," the PTI chief said.

“We wanted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down because his government is the outcome of a rigged election. Our demand was justified."

"With Nawaz at the centre, we were afraid that a probe would not be carried out in those constituencies where elections were rigged," he said.

Lashing out at the premier, he said Nawaz had no right to remain in power as he had directed "Gullu Butts" to attack innocent protesters.

Imran also applauded the role played by the media in the events that had unfolded.

2014-09-01 11:15:55

Protesters break gate of PTV building

Protesters broke down the gate of the Pakistan Television (PTV) network building and entered it. Troops were called in order to control the situation, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 10:50:50

Qadri addresses supporters

Addressing supporters in Islamabad, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri said that negotiations were held seven or eight times with the government but the country's leaders did not believe in the Constitution, law and democracy, adding that this was the reason that talks had failed.

The PAT chief said there was nothing democratic about the country’s leadership, adding that the rulers did not uphold democratic values nor the supremacy of law.

He said PAT’s first demand was that an FIR should be registered against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's top leadership over the Model Town tragedy but that was not carried out.

“I value media’s contribution in the revolution. I congratulate them for performing their duties responsibly,” Qadri said.

The PAT chief asked citizens based in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to pluck up courage and join them in their protests.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan was seen listening to Qadri's speech and clapping in approval.

2014-09-01 10:46:33

Imran directs protesters to remain peaceful

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said there was news pouring in of clashes and directed his protesters to remain peaceful.

Khan also asked Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to direct his protesters to remain peaceful and non-violent.

2014-09-01 10:43:10

The word in Islamabad

2014-09-01 10:40:09

SSP injured in clashes

Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad Asmatullah Junejo has also been injured during the clashes, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 10:38:19

Three policemen injured

Three policemen have been injured so far during the clashes with protesters from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek, DawnNews reported.

2014-09-01 10:22:14

Protesters in front of PM House

Protesters, who appear to be from PAT, are now in front of the Prime Minister House.

Moreover, they also set alight a shipping container at PTV chowk. — Reported by Atif Butt

2014-09-01 10:07:41

Protesters in front of PM House

Protesters are now in front of the Prime Minister House.

Moreover, protesters, who appear to be from PAT, also set alight a shipping container at PTV chowk. — Reported by Atif Butt

2014-09-01 10:03:21

Protesters being urged to march towards PM House

Announcements are being made from loud speakers urging protesters to move towards PM House.

Protesters have already entered the premises of Pakistan Secretariat. A number of ministerial office are located inside the secretariat. — Reported by Atif Butt

2014-09-01 09:48:17

Protesters break gate of Pakistan Secretariat

Protesters have broken the gate of Pakistan Secretariat, DawnNews reported.

Police was trying to disperse protesters from entering the premises by firing rubber bullets and using tear gas shells but remained unsuccessful.

After protesters, who appeared to be from PAT, entered the premises of the secretariat they faced relatively less resistance from the police.

Announcements from loud speakers also warned the police against using force against protesters.

2014-09-01 09:44:21

Qadri leaves container, moving towards Pakistan Secretariat in vehicle

Tahirul Qadri left his container soon after clash restarted between protesters and police and began moving towards the Pakistan Secretariat in a vehicle, DawnNews reported.

Qadri is expected to march towards PM House again along with his supporters.

2014-09-01 09:40:52

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2014-09-01 09:38:11

Protesters marching towards Pakistan Secretariat

Protesters from PTI and PAT are marching towards Pakistan Secretariat

Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are calling their activists back to the areas where their containers are parked.

Protesters are trying to push back police personnel back.

2014-09-01 09:28:41

Latest screengrab from fresh clash in capital

2014-09-01 09:23:02

It's raining in Islamabad

2014-09-01 09:18:04

Another protester reported injured

One more activist was injured in the latest clash between police and protestors near Cabinet block.

A total of at least five PAT members injured in clash with police. — Reported by Atif Butt

2014-09-01 09:07:35

Two PAT workers injured in clash

Two PAT workers were injured on Monday during a clash with police.

The workers were trying to cross the containers along the Pakistan Secretariat Chowk when police tried to stop them and hit them with stones and baton-charged them.

One of the wounded was shifted to Pims hospital while the other was given first aid treatment.

Police personnel have been ordered by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Islamabad Asmatullah not to resort to violence and refrain from shelling and baton-charging protesters.

However, the incident took place when the protesters tried to move beyond the secretariat chowk. — Reported by Raza Bangash

2014-09-01 02:01:29

Altaf urges PM to urgently hold talks with PAT, PTI

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Monday urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be the bigger person and begin talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) without any delay.

The MQM chief also urged the government to avoid the use of force at all costs and added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his associates should visit PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in their respective containers.

2014-09-01 01:38:19

Nawaz has instructed for an FIR based on lies against me, says Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said that it was the police's job to register an FIR and not the Prime Minister's.

He claimed that Nawaz Sharif had ordered for the filing of a first information report FIR against the PTI chief which was based on lies.

"Lies of Nawaz Sharif have already been exposed in the National Assembly," Imran Khan claimed adding that "Nawaz Sharif is the name of a state of mind."

2014-09-01 00:39:43

SSP Islamabad police says innocent protesters will not be harmed

2014-09-01 00:15:50

Imran lauds supporters for cooperation

PTI Chairman Imran Khan appeared atop his shipping container early Monday morning and lauded his supporters for their cooperation and resilience in the face of the previous night's action.

"Qasim Toori stood on top of the container while the shelling went on. I am happy to see how our team stood up during the challenging times," he said.

He appreciated the role of travelling disc jockey DJ Butt, whom he said "performed very well under pressure" the previous night. He said Butt would be rewarded for his efforts by finding a place in the party.

He said that SSP Ilyas' refusal to conduct an operation showed that Chaudhry Nisar and Nawaz Sharif are having a tough time finding people to follow their commands.

"After 18 years of my political career, the happiness that God gave me during the past 18 days seeing the people unite as a nation was more than all previous events of happiness," he said, harking back to the cricket team's world cup victory in 1992 as well as the establishment of the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial.

"All Pakistanis are out of the roads to protest against cruelty," he said.

2014-09-01 00:12:23

Praying for the system to survive

A senior government official talking to AFP said the ISPR's fresh statement reflected differing views within the army's top brass.

“There is always a difference of opinion when 10 to 15 people are sitting together. There are some who have stronger opinions and some who have softer opinions,” the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Pakistan's last period of military rule ended in 2008. But the official said another coup remained “less likely”.

“We have travelled this road for seven to eight years, so things have been tested the institutions are much stronger,” he said.

“I hope and pray the system survives. There will be some losses but they will be recovered,” he added, referring to the significant concessions that observers say the government will need to give the army if it is to survive.

2014-08-31 23:56:40

Islamabad police SSP vows to protect 'innocent protesters'

SSP Islamabad Police Asmatullah speaking to the media said those behind attacks on journalists will be brought to justice. He vowed to protect innocent protesters and allow food to reach protesters as they are like "brothers of the police".

“Whoever was responsible for assaulting media persons and bringing disgracing the image of Islamabad police will be held accountable,” he said. He also apologised for the "excessive use of force".

“Islamabad will never use excessive force against protesters. We will never use force against women and children who are among the protesters.”

He said that the police hasn’t set the red lines but they have been given the constitutional right to defend certain red lines.

He said that those who attacked vehicles have brought disgrace to the Islamabad police.

“Allama Tahirul Qadri is a noble person who does greats work for the common people. Imran Khan is a great leader who is looked up to by millions of people,” he said.

2014-08-31 23:41:29

Joint session of Parliament on Tuesday

A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has concluded. The meeting condemned the attack on Parliament and it was decided that the government will defend state institutions at all costs.

The government has decided to call a joint session of the Parliament for Tuesday.

The meeting also discussed how to tackle the protesters who are not moving away.

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Troops of Pakistan's paramilitary force stand guard outside the Parliament building as a protester walks past them with a headband that reads, “go Nawaz go,” in Islamabad, Aug 31, 2014. — Photo by AP
2014-08-31 23:38:31

We are still open to talks: Khawaja Asif

“There is no doubt that the onus is on us …I completely agree and that’s why in the heat of the action last night, we took this initiative that we want to talk,” Khawaja Asif told DawnNews.

“We still want to talk,” he said.

“We are also very ashamed of what happened with media personnel.”

To a question, he said: “The government has dealt with the matter with much restraint…it was politicians who made the free judiciary movement successful….I don’t agree with the attitude of the protesting parties.”

“There is an urgency…but speculations about any further instability are premature,” Asif said.

“Both Qadri and Imran are opportunists… they don’t have children here…they are using people,” he said.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri gather on the lawn at the Parliament premises following clashes with police in Islamabad on August 31, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Supporters of Tahirul Qadri gather on the lawn at the Parliament premises following clashes with police in Islamabad on August 31, 2014. — Photo by AFP
2014-08-31 23:37:08

Imran on possibility being jailed

In his third public appearance today,PTI Chairman Imran Khan said, "They thought the movement would end with putting me and Qadri in jail.... "I have been charged with terrorism, I am a terrorist to you Nawaz Sharif because you feel terror!"

"Both Qadri and I have been charged with terrorism. We must fight against this injustice."

In a message to security officials, he said, "If the government gives you an illegal order then, you must refuse to follow through on that order, this is what Jinnah himself said."

2014-08-31 23:34:01

Army supports democracy

In an ISPR statement released after a four-hour long meeting of the corps commanders, the military said:

"While reaffirming support to democracy, the conference reviewed with serious concern, the existing political crisis and the violent turn it has taken, resulting in large scale injuries and loss of lives. Further use of force will only aggravate the problem."

The statement further said: "It was once again reiterated that the situation should be resolved politically without wasting any time and without recourse to violent means."

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Ahmed USA Sep 01, 2014 12:16am

Snobbery and haughtiness of our politicians is appalling...a disgrace to the nation and its ideals...high-handed approach of the ruling elite and ignorant attitude of the opposition is a disgrace to the religious, moral and cultural fabric of our society...the only apparent reason that comes to mind is a complete lack of "knowledge and experience" in "religion and social sciences" displayed by our so called leaders...they are not a good example to follow...prayers for the ignorant, suppressed and oppressed folks who are being used and abused daily to achieve ulterior motives of these so called leaders cum politicians...

Rashid Ishaq Sep 01, 2014 12:17am

impressive speech by new SSP; this sounds professional one

Naeem Sep 01, 2014 12:24am

I cannot believe how IK has fooled the young. He is after power like all others. He is all me me me. How can a person be so arrogant

Taimur Khan Sep 01, 2014 12:33am

All sensible citizens of the country should thank the Army for supporting democracy. The Army is expectedto advise PTI and PAT to shun their senseless adventures in the national capital. Now that the Army has initiated their mediatory role, they ought to take it to its logical conclusion, to restore peace in the country!

Ajay Sep 01, 2014 12:35am

Why are Imran Khan and Quadri hiding in protected containers, and are sending their supporters to take the brunt of the police batons, and rubber bullets?

asif Sep 01, 2014 12:48am

Go dictator go

MA Sep 01, 2014 12:52am

So sad. I don't know when the pwople of this country will learn to live and act as a nation. I can only pray to Allah for peace and stability.

Shahid Sep 01, 2014 01:01am

Stability is the need of the country and the common man who has no interest in revolution of any sorts. This country is already over-loaded with countless problems and cannot afford anarchy and turmoil. Like all problems gone much out of proportions, the current situation has resulted in mistakes and blunders on all sides and it is high time that the leaders ,instead of capitalizing on the opponent's blunders, settle the matter in a mature and responsible manner and with the intention to resolve the crisis.

Jimmy Sep 01, 2014 01:11am

@Naeem
It has to be someone, when the country is going down... and this time for pakistan its imran khan... well done

bukhari.m Sep 01, 2014 01:28am

Mr. Imran khan should retire from politics he manifested his immature behavior and a despotic mind when he joined PAT for marching ahead, being oblivious of the inevitable danger to the people( brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers and mothers of many)

Abdul Mian Sep 01, 2014 01:28am

@Ajay , because they are not leaders,and they do not care of other human beings life's. They are Cowerds,and their goal is to destroy Pakistan. They are behind Musharaf to achieve his freadom. I will give NS and army of the Pakistan, thumbs up. Very proud of my army and my leader,NS.

Dipesh Sep 01, 2014 01:29am

I am not sure how all this will turn out but at a time when Pakistan is facing multiple threats from radical Islamic forces, the opposition should have shown maturity and strengthened the forces of democracy. No matter how much they hate the ruling party they needed to strengthen the democratic processes and bottled up all the angst to be monetized into votes in the next election. The army and the terrorists may have been strengthened at the expense of all political parties and the political processes. But I could be wrong.

Asif Sep 01, 2014 01:33am

@Jimmy - Well done Imran Khan -Time for Nawaz to get lost

Hussain Sep 01, 2014 01:45am

IK and Qadri are standing for a cause. But fools will never understand. Justice will prevail in this country Inshallah.

Jalal Sep 01, 2014 01:51am

Rashid Sep 01, 2014 01:55am

"Nawaz Sharif is the name of a state of mind.", whereas IK is all about a person going out of mind :p

Surreal Sep 01, 2014 02:00am

@asif which dictator are you referring to ? I think all politicians are dictators even IK and TUQ!

Lucky Star Sep 01, 2014 02:10am

Leader who call NS, Badsha, himself removed Javid Hashmi, and three other MNA~!LIKE A kING.

jami Sep 01, 2014 02:14am

Nawaz Sharif is man, he can never learn a lesson from past. He has only concern with present.

Aisha Sep 01, 2014 02:19am

U don't know the injustice done here!!! WE NEED JUSTICE and Our basic rights!!! At least he is standing up for those people!

Nasir Canada Sep 01, 2014 02:27am

@Naeem A leader has to be someshat arrogant, otherwise job will never get done. Churchill was of the same view.

Sultan Amir Sep 01, 2014 02:35am

Unjust social orders do no fall merely by appeals to the consciences of the oppressor, though such appeals may be an important element; history teaches us that they fall because a large enough number of people organize a movement powerful enough to push them down. Rarely do such revolutions emerge in a neat and morally pristine process.

farhan Sep 01, 2014 02:35am

Good one Asmatiullah Junejo SSP. I know you are always leading from the front. Clear Msg to protestors that we are policing not discriminating. Imran and Qadri should understand that thier are red limits. People tried to cross the walls of PM house after that police started shelling.

M. Emad Sep 01, 2014 02:41am

By creating a mass hysteria type situation, Imran-Qadri control the mind of their supporters . . .

Arif Aslam Khan Sep 01, 2014 02:41am

A fool might dream that filing of a fake FIR will kill the Azadi movement, we have seen dozens of such ill thought FIRs being thrown out of Court in first hearing.

rukhezehra Sep 01, 2014 02:47am

its totally a senseless drama imran khan did he just showed his frustration and anger because he had not been elected as a president Pakistan as he was 100% willing to become soo he should have gone to a proper procedure to eradicate this present government instead of making so much fuss

manal Sep 01, 2014 02:58am

nice press brief by the new SSP, seems like a good police officer.

manal Sep 01, 2014 02:59am

@Surreal But NS is worse, he stole the people's mandate. Lets not forget that

maqsood Sep 01, 2014 03:01am

Dear Pakistanis We all are still not understanding what is politics and who are our leaders. We have seen repeatedly the same scenarios over the last 67 years, unfortunately we are not able to recognize our leaders. We expect from them best performance but do not contribute any thing from our self. Many of our leaders does not have basic education and they do not qualified for the job and we expect from them solutions. I think. it is lack of knowledge on our part which make poor out come. We need to focus on our self, How we can do better rather than leaders. We need to get political education, so we can recognized a good leader which can automatically lead the nation to success.

Vikas Rehman Sep 01, 2014 03:05am

Neither PTI nor PAT appear to have shown much flexibility during any negotiations, but the government also seems to have hoped that PTI/PAT supporters would get tired and this whole thing will come to nothing. Even if Nawaz does not go, and I do hope he doesn't, these event might ensure that Pakistan finally starts moving beyond the status quo which has ensured 'the elitists' govt for the elitists by the elitists' since her inception.

Yawar Sep 01, 2014 03:07am

@Jalal you said "Men...go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.

Rea Sep 01, 2014 03:09am

Now everybody is playing innocent. IK denying inflamatory speeches, similarly TUQ is also preceding innocence after giving azans, wearing shrouds and digging graves. PAT is always one step ahead . Again reading Same script of FIR as from MT tragedy. They know it sells and public is going to buy it. What kind of people are we sorrow fed with?

Vikas Rehman Sep 01, 2014 03:15am

There's not much wrong with the system that Pakistan's constitution provides for the citizens, unfortunately it is only implemented to first and foremost safeguard the elitists' interests. The masses survive on the drops that sieve through the elites. This is why the number of Pakistanis going below the poverty line is increasing by the year whilst the elitists' assets are going up exponentially.

z khan Sep 01, 2014 03:24am

Go Imran Go Go TUQ Go

Ahsan Sep 01, 2014 03:26am

I was never imran khan 's supporter, but yesterday he won my heart and warn his respect. He stood up on his container when police were brutally using their force, he stood tall when tear gas shells were raining on his head. I think he should get rid of opportunistic ppl around him who abandon him at the testing time. Imran khan salute from Karachi and my respect.

A. J. KHAN Sep 01, 2014 03:37am

Imran Khan, Where are your sons ? You are exploiting innocent people/ youth of Pakistan to fight for your selfish motives. It is still time for you to come back in your senses and stop challenging the writ of the Govt, and asking unconstitutional demands i.e resignation of the Prime Minister. Also, today you have been exposed by the statements the president of your party Honorable Javid Hashmi that you are not a Democrat . No wonder you stood by General Musharaaf. I am appalled by your statement about your president of your party.

Vikas Rehman Sep 01, 2014 03:38am

@bukhari.m No doubt, it was immature. But how many of those fathers, mothers, daughters, sisters can go to a police station and get a genuine FIR registered (not referring to PAT's point of view)? The list can go on, but that would be repeating the old mantra. The question is does the present system, or the way it is implemented, take care of one of the most fundamental human rights, self-respect; forget roti, kapra and makan. The system has to change and change comes through movements and agitations. Not all such movements succeed, but they help if a country is willing to move away from status-quo. And if citizens are not willing to take part or it disrupts their cozy lifestyles then you can look forward to your future generations voting for Hamza or Bilawal's sons.

Syed Sep 01, 2014 03:48am

I am stunned to see the criticism of some people in the comments ( The ones against IK). I do not live in pakistan and pity the state of the nation. If Imran was here in Canada, he would have scored 90% approval rating for the things he talk. No wonder Pakistanis have gotten what they deserve i.e Zardari and Nawaz.

Syed Sep 01, 2014 03:54am

@Rashid Then no one can rightly help. You truly deserve NS.

Realist Sep 01, 2014 03:55am

What a blissfull night! The protestors are sleeping peacefully and the viewers are at peace also tonight. Good choice of SSP Ismat. I think Army Chief should also issue statement everyday to keep the two warring camps inline.

Husain Akhtar Sep 01, 2014 04:04am

People uprising against injustice and corrupt implementation of Pakistan constitution and parliamentary system is well established by now. To salt the wound state machinary has been used to harass and endanger the demonstrators and their leadership - this does not save but seriously damages the democracy. Those who pretend to defend institutions need to examine the rotten nature of the institutions in the first place - what they seem to be defending is indefensible and is seemingly an arrogant and oppressive attempt to defend self-interest and empire building - all very disgusting!

Ahmed USA Sep 01, 2014 04:18am

As the clouds of chaos and mayhem start to wane...it is now evident that Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri were totally clueless about their aims and objectives to achieve meaningful goal...been saying it all along...in the end it will be free for all between IK and TuQ to grab power at all cost...once NS,IK & TuQ were friends but now they hate each other...they had time to counsel each other for better governance instead they used to shower praise on each other...while "insaf" talks about marriage proposals hiding in his container and "inqilab" rally poor, ignorant rural folks to charge while hiding in his bullet proof limousine...one wonders when this nonsense is going to end... :)

Azhar Shah Sep 01, 2014 04:21am

@Hussain What is the cause??? All I hear is that they want the elected PM to go, if that is their cause then they are going about the wrong way. Elections; win the elections and then muster support from all the parties to make a change. Non of the political parties are supporting IK. Democracy is the way to go not Dharna.

Jawad Sep 01, 2014 04:25am

@Surreal That my dear sir I fully agree with. Ik was a dictator even as a captain. But he was sincere not corrupt made secessions on merit that's why his secessions mostly paid off The rest however don't know the meaning of merit and sincerity. Giving millions of rupees to Kalsoom on what merit/ brother is CM who calls himself khaadem I aala and the rest of ministers from family says it all about sincerity and merit. Same goes for Zardari. He even went one step further and changed his sons last name. See what people do for money and power.

Iltaf Orakzai Sep 01, 2014 04:27am

our support will be always with you. u are the last hope to save pakistan and i request to true pakistanian people to support him

Jawad Sep 01, 2014 04:39am

@Dipesh Cleaning starts from your own home. Clean up your home , outsiders will respect you.

GA Sep 01, 2014 04:59am

@Dipesh - You are right. At times of war these divisions are the last things you need. I agree with IK supporting the poor but not sure I can agree with this approach. Nawaz would have won even without rigging so to create this strife is in bad taste by IK.

Raana Sep 01, 2014 05:04am

It is clear to me that the current Government has lost its credibility. My unbiased suggestion is for the current government to step down willingly, the election commission call for another election that is conducted in transparency, and let the masses pick electorates that win the elections by vote not by fraud or stuffing ballot boxes. Thank you.

NZ Sep 01, 2014 05:07am

@Jimmy well said!

catherine Sep 01, 2014 05:10am

@Ahmed USA ummm this is the ignorant and oppressed that are following these people.........You have just insulted the poor o Pakistan by trying to make a point that's relatively pointless..

NZ Sep 01, 2014 05:10am

Well done SSP! Proud of you! only sensible man in force present there!

Tariq Sep 01, 2014 05:15am

Wht right ISPR has to tell elected Govt how to deal with the situation in Islamabad. Why the Govt of Pakistan allows ISPR to have a Twitter account?

Ameens dad Sep 01, 2014 05:21am

Agree with Ahmed,s statement. I am wondering who us behind all this. First cancellation of Sri Lanka president, then maldeve president and now threat of Chinese president,s visit cancellation is there. Is indian intelligence is using Qadri and imran is acting a shallow minded foul mouth. Government is not great either but protest leaders are destroying the nation at this time. Imran could make a lobby in parliament to give hard time to nawaz but seems like he does not know these things. He want to become premier right now. May be he has no hope for the future. sorry pakistan, that's the reason I left you.

Matt Sep 01, 2014 05:26am

When egoistic Elephants fight, poor grass dies!

Imran Khan and Nawaz Shariff turned out to be foolish actors who have failed to recognize the script!

Senior Muslim Sep 01, 2014 05:32am

It seem like that the army has agreed to looking into the vote tampering issue. If they do so - they will become the king makers. They might decide to side with Nawaz or they might go with Imran - Foreign influence will play a big part.

At the end of the day the party that is good for the common man/country should prevail. I am personally a fan of General Mushraf - he is the one to gave Pakistan an independent free media. We do not hear any stories of him using the government to build personal wealth. Imran is an honest and sincere person but is he diplomatic enough to run the affairs of the country - What would be Dr. Qadri's role when the dust settles.

Mustafa J. Sep 01, 2014 05:39am

@asif : If you mean Nawaz Sharif as dictator, unfortunately he did not make himself the Prime Minister of Pakistan despite his desire to become so. It is the Parliament (Shoorah) of Pakistan that appointed him Prime Minister and only Parliament by majority vote (over 170 votes) can remove him. No 50,000 crowd, no marches to Parliament House or Prime Minister's House, no protests, no threats, no demonstrations can undo what what the Parliament representing 180 Million Pakistanis did. Pakistan is a democracy and ruled by the will of majority whether they make right decision or wrong decision, their decision must prevail.

omar Sep 01, 2014 05:49am

Be grateful that an institution as professional as the army exists in Pakistan. Imagine if the army wasn't powerful ; today there would have been no moderating force in the entire stand off. The government and anti government forces would have clashed and there would have been massive bloodshed. That state would cease to function and militants would overun the country.

God bless Pakistan army . until the feudal system is overhauled democracy cannot work for Pakistan . until that happens Pakistan army is the only choice we have.

Only they have the interests of the Pakistani state at heart. Politicians beating the drum of democracy are only doing it for the own interest . democracy in Pakistani ensures feudal monarchy.

malick. Sep 01, 2014 06:43am

well done pmln, pti, pat, police and miltary.

Chanakya Sep 01, 2014 06:56am

Parliamentary affairs must be, should be, only can be dealt in a parliament. Some leaders need basic lessons of "parliamentary style of government'.

Real Truth Sep 01, 2014 07:05am

IK's actions over the last few days have simply been mind-boggling. I always thought this guy was a leader in his own right, however that's no longer the case, and that, instead of leading, IK has decided to follow TUQ. And during this transformation, he has decided to blur the line dividing PTI's mostly middle-class educated supporters and TUQ's mostly uneducated but devoted disciples.

Noman Sep 01, 2014 07:07am

We are a young nation learning how to function as a democracy. No shortcuts exist and evolution of nations are time consuming and painful at times. Patience an make this journey easier and quicker. Blind faith in today's leaders is unwise but to reject the system because of them is equally foolish. We should work with the leaders that this weak system has produced rather than pitch one leader against the other. Let's strengthen systems through continuity so that our leaders of tomorrow are more mature, our nation is more mature and democracy produces better results. Patience and respect for other people's views will be critical characteristics for us to develop if we are to learn how to live like a nation

Nadeem Sep 01, 2014 07:10am

@Rashid Agreed.

Bismillah Khan Sep 01, 2014 07:30am

@Abdul Mian What is there to be proud of Army? Musharaf is Army. What has the Army given to the people of Pakistan so far other than bringing disgrace and chewing up a chunk of budget every year.

adi Sep 01, 2014 07:39am

@Taimur Khan there is not ONE thing your great army has done in SIXTY years to bring peace to Pakistan..quiet the opposite actually..think about it man. What makes u think they ll start today?

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Sep 01, 2014 07:41am

Mabrook PM Nawaz! No clash with protesters and the night passed away without any confrontation unlike what happened a day earlier which has saddened all of us to see injuries and killings of none but our own compatriots. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat

Ali Sep 01, 2014 07:47am

Weldon Imran Sahib you are doing well and we all are with you and your ambition. Inshallah you will be successful and will be able to get rid of these corrupt politicians. We all are watching every moment and all wrong doing of these corrupt politicians. They mad this country jungle and all the world is observing very carefully. Inshallah you will win Ameen

Arsalan Iftikhar Sep 01, 2014 07:57am

Imran Khan and Qari have now drilled the last nail in their political coffins.

Abdul Q Sep 01, 2014 08:16am

It is simple fact that PTI had 6 point agenda, the GOVT agree to 5 points, excluding th only point, the 6th for PM to resign. No where in the world, after ruling party agrees with your 90% demands the protest continues, NO WHERE IN THE WORLD!Tgis is all about Imran's ego and foreign enemies of Pakistan trying to destroy Pakistan usin a stupid guy like IK. Imran is not a change agent he is a foreign agent and working intentionally or unintentionally for foreign forces that do not want Pakistan to succeed. They saw GOVT starting great projects in Pakistan, and wanted to stop them, so we got IK AND TUQ; TUQ is definately foreign agent working for Pakistan's enemies to destroy Pakistan. I hope and pray people of Pakistan can see the real players behind the curtain of IK and TUQ, the real foreign enemies of Pakistan!!!!

Tamza Sep 01, 2014 08:18am

@Ajay How often have you seen a President lead the charge in recent years. The leaders' job is to lead, not to die in a charge.

Abdul Sep 01, 2014 08:23am

The best method to solve the problem is holding a referendum to find a solution.

Abdul Q Sep 01, 2014 08:26am

@Real Truth... Agreed ... Plus TUQ seems to be doing everything that foreign enemies of Pakistan want, to Stop Pakistan's progress ... There is definitely steely foreign hand in this and IK is being played like a fools by TUQ... IK is a follower of TUQ and not a leader at all.

Sultan Alvi, Canada Sep 01, 2014 08:48am

@Ajay Unfortunately, in these days of terrorism, the leaders have to be protected. The leader is the most important asset of any organization. Similarly, the general of an army cannot fight up front, like the good old days of warfare.

Lakha Sep 01, 2014 08:58am

Respect SSP Asmatullah.

Sachin Dhawan Sep 01, 2014 09:01am

I some time wonder how Pakistan, its people its leaders (IK, TQ etc) attack directly on PM of the country. I was watching some speeches of Imran Khan, but the way he was addressing the PM calling him that

Readet Sep 01, 2014 09:22am

So many resources of an already troubled nation are getting wasted..loss of millions of rupees and human resources and time with each passing day. .sad.

pathanoo Sep 01, 2014 09:23am

@Naeem It is very easy for Imran to be arrogant because he is so ignorant.

pathanoo Sep 01, 2014 09:25am

@Naeem Don't worry. Imran has NOT fooled the young. They know him well now.

SR Sep 01, 2014 09:29am

@bukhari.m There should be no danger. Protesting is a constitutional right. You you should consider the ruthlessness of the govt. on who's orders the policemen attacked those same women and children. They were directly firing shells at IK everytime he stepped out and blocked all food supplies whilst beating the media and disallowing treatment of the dead and injured at the hospitals. And they used real bullets. A rubber bullet doesn't find its way inside a man's skull.

pathanoo Sep 01, 2014 09:34am

A year ago if some one had said how power hungry Imran Khan is; I would NOT have believed it. But now you can NOT deny the fact that Imran Khan is not only in it for himself and power but he is willing to destroy democracy just so he can grab power. He has absolutely lost touch with reality. He will tell any lies, U-Turn and then Double Back on himself if the occasion suits it. Now, that he has gotten what he was agitating for - an investigation in to vote rigging and a promise from Nawaz Sharif that he would resign if he is found guilty of vote rigging; what is the protest all about. He should give the system a chance to investigate. But I don't think any thing less than the PM chair will satisfy Imran Khan. He wants it now and he doesn't care how he gets it and who he destroys in the process - his supporters or the country. The rest is all show. SO SAD.

Real Truth Sep 01, 2014 09:43am

@Arsalan Iftikhar Agreed 100%. Like I said earlier, most unfortunate part is that while all of this was expected of TUQ, seeing IK falling for this is just appalling. Colossal lack of judgment on IK's part!!! So unfortunate to see how in a matter of days, he has supervised destruction of his political career through entirely self-inflicted wounds! Worst of all, he will now find himself on the receiving end of these FIRs, and thanks to overactive media, there is a lot of evidence that goes against Khan Sahib.

Sunil Sep 01, 2014 09:45am

The PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif seems, lacks power and call for an arrest of Imran Khan and Qadri for causing unrest and disturbance in the country? He is elected democratically and let finish his term.

Kashif Sep 01, 2014 09:55am

Actually Islamabad Police SSP stating we are not involved in all the beating and nonsense done over protesters. Its the Punjab Police. Dawn is pro. Nawaz sold newspaper. There are more then 3 deads in protest don't you know that.

Weirdity Sep 01, 2014 10:00am

@Hussain "IK and Qadri are standing for a cause" They definitely are standing for a cause. The cause is to achieve power at any cost to anybody except themselves.

kamran Sep 01, 2014 10:03am

we don't need foreign forces, we have our own people turned enemies.

Aftab Alam Khan Sep 01, 2014 10:06am

A unique battle, a matchless match i.e slingshot VS rubber/live shot. But as in Indian film,Lagan, the winner was the poor villagers, the winner of Islamabad match will be Protesters having slingshot/sticks in their hands irrespective of match fixer i.e Javed Hashmi

Muhammad Khan Sep 01, 2014 10:14am

Is politics all about speaking lie and fooling the masses??? IK has been delivering provocative speeches during whole time of sit-in and then just denied to accept the responsibility of rioting yesterday when he ordered to march towards PM house. Does he not know the importance of buildings like PM house and other adjacent buildings? At one side khawaja saad's name is included in the FIR because he was seen as delivering provocative statement and on the other side the so called justice-seekers defend themselves that they cant be implicated in sabotaging. IK should be asked about his dictatorial style of leadership where he just expels hi party's president within no time. Does he hold any moral ground to criticise the NS for his style of leadership?? Government should deal IK and TUQ with iron hands.

Mashal Sep 01, 2014 10:23am

It's so sad that TuQ and IK's face saving stunt has cost 3 innocent people their lives and left hundreds of injured. They are the one responsible for it by provoking people to march toward PM house. May Allah protect all those people who are part of their foolish political suicidal adventure. It's time for these step brothers to wrap up this mess, they have already cost this nation a lot.

rajat Sep 01, 2014 10:26am

Indian media is debating whether Imran or Qadri would be a good PM. what is the view in Pakistan. Do they think IK can be a good PM for them. Qadri could be deputy PM. Both of them will work for peace and normalcy in Pakistan.

Sheraz Sep 01, 2014 10:33am

I cannot understand those who argue derail democracy.since elections were rigged- there is no democracy to begin with. Under these conditions The people have a right to request resignation.

Dr. Malek Towghi /Tauqee Sep 01, 2014 10:39am

Supporters of Imran, Qadri and the unelected self-appointed 'guardians' of the country should know that Nawaz Sharif is the last hope for voluntarily and peacefully maintaining the Federation of Pakistan. Long Live Nawaz Sharif. (Malek Towghi / Tauqee, Ph.D., Liaison, Baloch Human Rights International)

AdHawk Sep 01, 2014 10:46am

After getting their hands tied by the Army, the only realistic recourse for the govt. is to let the Army deal with the protestors. If they do manage to make their way inside the PM house and trash the place, well, then let the whole world see what a 'peaceful dharna' looks like.

Ahmed USA Sep 01, 2014 10:51am

Government's apparent disdain towards protestor's demands have led to this unfortunate situation...still there is time and all is not lost...sit down & talk...otherwise IK & TuQ's rallying cry may result in some untoward incident...may Allah help us all...Ameen...

Valiya Sep 01, 2014 10:54am

@Shahid If they are not common men then who are them? someone special only created for agitation?

Usman Sep 01, 2014 10:58am

well said.@Ahmed USA

IZ Sep 01, 2014 11:06am

Imran does not understand that rights are not given without responsibility. This realization is critical for political leaders who can have a wide impact on our nation's fate. I am afraid that feeble excuses like "I told them no to do it" are not going to cut it. A leader who is not able to command his troops should resign. Imran can perhaps take his own medicine and pass on the torch to a more sensible leader in his party.

Gulfy Sep 01, 2014 11:18am

The leaders of these protesters have chanegd their stance many times before. Their plan always has been about creating a law and order situation. For a large gathering in support of their cause they should be in Lahore or Karachi, but no they wanted to protest in front of PH.

tshaikh Sep 01, 2014 11:20am

Excellent, Tahir Ul Qadri, Altaf Hussain and Imran Khan are now going to create a New Pakistan.

Baba De Kamaqlano Sep 01, 2014 11:23am

A clear division on this issue is seen in Pakistani society where people who want status quo, dynastic rulers and feudal are all lined up against protesters who are among the poor masses of Pakistan.This issue is unlikely to die down even if the protesters failed to achieve their goal.

tariq Sep 01, 2014 11:28am

@A. J. KHAN :check you history and economics, Musharraf was the only leader in Pakistan besides Ayub Khan to do good to Pakistan. Rest just filled their own Bank accounts. I guess ignorance is Bliss!

Gulfy Sep 01, 2014 11:29am

@Lakha - is he getting involved in the politics?

Nerry Sep 01, 2014 11:32am

PTV shut down and the imran & qadri 's activists have taken over. well done IK & Qadri this is your naya pakistan. it is a nice way to start your politics in 18 years may your stay in jail for the rest of your life.

Impartial Sep 01, 2014 11:33am

Million Dollar Question is that "Who would become the PM after NS? Is it Imran or TUQ? If it has to be a democratic PM then either of the two will have to rig the elections to win the majority anyway."

Sania Sep 01, 2014 11:35am

@Sheraz Congratulations to you! Naya Pakistan is made. Ptv is offline now and in the hands of the mob, this is the Naya Pakistan, imran has made. Shame

Sukkur Saheb, JUD Sep 01, 2014 11:35am

COME NAWAZ, COME - GO QADRI GO IMRAN - LET PEOPLE LIVE PEACEFULLY.

Rea Sep 01, 2014 11:42am

Told you they were not revolutionaries but anarchists.

Shabib Rizvi Sep 01, 2014 11:44am

@tshaikh Inshallah

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 11:46am

@Ahmed USA. Rightly pointed out the present lot of politicians is a disgrace to the nation and religion, high time we got rid of them.

RH Sep 01, 2014 11:46am

What has gone wrong with IMRAN KHAN HE IS OUT TO DESTROY RAHTER THAN TO BUILD OUR COUNTRY.

Shafiq Islam. Sep 01, 2014 11:56am

Thanks Pakistan Army for supporting democratic process in Pakistan. Last two weeks whole World observed anarchy of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri in Red Zone in Islamabad. May be both are want to destroy democratic process in Pakistan.

Mashal Sep 01, 2014 11:57am

Attack on PTV's HQ. Shame on IK and TuQ. Is this your peaceful march toward PM House?

No doubt you people deserve tear gas.

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 11:57am

@Naeem. For how long is he going to fool them, history tells us that fate of arrogance is sometime very unfortunate. Imran needs to read history.

Gulfy Sep 01, 2014 12:03pm

IK is with TuQ (again) - both need each other very badly. The plot is thickening. It is a desperate situation for both. Several of their deadlines have come and gone. They will keep saying 'remain peaceful' but in fact they are leading their followers towards violence. There is no going back for them.

saad Sep 01, 2014 12:03pm

shame on IK & TUQ

Behram Sep 01, 2014 12:03pm

An army of the people is invincible

Murthy Sep 01, 2014 12:06pm

It is quite unfortunate to see that IK and Qadri are together trying to destabilize the Elected government of Pakistan, and creating the nuisance in the public and throwing the whole country in dark, afterall what they are trying to prove? what they are going to achieve? when these kind of incidents happening and they are ransacking the public property and killing the journalists. it is nothing but trying to hijack the whole country. IK did not have any guts to win the election after losing badly and escaping from the clutches of death he is now trying to snatch the PM post with the force. when the whole country is facing many problems, instead of trying to help the government to rescue country from the problems he is trying to damaging the whole country and country's economy. one side in NWF the Taliban is trying to take a control of provinces and here he is trying to ransack the govt. where is the Pakistan heading for? what is government is doing? why could not they arrest these two politicians who are polluting the country and misguiding the youngsters.

Baba De Kamaqlano Sep 01, 2014 12:07pm

How many people watch PTV these days?. I suppose not even 2 percent people in Pakistan.

Ahmad Sep 01, 2014 12:09pm

When Karachi Airport was attacked by Taliban, Army started military operation. They should immediately start operation against those who are attacking Parliament, PM house and PTV.

roshan Sep 01, 2014 12:10pm

I am an Indian and have nothing to do with this business. Although, somewhere feeling that its Imran khan and Qadri who are leading Pakistan towards anarchy. At least, believe in democracy, army or imran cant solve your problems overnight. Problems in your country are not just fix nature of issues. If you think Nawaj Sharif is incapable to lead the country then wait for his term to get over and then vote for Imran Khan or Qadri to lead Pakistan. I still have doubts that they will be proved better than Nawaj Sharif.

Pmahmud Sep 01, 2014 12:12pm

Is this the Tsunami Imran promised? Is this the revolution of Qadri? In six month Pakistan will be below Afghanistan

Asif Raza Sep 01, 2014 12:15pm

Since yesterday, every channel is running the news that police also attacked media people. Now, since PAT, PTI people entered in official pakistan's meadia station, will every channel be running this news all day long to condemn and show incident significance?

Napier Mole Sep 01, 2014 12:15pm

PAT now out of desperation is falling into its own trap. It has repeatedly tried to get people out of their homes across Pakistan and have miserably failed. Their total support base is not bigger than the miscreants sitting in Islamabad. Would these hundreds or thousands of people allowed to set the destiny of 200 million Pakistan. The government should come out in force against these miscreants. They have the moral high ground. Just like they can not let thiefs and dacoits run amok, they cant let anarchists run around creating mayhem. TUQ leader should be arrested and deported.

Meanwhile, PTI has begun to play with both the hunter and the hunted. It is saying that it is not in favour of violence but is supporting PAT. It says that we did not try to scale PM House but patting PAT on the back for doing that. Once again this hypocrisy is exposed. If the government acts strongly against PAT and if PTI still condemns it, then they will stand exposed even further.

The government should definitely not give in to the mobs, whatever it takes. The Script Writer needs to be told enough is enough!

S Zahid Sep 01, 2014 12:16pm

what a nationalists, Shame on you both Imran & Qadri.

Sania Sep 01, 2014 12:21pm

@Baba De Kamaqlano What point are you making here? People taking over a government building is legitimate? I wonder, why don't they arrest these people? is that not a crime? is attacking a police man not a shootable offence? No wonder taliban are cheering for imran, after all its their modus operandi, that imran and qadri have adopted.

Shahid Sep 01, 2014 12:23pm

"Raheel sahab, order karain: Imran", "Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri directed the protesters to follow orders issued by the Pakistan Army." I am really confused. I would like to understand how Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri wish to preserve democracy through the quoted statements.

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 12:23pm

@Hussain . It is better being a fool, then following the anarchist approach of Qadri and Imran who are power hungry ,one doesn't know whose cause they are serving .

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 12:24pm

@jami So is they case with Qadri and Imran

Anwar Sep 01, 2014 12:25pm

Though I very strongly believe that first of all no 1 should be allowed to escalate the issue more than its size Govt should help all public institution so that they can work under no pressure from any side , As this is the important time to give support and strengthen the army.

Unfortunately it looks some forces are dragging them towards wrong direction.

To resolve the rigging issue with IK they can offer live camera proceeding that can be monitored by 'observers'.

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 12:29pm

@Ahsan Where was he when his supporters were under attack and subsequently rushed to hospital, did he have the courtesy and the courage to visit them at the hospital to inquire about their welfare

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 12:31pm

@tshaikh What about the old one, are they planning to sell it off.

Talha Sep 01, 2014 12:33pm

I think all of this anger from the protesters is culminating from the wrong registration of FIR, government not moving an inch to accommodate the demands of the protesters and the incident two days ago where 500 people got injured and a few died. I think the government has mishandled the situation pathetically and instead of defusing the situation and calming these protesters, the government has been competing with the protesters, trying to enforce the commands on the protesters which is basically making them look like tyrants in the eyes of those protesters who have lost people in Model Town and who feel cheated in Elections. I still believe that the government is in a position to give instead of competing or being arrogant. The government needs to act in a humble way and I think Nawaz Shareef going for a leave would definitely shut this crisis. I see no other option than this. Force or derogatory comments from PMLN would make matters worse for PMLN as the protesters are very angry. Goverment you are in a position to accommodate their demands, Mian Sahab please go on a leave for the sake of this country. Calm these protesters down without force!! This government needs to learn a little from the previous PPP government and act politely with the protesting party.

UR Sep 01, 2014 12:43pm

What you sow , so shall you reap.

Enjoy !

ishtiaq ahmed Sep 01, 2014 12:43pm

IK & Qadri actions disgrace for the nation.Army must intervene and put them in jail.Banish elections for 5 years

Salma Ahmad Sep 01, 2014 12:45pm

It is very sad indeed, to see how this mob in Islamabad, led by two self-centered persons. Enough is enough. The Pakistan Army has a duty to the nation, its constitution and to the duly elected parliament and government. Let them now move to clear away this mob and to arrest its anti-state leaders. so the daily work of the nation can once again resume.

Usman Sep 01, 2014 12:54pm

one lie on the floor of the house by a PM has make the scenario worst. To cover this reputation damage, things are come up to this extent. Non serious and coward role of PPP has also contributed. IK is not materializing his gains in form of solid draft and just asking for a resignation. Can a sincere pool of panel consisting upon media, politician, civil society and the affected parties sit together to sort out this issue.

Mumtaz Sep 01, 2014 12:55pm

Military has proven once again that they are not under elected Govt.

Javeed Sep 01, 2014 01:04pm

Being an IK supporter I strongly condemnable the attack on PTV building and those involved should be punished, no second thought on it. Army should arrest all those trying to enter the buildings.

Husain Jan Sep 01, 2014 01:13pm

@Rashid Ishaq Impressive ? may be for you. But his words that the policemen using excessive force against journalists :will" be brought to justice are full of doubts. When video clips are available to identify the brutal minded policemen they could and should have been arrested on immediate basis. The words "will be" are never trusted in our country simply because such statements are promises are always.....always meant only for public consumption...not for action or implementation.

saad Sep 01, 2014 01:15pm

shame Jamshed Dasti. why Govt prove that they were not able to say anything to all these ghundas?

saad Sep 01, 2014 01:18pm

oh now IK will comply Army orders, coz he knows what is the result of disobeying Army.

Real Truth Sep 01, 2014 01:25pm

I am an overseas Pakistan, but oh my God, I am literally crying at the pathetic scenes of what is being made of PTV station. And then, even more pathetic is to watch Pak Army arriving, and just gently asking the criminals to leave the building -- Hello, WHY DID YOU NOT ARREST THEM. In any civilized country, a proven tresspasser would be immediately arrested -- and here, they are delighted just to make the hooligans leave the place after destroying everything there. Hate to say it but unfortunately, looks like PTI and PAT are determined to turn Pakistan into IRAQ, Syria. Shame on us as a nation!!!

saad Sep 01, 2014 01:28pm

very good. first ask the poor people to attack building then disown them.

Zony Sep 01, 2014 01:33pm

Nawaz Sharif please go now, for saving your throne u killed innocents, you always use materialistic approach, and the so called educated peoples commenting this article supporting u, i feel shame on our society, if we can't stand for our rights then at least support those who sacrifices their lives for us.

saad Sep 01, 2014 01:34pm

wow, IK, is it really a democratic country but this is what you were denying all those days. another u- turn. going good with disgrace.cheering for people who are raiding state buildings. shame on your agenda

Z khan Sep 01, 2014 01:37pm

What govt is waiting for? just arrest all these stupid people and end this drama within hours. Nation has got fed up with these dumb leaders like IK and TUQ.

shayan Sep 01, 2014 01:39pm

Impressive to see how a star leader is changing Pakistan's destiny and getting rid of the corrupt.. Go Imran we all are with you!

Naeem Sep 01, 2014 02:05pm

IK is using mob to oust an elected government. Any political party in the future will do the same.How sad.

Tariq Amir Sep 01, 2014 02:07pm

@Hussain Only time will tell who was fool. I am surprised that you people have such high hopes with Imran and Qadri.

Tariq Amir Sep 01, 2014 02:09pm

@Aisha They both are using these words like justice, they actually stand for anarchy and destruction. You will see soon.

Syed Sep 01, 2014 02:33pm

Obviously everything that is going on in Islamabad is upsetting and regrettable. IK and PTI should control and ask their people to control and not enter any of the buildings. Police shouldn't use any kind of force if they are peaceful. I think all the protesters listen to Army deployed there, and dont break any rule, then why is police is deployed there. PMLN has shot themselves in foot by deploying police and using force against their own people. But out of all this, the worst thing that is obvious that we as a nation are in pieces, Media in two opposite directions, people divided, police divided, politicians divided. So many atrocities against innocent people couldn't even unite us. Reminds me of Hassan Nisar's word, this whole country has lots of hajooms living in it which have never acted like a nation. I am speechless, ashamed, and proud as well at the same time living far away from my country. Ashamed to see people being shot and people going into buildings and seeing our politicians saving their power. Proud to see small number of people but still people came out and stood for their right. I wish i could afford to go back and do this. As a society we die when we start justifying the killing of innocent people. There is nothing more valuable on this planet than a Human life. People are estate and estate is for people.

NK Sep 01, 2014 02:34pm

Please condemn this brutal act whichever party you belong it is now fights of egos rather than for Pakistan survival

Azmeen Sep 01, 2014 02:39pm

@shayan Yes, star leader is destroying Pakistan. You should be happy.

Azmeen Sep 01, 2014 02:42pm

@Zony

Zony you should be shameful for your position, not for the society.

Khaled. Sep 01, 2014 02:46pm

The drama at PTV it seems was not the brain child of Qadri or Imran, they do not have the intelligence or the courage to orchestra it, the script writer was some one else, and they fell for it

Dr Hammad A. Qureshi Sep 01, 2014 03:01pm

Dear All,

I know one thing for certain. If all that has transpired in the last six months or so i.e. existence of evidence of wrong doing in multiple constituencies in the elections 2013, model town bloodbath and now what is being perpetrated in Islamabad, any government in the civilized world would have resigned by now. I ask only one question from the Prime Minister. If PML(N) and the government is so sure of the mandate given to them why are they so afraid of a re-election. It is a normal course of action in any democracy once the mandate or the electoral process has been found to have been compromised. There is some evidence already available for that to be a possibility.

Nasir Sep 01, 2014 03:48pm

Had ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry listened with patience the Constitutional appeal filed by Tahirul Qadri before the 2013 elections on the constitution of the Election Commission, we may have avoided the present situation that we are in today. The indulgence of ex-CJP IC in interfering with the powers of the ECP and rendering the EC Commissioner powerless as disclosed by Justice Kitani and been part of election rigging as disclosed by Afzal Khan is also hard to comprehend. What Imran Khan and TuQ has done is that that they have brought the core issue that ills our government ability to do good governance. The protests will hopefully bring about change in electoral process and particularly verification of votes through electronic means as they are casted to avoid fraud votes.

Ganga Din Sep 01, 2014 03:55pm

Booked means what? Have they been arrested? They should be arrested by Punjab Police so they can see the difference that azadi march brings.

Moona Sep 01, 2014 04:09pm

TUQ and IK have turned Islamabad into Planet of the Apes. Why is no one stopping them? I am so shamed to belong to this country.

Naveed Sep 01, 2014 04:42pm

I believe after announcement of Supreme Court Judges panel to inquire into 2013 election rigging and registration of FIR for Model Town Killings, PTI and PAT should have called off the protests. As they have not, GOP should try them for treason and sedition.

Gulfy Sep 01, 2014 04:58pm

PTI and PAT have fulfilled one promise - they have created a law and order situation for sure in a way that the conditions are worsening day by day. Is it going according to the PLAN? It is for us to wait, watch and see. The country is heading backward but I will be happy to be proved wrong.

Radial Sep 01, 2014 05:08pm

The citizens of Pakistan are so glad the PTIPAT protesters are "peaceful" and IKTuQ are studiously preaching peace and non-violence. Can you imagine what a non-peaceful protest would look like?

M J Syed Sep 01, 2014 05:09pm

It is a mistake to book these them on terrorism charges. They will not get convicted. Please charge them for offences they have really committed and then ensure that they actually go to jail. That is Rule of Law.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Sep 01, 2014 05:15pm

Mob gathering is not a joke to be honest. In reply to those who say that if PM Nawaz resigns now because of protests then it is setting an example to topple anyone any time by gathering mob of thousands of person which has some substance but then my question is who can gather such like mob for most three weeks in a row? Just start counting our protests from day one and personify me that leader who could achieve like what Qadri and Imran have done? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait

Shahpur Sep 01, 2014 05:53pm

Things are really heating up in Islamabad.

Syed Sep 01, 2014 06:00pm

Salute to Mr Javed Hashmi. Pakistani people must be be thankful to him for his pro-democratic stance. Hashmi Saab you have always been the great politician. Other politicians including Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif and Zardari do not have any regard for political and democratic values. They can go to any extent in order to gain power.

Javeed Sep 01, 2014 06:51pm

Hashmi sahab you are not saving democracy but monarchy! Be realistic and answer all those students who are forced to sell vegetables instead of getting jobs. Answer those who are forced to leave their own country and live like a slave for their livelihood. Answer those overseas Pakistanis who feel embarrassed with the system of affairs in Pakistan. The system for which which U r saying have sacrificed has nothing to offer to the poor. Discrimination/corruption everywhere, give me one reason I should stand for this system.

Z khan Sep 01, 2014 06:52pm

"It is all scripted" thanks for telling us that but it was known from start that IK has some other agenda. But no one can topple elected govt and if army do so then then this time they will see real dhamal on streets of Pakistan. This is 2014 not 1999.

Narendra KV Sep 01, 2014 07:00pm

The Pakistani people have given the ruling party a clear mandate just over a year back. All legitimate issues must be raised in Parliament. That is the proper forum for resolution in a democracy. Any mindless violence on streets will only result in innocent young people dying and largely nothing to gain from it. Pakistani youth need jobs and a secure future and all parties must work to get investments into the country. The interests of vested interests must wait.

mont Sep 01, 2014 07:01pm

Do you think an arrogant ik can run the country . this is the same l k who didn't speak one word of praise for his teammates during his victory speech of the 92 world cup all he talked about his dream he is so arrogant and shrewd person. And he is showing his real personality now. He doesn't care about his supporters he is just power hungry.and tub is low light so b . destroying our country.

Javeed Sep 01, 2014 07:07pm

Mr Hashmi sahab can u plz tell me if u knew someone is scripting all this why were u part of the protest rally for 16 days! This means if it had happen without confrontation from police u would have no problem.

kaliraja t Sep 01, 2014 07:07pm

Pakistan Army is playing game with the support of

AbbasToronto Sep 01, 2014 07:11pm

Is hamam mein sub nangay.

Talha Sep 01, 2014 07:12pm

Javed Hashmi is a person who called Nawaz Shareef his leader in Parliament after getting elected on PTI ticket and Imran Khan is a person who refused to become PM under Musharraf regime. Javed Hashmi is a person who took oath under Zia regime and Imran Khan is a person who built a cancer hospital where poor people get treated for free. If this was scripted then Nawaz Shareef was a part of it because Imran Khan had been asking for fourteen months for investigation in four constituencies. Had the verification been done then there would have been no march and no crisis. If Javed Hashmi was really a torchbearer of democracy and knew that Imran Khan was up to this then why didn't he tell all this then, why did he wait up until now. Now Javed Hashmi is saying that Imran Khan insulted Supreme Court. If he felt so bad about it then why did he not leave the party? Even now all the core committee members are supporting Imran Khan and can be seen on containers. Who is forcing them? They stand by Imran Khan by their will. Nature of a person is tested in difficult times and right now it is not Imran Khan but Javed Hashmi who has been exposed.

kaliraja t Sep 01, 2014 07:14pm

Pakistan Army is playing games with the support of PTI and PAT.Army is interested to take over the power.It is their game.

M.M.Sherazi Sep 01, 2014 07:17pm

Javed Hashmi has been the glaring symbol of democracy, he cannot be undermined, the press conference carries the truth though its bitter.

Fahad Sep 01, 2014 07:19pm

Aik Bahadur Admi - Hashmi, Hashmi

Kashif Sep 01, 2014 07:20pm

Coming from someone who has followed a script throughout a very shady history of political activism, including student leader, inciting mutiny in armed forces and benefiting as a minister in PML-N government, its surprising Javed Hashmi is accusing others of following a political script.

Iqbal Khan Sep 01, 2014 07:25pm

@Syed this is a total betrayal, like to abandon your owns in battlefield. He has lost credibility. In future no party can trust this person.

imran ali Sep 01, 2014 07:26pm

if Javed Hashmi man of integrity.Why he did not resigned?why he accompany Imran to Islamabad

zack Khan Sep 01, 2014 07:26pm

@Naeem So SHarif is all about you you you not me me me ...????

zack Khan Sep 01, 2014 07:27pm

@Abdul Mian What did Nawaz do, you are so proud of him ?

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Sep 01, 2014 07:36pm

Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a democratic country, but army being a subordinate entity is brought in prominence by media and public alike. Are we still a military ruled country or the brainwashing has not yet diminished fully. Army is there to guard the borders only

Naeem Syed Sep 01, 2014 07:40pm

An old spent bullet venting his anger. He can say anything to make sure he is considered to be on the fence to ensure is feeble Political life which ever the situation may unfold. He has deserted his post in the last few days many times when the going got tough. He is a disgrace to the word Politician. Now he will fade away to retirement that he should have done when true to his character he quit the MLN Nawaz group.

Salim A Sep 01, 2014 07:44pm

If IK and Qadri are so upset about corruption and rigging, then they should put themselves out there, just like all other great leaders have done. Leaders like Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King put themselves in the lead and risked their lives and limb. How about IK and Qadri going on a hunger strike until death to bring reform to our system.

Dr haroon Sep 01, 2014 07:51pm

Javed hashmi is lying. So sad.

niterider Sep 01, 2014 08:05pm

Hashmi sahab has no future. He cannot stay anywhere....

Rashid Sep 01, 2014 08:06pm

Shame on these "Peaceful" protestors!!

Sajid Ansari Sep 01, 2014 08:18pm

Two questions. Is Javed Hashmi a traitor or a rebel? If everything he says is true, was he on board with this plan until yesterday?

khan Sep 01, 2014 08:19pm

another sad shameful event in Pakistan's history. we should face the fact we will never have true democracy in Pakistan since army is the strongest institution in Pakistan and they will always control over every thing. they cannot impose martial law because of international sanctions from the Donner countries so the solution is to have election as a show piece only for the Donner countries but make sure elected prime minister will work as a deputy commissioner.

bkt Sep 01, 2014 08:20pm

@Mustafa J. > The issue sir is whether Nawaz Sharif has won his seat or rigged his seat? If he has won it, then he should have no trouble in ordering a re-count of the 4 constituencies showing that he is in fact the true representative of the people. But if he has not won his seat then he will be in trouble because that means that Parliament/has been fraudulently misled into voting for an un-elected person. So let him show that he is in fact our representative and then you will see that 50,000 or 100,000 people will go home and Imran Khan can talk to himself.

ALi Sep 01, 2014 08:22pm

@rajat I am certain our neighbors will conclude that they are terrible joke on the name of humanity and sanity.

GHAIRJANIBDAAR Sep 01, 2014 08:22pm

Although Javed Hashmi is a senior politician yet he doesn't have the clear vision of practical politics that's why he's still in the process of switching from one party to another where as Imran Khan is straight forward,bold, knows well where he stands and is very firm in implementing his ideas. Both PPP and PML-N are afraid of his growing popularity and doesn't want to see him in power otherwise the Javed Hashmi incident would not have been taken place. Let truth prevail.

ALi Sep 01, 2014 08:25pm

@tshaikh wow names of big terrorists all together, hates off to you. you missed zardari, bye bye ta ta pakistan ;P

bkt Sep 01, 2014 08:27pm

@Z khan > The only place that has real significance in terms of Dhamal in Pakistan is Karachi, because its taxes pay for the whole of Punjab and the army to run. Without Karachi the whole sorry structure of Pakistan will crash. 65% of all taxes and more than 40% of the country's GDP comes from this city. In addition it is the engine of growth in Pakistan. So if there is coup - all eyes will turn to whether Karachi supports it or not. That is the only Dhamal that counts

ALi Sep 01, 2014 08:36pm

@Radial well said

Syed Sep 01, 2014 08:43pm

@Iqbal Khan Hashmi has not betrayed but he was trying to save our Country from democratic instability and military coup.

Pragmatist Sep 01, 2014 08:44pm

Hashmi is just playing the script of his alma mater. His is and always was the member of Jamaat-i-Islami. These people can not tolerate that Tahir Qadri and Imran take credit for working for the democracy in the country, while they have been side lined.

Jawad Sep 01, 2014 08:45pm

@Salim A Hunger strike. Really. That's the best you could come up with?

jj Sep 01, 2014 08:57pm

@Syed He was fired. If not he still would be with IK.

zobia khan Sep 01, 2014 09:00pm

So he sacked the party president without following the constitution of his own party. And we are to believe that he will uphold the Constitution of Pakistan. Also, he is in violation of the oath he took when becoming a member of the National Assembly. This man is a liar of the highest order. His approach to life is teleological - the ends justify the means. Come whatever in the end it will all be justified.

He has gone to workout - what about the family of the 3 protesters who died, where do they go?

Surreal Sep 01, 2014 09:00pm

Off course it's scripted. All the tell tale signs are there... for those who can see.

Iqbal Sep 01, 2014 09:17pm

IK made a deal with the Army. Gen. Sharif got the control of Foreign Policy from NS. Army decided to leave IK in the cold. He got used.

Oh never mind TuQ, he's more imported than all the imported products used in Pakistan. I hope both of them are arrested though now.

makm Sep 01, 2014 09:18pm

Why can't the army brass in Pakistan leave the corrupt politicians to fool the people, embezzle the country's wealth, practice blatant nepotism and be totally nonchalant about it? Why can't they let them do this forever? Why? Why? Why? What's wrong with this? Now, the army may have their own form of corruption, one need not be creative about that. Nobody trusts any body, simply because nobody is trustworthy! Not the student, not the teacher, not the milk man, not the salesman, not the politician, not the civil servant, not the army man, not the cop, not the lawyer, not the mullah not even the Chief Justice. This is a bad state of affairs. Welcome to "Daghabazistan" ! What is the solution to all this: Start being trustworthy, everyone!!! When you tell someone " I will see you tomorrow", be there! Surprise! Surprise each other with trustworthiness. A new concept! This will help, it will work like a cold sits-bath given to a patient of 'hemorrhoids'. Everyone has got it in this country for various reasons, treat it, and things will get better. Stop "daghabaazi" and be trustworthy. Everyone needs to do that. Without that suffering will continue. Be trustworthy, teach, preach and demand trustworthiness.

Talha Sep 01, 2014 09:21pm

When Hashmi sahab was asked to provide proofs he said that Javed Hashmi talking is a proof, well that is not enough Hashmi sahab. Hashmi sahab ISPR has denied Army's involvement in any of these protests. I would trust Pakistan Army on any given day and time. Hashmi sahab you not only maligned the person who has sacrificed so much for this country but you also maligned the Army of which the entire nation feels proud.

Ali Sep 01, 2014 09:24pm

@zobia khan did he say, "i sack JH'' ? He only said, "from now onwards JH and I don't follow the same path". Don't over analyze things. Problem with Pakistan is that we all consider ourselves as champions of everything. Yes, he did sack those 3 parliamentarians who didn't resign. You can presume that the core committee decided that he only announced.

pathanoo Sep 01, 2014 09:37pm

Imran Khan will, actually he already has made a deal with someone who could put him in the PM's chair now. That's all Imran is focused on and nothing else. He is trying to fool the young of the country and his die hard ignorant supporters that he is doing all this to save the democracy while all the time destroying it. The people are not fooled any more. Javed Hashmi's revelations will put the last nail in Imran's political coffin.

Harvinder singh Sep 01, 2014 09:39pm

These people who are demonstrating, don't have taste of Democracy. They want power by hook or crook. They don't have faith in democracy & Democratic institutions. They want jungle Raj & mentally still 1000 years behind. Every issue can be solved in democracy under constitution. Government should deal firmly with these anarchist.

jk Sep 01, 2014 09:41pm

Javed Hashmi left PML N but seem like he never get out of love for PML N. That what happens when politician like him move from party to party without any alignment with party vision. In Pakistan politics there are vast number of politician whom can claim bagis who move from party to another party. Javed Hashmi is setting up example for present/future pans. This is called politics of benefits, politicians like him attached with every type of govern like parasites.

Syed Sep 01, 2014 10:02pm

@jj No, his personality does not match with that of troublesome Imran Khan.

M. Afzal Sep 01, 2014 11:33pm

NS is a product of Zia ul Haq and a history of rigged elections and corruption. It has to be stopped and stopped NOW.

Bilal Khan USA Sep 01, 2014 11:34pm

Javed Hashmi is a true and honest leader. He never conspired to get in power like Nawaz, Zardari and IK. He has exposed them all.

Sanaullah Sep 02, 2014 01:00am

The army commenting and advising on political directions favouring the hooligans will only add to the strength of the political blackmailers trying to seize power through mobsters.

Mustafa J. Sep 02, 2014 04:14am

@bkt : Who should decide whether Nawaz Sharif has won his seat or rigged his seat? In a civilized country like Pakistan all disputes are settled in court of law, not by show of force by gathering 50,000 people, marching to Parliament House and Prime Minister's House, crowding the vicinity of Parliament, blocking road and streets, shouting threats.

sunny Sep 03, 2014 10:50pm

go nawaz go.