ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly today (Thursday) unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the unconstitutional demands of the protesting parties for the resignation of the prime minister and dissolution of the assemblies.
The resolution moved by Mahmoud Khan Achakzai strongly condemned the derogatory and defamatory language used by the leadership of protesting parties.
The resolution said that the house unanimously rejects the unconstitutional demands of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri including the resignation of the Prime Minister Nawaz and the dissolution of the National Assembly.
The house resolved to uphold the supremacy of the constitution and sovereignty of the parliament.
The House reiterated its resolve that the democracy will continue to function and flourish.
The session was chaired by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and foreign med More details
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the country’ crisis will deepen if he (Nawaz) resigns.
Addressing senior journalists here on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said no forces would be used to disperse participants of long marchers. He said that protests and sit-ins were hitting Pakistan’s economy.
Nawaz said that protests were democratic rights of opposition parties, but no unconstitutional demand, presented by the marchers, would be accepted. He said that power would not be used on the participants of marches but would be convinced for holding talks.
The Prime Minister told journalists that the Presidents of Maldep and Sri Lanka posponed thier visits due to sit-ins. He said now the President of China is coming to Pakistan and if the situation remains the same the Chinese president woul More details
ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League AML Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed Thursday said that prevailing political impasse would be resolved by Sunday.
In an interview with private TV channel on Thursday, Sheikh Rasheed said whatever happens as a result of prevailing political impasse, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would have to lose.
Islamabad and Rawalpindi has been completely sealed, The AML chief, who is supporting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) sit-in in the federal capital, said.
The AML chief said that the government has decided to attack Lal Haveli, his residence in Rawalpindi.
“Martial law is never imposed by fulfilling anyone’s wish,” he said.
He said “third force” wants political solution to the current political stalemate. Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would take ‘the right decision at the right time’, Rasheed said. “PPP may More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan warned that his workers would support Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) if police launched a crackdown on peaceful protesters, media reported.
Addressing the participants of Azadi March on Thursday, Khan said that government had made a plan to attack the PAT’s rally. He said that he would lead his supporters to Prime Minister House if ‘Gullu Butts’ broke the law.
“We have told the Supreme Court that we will remain peaceful according to the Constitution,” Khan said.
“Today is a defining moment. I call upon all Pakistanis to come and support this movement for naya Pakistan,” he added. More details
ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq on Thursday again called for government and protesting parties to end the ongoing political impasse through talks.
Speaking to media persons along with Maulana Fazl-ur Rehman, he said JI supports some of the demands being made by protesting parties.
All those people who are camping outside the Parliament House are political workers and I appeal to them to resolve this issue through negotiations, he said. Haq also urged political parties to show unity to protect democracy, which was not very strong.
JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said no parliamentary political party supports the protesting parties demands of dissolution of the Parliament and resignation of the Prime Minister.
Fazlur Rehman said Supreme Court Bar Association, Pakistan Bar Council and provincial Bar Associations unanimously express More details
ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said on Thursday that Army is not interfering in current circumstances adding that situation has changed now and military is government’s institution.
Speaking to media, Khawaja Asif cleared that there isn’t any conflict between government and Army over the current political situation. “The situation is quite different from that of 1958, 1977 or 1999”, he added.
The Minister said every institution of country is safeguarding the constitution. He said new tradition has been set in the country as judiciary and army of today is quite different from that of past.
Khawaja Asif made it clear that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not resign because public has given mandate to him. He said that no extra-constitutional demand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) will be entertained.
Khawaja Asif claimed that foreign More details
ISLAMABAD: Dr Tahir ul Qadri has said that the current rulers are worse than Hitler and Mussolini, the constitution is ruined and there is no democracy, while the ones having fake mandate are crying to safeguard democracy in state.
Addressing his workers and supporters here on Thursday, Dr Tahir ul Qadri said the government is using cheap tactics against us, while our 25000 workers are still missing. He said that atrocities of the rulers have reached their peak and warned them not to try the patience of the people anymore.
Describing the evils of the system, the PAT chief said no audit of a member takes place in the parliament, rulers acquire billions of loans from the banks and never pay back, several cror rupees are issued to fake representatives in the name of funds, all of which is usurped by corruption.
He said, “It is being 35 year that I have been living in a kanal’s house, while the ones alleging me of money- More details
Karachi: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) former town nazims have demanded holding of local bodies (LB) elections without any further delay.
In a joint statement issued here on Thursday, they expressed their deep concerns over the untoward cleanliness condition of the city.
They were of the view that the pile of garbage dump in entire city and no local administration seen on the roads for lifting such garbage dumps.
They emphasized that the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah should take practical steps in order to ensure healthy and clean environment to masses, adding that the people were suffering by the unhygienic condition created in the city.
They regretted that the people have been deprived from their basic rights in democratic governments, as none of the elected government yet to hold local bodies’ elections in its tenur More details
ISLAMABAD: The Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah has asked the government to accept the demands of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).
A session of opposition parties and government allies was held under the chairmanship of Khursheed Shah on Thursday.
The session was also attended by members of Pakistan Bar Council.
The PPP leader also asked the PTI to change the sequence of its demands in the list, saying that the resignation of the PM should be placed on fifth or sixth number.
Addressing the media after the meeting, Shah said the government should accept the demands of Imran Khan.
He said the sequence of demands should be changed, saying that it would be much easier to get the resignation of PM if charges of election rigging were proved first.
He said Imran khan and Tahirul Qadri should trust the report of judicial c More details
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) decided to call off talks with the federal government in protest of what it claimed to be the government’s efforts to prevent movement in Islamabad’s ‘Red Zone’.
PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Punjab Governor was informed about the suspension of talks with the government negotiating team. Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Chaudhry Sarwar and told him that the PTI team will not come to the hotel for the negotiation.
Explaining the reason, the PTI said the statements of federal ministers were deteriorating the environment for talks.
Qureshi said the party has decided that the negotiations will stay suspended until the government stops what the “crackdown against party workers”.
Qureshi said his house was ‘attacked’ by PML-N supporters in Multan two days ago, but the case has not so far been registered.
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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said the army had given a 48 hour ultimatum to the prime minister.
Speaking to a private TV channel in an interview, Shujaat said that preparations were under way to hold a referendum for the formation of a national government.
The PML-Q chief said that the army was against Nawaz, adding that the prime minister had opened far too many fronts with the armed forces.
Shujaat added that no one will back from the demand of the registration of cases against the Sharif brothers and other PML-N leaders over the Model Town tragedy.
He said the protesters were not going anywhere and would only leave once the prime minister resigns.
Shujaat's statement comes a day after the army said it didn't want to intervene in the political crisis which has developed as a result More details
KARACHI/ISLAMABA: Legal fraternity has observed country wide strike on call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar (SCB) to express solidarity with democracy and constitutional institutions.
Lawyers did not appear in Sindh high court, city and Malir courts Thursday. The lawyers community also boycotted the subordinate courts in other cities of Sindh.
The lawyers leaders said that democracy will not be allowed to be derailed. Unconstitutional demands made by the PAT and PTI have paralyzed the entire country. Any unconstitutional and illegal move will be resisted, they announced.
Member Sindh Bar Council, Mehmood ul Hassan said “lawyers are expressing solidarity with constitution and democracy and if any illegal step is taken then the lawyers will stage sit ins outside courts for indefinite period”.
President Karachi Bar Barrister Salah ud Din said “ Protest is right of every c More details
WASHINGTON: The United States has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected head of the government of Pakistan, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra-constitutional changes to the democratic system.
"We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan, which produced the Prime Minister of Nawaz Sharif. That was the process they followed, and the election they had, we are focused on working with Pakistan", State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said at the daily briefing.
"We do not support any extra-constitutional changes to that democratic system, or people attempting to impose that", she added.
"Nawaz Sharif was elected and he is the prime minister. There is a government that was elected, and is in place", Harf noted in reply to a question.
Harf said the US will continue to work with the Pakistanis,” the spokesperson brushed aside the suggestion of regime change.
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