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  • Govt will not fall, assures Aitzaz

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: While taking exception to the government of PML-N for its policies, the Pakistan People’s Party Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday said all opposition parties are standing by the Constitution without any doubt to save democracy and government would not fall.

    “We are though forced to stand with the government, but once the prevailing crisis ends, the PPP will do staunch opposition in the parliament against the government,” he said while addressing the joint session of the parliament.

    Aitzaz Ahsan said, "Revolutions have purity, they are sincere not tainted. Transport and trains come to a halt; there is a buzz in the atmosphere of universities."

    "What kind of inqilab is this? What kind of freedom is this?" he asks.

    "If protesters are allowed to do this...how will the government stop those who bring a bigger crowd. What if someone says that the NA should declare all Shias non-Muslims? What if a group demands that the army should be recalled from Wazi

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  • CJ rubbishes any association with Imran Khan

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Nasirul Malik on Tuesday rubbished reports of any association with Imran Khan and said that he met the PTI chief just once as the acting Chief Election Commissioner.

    A five member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk hearing a plea to stop any extra-constitutional step in the country.

    Justice Nasirul Mulk while refuting the allegation of the PTI’s estranged leader Javed Hashmi about his association with Imran Khan said that he had only once met with the PTI chief as the acting Chief Election Commissioner. He had talked about introduction of bio-metric system in elections.

    The Chief Justice clarified that he didn’t met with the PTI leader before or after this meeting and rubbished any association with him.

    Justice Jawwad S Khawaja added that individuals do not matter as the whole bench decides the case in the apex court.

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  • Parliament, judiciary, political parties on same page: Achakzai

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai said Tuesday that the entire parliament, judiciary and all political parties on the same page and want to protect democracy.

    Addressing the joint session of the parliament, he said "civil society, judiciary and media are with us and now we request Pak Army to be with us as well".

    Achakzai further said that the biggest gift of the independence is that the entire Parliament and political parties are on same page today.

    "We need to defend Pakistan's constitution and democracy", he said, criticizing PTI and PAT chiefs for doing politics that is damaging democracy.

    Achakzai asked "How the protesting parties came into the Red-Zone despite Article 245?"

    He said that these gypsies (protesters) must leave the parliament.

    Achakzai also said that the PTI and PAT are not holding public gatherings but revolt and terrorism.

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  • Protestors are not revolutionaries they are intruders, terrorists, says Nisar

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Interior, said Tuesday the whole Parliament is united in the face of ‘lashkar kashi’ and mutiny against the state of Pakistan by a few thousand people.

    Opening a debate on country’s current political situation at the joint session of Parliament, Nisar said that the country is passing through extremely difficult situation.

    He said that state institutions have been attacked by mobs led by Imran Khan and Dr. Tahirul Qadri.

    Against the onslaught of these people in the garb of democracy and constitution, the whole parliament is united, he asserted.

    “This style is neither a protest, nor a sit-in or a political gathering, but instead this revolt against state institutions and Pakistan,” he said.

    He claimed that protestors broke CCTV cameras and snatched cameras from the staff during storming on PTV building and misbehaved with a lady staffer,

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  • Khan says deeply hurt by Hashmi’s allegations

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: Reiterating his claims that last year’s general elections were massively rigged, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan again called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ensure a transparent probe.

    Addressing the participants of Azadi March here on Tuesday, Khan said a corrupt mafia has taken over Pakistan.

    “Around 60, 000 votes are unverifiable in every constituency. If so many votes are not verifiable, how can one decide about win or loss?” He said that people had voted for change, but vote was chanted.

    Khan described the incumbent Parliament as fake.

    The PTI chief questioned the rationale behind 15 million votes secured by the PML-N government despite their poor economic performance in Punjab.

    He also lashed out at Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mahmood Khan Achakzai for their speeches against PTI. “Maulana sb is a sold out politician. Only a couple of ministries are enough to have h

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  • Army poses no threat to govt: Khawaja Asif

    Dated: 2014-09-03

    ISLAMABAD: Saying there was no imminent danger to the political government from the military, Federal Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif Monday said Pakistan Army on top of being a champion of democracy was absolutely nonpolitical.

    “We haven't had any problems with Pakistan’s armed forces since our coming to power last year. Forces have sworn to support the democracy in the country. I hope the army will stand by this democratically elected government in this testing time”, Asif said during an interview to a foreign news channel.

    Calling it a mere propagandistic perception, Asif categorically rejected the protesting parties --Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)-- had pressured the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government to a standstill

    "Business is as usual for the government. We are working like we were before this agitation movement was even conceived", said he playing down the massive anti

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  • KARACHI: Carpenter uses manual drill machine during preparation of launch at Fish Harbor.
  • KARACHI: People face inconvenience due to sewerage water accumulated at the gate of Jinnah Hospital which is a matter of concern for authorities.
  • KARACHI: Greenery is being reduced at PT Garden due to negligence of administration in the area of Qayyumabad.
  • KOHAT: Firefighters extinguish fire which erupted in wood godown on University Road in the area of Tappi.
  • KOHAT: Firefighters extinguish fire which erupted in wood godown on University Road in the area of Tappi.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek blocked Karakoram Highway during strike called by the leadership of PTI and PAT.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Injured policeman being treated in DHQ Hospital. At least 7 police personnel sustained serious injures during recovery of 16 years old girl Asmia Bibi.
  • LAHORE: Man trying on rain jacket carried by a vendor near Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Workers removing rainwater accumulated outside Lahore Railway Station.
  • LAHORE: Training planes seen flying in the sky of provincial capital.
  • LAHORE: Amarnath Randhawa, Rana Abdul Majeed, Nida Naureen and other participants of workshop, organized by Human Rights Focus Pakistan, pose for a group photo at a local hotel.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Members of Abbottabad Union of Journalists protesting against attacks on journalists during coverage of Azadi and Inqilab March in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: PPP leader Senator Rehman Malik talks to media persons outside Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Army personnel standing alert outside Parliament House during sit in protest by Azadi and Inqilab march.
  • ISLAMABAD: A security person standing alert outside Parliament House during sit in protest by Azadi and Inqilab march.
  • ISLAMABAD: Flag of Pakistan Awami Tehreek is seen hoisted on a tent of participants of Inqilab march during their sit in protest in front of Presidency.
  • ISLAMABAD: Kids are seen sitting for studying at Awami Insaf School set at the venue of sit in protest of particiapants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Kids seen studying at Awami Insaf School set at the venue of sit in protest of particiapants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women wash clothes during sit in protest of particiapants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women particiapants of Inqilab march seen during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Women particiapants of Inqilab march seen during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Particiapants of Inqilab march seen during sit in protest in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: A view of tents of particiapants of Inqilab march during sit in protest in front of Parliament House and Presidency.
  • ISLAMABAD: Particiapants of Inqilab march rest during sit in protest in front of Parliament House and Presidency.
  • ISLAMABAD: Vendors selling clothes during sit in protest of participants of Azadi and Inqilab march in front of Parliament House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Army personnel standing guard at the gates of Parliament House during sit in protest of participants of Azadi and Inqilab march.
  • JHANG: An artisan prepares clay pots to earn livelihood for his family.
  • JHANG: Blacksmiths busy in their workplace to earn livelihood for his families.
  • KARACHI: Kids enjoy swing and jumping at the side of the Lyari River.
  • KARACHI: People face inconvenience and health problems due to garbage dumped on main road of Lines Area.
  • KARACHI: People face inconvenience due to sewerage water accumulated main road of Saddar area.
  • KARACHI: A view of overloaded vehicle which can cause accident in the area of Kharadar.
  • KARACHI: Senior provincial minister for Education Nisar Ahmad Khohro addressing a press conference at Sindh Assembly building.
  • KARACHI: Vehicles are seen stuck in traffic jam during a protest against loadshedding in New Preedy Street.
  • KARACHI: Demonstrators blocked road during a protest against loadshedding in New Preedy Street.
  • KARACHI: Demonstrators burn tyres on road during a protest against loadshedding in New Preedy Street.
  • KARACHI: A view of vehicles moving slowly during to roadside encroachments at Empress Market, Saddar.
  • KARACHI: A view of traffic mess due to roadside encroachments in the area of Saddar.
  • KARACHI: Flood affectees stage a protest against burning of their makeshit homes near Super Highway.
  • FAISALABAD: Rainwater is seen accumulated beneath Chaal bridge after rain on last night.
  • FAISALABAD: Man and woman on bike are seen taking cover under tree during heavy rain in the city.
  • FAISALABAD: A view of CNG station which remained closed at Samundary Road.
  • FAISALABAD: People listen to the speech of federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on TV during joint session of the Parliament.
  • SWAT: A view of rally against killing of a journlists in Quetta and torturing media persons in Islamabad by police.
  • SWAT: Additional Secretary Agriculture and Livestock Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shaukat Ali Yousafzai examining construction work during his visit to Livestock Hospital.
  • HYDERABAD: Rescue workers shifting bodies recovered from debris after two houses collapsed in Ilyasabad (Bangle Street). 8 persons lost their lives and 30 sustained injuries in the incident.
  • HYDERABAD: Rescue workers shifting bodies recovered from debris after two houses collapsed in Ilyasabad (Bangle Street). 8 persons lost their lives and 30 sustained injuries in the incident.
  • HYDERABAD: Rescue workers shifting injured to hospital after two houses collapsed in Ilyasabad (Bangle Street). 8 persons lost their lives and 30 sustained injuries in the incident.
  • HYDERABAD: People and rescue workers seen at the site of two houses which collapsed in Ilyasabad (Bangle Street). 8 persons lost their lives and 30 sustained injuries in the incident.
  • HYDERABAD: People and rescue workers seen at the site of two houses which collapsed in Ilyasabad (Bangle Street). 8 persons lost their lives and 30 sustained injuries in the incident.
  • RAWALPINDI: A view of clouds hovering in the sky on Tuesday.
  • RAWALPINDI: Traffic policeman uses forklift to remove vehicles parked on No Parking area on Iqbal Road.
  • RAWALPINDI: Motorcyle mechanics are sitting on footpath in front of spare parts shops due to which pedestrians face inconvenience on Benazir Bhutto Road near Committee Chowk.
  • KARACHI: Workers of PTV Karachi Centre stage a protest against attacks on media organizations, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Workers of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists stage a protest against killing senior journalists Irshad Mastoi in Quetta, torturing journalists in Islamabad, attacking PTV and private media organizations, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: A couple, residents of Mirpur Khas, staging a demonstration to demand security after marriage of their own choice, outside Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Leader of Civil Society Pillar, Karamat Ali addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • BANNU: Leader of a local NGO and former Nazim Karachi, Niamat Ullah Khan addressing a ceremony during distribution of relief items among the affectees of North Waziristan.
  • BANNU: Leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam North Waziristan Maulana Abdul Haye Haqqani addressing media persons regarding non availability of facilities for affectees of North Waziristan.
  • PESHAWAR: Affectees of Bara Agency stage a protest in support of their demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • PESHAWAR: Resident of Sheikhabad stage a protest in support of his demands outside Peshawar Press Club.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif talking to Makhdoom Javeed Hashmi during joint session of Parliament.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif shaking hands with leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan during joint session of Parliament.
  • MULTAN: PTI leader Dr Khalid Khakwani addressing press conference regarding disloyalty of Mukhdoom Javed Hashmi.
  • MULTAN: Activists of PTI burn effigy of Mukhdoom Javed Hashmi during a demonstration near Kachehry.
  • KARACHI: IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali addressing traders during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zaki presenting shield to IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali during his visit to the chamber.
  • LAHORE: Members of Punjab Union of Journalists stage a demonstration in support of their demands.
  • QUETTA: Journalists hold banners during a demonstration organized by Balochistan Union of Journalists and Quetta Press Club against killing Bureau Chief of Online International News Network Irshad Mastoi, reporter Ghulam Rasool and accountant Muhammad Younas, outside the press club.
  • KARACHI: Provincial Advisor Youth Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari and Members of National Assembly Syed Asif Hasnain, Syed Khalid and Syed Waqar Hussain Shah cutting the ribbon to inaugurate Library, in Karachi.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of PTI carrying party flags on Constitution Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and Head of Pakistan Awami Tahreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri exchanging views on Constitution Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and Head of Pakistan Awami Tahreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri holding each others’ hands on Constitution Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Head of Pakistan Awami Tahreek Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri addressing the protestors while Chairman Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan gestures toward the public.
  • ISLAMABAD: A young activist of PTI carrying a stick and shield during Azadi March in Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participants of Azadi and Inqilab March taking bath from the water of a broken supply line on Constitution Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Participants of Azadi and Inqilab March taking bath from the water of a broken supply line on Constitution Avenue.
  • LAHORE: Activists of PTI offering Maghrib prayers during their sit in demonstration outside Governor House.
  • LAHORE: Activists of PTI hold a sit in demonstration outside Governor House.
  • LAHORE: Activists of Sunni Ittehad Council hold a demonstration in support of Inqilab and Azadi March outside CM House 7 Club Road.
  • LAHORE: Member of Provincial Assembly Waheed Gul taking part in a protest camp outside Lahore Press Club to demand recovery of Nalain Mubarik stolen from Badshahi Mosque.