ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the government is open for dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaaf to end the current political crisis.
In an interview with a private television channel, he said Imran Khan should also not put forward the demands which fall outside the ambit of the constitution. He said the government had started addressing demands of the PTI before it started the long march from Lahore. The establishment of electoral reforms committee and the judicial commission were part of efforts to address concerns of Imran Khan.
Responding to a question, the Information Minister said the government has neither arrested any worker of the PTI nor forced them to go back. It is actually the stance of the PTI chairman that has disappointed their workers.
He said the containers and other measures were taken in the red zone More details
ISLAMABAD: Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq has said dialogue will soon resume.
In a statement, after his telephonic contact with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak, he said we are trying to resolve misunderstandings between the parties.
Siraj-ul-Haq expressed the hope that current political crisis would soon be resolved. More details
ISLAMABAD: Former federal information and broadcasting minister and senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira thanked PTI Chairman Imran Khan and offered his services as a mediator to end the current political impasse.
Speaking to Private TV , Kaira said that he would be most happy if he could do anything for Pakistan.
“I am indebted to Imran Khan for remembering me in good words,” he said.
“No solution is possible without finding a way to start talks... I can offer my services whenever government assigns me this task,” he said.
To a question, he said that PPP did not say anything which could lead to any confrontation.
Addressing his supporters in Islamabad, Khan said that he would accept Qamar Zaman Kaira as a mediator. More details
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced that by-elections will be held within 60 days if any Parliamentarian resigns from his/her seat.
ECP, in a statement, said that by-election is a constitutional and lawful process and the institution has to follow it. The statement further said that the ECP is responsible for conducting free and fair elections in the country.
“90 days are required for the polls if assemblies are dissolved”, ECP further stated.
It should be noted that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had announced that their Parliamentarians will resign from their seats in the National and provincial assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) legislature to protest against the alleged rigging in the 2013 elections. More details
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Rehman Malik again urged for talks to defuse political tension, saying the deadlock is going towards clash.
Talking to newsmen here on Friday, Malik said that there were no serious efforts made from both sides, PML-N government and protesting parties, for positive talks.
“The government, PTI and PAT will be responsible if the situation becomes worse”, he told media.
The PPP leader said that Asif Zardari is ready to play his role in decreasing political temperature.
He advised the PML-N government to contact Zardari to resolve the issue soon. More details
Karachi: Co-President of Pakistan People Party (PPP) and former President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), Maulana Fazl Rehman talked to each other on telephone.
According to media reports, former President talked to JUI-F Chief on telephone after reaching Karachi on Friday.
Both leaders discussed the ongoing Marches in Islamabad and discussed different problems of the country.
Moreover, Zardari will contact all political parties to wind down the current situation whereas JUI-F Chief also agreed on it. More details
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government could not remove containers unless Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri give written commitment that they will be responsible of any security mishap.
Speaking to a press conference in Islamabad today (Friday), Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that there were serious security concerns communicated to him by all the security agencies. He said that PTI and PAT had earlier given commitments that they would not enter the Red Zone, but they did.
Responding to the rumours about removal of IG Police Islamabad, Interior Minister told that the former IG had himself asked for a vacation which was granted. Another rumour was about poisoning of water. “Had we done anything like that, they might not have been dancing here all night long”, said Nisar. “We are providing water to people who are threatening to invade our houses and instead of thanking us they More details
ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) submitted their resignations from the National Assembly on Friday, as the party continues to lead a sit-in in the capital against Nawaz Sharif's government.
PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari submitted the resignations of all 34 MNAs to the NA speaker’s office, including that of Chairman Imran Khan.
The resignations come as the PTI has been engaged in protests and sit-ins against the Nawaz government over alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.
The party had earlier decided to resign from all assemblies except the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, a province where it forms the government.
“We had already given our resignations to our chairman, and now we have also completed the formal procedure of submitting them to the National Assembly speaker,” said PTI leader Murad Saeed shortly after the resignations had bee More details
LAHORE: The government has reportedly expressed its willingness to consider PTI chief Imran Khan’s most pressing demand – the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a key development towards end to the ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan.
According to a private TV channel, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leadership has considered veteran politician and PPP leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s proposal that government should hold out some assurances to Imran Khan about Prime Minister’s resignation.
The government has been refusing to consider Khan’s key demand, but sources, said the ruling clique is now willing to hold dialogue with the chest-thumping PTI chairman on the most pressing issue.
However, the government has reiterated that the matter of Nawaz Sharif’s resignation would be left to a government-formed judicial commission which is tasked with investigating the alleged vote fraud.
Sources say country’s all-powe More details
ISLAMABD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited former president Asif Ali Zardari to luncheon to discuss current political crisis on Saturday which the later accepted.
Senator Farhatullah Babar while speaking to the media confirmed that Asif Ali Zardari has accepted the invitation and will meet the premier.
He said the meeting will be held at the Prime Minister House, Islamabad. Leaders of the two parties will also present on the occasion. More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday said that he would hold an immediate reelection and secure double the amount of votes if the government gathered as many people to shout ‘go Imran go’.
He said he’d rather die than accept the current system. “They tell us we’re unconstitutional, I ask you Nawaz Sharif, what law says common people can’t protest peacefully?” He asked. “Under what law have you blocked the roads?”
Khan said the rally is being watched across the country. He urged ‘Azadi March’ participants to not to waste ‘this opportunity’, adding that the real power lies with the people.
“What is Jihad? It means standing up to the oppressor…if people misuse the term Jihad, this doesn’t mean Jihad isn’t a duty.” He said. “This is your democratic right to elect your representatives…”
He claimed 40% of Pakistanis face malnutrition while the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enjoys a More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief, Dr Tahiul Qadir said everything would be made clear when dialogue is held with the government.
Speaking to a private TV channel, Dr Qadri said the government’s seriousness would be determined after one or two sessions of dialogue.
The PAT chief reiterated that they had not refused to hold dialogue and would not do so. He added that more members of the opposition committee had shown up for dialogue in comparison to members of the government committee.
Dr Tahirul Qadri further said the PAT did not just want the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but a change in the system. More details