Politics

  The last episode

The political soap opera being currently played on the capital’s stage is getting more melodramatic. The story is unfolding strictly according to the script in this season of ‘revolutions’. It begins with the march on Islamabad. Now we are into the s...

  Azadi is here! But what does that mean?

All the revolutionary scenes I have seen in life have been on television – mostly in Bollywood movies. What’s happening today, revolutionary or not, I am again watching on television, although it’s taking place four hours away from my house.Does it d...

  Sit-ins prompt litany of petitions in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: The nerve-wracking political scenario in the wake of sit-ins in the capital that entered its fifth day on Thursday has prompted a litany of petitions in the Supreme Court.Not only the federal government submitted its reply endorsing the ap...

  Four reasons why a military coup is unlikely

It doesn't take much for the Pakistan Army to stage a coup.All four military coups in our 67 year history were bloodless. A small contingent of lightly armed troops jumps over the closed gates of a few buildings to take the fazed civil establishment ...

  Lahore, Ferguson & Toronto: Three sides of the same coin

Michael Brown and Sammy Yatim are two sides of the same coin. The two 18-year-old racialised men were shot dead by the police. However, unlike in Toronto, Canada, where Mr Yatim died, Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in riots after the death of Mr Bro...

  What is the most blatant lie taught through Pakistan textbooks?

Nationalism and patriotism in Pakistan are contested subjects. What makes us Pakistanis and what is it that makes us love our land and nation?The answers to these questions vary widely depending on who is being asked. A large part of our national ide...

  We'll stop power supply from Tarbela if centre cuts our electricity: KP minister

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani has said that the province will not be paying electricity and gas bills along with federal taxes and if utilities are disconnected to the province, power supply from Tarbela to Punjab wi...

  PTI back-pedals, says 'no' to negotiations

ISLAMABAD: We have decided not to immediately enter negotiations with the government, senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.The party decided that the foremost fundamental condition to enter talks was that Nawaz Shari...

  Of wet shalwars and televised 'revolutions'

It would be safe to bet that in the past week in Pakistan if – and whenever – you’ve turned on your TV set and tuned in to a news channel, you have been bombarded with visuals and soundbites of the 'revolution'.Fifty channels in five languages have b...

  Islamabad protests: All eyes on Imran as deadlock persists

Islamabad is heating up. Imran Khan has threatened to storm the Prime Minister House if Nawaz Sharif does not resign. Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri has promised his followers that accountability would be ensured for the “corrupt” rulers.T...

  ‘From czar-like prime minister to deputy commissioner-type character’

ISLAMABAD: Besieged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been assured by military that there will be no coup, but in return he must “share space with the army”, according to a government source who was privy to recent talks between the two sides.Last week...

  Qadri orders workers to lay siege to Parliament

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Wednesday said that he had allowed legislators to enter the National Assembly so that "all the prey was gathered at one spot." He also ordered supporters to lay siege to Parliament.In a spee...

  SC issues notices to Imran, Qadri

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued notices to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri during the hearing of a petition filed by the Lahore High Court's Multa...

  Sri Lankan president cancels Pakistan visit amid political turmoil

ISLAMABAD: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cancelled his visit to Pakistan in the wake of the country’s political situation, sources in the Foreign Office said.During the visit which was scheduled to begin on August 22, the Sri Lankan pres...

  Siraj urges for solution

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq in a press conference said that it is unfortunate that the power to resolve the current political impasse lies with the army instead of the political leadership.“The decision making power has gone from Islamaba...

  MNAs take alternative exit route

Parliamentarians were forced to leave Parliament house via a back entrance onto Bari Imam road, media reports.The situation on Constitution Avenue is very critical, with PAT protesters active and charged. as yet while a large number of female partici...

  PTI agrees to talks with govt

PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media that PTI had agreed to negotiate with the government."We discussed amongst ourselves that if it comes to talks what our position will be... The aim is to come out of this deadlock. We wish that the govt had serio...

  PM chairs consultative meeting

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a consultative meeting on the country's political crisis with senior PML-N leaders in attendance.Media reports that the meeting was taking into consideration the prevailing political situation.In the meeting, t...

  LEAs step up

Police personnel are taking control of government offices to provide further security, media reports.A large number of government employees who work in the premises of the Red Zone are on holiday today. The remaining government employees are inside t...

  MQM to meet Qadri

MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi is to meet Dr Tahirul Qadri in a bid to end the political deadlock resulting from PTI, PAT workers laying siege to Parliament.Farooq Sattar told Dawn.com that the country needs a political situation and that nothing will be a...


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