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Faizabad dharna: Court shelves cases against Khadim Rizvi

A court shelved Monday three cases against Khadim Hussain Rizvi and others over their involvement in cases of violence during the Faizabad sit-in last year. An anti-terrorism court stopped the hearings against the religious leaders for an indefinite period of time on the prosecution’s request. The prosecution had said that the police are investigating cases…

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IHC threatens to issue contempt notices to PM, interior minister

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday threatened to issue contempt of court notices to the prime minister, interior minister and religious affairs minister if the Raja Zafar-ul-Haq report was not presented during the next hearing.  Proceedings of the Faizabad dharna case were underway at the high court. Despite the court’s orders, government representatives were…

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Will these PML-N leaders clarify their stance on Faizabad dharna?

ISLAMABAD: Will senior ministers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) clarify their stance regarding the Faizabad protest? Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa clarified his stance and categorically rejected all allegations while replying to questions hurled by PML-N senator Mushahidullah Khan. During the days of the Faizabad dharna protest, Captain (r) Safdar had said…

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Will reject Raja Zafar-ul-Haq’s report if it is not based on facts: TLYR leader

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah leader Pir Afzal Qadri said on Wednesday that only after viewing Raja Zafar-ul-Haq’s report will the party decide whether to accept it or reject it.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Pir Afzal Qadri said that the government had provided assurances during negotiations that two members of TLYR would be part…

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PTI sees Nawaz Sharif’s involvement in omission of Khatm-e-Nabuwat oath

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has demanded an independent inquiry into the hastily-abandoned amendment to Khatm-e-Nabuwat oath. The demand was made at PTI’s high-level meeting presided over by Imran Khan and attended by senior leaders at Bani Gala Tuesday. According to PTI spokesman, the participants discussed different issues especially post Faizabad sit-in situation. In the meeting,…

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COMMENT: Less an agreement, more a ‘terms of surrender’ of the state

By Shahjahan Khurram  ISLAMABAD: A protest movement that lasted 21 days defied the state and paralyzed the federal capital. However, at the end of it all, when the entire nation was expecting the state to enforce its writ, the denouement to the episode turned out to be quite disturbing. The government buckled under pressure and…

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Despite Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s appeal, sit-in protests continue in many cities

ISLAMABAD: Despite an appeal by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasollah’s Khadim Hussain Rizvi to call off sit-in protests around the country after successful negotiations with the government, dharnas continued in various parts of the country. A meeting presided over by Dr Asif Jalali discussed the government’s negotiation with Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasoolallah and rejected the agreement reached…

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All you need to know about nation-wide internet disruptions during dharna

ISLAMABAD: The NetBlocks https://netblocks.org internet shutdown observatory project in coordination with the Digital Rights Foundation https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/ has collected evidence of nation-wide internet disruptions throughout Pakistan. On the afternoon of Saturday 25 November, internet users reported disruptions affecting key social media platforms amid protests. The present investigation seeks to provide an early determination of the extent of those…

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Ahsan Iqbal accuses PTI of attack on his Narowal house

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Monday said a group of rioters led by a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attacked his house located in Narowal. Commenting on remarks of former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan Iqbal said, “Chaudhry Nisar may say whatever he wants. However, I should demonstrate magnanimity.” It should…

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Faizabad Dharna: IHC critical of military role as mediator in agreement

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday censured the government and the Army for the latter’s role “as the mediator” in an agreement after which Faizabad Interchange protest was called off. Hearing the case, Justice Shauqut Aziz Siddiqui raised multiple questions about the Army’s role of a mediator in brokering an conclusion of the sit-in,…

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Khadim Hussain Rizvi announces end to sit-in

Leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya-Rasoolullah (TLYR) Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi announced an end to the sit-in that continued for over 20 days and faced government crackdown on November 25. After the crackdown, the protests erupted across the country that paralyzed the civic. Watch what else he said.

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Five takeaways from agreement between govt and protesters

The Faizabad Dharna that continued for over 20 days has been called off after an agreement was reached between Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya-Rasoolullah (TLYR) and the government. On Saturday, the Islamabad’s district administration launched crackdown with the help of police and FC forces that resulted in countrywide protests and sit-ins. The agreed upon conditions of the settlement…

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Forced closure of markets not to be allowed in Karachi: Rangers

The high-ups of paramilitary force said no one would be allowed to forcibly close the markets in Karachi and strike is not a solution to the problem. The Rangers said anyone who is found coercing others to close business centers or traffic will be dealt with iron hand. Know more from Fayyaz Younis.

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Faizabad Dharna: Govt and Protesters Signed An Agreement

  Islamabad : The PML-N Government and Islamabad protesters signed an agreement following Law Minister Zahid Hamid tenders his resignation.

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Protest leaders announce two-day strike, three-day mourning

LAHORE: The protest leaders announced Sunday two days strike (today, tomorrow) and three days mourning for the martyrs in Faizabad. One of the protest leaders in Lahore, Dr. Ashraf Asif Jalali said that the government would have to accept our demands at any cost and If our demands would not fulfilled than government would face…

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LIVE UPDATES: Protests break out across country after Faizabad crackdown, 150 injured

Islamabad Administration’s operation is going on to clear Faizabad interchange of protestors. Police, Rangers and FC personnel are engaged in the operation using tear gas to disperse the protestors of religious parties. At least 150 people including police, FC personnel and civilians have been injured. The crackdown has triggered protests in various other citeis including…

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Protesters pelt stones at Chaudhry Nisar’s house in Faizabad

ISLAMABAD: Protesters from religious parties on Saturday pelted stones at the house of former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the wake of the Islamabad crackdown.  According to details, a police mobile vehicle was deployed at Nisar’s residence. Angry protesters hurled stones at the house of the former interior minister. A heavy contingent of…

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Faizabad Dharna: District admin advises govt to call in army

ISLAMABAD: District administration of Islamabad has suggested the government to call in Pakistan Army as it fears the human lives may be wasted in the clashes with the security forces in the federal capital in the wake of crackdown. After Faizabad Interchange was cleared in the wake of brief crackdown, the protesters agreed to give…

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Islamabad crackdown: Policeman martyred, 37 wounded in clashes

ISLAMABAD: The clashes with security police in Islamabad have turned ugly as a policeman was martyred and at least 75 people wounded in the early morning crackdown on Islamabad protesters. Policeman was killed as a result of stone pelting from the protesters. At least 80 protesters have been arrested. Meantime, the protest has spilled over…

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Ahsan Iqbal calls emergency meeting of Ulema as deadlock persists

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has convened an emergency meeting of religious scholars belonging to all schools of thought in Islamabad today to discuss situation arising from the sit-in at Faizabad Interchange by a religious group in the federal capital. The demonstrators, who continued to protest for continuous 15 days, have declined to budge…

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