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Let’s speak the truth, for a change

By: Ayesha Ijaz Khan I once asked a UK-based Pakistani doctor who spends every holiday tending to the poverty-stricken in Pakistan’s far flung areas what he thought ails Pakistan most. His response was that nobody tells the truth to our people. I’ve often been reminded of this sentence when dealing with people in Pakistan and…

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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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TLY cleric calls for Rana Sana’s resignation after Zahid Hamid’s ouster

LAHORE: Dr Ashraf Jalali, a senior leader of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, said on Tuesday that the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah was more important as compared to that of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Dr Ashraf Jalali said that the party had demanded the Rana Sanaullah’s resignation…

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Govt constitutes committee to review sit-in operation

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday constituted a three-member committee to review sit-in operation at Faizabad. The committee, led by the Secretary Interior, would analyze whether or not there was any improvement in police capabilities in handling the sit-ins since 2014, a statement issued here said. The minister, according to a statement, suggested that…

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FLASHBACK: When Captain (r) Safdar had sided with Islamabad protesters

  ISLAMABAD: Before the government had cracked down on the Islamabad protesters who had blocked the Faizabad Interchange, Captain (r) Safdar had sided with participants of the sit-in protest. “If it was up to me, I would have joined the dharna protests too,” he had said while speaking to SAMAA TV exclusively. Captain (r) Safdar…

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Faizabad operation: 168 injured shifted to PIMS

ISLAMABAD: Some 168 persons, injured during clashes between the sit-in protesters and personnel of law enforcement agencies here at the Faizabad Interchange, have been shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), a PIMS senior official said Saturday. PIMS Administrator Dr Altaf Hussain told APP that the injured included 64 policemen, 53 Frontier Constabulary personnel…

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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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Several news channels go off air in Islamabad on orders of PEMRA

ISLAMABAD: Several news channels including SAMAA TV went off air in Islamabad on orders of PEMRA in the wake of the Faizabad operation, on Saturday.  According to details, news channels started to go off air in the federal capital more than five hours after security forces targeted protesters at Faizabad in a crackdown. MEDIA COVERAGE…

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LIVE UPDATES: Situation gets worse as protesters clash with police in Karachi

KARACHI: The situation turned tense in Karachi after scores of protesters came out against the crackdown at Faizabad against supporters of religious parties.  Also read: LIVE UPDATES: Police secure Faizabad Interchange, injured toll rises to 75 LIVE UPDATES Cars line up in long queues at Hassan Square as traffic jams ensue due to the protest…

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