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FATA-KP Merger: JI Long March entering Islamabad today

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami’s long-march will enter Islamabad today (Tuesday) to press the federal government for merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa before 2018. According to our correspondent, the march, kicked off on Sunday from Bab-e-Khyber of the Khyber Agency, will enter Islamabad via Faizabad (Rawalpindi) where JI chief Senator Sirajul Haq is expected…

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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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Commuters happy, Pakistan uneasy after govt’s deal with religious parties

ISLAMABAD: Commuters were jubilant Tuesday as a main highway into Islamabad reopened three weeks after a sit-in protest organised by religious parties blocked it, as uneasy soul-searching grew among many Pakistanis over the government’s capitulation to the protest demands. The Islamabad Highway, used daily by thousands travelling from the garrison city of Rawalpindi into the…

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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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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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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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Faizabad protest leaders make new demands

ISLAMABAD: Leaders of a protest being staged by a religious group in Islamabad on Saturday presented a new set of demands to end their three-week agitation in the federal capital and other parts of the country. Hundreds of supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Ullah being led by firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi have been blocking…

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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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Karachi: Traffic on Shara-e-Faisal restored after daylong protests

KARACHI: Traffic on Karachi’s main artery Shara-e-Faisal has returned to normal after daylong blockage in the wake of a police crackdown on Islamabad’s protesters.  According to report, paramilitary Rangers force reached Star Gate, and managed to disperse the crowd. Hundreds of supporters of a religious group blocked Shara-e-Faisal at Nursery, Baloch Colony and Star Gate,…

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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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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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Quetta bomb blast leaves 4 dead, at least 16 injured

QUETTA: A bomb blast in the city on Saturday left as many as four people dead and at least 16 injured, SAMAA TV reported.  According to police, the target of the bomb blast was a FC vehicle which was passing through when the bomb blast occurred. The blast occurred on Saryab Road, which is considered…

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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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Watch: Forces prepare for operation against protesters at Faizabad

Here are the footages of security forces preparing to take on protesters at Faizabad Interchange connecting Islamabad with Rawalpindi.

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Protesters take to the streets in Karachi against Faizabad crackdown

KARACHI: Scores of protesters came out onto the streets in Karachi to protest the crackdown on supporters of religious parties in Islamabad, on Saturday.  Protesters carrying sticks came out in huge numbers in Karachi’s Khudad Colony to protest against the crackdown on TLP and other religious parties’ supporters at Faizabad earlier during the day. Also…

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Video: Faizabad Interchange turns into battleground as protesters clash against security forces

ISLAMABAD: Security forces finally cracked down on Islamabad protesters on Saturday as Faizabad Interchange turned into a battleground as stones were pelted. Protesters picked up shells used by security forces and hurled them back at law enforcement personnel. More than 80 protesters were taken into custody as multiple law enforcement personnel were injured.  

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Protests in Karachi intensify in the wake of Faizabad operation

KARACHI: Protests in Karachi intensified as news spread like wildfire that Islamabad police and security forces have commenced their operation against the sit-in protest being held at the federal capital, on Saturday. According to details, the protesters belonging to religious parties who had staged a sit-in protest since the past couple of days at Numaish…

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Ahsan Iqbal rejects ‘unlawful’ demands of Islamabad protesters

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has categorically ruled out accepting any unlawful demand of a religious group that has been blocking Islamabad’s Faizabad Inter-Section for nearly three weeks.  “We have already strengthened the Finality of Prophethood Law in consultation with all political parties,” Interior Minister Iqbal told media persons. He said that the government…

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‘PML-N not allowing Zahid Hamid to resign’

ISLAMABAD: Pir of Golra Sharif, Syed Ghulam Nizamuddin Jami, has said that Law Minister Zahid Hamid is willing to resign but ruling PML-N is not allowing him to step down over amendment to the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat oath, Samaa reported Sunday. “The law minister has admitted his mistake according to our sources, but now the ruling party…

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