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Imran rules out election alliance with MQM, APML

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday ruled out the possibility of forging election alliance both with Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and ex-general Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). Imran made it clear that PTI was not ready to make any type of alliance with any of the two parties. “After enjoying a government for five long years, MQM parted ways from ruling party and joined the opposition,” he pointed out, in a statement issued here. He claimed his party would get clear majority in upcoming general election as, he said, 90 per cent of people wanted change in the country, which his party was aiming at. Imran said that PTI would clean sweep the next election and there might be no need of making alliance with any party and added that PTI wanted to bring a positive change in the country whereas other parties only want to come to power.

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Dharna fatigue - Iftekhar A Khan

When events that once appeared extraordinary become an everyday affair, public interest subsides. Imran Khan and Maulana Tahirul Qadri’s sit-ins have become a monotonous affair. As enthusiasm of the followers wanes, leaders of both dharnas resort to more fiery and emotional oratory to keep the audience charged.

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Nawaz, Shahbaz and 19 others booked for Model Town murders

Police registered a case against 21 people, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Punjab ex-law minister Rana Sanaullah, five federal ministers and police officers over the deaths in Model Town during a clash between protesters and police, on Thursday. The FIR was registered under Sections 148, 149, 324, 302, 109, 427, 395, 506 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 155/C police order 2002. The police registered the case on the complaint of Minhajul Quran Director Administration Jawad Hamid after a lapse of two months and eleven days. 

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Two journalists among three shot dead in Quetta

Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) Secretary General Irshad Mastoi, trainee reporter Abdul Rasul and an accountant of a news agency were gunned down in the provincial capital on Thursday.

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Enter the chief

The long siege of the red zone by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek neared its end because the ‘umpire’ finally looked up and called time out. And all the players stopped their games immediately. At two at the night, PTI Chairman Imran Khan told his followers after his meeting with Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif that he had told the army chief that he was still adamant that the prime minister resign.

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Lessons in democracy - Kamila Hyat

At that bizarre Punch and Judy show in Islamabad, where men pop periodically out of boxes to make their proclamations, one debate that was re-generated echoed old myths and dangerous clichés: is democracy a suitable form of government for a country where the majority of people are illiterate, and are these men and women without letters capable of making ‘correct’ choices when it comes to electing their leaders through the ballot?

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NWA students set three-day deadline for repatriation

Hundreds of students displaced from North Waziristan Agency staged a demonstration demanding their repatriation till August 30, warning that in case otherwise they would start marching towards Waziristan after the expiry of their three-day deadline. The displaced students of schools and colleges from North Waziristan, holding placards and banners, gathered at Milad Park in Bannu and after passing through various roads staged a protest demonstration in front of the Bannu Press Club.

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Qadri announces 'Inquilab day' after govt talks fail

Following two rounds of talks with Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri late on Wednesday night announced that dialogue process with the government has ‘completely failed’. In a bid to resolve prevailing political stalemate with respect to issues concerning the PAT, Ishaq Dar and Zahid Hamid visited the protest site twice in hours to engage Dr Tahurl Qadri in the 'decisive phase' of talks.

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Who offered deputy PM’s office to Imran?

The disclosure by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday that he had been offered the post of the deputy prime minister came as a surprise for those who had been closely monitoring the political crisis. Hours after the conclusion of the ‘final round’ of talks between his party’s representatives and the government, Mr Khan told the participants of the sit-in that he had rejected an offer to become the deputy prime minister, terming it an effort to bribe him.

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PTI, govt talks to continue on Wednesday

Deliberations between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) took place on Tuesday as the two sides sat down for the fourth round of talks at a local hotel, DawnNews reported. Speaking to the media after talks concluded, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that dialogue will continue tomorrow and that his party will not back down from its demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

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Retired judge endorses Afzal Khan’s claim

A retired judge from Sindh on Tuesday endorsed an earlier claim that the judiciary ignored the Election Commission while making appointing to election tribunals. Syed Ali Mohammed Rizvi, who was a Sessions Judge in Sindh and retired in 2002, claimed that the former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim had interviewed him and two other retired judges for appointment in provincial election tribunals.

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MQM delegation meets PM

The judicial commission investigating the June 17 Model Town incident has held the government responsible for it and said police acted on government orders which led to the bloodshed. The report has said the affidavits of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and former law minister Rana Sanaullah contained contradictions regarding the orders they reportedly issued to police to disengage, and declared that what happened on the ground did not match such claims.

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The PML-N mandate

Pakistan is in the grip of yet another internal political crisis. The right to rule by the PMLN has been challenged by a section of the opposition despite its much trumpeted electoral mandate. Two opposition parties — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by Imran Khan and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) led by Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri — want to knock out the federal government led by Nawaz Sharif. The PAT also wants to remove Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab, and institute criminal proceedings against both Sharif brothers for killing 14 of its workers and injuring more than 80 people outside its party headquarters in Lahore by the Punjab Police.

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Zarb-e-Azb updates: 48 militants killed in N Waziristan, K-P

After a long period of speculation, which also included attempts at peace talks, Pakistan on June 15 launched a military operation against militants in the troubled North Waziristan agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). On its 15th day, a new phase of the offensive began, with the military launching a ground operation in Miramshah – the main town of North Waziristan.

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Prof Ajmal recovered after four-year abduction

Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Prof Ajmal has been recovered after four years after four years of abduction. He was kidnapped on September 8 2010 when he was on his way to the university. He is said to have been recovered from Shawal area of North Waziristan where the armed forces are conducting a large scale operation.

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Another ‘NRO’ in the making

Pakistan’s power military on Thursday agreed to mediate and become guarantor of an expected give-and-take deal after a formal yet surprise request by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to army chief General Raheel Sharif to help with a deadlocked negotiation process between his government, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). 

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Cell launched to address women’s complaints

A women complaint cell was launched as part of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) set-up on Thursday at a ceremony held in a hotel. The cell at Governor House will address complaints related to domestic violence, divorce and Khula, right to inheritance, maintenance, child custody, kidnapping, sexual abuse, harassment at work, underage marriage and illegal detention.

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Politicians decry army’s role in politics

As Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri left their containers for separate meetings with the army chief on Thursday night, leaders from across the political spectrum regretted that things had to come to this juncture, where the military would get involved in a political issue. The most significant reaction came from a PTI leader.

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‘91 people killed in KP detention centres’

Chairperson Defence of Human Rights Amna Janjua has alleged that 91missing persons have been killed in the detentions centres across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in the National Press Club, she claimed that an individual, Hammad Amir, was killed in Kohat detention centre.

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Govt should voluntarily step down to avoid bloodshed, says Altaf Hussain

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain terming all demands of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri as 'valid', has said that it would be in the country's interest if the government voluntarily stepped down to avoid any bloodshed, DawnNews reported. Talking about the anti-government sit-ins being held in the federal capital city and a possible government reaction, Hussain said that the government should consider the safety of women and children, participating in the sit-ins.

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Bid to lodge Model Town FIR thwarted

A team of Pakistan Awami Tehrik lawyers faced delaying tactics by police and PML-N workers when they went to the Faisal Town police station here on Wednesday to seek registration of an FIR about June 17 Model Town incident. Fourteen supporters of the PAT had been killed and scores of others injured in the police action.

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Islamic State

For Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, including Turkey, the over-arching regional issue has been and is the sectarian divide between the Sunnis and Shias, the latter identified with Iran’s ambitions to carve out a powerful role.

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NA speaker received resignation of 31 PTI legislators

The mystery surrounding the resignations of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members of parliament was resolved on Tuesday after the National Assembly Secretariat revealed that out of a total of 34 MNAs, 31 had submitted their resignations. The media wing of the NA Secretariat said that of the 31 resignations, 26 were valid, while five contained minor errors and had to be resubmitted after corrections. Three lawmakers, Gulzar Khan, Nasir Khan Khattak and Mussarat Ahmadzeb, had yet to hand in their notices.

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PPP, MQM want govt to offer ‘sacrifice’ to save democracy

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have put the onus of resolving the prevailing political crisis squarely on the government, asking it to “offer some sacrifice”. “There is a need for some political actions. The government should have a big heart and offer some sacrifice,” MQM’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar said after having rounds of meetings with various political leaders, including Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, over the past two days.

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Model Town probe report says police acted on govt orders

The judicial commission investigating the June 17 Model Town incident has held the government responsible for it and said police acted on government orders which led to the bloodshed. The report has said the affidavits of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and former law minister Rana Sanaullah contained contradictions regarding the orders they reportedly issued to police to disengage, and declared that what happened on the ground did not match such claims.

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A matter of urgency: MQM forms committee to resolve political crisis – The Express Tribune

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has formed its own committee comprising senior party leaders and parliamentarians who will meet various political leaders to try to resolve the current political crisis in the country. MQM’s Rabita Committee member Aminul Haque, who is currently in Islamabad, told The Express Tribune that the committee comprising three to five members will meet political and religious parties on an ‘urgent basis.’

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