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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    Independence Day rally: Imran Khan says it will be a Test match, not a T20



    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he is leading a tsunami march to Islamabad on Independence Day to fight a decisive war, Express News reported on Thursday.

    Speaking in Lahore, Khan said that he is fighting for Pakistan, and that he will provide evidence against the rigging that was carried out in the May 2013 general elections.

    Asking his supporters to prepare for the march, Khan said that the march will start from Lahore.

    Hinting that their march will not end after reaching Islamabad, he said that it was not a Twenty20 match, but a Test match.

    Khan clarified that he has no desire to become the prime minister and will continue his fight till the incumbent electoral system is reformed.

    “The present government and their mandate is false,” he said.

    Khan and his PTI have been planning a million-man march on to Islamabad on August 14 to coincide with Independence Day. They are demanding that the incumbent electoral process should be changed.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/740496/i...tch-not-a-t20/

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

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    Independence Day rally: Imran Khan says it will be a Test match, not a T20





    http://tribune.com.pk/story/740496/i...tch-not-a-t20/
    IK needs to learn. Everything in real life cannot be played like a game of cricket.

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

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    IK needs to learn. Everything in real life cannot be played like a game of cricket.
    Yes I agree, his cricket vernacular is getting really old.

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    Nisar reaches out to Imran, offers way out?

    ISLAMABAD: Despite stating categorically that the time for talks with the government is over, it seems the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is still keeping its options open.

    The ruling PML-N has managed to engage PTI chief Imran Khan and the two parties have been in constant contact, discussing various alternatives to the Independence Day long march for electoral reform.

    In a major development, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met the PTI chief at the latter’s Bani Gala residence on Thursday and asked him to ‘postpone’ the planned march, sources in both parties told Dawn on Friday.

    Also read: PTI denies govt’s claims of contacts over Aug 14 march

    Sources said the interior minister arrived at Mr Khan’s residence in his private vehicle without any protocol and remained there for over an hour. However, both parties are not willing to officially confirm the meeting, but statements issued by both sides acknowledge that they have been in contact for several days now.

    PTI’s demand for mid-term polls begins to emerge
    “I am not aware of a meeting on Thursday, but I know that Chaudhry Nisar has met Imran Khan in recent days,” said Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, who is also the official spokesman for the prime minister.

    Mr Rashid told Dawn the PML-N would continue efforts to bring both Mr Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to the negotiation table, which was the democratic way to resolve political disputes.

    To a question, he said, the government would definitely establish direct contact with the PTI leadership during the upcoming session of the National Assembly, starting next week.

    When asked about the Thursday meeting between the two leaders, PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said, “I can only say that no such meeting had taken place on Friday”.

    Sources said the two leaders also discussed the mechanism for the working of the recently-formed parliamentary committee on election reforms.

    A source in the PTI told Dawn that Mr Khan had rejected the interior minister’s request to delay the Independence Day demonstration and told him clearly that the party would go ahead with its plan to march on the capital.

    This latest meeting comes at a time when PTI leaders’ statements have begun signalling that the party may demand mid-term elections come August 14.

    PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Dawn that mid-term elections were the only solution to the prevailing crisis.

    “If all parties believe that last year’s elections were rigged, then there is a huge question mark on the legality of the current assembly,” Mr Qureshi said. “Mid-term polls are the only way out,” he concluded.

    Mr Qureshi also denied PML-N’s claims that the government was in touch with certain PTI leaders and was urging the party to call off the march.

    He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had tried to contact Mr Khan, but the PTI chief had refused to talk to him.

    Mr Qureshi reiterated his party’s position that the time for talks was over and the decision to go ahead with the long march was “firm and final, come what may”.

    He said government ministers were issuing conflicting statements in a bid to create confusion. The PTI would strongly protest in the National Assembly against the government’s decision to invoke Article 245 in Islamabad, he said.

    Mr Qureshi claimed he had received reports that the government had decided to put the party’s leadership under house arrest to prevent them from holding the long march. He also alleged that lists of party workers and leaders had already been prepared and the government was trying to pressurise transporters into not providing vehicles to the PTI for their demonstration on August 14.

    Published in Dawn, Aug 2nd , 2014

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1122777/nis...offers-way-out

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    Re: Nisar reaches out to Imran, offers way out?

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    ISLAMABAD: Despite stating categorically that the time for talks with the government is over, it seems the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is still keeping its options open.

    The ruling PML-N has managed to engage PTI chief Imran Khan and the two parties have been in constant contact, discussing various alternatives to the Independence Day long march for electoral reform.

    In a major development, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan met the PTI chief at the latter’s Bani Gala residence on Thursday and asked him to ‘postpone’ the planned march, sources in both parties told Dawn on Friday.

    Also read: PTI denies govt’s claims of contacts over Aug 14 march

    Sources said the interior minister arrived at Mr Khan’s residence in his private vehicle without any protocol and remained there for over an hour. However, both parties are not willing to officially confirm the meeting, but statements issued by both sides acknowledge that they have been in contact for several days now.

    PTI’s demand for mid-term polls begins to emerge
    “I am not aware of a meeting on Thursday, but I know that Chaudhry Nisar has met Imran Khan in recent days,” said Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, who is also the official spokesman for the prime minister.

    Mr Rashid told Dawn the PML-N would continue efforts to bring both Mr Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to the negotiation table, which was the democratic way to resolve political disputes.

    To a question, he said, the government would definitely establish direct contact with the PTI leadership during the upcoming session of the National Assembly, starting next week.

    When asked about the Thursday meeting between the two leaders, PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said, “I can only say that no such meeting had taken place on Friday”.

    Sources said the two leaders also discussed the mechanism for the working of the recently-formed parliamentary committee on election reforms.

    A source in the PTI told Dawn that Mr Khan had rejected the interior minister’s request to delay the Independence Day demonstration and told him clearly that the party would go ahead with its plan to march on the capital.

    This latest meeting comes at a time when PTI leaders’ statements have begun signalling that the party may demand mid-term elections come August 14.

    PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Dawn that mid-term elections were the only solution to the prevailing crisis.

    “If all parties believe that last year’s elections were rigged, then there is a huge question mark on the legality of the current assembly,” Mr Qureshi said. “Mid-term polls are the only way out,” he concluded.

    Mr Qureshi also denied PML-N’s claims that the government was in touch with certain PTI leaders and was urging the party to call off the march.

    He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had tried to contact Mr Khan, but the PTI chief had refused to talk to him.

    Mr Qureshi reiterated his party’s position that the time for talks was over and the decision to go ahead with the long march was “firm and final, come what may”.

    He said government ministers were issuing conflicting statements in a bid to create confusion. The PTI would strongly protest in the National Assembly against the government’s decision to invoke Article 245 in Islamabad, he said.

    Mr Qureshi claimed he had received reports that the government had decided to put the party’s leadership under house arrest to prevent them from holding the long march. He also alleged that lists of party workers and leaders had already been prepared and the government was trying to pressurise transporters into not providing vehicles to the PTI for their demonstration on August 14.

    Published in Dawn, Aug 2nd , 2014

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1122777/nis...offers-way-out
    It is difficult to know who is trying to give who a way out, whether it is Nisar or Imran Khan. Even though I am in Pakistan, I don't know what to expect on August 14 this year.

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    Mashood to ‘expose’ KP govt’s corruption on 9th

    Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood on Saturday said he would bring to light evidence of corruption and rigging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the form of ‘white paper’ on August 9.

    Addressing a public meeting in Gulshan-e-Ravi, the minister said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accuses everyone of lying but has conveniently remained silent on allegations being levelled against him.

    “Imran Khan cannot even tell the nation whether or not his children’s upbringing is being done in the light of Islamic teachings,” he said in a charged mood.

    “A liar who toes the line of foreign forces cannot be trusted to represent Pakistan,” he alleged.

    Rana Mashood said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz could form its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 24 hours if it wanted

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...uption-on-9th/

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    'Million-man' march: PPP asks Imran to shun confrontation



    PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People’s Party on Saturday criticised the federal government for deploying the army in Islamabad for security under Article 245 of the Constitution and declared the move unwise on part of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership.

    During a meeting of his party workers, PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president Khanzada Khan said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s August 14 march had baffled the PML-N leadership so much that it invoked Article 245 of the Constitution and thus, endangering democratic system in the country.

    “It’s the duty of the government to take parliament into confidence before taking such steps as it is not a minor issue for the country’s future and political system,” he said.

    He said the federal government itself had invited the military and in case of any harm to democracy, the entire responsibility would rest with the PML-N leadership because it had failed to tackle such a minor issue.

    “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif doesn’t need to fear because Imran Khan is unable to topple the government through its protest marches but the rulers should show courage and face the challenge,” he said.

    The PPP provincial president said the politics of confrontation had always harmed the country and therefore, PTI should avoid it.

    He said the PTI chairman was taking very childish steps and in case he continued with his wrong policies, the democratic system would not put up with conspiracies.

    Khanzada Khan, however, said the PPP on its part would try to foil attempts against democracy because it had always rendered matchless sacrifices against dictatorship in the country.

    He later went to the house of provincial general secretary of Qaumi Watan Party Bakht Baidar Khan in Chakdara and condoled the death of his brother in a firing incident.

    The PPP leader condemned the killing and said it was a complete failure of the provincial government to maintain law and order.

    He said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had voted the PTI to power but it failed to honour the people’s mandate as the government failed to initiate a single developmental project during the last one year.

    Khanzada Khan said the PTI leadership had nothing to do with the development of the province and the people’s welfare and that it had focused on protests, sit-ins and demonstrations, which didn’t serve the purpose of the poor people.

    During the visit, the PPP leader was accompanied by provincial general secretary Mohammad Hamayun Khan, Senator Ahmad Hassan Khan, former federal minister Malik Azmat Khan, former district president Khurshid Ali Khan, former provincial minister Malik Mehmood Zeb Khan and PSF leader Alamzeb Khan.

    Meanwhile, former provincial president of PPP women’s wing Asma Alamgir on Saturday criticised the federal government for invoking Article 245 of the Constitution and said it was the duty of the federal government to take political parties on board before taking such a step as it could endanger democracy in the country.

    “It is the basic right of every citizen and every political party to take out processions, hold rallies, public meetings and marches in any part of the country but it doesn’t mean that the government will call in the military for suppressing protests,” she told party workers at her house here.

    Asma Alamgir said political parties should realise the significance of democracy and avoid taking steps to create problems for democratic system.

    She advised the PTI leadership to avoid taking steps that could lead to the derailing of the system, saying dictatorship served the purpose of none.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1123001/mil...-confrontation
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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    IK thinks the march will change life - he is dreaming

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    Re: Nisar reaches out to Imran, offers way out?

    PM holds out olive branch to PTI chief



    MURREE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday asked Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to convey to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan that the government was ready to accept his demands in accordance with the Constitution.

    Seemingly awed by Imran Khan’s Azadi March on August 14, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting of his close aides to discuss options to deal with the situation.

    Sources privy to the meeting said Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan briefed the prime minister about his recent contacts with the PTI chairman.

    Besides the interior minister, the meeting was attended by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar.

    The sources said the meeting also discussed other political issues, alluding to the threat of holding a march by Pakistan Awami Tehrik Chairman Tahirul Qadri.

    The sources said the prime minister sought proposals from the cabinet members on how to handle the situation.

    The Punjab chief minister and the interior minister have been in Murree for the last two days in connection with Eid celebrations.

    Earlier, the chief minister hosted a dinner for the prime minister at Shangla.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1122984/pm-...h-to-pti-chief

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    PM holds out olive branch to PTI chief

    MURREE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday asked Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to convey to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan that the government was ready to accept his demands in accordance with the Constitution.

    Seemingly awed by Imran Khan’s Azadi March on August 14, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a meeting of his close aides to discuss options to deal with the situation.

    Sources privy to the meeting said Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan briefed the prime minister about his recent contacts with the PTI chairman.

    Besides the interior minister, the meeting was attended by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar.

    The sources said the meeting also discussed other political issues, alluding to the threat of holding a march by Pakistan Awami Tehrik Chairman Tahirul Qadri.

    The sources said the prime minister sought proposals from the cabinet members on how to handle the situation.

    The Punjab chief minister and the interior minister have been in Murree for the last two days in connection with Eid celebrations.

    Earlier, the chief minister hosted a dinner for the prime minister at Shangla.

    Published in Dawn, Aug 3rd, 2014

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1122984/pm-...h-to-pti-chief

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    Shahi Syed advises Khan to remain patient and wait for his turn

    Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh President Senator Shahi Syed has clarified that anti-democratic elements which want to topple the democratically-elected government through unconstitutional way should not have any hope of support from his party.

    Talking to media on Sunday, Shahi Syed said those conspiring against the democratic government should keep in mind that all the political parties had street power, and those planning of any such tactic could have to face the similar situation after coming into power.

    He advised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to adopt legal and constitutional means and warned that any undemocratic move would not be in the interest of country and masses.

    The ANP provincial president said that August 14 was a day of celebrations for every Pakistani when functions were held with the spirit of patriotism.

    It would be inappropriate to create disorder by showing street power in the federal capital on this day, he warned. He said the entire nation should demonstrate harmony on the Independence Day and celebrate the auspicious occasion in a befitting manner.

    The ANP leader suggested Imran Khan to take up his “grievances” in the parliament. If anyone had reservations with politicians, judiciary or the media, a procedure for accountability had been laid down in the law and constitution which should be followed, he added.

    Shahi Syed said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was a major political force of the country and had come into power with a heavy mandate in the general elections, so it had the right to complete its five-year tenure. Imran Khan should wait for the next general elections and avoid agitation, he added.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...-for-his-turn/

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    MNAs advise Imran to avoid extreme confrontation

    ISLAMABAD - Although Imran Khan has been flexing muscles to converge on the federal capital on the Independence Day, yet most of his party’s MNAs have advised him to avoid extreme confrontation with the government.

    Sources in Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) told The Nation that Khan had held around a dozen of meetings with party lawmakers and office-bearers for taking them into confidence ahead of marching on Islamabad on August 14.

    Several MNAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during their recent interaction with Khan, according to sources privy to the development, suggested to the PTI’s chief to adopt alternative methods of pressuring the ruling PML-N than taking to streets.

    The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf lawmakers who had spent millions of rupees on their election campaign are even reluctant to tender resignation to what a senior PTI’s stalwart said was the reason that so far no formal request has been sent to MNAs for handing over resignations.

    Some PTI MNAs including Nasir Khan and Dawar Khan Kundi did not show up at a Bani Gala meeting for having different opinions with top party leadership over the ‘unnecessary hostile’ attitude of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf with the government.

    Central Secretary Information PTI Dr Sherin Mazari told The Nation that the party had held several meetings with party MNAs regarding its Azadi March and would hold more meetings before the final show.

    “It indicates that the party has not reached a consensus over Azadi March and en mass resignation of its MPs. We as lawmakers should pressurise the government inside National Assembly and not outside the house,” a PTI MNA revealed to this scribe.

    Interestingly, majority of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf legislators in National Assembly doesn’t exactly know the purpose behind staging a million march in Islamabad as they have not been informed formally by top leadership about future course of the party once Azadi March concludes.
    “Imran Khan relies more on his supporters than seeking support of party’s MNAs. He (Khan) believes that successful candidates have won seats because of the party and not because of their personalities,” another lawmaker told this reporter.

    It is interesting that top leadership of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf has not yet formally asked MNAs and MPAs to mobilise supporters for the August 14 event although some office-bearers say that Imran Khan would soon give a call to supporters for converging on Islamabad.

    Khan is expected to hold more meetings with lawmakers, as the National Assembly would start its sessions from Monday (today).


    http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/0...-confrontation

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    Sharif wants to see Khan ruling KP

    PM tells PML-N members in KP Assembly not to support possible no-confidence motion against PTI govt

    Says PML-N believes in democracy, govt not under any threat from long marches and protests
    Nisar tells meeting Imran Khan is in no mood to call off Azadi March on 14th while a formal request for rally has also not been submitted yet


    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would not become a part of no-confidence motion in case it is moved in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly to topple the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government.

    “We completely respect the mandate of the PTI, but regrettably they do not. Everyone should respect the mandate of the other,” Sharif said while addressing a high-level meeting held at the Prime Minister’s House on Monday.

    The meeting discussed at length the PTI’s proposed “Azadi March” and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)’s “Inqilab March” and the overall political situation of the country.

    The prime minister directed his party’s men in the KP Assembly not to become a part of any move to topple the KP government.” We firmly believe in democracy and wish that the PTI government completes its tenure,” Sharif said.

    The meeting, besides others was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Raja Zafarul Haq, Khawaja Asif, Saad Rafiq and Pervaiz Rashid.

    Addressing the meeting, the prime minister said that there was no danger to the government from any protest or long march and he was least perturbed from the present situation. He further said that he was prepared to listen to the opposition and remove their reservations and concerns whether they sit with him before the long march or after that or in the parliament.

    Sharif regretted that some of the elements wanted to create law and order situation by resorting to the path of violence, however, he said that the masses were familiar with their objectives and would not let them achieve their ulterior motives.

    “Political issues are not solved through demonstrations and marches but with negotiations and reconciliation,” he remarked.

    Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan gave a briefing to the participants of the meeting about the law and order situation and calling in of Pakistan Army under Article 245 of the Constitution. He lamented that some of the political parties were unnecessarily criticising the government’s move which had invoked this article during their rule.

    Nisar also informed the meeting about the outcome of his latest telephonic contact with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

    Sources said that Nisar informed the meeting that the PTI chairman was in no mood to call off his Azadi March and he was also not paying any heed to the requests made in this regard. He further informed that neither Khan nor any member of his party had made any formal request so far for the on-the-road political activities in the capital.

    It was decided in the meeting that in case any formal request is made by the PTI for holding political activities in the capital, decision will be made with the consent of the prime minister.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...han-ruling-kp/

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    Khan can’t guarantee peace, only Naya Pakistan!

    Sources quote Khan refusing to promise law and order in federal capital on Aug 14, however says he does not want to derail system

    PTI Punjab president demeans ECP announcement against fresh elections, says no obstacle could bar PTI workers from marching


    Pakistan Today has learnt that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has refused to guarantee law and order in the federal capital even if his party is allowed to hold a rally at D-Chowk, leaving the government to chalk out a counter strategy to deal with “untoward possibilities” such as violence and an attempt to capture the Prime Minister’s House or any other sensitive installation.

    ‎Though some Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have leaked information of a telephonic conversation between‎ Imran Khan and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan but no official confirmation has been made by either side. PTI Media Cell In-charge Rizvan Chaudhry has also denied telephonic contact between both the leaders.

    Sources privy to the ongoing backchannel contacts between PTI and PML-N said that though initial talks have failed to yield results, the government has decided to keep the PTI‎ leadership engaged.

    A PTI leader said that there was a contact between both sides and the PML-N government had asked Khan to guarantee that no law and order situation would be created and no threat would be caused to the democratic setup during the march. However, Khan refused to give any such assurance, telling the PML-N leader that his party was committed to the democratic process and they did not want to derail the system.

    The source added that Khan said that it was not PTI but the government itself which was taking such actions which could ultimately threaten the democratic system. Without spelling out the details of Azadi March, the source also quoted Khan being adamant at organising the march.

    The source said that though strong language was being used by the ruling party on media, the PML-N leadership was making hectic efforts to secure a secret deal with Khan who was defiant for the time being.

    KEEPING PTI CONFUSED TILL TRUCE:

    “Though the contacts have not been able to make a breakthrough but the prime minister’s camp believes that backchannel would finally succeed. Moreover, the government would keep on giving mixed signals to PTI to create confusion about its strategy,” a source involved with the dialogue said.

    The source added that in order to break Khan and his companions, the government was likely to launch a crackdown on PTI’s low-ranked leaders to build pressure. However, this move may backfire as‎ PTI leaders say that such efforts would rather strengthen the resolve of Khan who according to them is a “natural and born fighter”.

    Talking to Pakistan Today, PTI Punjab President Ijaz Chaudhry said that the Punjab government’s crackdown on motorcyclists in across Punjab would rather infuriate the resolve of PTI workers.

    “The rulers are ruthless. We know what they did in Model Town. But our workers and sympathisers have resolve equal to that of Khan. Our leader and our workers are brave and such efforts would backfire soon,” he said while referring to the Punjab government’s crackdown on motorcyclists for past two days.

    Chaudhry said the crackdown was launched following Khan’s announcement that 100,000 motorbikers would join long march from Lahore to Islamabad.

    ‘WHO LISTENS TO ECP?’

    The PTI leader also rejected the claim by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that no midterm polls would be held in the country, saying that the ECP had lost its value once rigging claims by PTI had been proved in vote verification in almost all the cases where record was opened.

    He added that the ECP had lost its worth when former chief ‎election commissioner Justice (rtd) Fakaharuddin G Ebrahim had resigned accepting his failure to check rigging. He said not only PTI but the entire nation had rejected the ECP which had violated the sanctity of vote under a “well thought-out conspiracy”.

    Chaudhry added that the Punjab government had ordered police to track down all transporters who had provided transport to PTI and PAT workers during past four months but PTI workers would encircle all such police stations where police would arrest any such transporter.

    He said that his party had prepared a three-tier plan to tackle any situation and PTI workers, who have a passion for a change, would arrive in the federal capital overcoming all obstacles.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...naya-pakistan/

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    Re: Nisar reaches out to Imran, offers way out?

    Crisis management: Govt likely to pursue talks with PTI, sue PAT



    Ahead of two major anti-government protest marches, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) decided on Monday to pursue talks with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – but to deal with the Pakistan Awami Tehreek of Dr Tahirul Qadri through legal means, The Express Tribune has learnt.

    The PTI has repeatedly said that the “time for negotiations is over” – but the government will still try to persuade the opposition party to call off its Azadi March scheduled for August 14 at D-Chowk in Islamabad, a senior government official told The Express Tribune. On the other hand, the government would approach the Punjab legal department to review Dr Qadri’s latest speech wherein he allegedly incited his supporters to violence against the police.

    These decisions were taken at a meeting of the PML-N senior leadership on Tuesday. The huddle was convened by Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister House to brainstorm ways to tackle Dr Qadri’s August 10 ‘Martyrs Day’ and PTI’s Azadi March. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and members of the federal cabinet, including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, attended the meeting.

    “We still have 10 days left and we hope the PTI might change its mind and engage in serious talks,” a senior government official told The Express Tribune. The real issue is electoral reforms and a parliamentary committee has already been constituted for this purpose, he added. “If the PTI wants to expand its scope, it should come up with its proposals,” he added.

    Asked if the government has made any backchannel contact with Imran, he said, “There had been efforts in the past and more would follow in the coming days.” Last week there were media reports about discreet visits of Chaudhry Nisar to Imran’s Bani Gala residence. But it was Nisar who first denied any such interactions and then PTI followed suit.

    But what would be the government’s response in case the PTI lawmakers resign from the assemblies? The official referred to a recent statement by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that there would be by-elections on vacated seats.

    Earlier in the day, the prime minister chaired a meeting to review the progress on Pakistan-China Joint Commission energy projects, including early harvest projects. “We are focused on resolving problems of the country and we are on right track and by the grace of Almighty we will be able to solve issues confronting Pakistan.

    Those involved in negative politics want to create problems for Pakistan rather than solving them,” a PM office statement quoted the prime minister as saying after the meeting.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/744417/c...h-pti-sue-pat/

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    'Azadi march': Pakistan Railways dismisses PTI request for special train

    LAHORE – The Pakistan Railways on Tuesday dismissed the application submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for provision of a special train to travel from Karachi to Rawalpindi on August 12.


    The Pakistan Railways administration rejected the plea stating that due to the large influx of passengers traveling after summer vacations, it would be hard to arrange separate 14 compartments to accommodate the party workers.


    The PTI Member of the Provincial Assembly Khurram Sherzaman warned that if arrangement of the special train was not made for the PTI supporters then no one else would be allowed to travel by train. The Karachi chapter of the PTI had requested the Pakistan Railways to arrange for a special train and their application was then forwarded to the railway headquarters.


    The Pakistan Railways headquarters inquired the feasibility from its police, operations and commercial subdivisions which expressed inability due to the issue's political orientation, adding that the special train could only be arranged if the Sindh and Punjab governments agreed to provide surplus security.


    Earlier, the PTI Sindh chapter president Nadir Akmal Khan Laghari had said that the government had resorted to dilly-dallying tactics in providing them a special train to travel to Rawalpindi from Karachi for which the party had applied 10 days back.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/nationa...-special-train

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    If there is a genuine risk of disorder the march has to be stopped.

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    Zardari calls Imran Khan to discuss long march

    ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – In a telephonic conversation between ‎former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) ‎chairman Imran Khan, Zardari while discussing the long march said that ‎the government should accept Khan’s demands for recounting as there is ‎no harm in it.



    This phone call was the first official contact between Khan and Zardari ‎since the announcement of long march by PTI. Both leaders had a detailed discussion on the matter at hand.‎


    Zardari said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has been demanding fair ‎and transparent elections since a long time whereas there has been no ‎response from the government in this regards, adding that he has already ‎demanded the recounting from particular election constituencies

    http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/Pak...uss-long-march

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    Aye or nay?: Defensive Nisar, critical opposition debate Article 245

    ISLAMABAD:

    Feisty politicking took place in the National Assembly when the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) defended its decision to requisition troops in the federal capital under Article 245 of the Constitution while the opposition decried the move.

    But the government also adopted a reconciliatory tone when it ‘requested’ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to call off its planned Azadi March at Islamabad’s D-Chowk on August 14. However, it added that the request should not be taken as a weakness.

    During the National Assembly session, three government ministers – Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif and Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan – separately asked the PTI to engage either in direct talks or through any political leader with the government to resolve differences.

    The three senior members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seemingly spelt out their government’s eagerness to resolve differences with the PTI through a ‘request’, the realisation of the parliament’s sanctity and through mediation by some leading politicians.

    “I request the PTI to postpone the [Azadi] march and I request them not to adopt the mindset of Dr Tahirul Qadri because you [unlike his Pakistan Awami Tehreek] are a political party,” said Rafique, adding, “the only way to keep democracy going is through talks.”



    Then came Khawaja Asif who said, “I want to ask PTI, which has presence in the assemblies, to settle our matters at the floor of this house.”

    And finally, it was Chaudhry Nisar’s turn who first defended the invocation of Article 245 and then asked leading political figures to play a role in resolving political differences.

    The interior minister mentioned the name of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, his archrival, to play a conciliatory role, saying, “It would be a great service to the country and the government would respond positively.”

    Justifying the decision, Nisar said the government would never use the army for political battles. “I assure this house that the government would neither involve the army in political affairs nor will we use it against any political rally or protest.” He explained that parliament’s approval was never taken for the article has been implemented before.

    He reiterated that the notification clearly states that the article was invoked to combat terrorism, then “how can people say that it was done for political reasons”. “The army does not serve any political party, it is for the entire country,” the interior minister said, adding that there is no shame in asking the army for help.

    “Developed countries such as England, Italy and Spain have also sought the help from their armies to assist civilian leadership,” Nisar remarked.

    The minister stated that Islamabad had not been handed over to the army, adding that the army will be carrying out its operations under the Anti-Terrorism Act. “When a military operation is being conducted, emergency is usually declared throughout the country but the PML-N government did not do this.”

    PPP’s warning

    Earlier, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said the Pakistan Peoples Party will be ahead of the PTI and PAT in protesting against the government if it fails to annul its decision to implement Article 245 in Islamabad. The opposition leader said summoning the armed forces can be interpreted as a failure of the government. “Is the army being called in to stop the protest rallies?” he questioned. Shah claimed that the imposition of the article was equal to trying to eliminate political forces.

    In addition to the PPP, every political party in the opposition benches decried the move and demanded immediate withdrawal of the decision.

    Before that, however, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, urged PM Nawaz Sharif to convene a meeting of all political leaders for the resolution of issues. A resolution calling for no ‘compromise’ on the violation of the constitution should be passed from all provincial and national assemblies as well as the Senate.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/744911/a...e-article-245/

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    Re: Mashood to ‘expose’ KP govt’s corruption on 9th

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    Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood on Saturday said
    Imran Khan cannot even tell the nation whether or not his children’s upbringing is being done in the light of Islamic teachings,” he said in a charged mood.

    A liar who toes the line of foreign forces cannot be trusted to represent Pakistan,” he alleged.

    Rana Mashood said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz could form its government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 24 hours if it wanted

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...uption-on-9th/

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