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    Mediation: JI chief meets Imran today

    Sirajul Haq met with the PTI leaders after receiving a phone call from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, who asked his politico-religious party to ‘play its role’ to end the standoff between the government and

    KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq will meet PTI chief Imran Khan in Islamabad today (Wednesday) to discuss mediation options between the latter and the government. The decision followed the JI chief’s meeting with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and other PTI ministers in Peshawar on Tuesday.

    According to officials, Sirajul Haq met with the PTI leaders after receiving a phone call from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, who asked his politico-religious party to ‘play its role’ to end the standoff between the government and PTI.

    “Doors to reconciliation are open and the JI will play its role in the process,” party spokesperson Ameerul Azeem quoted Sirajul Haq as saying. However, Haq warned that if political parties do not take reconciliation seriously, then a ‘third party’ might take advantage of the situation, Azeem told The Express Tribune.

    “Whatever is the state of democracy in the country, it must continue,” the JI ameer stated after meeting the PTI leaders. “The government is expected to fulfill Imran Khan’s demand of recounting votes in the four contentious constituencies but at the same time the PTI is expected to find a middle ground.” Haq will also meet Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah as well as the chief of the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mehmood Khan Achakzai in Islamabad.

    So far, the JI has not reached a decision about its participation in PTI’s Azadi March on August 14. The decision will be taken during a party meeting on August 10, Azeem said.

    Separately, officials revealed that Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique also telephoned Sirajul Haq, inviting him to a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2014.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/744908/m...s-imran-today/

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    Meeting with Imran: No decision from JI on joining ‘Azadi’ march

    ISLAMABAD: Amidst the heated political climate in the days running up to Imran Khan’s August 14 long march, opposition party leaders on Wednesday appealed to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to reduce friction and try to come to an agreement.

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting with PTI chairman Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq affirmed his support to the PTI’s stance on electoral reforms, but stopped short of saying whether or not his party would join the PTI in the ‘Azadi’ march.

    “We support Imran Khan’s demand for the electoral system to be made transparent. We also support his demand that complaints of elections candidates be addressed,” he said.

    “All political leaders that we are in contact with want to avoid a clash and that the issue to be resolved smoothly. But we want to make it clear that the entire responsibility rests on the shoulders of the federal government.”

    But when asked by a reporter whether he had decided on Imran’s invitation to join the PTI on Aug 14, he said: “We have a very large program in Islamabad in solidarity with Gaza on Aug 10, and then a ‘million’ march in Karachi. We will decide on the (PTI’s) long march after Aug 10. Right now, we are in contact with all political parties to reach a solution.”

    Opposition hopes to ease tension between govt, PTI
    Earlier in a joint press conference held after a meeting between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Khursheed Shah and the JI chief, both leaders said they want to play a role in lowering the temperatures that have developed over the past few weeks into the current situation.

    “We are in agreement that the constitution and democracy should remain intact," Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said.

    The PPP leader said he is in contact with members of the government and will also contact Imran Khan to encourage a dialogue between the two sides.

    “Secretary General JI Liaquat Baloch and Sirajul Haq will talk to Imran today. We will also contact other political parties to alleviate the situation,” he said.

    Siraj said the meeting discussed both Imran's proposed August 14 march as well as the government’s attitude around it. “We plan to meet Imran Khan to discuss the situation,” he added. He also said that resignations will not resolve any issue and that tension between these political parties will only benefit a "third party".

    “Protests and rallies are the right of every political party. We are grateful that there is democracy in the country and every citizen enjoys this freedom,” Siraj said.

    “But politics is volatile. A middle ground should be reached to resolve issues. We are meeting so the strain between the PTI and government can be eased.”

    Siraj also said that in a telephone call, former president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari had said that a situation which may bring an end to the democratic process should be avoided.

    “Imran Khan has also said that he doesn’t want to derail democracy. But the situation has given way to a bottleneck. In this situation, it is the responsibility of political leaders to find a solution.”

    In response to a question, Shah said Zardari is concerned about the sustenance of democracy in the country and wants the government to complete its tenure.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1123660/mee...ng-azadi-march

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    Re: PTI to finalise long march plan on 15th

    Imran only wants talks and reconciliation with TTP not the elected govt of Pakistan

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    PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leadership has asked its workers to remain ‘unarmed’, but besiege police stations and roads if police try to detain them or impound their motorcycles.

    In order to counter police highhandedness ahead of the Azadi March on Aug 14, the Insaf Youth Wing (IYW) has constituted a 3,000-member quick response force called as ‘Insaf Youth Special Services Group’ (IY-SSG) to give cover to participants of the long march.

    Although Imran Khan has repeatedly warned police against obeying illegal orders of the authorities, the PTI Punjab office and residences of party workers were raided by police on Wednesday.

    Police have also started impounding motorcycles and harassing people.

    The PTI officials, including those dealing with media, had gone underground to avoid arrests.

    The PTI Punjab, Lahore and IYW have held meetings to counter the situation.

    It is learnt that the PTI chairman’s appeal has been conveyed to traders for giving funds to make Azadi March a success.

    The party leadership has asked its workers to store petrol in case petrol pumps were ordered closed.

    PTI Punjab chapter president Ijaz Chaudhry told Dawn that the government had started using police for its political designs.

    “The government will see massive protest demonstrations across the province if police tried to stop protesters from using their democratic right,” he added.

    He said lawyers’ wings of the party in all districts had been asked to remain vigilant to offer legal aid to workers during encounters with police or in courts.

    Answering a question, Mr Chaudhry said the workers had been asked to protest against police highhandedness, but in a peaceful manner. He said the party had established camps across Punjab to register workers with motorcycles in order to bring out a caravan of 100,000 bikes on Aug 14.

    The PTI Lahore chapter said that it would paralyse the city if police kept on arresting workers and impounding bikes. It has also planned to move the Lahore High Court against illegal impounding of motorcycles.

    PTI Lahore president Abdul Aleem Khan said the Azadi March would begin from Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence. He said 10,000 workers would guard Mr Khan’s residence from Aug 11 till the formal beginning of the long march.

    Aleem Khan said workers had been visiting door to door to invite people to take part in the Azadi March.

    Published in Dawn, Aug 7th, 2014

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    Re: PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    The PTI has full right to protest peacefully without getting threatened by the government or police, and if they do, then they have full right to take action to those threats as well.

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

    PML-N, PTI reach out to public



    LAHORE: Sadaqat got puzzled when a group of men and women carrying national flags signalled him to pull over as he was driving by Ichhra.

    Bewildered, he applied the brakes and stopped by the group. Heartened to see their pleasant expressions, he lowered the window to check why he had been asked to stop.

    To his surprise, the group led by PML-N’s Mian Tariq and Salahuddin Pappi offered him a national flag for putting up on his car as well as half a dozen flag badges for his family. He was also given a bundle of buntings for decorating his house on the Independence Day.

    Know more: PML-N, PTI gear up for Aug 14

    The PML-N had arranged such ‘camps’ at 15 different points in the city for a day on Wednesday as part of the Independence Day celebrations. This was seen by many as one of the tactics to divert the public’s attention from preparations the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was making for its “long march”.

    The PTI had also set up camps at three points: on Walton Road, Askari 9 and Cantonment. The purpose was to register motorcyclists who wished to join the party’s march on their two-wheelers. Teams were also being sent to surrounding neighbourhoods for conveying party messages to mobilise the public.

    Various MNAs and MPAs had been directed to handle the PML-N camps. Khawaja Imran Nazeer was at the Shahdara camp, Waseem Qadir Mori Gate, Bilal Yasin at Charing Cross, Rana Mashhood at Moon Market (Gulshan-i-Ravi), Tauseef Shah at Moon Market (Iqbal Town), Akhtar Rasool at Ichhra, Khwaja Salman at Model Town Park, Mohsin Lateef At Garhi Shahu, Saiful Malook Khokhar at Wapda Town, Mehr Ishtiaq at Liaquat Chowk and Waheed Gul at Fatehgarh.
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1123834/pml...-out-to-public

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muse View Post
    And you wonder about the sources of extremist thought in Pakistan - it is the state itself that is extremist and intolerant, leaving a choice between them and the Talib as "Fire or Frying pan"
    and we put our trust in people like Rana sahib? We is dooooomed!!

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    Imran's sons set to join 'Azadi' march

    LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) ‘Azadi’ march in the federal capital on August 14 is set to become a family affair for its chief Imran Khan, with his sons Sulaiman and Qasim due to arrive in Pakistan to take part in the long march, Express News reported on Monday.

    Sulaiman, 18, and Qasim, 15, are due to land in Lahore on August 13 to join their father’s rally for the first time. His sons, with ex-wife Jemima Khan, have visited Pakistan in the past but have never taken part in any of PTI’s marches or sit-ins. The two live in the United Kingdom with their mother.

    Earlier, the PTI chief announced that he will stay in Islamabad till his demands are met, promising to sleep on the road with his supporters.

    The PTI leadership has slammed the door shut on negotiations with the government and the party has started mobilising its supporters for the march at Islamabad’s D-Chowk where it hopes to gather one million people on August 14.

    Imran had visited his sons in England in July. He tweeted a picture with his two sons and former cricketer Wasim Akram watching a match at the Lords cricket ground.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/744230/i...n-azadi-march/

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    Re: Imran's sons set to join 'Azadi' march

    Pressure on: Govt advised to handle 'Azadi March' crisis with care



    ISLAMABAD: In a veiled reference to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek's (PAT) upcoming protests, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday warned the leadership of all political parties that their names would be "included in the list of dictators" in case they took any step against democracy.

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present during the NA session, but did not get a chance to speak as Shah requested that the session be resumed tomorrow after the prayer break.

    Commenting on the address of President Mamnoon Hussain to the joint session of the parliament on June 2, 2014, senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Shah said that all political parties believe in the supremacy of the parliament.

    Shah said the situation was very dangerous, as discussions on the derailing of the democratic system within the next few days were becoming increasingly common.

    He added that it was important that all the political parties played their role for the supremacy of the parliament and democracy in the country.

    The opposition leader further said that “It was not easy to restore democracy in the country and it was only possible due to the sacrifices and the reconciliation policy of the previous government.”

    He also said the government should adopt a reasonable political attitude in dealing with the prevailing political crisis surrounding the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) 'Azadi March'.

    “Please don’t worry about the PTI long march as it is the constitutional right of any political party in the country,” he said while commenting on media reports that the government was involved in seizing of motorbikes as well as petrol pumps due to the fear of the PTI’s march on August 14.

    PTI leader Javed Hashmi said that the government should try to handle the situation responsibly as the ongoing situation is highly critical.

    Muttahida Qaumi Moverment (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar said efforts should be made to reduce tensions through a mature political attitude. He added that registration of cases against political leaders and workers should be avoided.

    Awami Muslim League (AML) president Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that the government should not create problems for the workers of the political parties over fears of the upcoming long march.

    He demanded that the Speaker of National Assembly should give a ruling against the decision to invoke Article 245 of the Constitution.

    PTI Leader Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that the government should avoid seizing petrol pumps and vehicles of transporters.

    Later, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said that the country was being ruled under a constitution. He further said that the government will not put any kind of restrictions on the basic right to freedom of speech in the country.

    Ahmed questioned “why the PTI members took oath as members of the National Assembly if they don’t believe in the mandate of the ruling government?”

    “If the PTI leadership doesn’t believe in the results of the elections, why did the party set up its government in the KPK province?” he asked.

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    Re: PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    Quote Originally Posted by mynameiskhan View Post
    The PTI has full right to protest peacefully without getting threatened by the government or police, and if they do, then they have full right to take action to those threats as well.
    Do you think there is chance of a peaceful march? All parties are hell bent on aggression?

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    Arrests may trigger tsunami before time: PTI

    Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf warn that ‘tsunami’ may unleash before Azadi March if the government tries to arrest party high command including Imran Khan.

    The government has a plan to arrest 10 top leaders of the party on Aug 12 and make all-out efforts to ‘fail’ the long march, they say and add that the police are harassing party leaders and workers and uprooting the registration camps across the province.

    They say the government is planning to arrest Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Ejaz Chaudhry and others. The party chairman also faces life threats, they say.

    Meanwhile, Imran Khan’s instructions have been conveyed to all formations in the party to avoid arrests even if the leaders need to change their locations and mobile phone numbers.

    Leaders say camps being dismantled
    “I do not need political martyrs who will say afterwards that they were arrested,” a party leader quoted Imran as having said.

    Hundreds of incidents are being reported all over Punjab that the PTI leaders and active workers are being picked up from their residences at night and released in the morning after getting an undertaking that they will not participate in the long march.

    “Policemen’s jobs have been linked to cracking down on potential participants in Azadi March,” said PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry, who was flanked by Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas, at a news conference at party’s provincial secretariat in Model Town on Thursday.Mr Chaudhry said he had told Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the PTI leadership would respond in the tone he (CM) would use for its leaders and workers. He also refused to buy government’s claims about its performance during the past 14 months.

    He condemned registration of a case against Pakistan Awami Tehreek chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri and blockade of roads around Model Town and Faisal Town by placing containers.

    Alleging that the police had uprooted PTI’s registration camps in 11 districts, he asserted that the party would re-establish these. It would establish a total of 800 camps in the province, he said, adding that the PTI had already completed registration of 100,000 motorcycles for the march.

    Mr Chaudhry said the PTI had finalised its strategies to counter the police by creating different layers of leadership. Similarly, he said, the first layer of motorcyclists and leaders would be followed by the second layer and chain of command to break the police siege in districts.

    He said leaders and party workers of 22 districts had been asked to reach Lahore and gather at Faisal Chowk at 10am on Aug 14. In view of possible closure of petrol pumps by the government, Mr Chaudhry urged the petrol pump and CNG station owners loyal to party to ensure that their outlets remain open. He assured them that the party workers would protect such facilities.

    Andleeb Abbas said the party had realised that the government could go to any extent and there would be shutdown of mobile phone service and petrol, and road blockades. She stressed that all the leaders and workers should keep these hurdles in mind while moving on.

    As the party had planned that Azadi March would begin from Imran Khan’s residence in Zaman Park, Ms Abbas agreed that it would be unlikely that the protest march reach Islamabad the same day.

    “It will take at least two days to reach Islamabad due to hurdles created by the government and party’s en route public gatherings,” she added.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1124064/arr...efore-time-pti

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    Re: Arrests may trigger tsunami before time: PTI

    Shareef is coming across as more of a dictator than anything else. His aggression will cost him dearly.

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    Will the PTI defy Section 144?

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government posed a challenging question to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday by imposing Section 144 in Islamabad.

    Section 144 prohibits more than five people to congregate.

    The notification from the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad comes as the PTI gears up for its ‘Azadi’ March on August 14 to protest alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections and to press for electoral reforms.

    According to a notification by the Deputy Commissioner's office, Section 144 will be in place in the federal capital for the next two months.

    It also prohibits pillion riding on motorcycles and public display of weapons.

    [Azadi] march madness: 6 days to go

    The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government is bracing for a wave of protests this month, days after it invoked Article 245 of the Constitution and gave the military responsibility for securing the capital amid the spectre of a political showdown.

    The army is however not bound to act in aid of the Islamabad police in the enforcement of this section unless Chief Commissioner Islamabad orders them to do so.


    http://www.dawn.com/news/1124120/wil...fy-section-144

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    Re: PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    If the Army steps in, it will be PML-N’s fault: Imran



    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman on Friday lambasted the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying that when he was demanding justice, no one paid heed and now that he is planning to take to the streets, people were worried that it may result in the imposition of a martial law.

    “If the army steps in, it will be because of you! The high-handed measures (that the government) is taking, I can tell you with confidence: there is no question that they can stop the Azadi March,” Imran told a press conference in Islamabad.

    “We have the right to peaceful protest. If they try to stop a peaceful protest, then there is likely to be violence,” warned the PTI chairman. “All our demands are according to the Constitution. We have no other option left but to come out on the streets to protest,” he added.

    He said August 14 would see a war between two ideologies — between monarchy and the will of the people.

    Khan said the provincial government in Punjab had turned the police force into Gullu Butt.

    He said PTI wanted democracy to flourish in the country, adding that if the Punjab government did not mend its ways, the army would indeed take over.

    “Our aim is to reform Pakistan’s electoral system,” the PTI chief said, adding that on August 14 his party would present a list of demands before the government.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1124130/if-...ns-fault-imran

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    Re: PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    Quote Originally Posted by Express View Post
    Do you think there is chance of a peaceful march? All parties are hell bent on aggression?
    The right to protest is given by the constitution. The protest will be peaceful until the government decides to use force. There will be a tsunami on independence day.

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    Re: PTI Workers asked to ‘besiege’ police stations if threatened

    Quote Originally Posted by mynameiskhan View Post
    The right to protest is given by the constitution. The protest will be peaceful until the government decides to use force. There will be a tsunami on independence day.
    I don't think its going to be peaceful. Too many threats already.

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    Three policemen injured in clashes with PAT

    Lahore- Three police personnel were injured in a clash with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Model Town today.

    Police said PAT workers attacked them after they made efforts to stop them. Meanwhile, speaking at the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri, Awami Tehreek President Raheeq Abbasi asked PAT workers are to move forward without giving consideration to police. He said barricade was unconstitutional and illegal. Therefore, workers will defy them and continue with the Youm-e-Shuhada. He further asked workers to come in a caravan of 20 buses each time. He added that the Punjab government would be responsible for the situation if police stop them

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    Qadri terms Shahbaz murderer of PAT workers

    LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Friday night said that a party activist was killed and six others injured in a clash with police earlier and termed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, murderer of the “15 martyrs.”

    Speaking to the media, he said the group would have “no choice other than giving a final call of revolution to the entire nation to come out on streets and march towards Islamabad and provincial capitals to topple (the) government,” should the arrests of his followers continue.

    He alleged that more than 500 followers were arrested by police in a campaign of intimidation.

    Qadri, who is normally Canada-based, returned to Pakistan in June to lead what he terms a “peaceful revolution.”

    Clashes between Qadri supporters and police in June left 14 activists dead in a rare example of political violence in the relatively peaceful Punjab province.

    The cleric had previously announced “martyrs day,” a mass prayer session for the victims of June's violence to be held on August 10 in Lahore but it is unclear whether he plans to march on the capital the same day.

    A religious moderate, Qadri commands tens of thousands of followers and held a disruptive four-day sit-in protest against the government in 2013, months ahead of the election that saw Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif come to power for the third time.

    Earlier, sources in the Punjab administration told DawnNews that Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif had issued orders to the police to arrest Dr Qadri.

    The orders were issued as PAT workers armed with clubs clashed with policemen in Lahore Model Town, with reports of several people being injured.

    Sources added that the government has also recommended to the federal government that Qadri’s name should be put in the Exit Control List (ECL).

    PAT leader Rahiq Abbasi told DawnNews that workers will not allow any attempt to put Dr Qadri under house arrest.

    He added that the entire nation was watching through the media the atrocities being carried out by the Punjab police against the party workers.

    Abbasi vowed to turn every street and neighbourhood in Lahore into “a war zone” if the PAT chief is arrested.

    Later, speaking to the media, Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood alleged that the PAT was conspiring to disrupt the ongoing military offensive, Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan Agency. He said that Tahirul Qadri and his supporters had planned to attack seven districts in Punjab.

    The PML-N leader said that law enforcement forces will not allow the ‘mob’ of Tahirul Qadri to disturb peace in the country.

    Mashood said there was no place in Pakistan for those who do not abide by the law and the Constitution.

    PAT workers clash with police in Model Town
    The situation turned tense in Lahore’s Model Town when a large number of PAT workers broke through a police cordon blocking main entrances leading to the secretariat of Qadri's Minhajul Quran.

    Television footage showed PAT workers armed with clubs chasing policemen stationed around the Model Town area. The youth wings of the PAT and the Tehreek Minhajul Quran armed with clubs were roaming the streets around the secretariat.

    DIG operations Lahore Haider Ashraf said that the barricades will not be removed at any cost, and that an additional contingent of law enforcement personnel has been called in to quell the situation.

    Lahore police has been carrying out an extensive crackdown on PAT office-bearers and activists with hundreds of detentions, and has blocked all entrances to Model Town to bar PAT workers from reaching the secretariat.

    Qadri has announced that they will hold a ‘Martyrs’ Day’ on Aug 10 in protest of the killings of PAT workers in violent clashes in Model Town in June.

    The cleric-turned-political activist has vowed to topple and jail government ministers by the end of the month.

    Speaking to reporters earlier today, Qadri said the Punjab government was resorting to ‘state-terrorism’ in their crackdown against activists and supporters trying to reach his Model Town Residence.

    The PAT chief claimed the government was carrying out mass-detentions of PAT workers and had blockaded all roads to his residence, turning the situation in Model Town similar to that in Gaza.

    He said such tactics by the government will not stop ‘the revolution’.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1124133/qad...of-pat-workers

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    Army will come in because of the govt's doing, not ours: Imran

    ISLAMABAD: Terming the ‘Azadi’ march on August 14 a ‘defining’ moment for Pakistan, PTI chief Imran Khan on Friday said that if the army were to take over the country, it would only be because of the government’s misgovernance.

    “The army is not bothered by our march but their [Punjab government] attitude can stir the army,” said Imran, adding that the August 14 march would be a battle of ideologies.

    Imran went on to warn the government to avoid any attempts to stop his peaceful, legal protest from proceeding to Islamabad. ”Any attempt to stop us will be at their [government's] own peril,” said Imran.

    Refuting claims that he is derailing democracy, Imran said the the right to peaceful protest is a core democratic principle. “If anything, the actions of the Punjab police against Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers are undemocratic.”

    Imran reiterated that he will present his demands on August 14 to the government.
    Reiterating that his main focus is to strengthen democracy, end monarchy and electoral reforms, Imran said, “elections don’t indicate democracy; transparent elections are the real indication of democracy.”

    “Our demands are not unconstitutional,” he said adding that his sit-in will not end until his demands are met.

    Further, slamming the government for its hypocrisy, Imran reminded the government that it had led a long march in 2009.

    “In a letter to the government, the PML-N had said that peaceful protests are part of the constitution and now that same Nawaz Sharif who was not stopped by the police or the army is trying to stop us,” said Imran.

    Imran reiterated that he would unveil the names of those involved in rigging elections at a press conference on August 11.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/745983/a...ot-ours-imran/

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    Re: PTI Azadi march updates

    Tsunami cannot march on an empty stomach!

    RAWALPINDI: In keeping with Napoleonic wisdom, it seems the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has taken the adage “an army marches on its stomach” to heart.

    Having learned from past experiences, party workers are said to have finalised catering arrangements for the party’s Azadi March, which is expected to roll into the capital on Independence Day.

    The PTI plans to provide party supporters and activists – who come all the way to Islamabad for the long march – with subsidised food in anticipation of an extended sit-in in the capital, PTI Punjab North President Sadaqat Ali Abbasi told Dawn.

    The party’s local chapter, sources say, has been in touch with a number of known food outlets in the twin cities in this regard and they have been asked to set up food stalls near Parliament House.

    Caterers told to prepare food for 5,000 people; party leaders say nearly 100,000 expected to join Azadi March from twin cities alone
    A well-known restaurant, specialising in Chicken Pulao, has been asked to provide a mobile canteen for deployment at the site of the sit-in.

    The outlet has several branches across the twin cities and has been picked for its cost-effectiveness.

    Participants can purchase a food packet – which will include fried rice, chicken pieces and shami kebabs – from the canteen at the reduced cost of Rs70 or Rs80, while the difference of Rs50 will be borne by the party itself, a senior PTI leader told Dawn.

    He said that the party had reached an agreement with three food outlets but said the hoteliers feared government reprisals if they went ahead with this plan.

    “To assuage them, the party decided to transport the food on PTI-hired vehicles, with representatives from each outlet being on hand to collect money from those who would be buying the food,” he said.

    The caterers have been asked to ensure that there was no shortage of food for rally participants, adding that initially, 5,000 food packets would be prepared while additional orders would be placed once the extent of the turnout at the venue could be established.

    He said that some local leaders had been assigned the task of arranging food for participants in case of an emergency.

    The PTI leader said that some PTI leaders were worried about the number of people who would gather in the capital, but the party had asked them to engage the caterers to ensure immediate food supply at the venue.

    Abbasi said that the party had formed teams to make arrangements for the participants and each party official would arrange the food packets for 30 people.

    To a query about the expected number of participants, he said that more than 100,000 people would join the sit-in from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad alone.

    He said that the food arrangements had been made only with outsiders in mind and did not take Rawalpindi and Islamabad residents into account.

    Abbasi said he had been in Khushab on Friday for a local workers’ convention in the district.

    “The local administration sealed all the roads going to the venue,” he said.

    The party has finalised its arrangements for August 14 and formed teams of workers who will be responsible for bringing people to the venue on Independence Day, he said.

    Published in Dawn, August 9th, 2014

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