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Altaf condemns arrest of PAT workers in Punjab

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the arrest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Punjab with strong words, ARY News reports. In a statement, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain said that it the people responsible for the Model Town incident should be arrested instead PAT workers are being arrested instead and they are being subjected to state terrorism. Altaf Hussain said that the government is crushing its opposition during the time when Pakistan Army is at war against terrorists and the…

Pakistan’s icon of democracy Benazir Bhutto  

"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea." -- Benazir Bhutto Today marks the 61st birth anniversary of one of the most iconic figures of Pakistan, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Benazir was born on 21st June 1953 in Karachi to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto. She belonged to an influential political family which became a dynasty in Pakistan. She left for Harvard University at the age of 16 to pursue her higher studies. She received her…

No threat to democracy on Qadri’s arrival, says Gillani

KARACHI: Former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani has said that democracy will not be threatened if Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri returns to the country, ARY News reports. Speaking to media after visiting Sindh Minister for Women Development and Special Education Rubina Qaimkhani in hospital, Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani said that Qadri's arrival to Pakistan poses no threat to democracy. "The democratic process will be strengthened due to Qadri's steps", he said. Gillani further said that the…

Grand opposition alliance aimed at derailing democracy, says Rafiq

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways, Khwaja Saad Rafiq has said that the ones talking about grand opposition alliance, want to derail the democratic system of the country - ARY News reports. Talking to media outside the Parliament House on Friday, Khwaja Saad Rafiq said that Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief, Sheikh Rasheed cannot be permitted to hijack the entire train by reserving only two bogies. 'If he is fond of a train march, then he should also fulfill it at his own expense', said the Minister for Railways.…

Rasheed refers Imran as strategic partner of Taliban

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister, Pervez Rasheed has said that Pakistan has to be made secure and peaceful and for this the state will use its full strength, militants will be dealt accordingly - ARY News reports. Talking to media here on Wednesday, Pervez Rasheed said that Pakistan has to be made secure and peaceful and for this purpose the state will use its full strength, militants will be dealt accordingly. He clarified that wherever from the Government will face threat; every measure shall be taken there to…

Chinese party newspaper says Western democracy only brings chaos

BEIJING: China's top newspaper on Monday warned against aping Western-style democracy just a week after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, pointing to Thailand and Ukraine as examples of the kind of chaos the system can bring. President Xi Jinping's ascendancy in a once-in-a-decade generational leadership transition had given many Chinese hope for political reform, mainly due to his folksy style and the legacy of his father, Xi Zhongxun, a former reformist vice-premier. But the repeated message the party has…

Democracy not possible without fair polls, says Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has said that democracy is not possible in the country without free and fair elections, ARY News reports o​n Monday. Speaking to media outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) building, Imran Khan claimed that his party accepted the results of General Elections, held on May 11, only due to the situation of the country that time. Imran Khan, while expressing his concerns of large scale rigging in the Local Bodies (LB) Elections in Balochistan, stated that the…

Imran always ready to drone economy, democracy, criticizes Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister, Pervez Rasheed strongly criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan, saying that he is always in a bid 'to drone' the economy and democracy in Pakistan - ARY News reports. Rasheed said that all the indicators are showing economic recovery in the state and for this IMF has also expressed its confidence about betterment in the economy of Pakistan. He added that all this is a result of the efforts of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Government. The Information…

Democracy in its true spirit can prevent incidents like ‘Fall of Dhaka’: Aitzaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan has said that incidents like the 'Fall of Dhaka' can be avoided by restoring democracy in its true spirit - ARY News reports. He was addressing the launching ceremony of the book ' Roodad-e-Wafa' written by Nasir Jalib, son of renowned revolutionary poet Habib Jalib. Aitzaz Ahsan said that Habib Jalib was a legendary figure and his poetry had great impact on the politics of Pakistan. The PPP Senator praised the poet saying that one of his poems had…