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PM Abbasi accepts Law Minister’s resignation to end Islamabad protest

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday accepted the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who was at the centre of bill-amendment controversy, to end Faizabad sit-in.  Hamid's resignation came as the government failed to evict the protesters from Faizabad Interchange, an arterial traffic intersection in Islamabad, during a crackdown on Saturday. The law minister’s resignation was the key demand of the protesting Tahreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) camped out at the capital’s main artery for…

‘Release of activists prime condition to end Islamabad sit-in’ – Khadim Rizvi

ISLAMABAD: Keeping conditions to call off Faizabad sit-in, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi on Monday announced reaching an agreement with the government authorities. Addressing a press conference here, the TLYRA chief said that an official announcement of ending sit-in at Faizabad Interchange, an arterial traffic intersection, would be made after 12 hours of time. "The government is still to accept our few demands," Rizvi underlined. Calling for safe release of missing activists…

Islamabad protesters call off sit-in after Zahid Hamid resigns

ISLAMABAD: The government finally caved in to the demands of protesting religious parties after a failed operation to evict them from Faizabad Interchange as Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who is at the center of the controversy, tendered his resignation. The minister’s resignation was the key demand of the protesting Tahreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah camped out at the capital's main artery for more than 20 days. READ: From simple demonstration to national crisis – Here’s how it all happened The federal government has…

Islamabad protesters clash with security forces for second day

ISLAMABAD: Defiant activists of a religious group clashed with security forces for a second day on the outskirts of the capital, burning a number of vehicles. On Sunday morning, smoke billowed from the charred remains of a car and three motorcycles near the protest camp, where several thousand members of the Tehreek-e-LabaiK Ya Rasool Allah have gathered. Police and paramilitary personnel have surrounded the protest site at the Faizabad Interchange connecting Islamabad with the garrison city of Rawalpindi, but no…

Interior ministry authenticated notification after ‘clerical errors’ spotted

ISLAMABAD: An Interior Ministry's notification, seeking Pakistan Army's support, went unheeded on Saturday after its authenticity was questioned for number of clerical errors committed until the ministry had verified its veracity. Rumours began to circulate about authenticity of notification asking for the army's support for number of typographical errors. However, the ministry later confirmed the issuance of notification. The first error spotted was relating the serial number which ended back in '2013', pointing…

Facebook, Twitter down in Pakistan amid crackdown against protesters

KARACHI: People in the country are having problems accessing social media networking services including Facebook and Twitter amid ongoing crackdown against defiant Islamabad protesters. The move has been taken in the backdrop of growing protests across Punjab and other cities of the country against the Islamabad crackdowns. According to analysts, it is an attempt to bar sympathizers of two religious parties, Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek, from delivering provocative speeches through social media.…

‘Islamabad protesters have political agenda to fulfill’ – rules SC in detailed verdict

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday released its detailed judgment of Thursday’s hearing on a petition concerning Islamabad protest. Citing a report submitted by the country's premier intelligence agency, the judgment states that the protesters have some ‘political motives’. It says Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) leadership has resorted to delivering provocative speeches through ‘social media’ for exploiting the situation gaining political mileage ahead of ‘General Elections 2018’. According…

Islamabad protest enters 19th day as deadlock persists

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah continued the blockade of the Faizabad Interchange on the 19th day as the government is yet to find a peaceful end to the sit-in that has paralyzed life in the capital for over two weeks. Hundreds of activists and supporters of the religious group have camped out at the Faizabad Interchange that connects Rawalpindi and Islamabad, adding to the suffering of the people of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. On Thursday, the Supreme Court expressed extreme annoyance…

Rasheed asks govt detractors to prove allegations in court

ISLAMABAD:  Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed has asked the government detractors to approach court to prove allegations ‘they claim to be concrete’ against the prime minister. Talking to media moments after Imran Khan fired broadsides at the PM in his interaction with journalists, Rasheed said government had the responsibility to maintain law and order in the capital city and it would so so. He said since 1951, October has been a ‘month of conspiracies’ for every prime minister in the country. He said Aitzaz…