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ATC declares Shireen Mazari innocent in 2014 sit-in cases

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday declared Shireen Mazari innocent in all four cases related to the attack on the Pakistan Television (PTV) and then SSP Islamabad (Operations) Asmatullah Junejo during the 2014 sit-in in the federal capital. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand was hearing the cases against PTI leaders and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri when dismissed the terrorism charges against Mazari and ordered return of surety bond worth Rs100,000 to her in all cases. The judge also…

Year 2017: Rise of a little known religious group that shocked Pakistan govt

Year 2017 was different for the country’s political climate which has previously been polarized between the civil and the military leaders. The year saw a surprise emergence of a religious political party, making inroads into the mainstream politics after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government gave in to its demands and sent its federal law minister packing. After Panama Papers case, the resurgence of politico-religious party belonging to Barelvi sect, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), gave the…

SSP assault case: PTI chief invokes Model Town incident to discriminate terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the ruling party leaders could not differentiate the peaceful protests and terrorism acts.  Talking to media after Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) proceedings, Khan deplored the ATC proceedings against him while stating that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders view every peaceful protest against government as a terror act. Extending his support to Tahirul Qadri, the PTI chief invoked Model Town incident report findings to discriminate…

LHC judge hails army’s role in ending Faizabad sit-in

LAHORE: Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Qazi Muhammad Amin on Tuesday hailed role Pakistan Army played to peacefully end the Faizabad sit-in saying that the army chief rescued the country from a huge catastrophe. "Pakistan Army is doing great job. God knows how many people would have fallen dead, had army not played its role," Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin said resuming hearing on the recovery of Deputy Secretary General Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi who went missing in Lahore earlier this month.…

Court questions army’s role in govt agreement with Islamabad protesters

ISLAMABAD:  Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday took strong exception to the Army's role as mediator in an agreement between the government and the protesters at the federal capital's Faizabad Interchange, questioning under what law an army officer assumed the role of mediator? Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was referring to Major Gen Faiz Hameed, who is said to have mediated between the protesting religious groups and the government. The IHC bench was hearing the case against the blockade of the capital's Faizabad…

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…

Islamabad sit-in: Civil-Military officials decide to engage protesters in negotiations

ISLAMABAD: Top civil and military officials decided to engage the protesters in political negotiations, discarding an option relating use of force to disperse them, sources privy to development said on Sunday. According to sources, Pakistan Army troops will be deployed around the government properties and remain restricted to sensitive areas of the federal capital city. The military officials, during the meeting chaired by Prime Minister at PM House in Islamabad, called for a peaceful solution, the sources added.…

PM Abbasi, Shahbaz discuss ways to tackle Islamabad sit-in

LAHORE: After a botched crackdown to disperse hundreds of activists of a religious group from Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange, the government is weighing up various options to find a peaceful end to the sit-in that has kept the entire country on tenterhooks. In a latest development, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here on Sunday. They discussed the ways to handle the aftermath of a failed operation to clear the capital’s busy artery of the defiant protesters. The two…

Crackdown aftermath: PTI asks Ahsan Iqbal to resign over handling of situation

ISLAMABAD: An abortive crackdown by security forces to clear the capital's main artery of hundreds of activist of a religious group sparked countrywide protests, led to closure of TV channels and blockade of social networking sites.   Taking strong exception to the government's handling of the situation, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Jehangir Tareen called on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to step down over the aftermath of the crackdown against the Islamabad protesters. He said the government’s failed approach to…

Protests erupt across Punjab cities after Islamabad crackdown

LAHORE: With the security forces lobbing teargas shells on stone-throwing workers of a religious group camped out at Islamabad’s busy Faizabad Interchange to break their sit-in, the effects of crackdown seemed to be spilling over to other parts of the country. Dozens of activists of Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah and Sunni Tehreek staged protests and blocked major roads in several cities of Punjab province to protest police action against the Faizabad protesters. In Lahore, a large number of religious hardliners…