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Life returns to normalcy after end of countrywide protests

KARACHI: Business and other activities resumed in Karachi, Lahore and other big cities of the country after the sit-ins staged by religious parties against a Supreme Court verdict ended on Saturday, ARY News reported. Demonstrations that started on Wednesday, after Supreme Court's verdict to release Asia Bibi, had left major highways, including the motorway connecting Lahore and Islamabad — blocked and routine life paralyzed in major cities, and caused massive traffic jams countrywide. The protest rallies and sit-ins…

A look into tumultuous five years of PML-N

In May 2013, the PML-N made a triumphant election comeback under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, who trod very carefully than ever before after his two previous governments sent packing in the 90s without completing their mandated tenures. While his party managed to weather powerful political storms of its trying times and survived through thick and thin and draws near to the end of its five-year term in power this time round, Sharif had hard luck for being unable to complete his third tenure in office. The most unlucky…

Tehreek-e-Labaik ends sit-ins after govt assurance to quash cases

LAHORE: The Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) has called off its sit-ins across the country after successful talks with the government.  According to the details, dozens of members of the religious party had blocked thoroughfares in the provincial capital Lahore and other parts of the country to press for their demands, including quashment of criminal cases against party leaders and workers. Speaking to the media, TLP leader Pir Afzal Qadri announced to end the sit-ins across the country following the acceptance of their…

Imran wasted five years in blame game, sit-ins, Nawaz tells Swat crowd

SWAT: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan wasted five years in blame game and sit-ins and did nothing for the people, ARY News reported. “He has been vindicated who confessed of having offshore companies, while five people ousted the elected prime minister,” he said criticising the historic Supreme Court ruling in Panama case while addressing a public gathering at Kabal Ground in Swat.  Heaping scorn at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he said Imran was going…

Interior minister advises opponents to shun politics of agitation

LAHORE: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday urged political opponents to shun politics of agitation and work for progress of the country. Speaking to the media here, he said the country couldn’t make progress without enduring pace and stability. The minister said the government was making every possible effort to not let anyone play havoc with democratic polity. He said holding the elections of the Senate on the dot was the requirement of democracy and part of democratic process. Commenting on the Kasur…