Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is more popular than cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in Pakistan despite facing pressure to resign, according to a US survey which indicates that the ongoing demonstrations are hardly reflective of the views of most Pakistanis.
Even as there seems no way out of Pakistan's political deadlock despite five round of talks between the PML-N government and Imran Khan's PTI, PM Nawaz Sharif made it clear that he was in no intention to quit, and expressed hope that the current phase of political chaos shall pass.
Amid deepening political crisis in Pakistan, Punjab province Chief Minister and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz has left for China with reports suggesting that he may seek Beijing's support for the embattled PML-N government.
Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul Qadri have refused to vacate the Constitution Avenue here despite orders by the Supreme Court, the government's chief law officer told the court on Tuesday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to discuss the current political crisis caused due to anti-government protests here and the recent Indo-Pak border "skirmishes".
In a impassioned speech, that moved some protesters to tears according to a Dawn news report, Qadri said that he had started the mission with an “intention of martyrdom to fight for the rights of oppressed & downtrodden”.
Cleric and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir ul-Qadri Monday gave a 48-hour deadline to members of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament to leave the house even as it was reported that the third round of talks between the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been successful.
Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the supporters of Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri to clear the Constitution Avenue within 24 hours so that the movement of judges and officials is not hampered.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said his call for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down for a 30-day period is non-negotiable and the ball is now in the government`s court, media reported Monday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said there was no justification for the protests as he has accepted all constitutional demands of protesters after opposition leader Imran Khan asked him to quit for 30 days to allow a probe into alleged rigging in the 2013 polls.
Opposition leader Imran Khan on Saturday again demanded that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit for 30 days to allow an independent probe into alleged rigging in last year`s polls, hours after the government outrightly rejected the proposal to end the crippling political deadlock.
Cricketer-turned-politician and a heartthrob Imran Khan, who is leading his Tehreek-e-Insaaf party in anti-government protests here, has said that he will marry once his dream `Naya Pakistan` was fulfilled.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Saturday reiterated his protest would continue until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned and said the meeting between Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari would make no difference to the people.
Mounting further pressure, 34 opposition lawmakers resigned from the National Assembly to force the Nawaz Sharif government to quit but their party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf surprisingly decided to resume talks after the failed first round.
With anti-government protesters stepping up pressure on him to quit, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited former president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari for a luncheon meeting to discuss issues related to the political impasse.
Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri, who are leading two anti-government protests in Pakistan, today assured the Supreme Court that they will remain within the limits of the Constitution during their ongoing agitations.