Pakistan`s Gujranwala, Sargodha and Bahawalpur Board position holders said in an interview that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is a popular leader but refrained from supporting his sit-in protests that is affecting the country`s economy, security as well as education.
In a major boost to the morale of anti-government protesters, a Pakistani court today ordered the release of all arrested supporters of Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, a day after the two leaders suspended talks and mounted pressure on the embattled government.
Bogged down by over three weeks of political turmoil, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said it "is not easy" to rule Pakistan and sought the support of all parties in Parliament as several rounds of talks between the government and protesters failed to break the logjam.
The Pakistani Army took over the security of country's capital, Islamabad, after protests led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul-Qadri continued on Monday.
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.
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”.
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.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan has reiterated his call to protesters to enter the Red Zone and continue the civil disobedience movement after Pakistan Parliament rejected their demands.
After talking to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party of Tahir-ul-Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan, reports emanating from the Pak capital suggested that the Nawaz Sharif government was giving their demands a serious thought and could respond by Thursday.
As the Pakistan government and protesters were locked in an intense standoff in the capital, pitched battles were also being fought on the social media with `IamNawaz` and `GoNawazGo` trending on Twitter.
Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri to appear in court the following day over protests in the capital designed to force the prime minister`s resignation.