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  • Islamabad's Red Zone gets its latest dharna

    ISLAMABAD: The second day of the sit-in by healthcare professionals was reminiscent of last year’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) sit-in, as protesters played national songs and danced...

    Workers and local leaders from PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) also visited the protest to show solidarity...

  • Footprints: Dharna at Imran Khan's doorstep

    Having crossed the stream in a dense thicket of pine, acacia and Indian rosewood trees, I weave through narrow lanes that are slowly but surely being encroached upon by sprawling villas and start on the approach to the steep Bani Gala peak where the opulent palace of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s chief, Imran Khan, is perched...

    The first thing I see is a signboard advertising the ‘Insaf property dealer’
  • Zardari convinced Nawaz not to resign during 2014 dharna: Khursheed Shah

    Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah claimed Friday that the PPP had "saved democracy" in 2014 when former president Asif Ali Zardari convinced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to resign as the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) turned up the political heat with its 2014 dharna...

    The PTI's 126-day-long sit-in in Islamabad had called for the resignation of the prime minister amid allegations that the 2013...

  • Zero-sum dharna

    ANOTHER day, and another dharna at D-Chowk comes to a somewhat inconclusive end...

    In terms of the duration to destruction ratio, this dharna certainly caused more property damage in a shorter period of time than the previous two did, which is to be expected when you consider the nature of the participants and the records of the dharna leadership...

  • Politicians deliberate over intentions, objectives behind 2014 dharna

    ISLAMABAD: Participants of a consultation on the 2014 dharna believe it was part of a conspiracy and that the sit-ins were being orchestrated by other players...

    At the ‘HRCP Consultation on the 2014 Dharna and the Right to Protest and Agitation’, which was organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday, speakers talked about PTI’s and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) marathon sit-in, which lasted 126 days, on...

  • Absence during dharna: NA vote to de-seat PTI MNAs deferred for one week

    ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Tuesday deferred voting by one week on a resolution,submitted by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), to de-seat members of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) from the NA owing to their absence from the lower house of parliament during the party's 126-day sit-in in Islamabad,Finance Minister Ishaq Dar informed the Speaker that the government wants...

  • U-turn or victory? Politicians weigh in on PTI's dharna turnaround

    A short while after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan made a significant about-turn on the party's planned 'lockdown' of Islamabad on Nov 2, politicians began debating who 'won' the tussle between the government and the opposition...

    "My prediction of plea bargain between PTI and the government through bargain via backdoor channels has come true, resulting in [turning the] dharna into 'Youm-i-Tashakur'...

  • Lessons of the dharna

    The dharna offers quite a few lessons that must not be ignored...

    Once again, the dharna exposed the poverty of the country’s political leaders and their inability to resolve matters without precipitating a showdown between state power and street force...

  • Dharna 2.0: Will they, won't they?

    But on the streets of Islamabad, there is no buzz, no anticipation of the impending arrival of the greatest political show in the country...

    Islamabad police are said to have finalised the areas where they will be placing blockades, but the containers themselves have yet to appear on the capital’s streets...

  • Govt drafts contingency plans for PTI’s dharna

    RAWALPINDI: Both the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the PML-N government are making plans for Nov 2 with the PTI asking workers to prepare for a three-day sit-in while the Special Branch of the police has given the government lists of people to arrest before the party lays siege to Islamabad...

    He said the Islamabad Expressway would be closed at Khanna Bridge and that the area between Faizabad and Zero Point would be used as the...

  • Faizabad dharna: IHC gives ultimatum for production of Raja Zafarul Haq committee report

    Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court on Monday continued hearing a case concerning the Faizabad dharna which had considerably disrupted life in the capital city in November last year...

    The changes to the Khatm-i-Nabuwwat declaration ? despite being reversed soon after they came to light last year ? were protested by members of various religious parties, including the Tehreek-i-Labbaik (TLY), which led a sit-in at...

  • PTI’s election campaign to end at dharna-fame D-Chowk

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) plans to wind up its election campaign on July 23 with a public meeting at Islamabad’s famous D-Chowk where the party had staged its 126-day sit-in in the year 2014 against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections...

    The party has formally sought permission from the local administration of Islamabad for holding of the public meeting through an application written to the deputy...

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