Long March

  • Pakistan: Sufi cleric Qadri to boycott general polls March 18, 2013

    Islamabad: Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri the Islamic cleric, who is pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan, said that his political party would boycott the forthcoming general elections in the country. Qadri said the electoral reforms that were promised to him in January by the then government after his long march to Islamabad...
  • Pakistan long march: Protesters clash with police January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Police fired in the air and used teargas to disperse followers of influential cleric TahirulQadri who gathered for a protest in the Pakistani capital Islamabad after they clashed with security forces. Footage on television showed policemen in riot gear firing in the air and using batons to push back...
  • Pakistan: Thousands protest along Sufi cleric Qadri January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of Pakistanis shouting slogans like "we want change" thronged the streets of Islamabad in support of Sufi cleric Muhammad TahirUlQadri's antigovernment demonstrations on Monday. Flagwaving citizens braved tear gas shells fired by the police and called for a crackdown on corruption, backing Qadri's call for an indefinite delay...
  • Pakistan: No security for Qadri's 'long march' to Islamabad January 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan army has rejected cleric TahirulQadri's request for security for a "long march" he intends to lead from Lahore to Islamabad next week to pressure the federal government to carry out electoral reforms ahead of the 2013 polls. The military's media arm said the army has rejected Qadri's formal...
  • It's back to work for Pak's Chief Justice March 25, 2009

    New Delhi: It's back to work for Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary. He returned to the Supreme Court 16 months after he was removed from his post by former Pakistan president, Pervez Musharraf. Hundreds of lawyers and supporters were waiting for him as he arrived at the Supreme Court on...
  • Zardari is 5th biggest loser in world: Report March 23, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who was forced by his opponents to accept the demand to reinstate sacked judges, has been listed the fifth biggest loser in the world by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine. "Zardari was known to be a bad guy long before he became Pakistan's President. Many...
  • Iftikhar Chaudhry takes charge as Pak chief justice March 22, 2009

    Islamabad: Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who was sacked as the chief justice of Pakistan in November 2007 by then president Pervez Musharraf, resumed charge of the office early on Sunday. Right after taking charge, Chaudhry approved the roster of the apex court and constituted five benches for the principal as well...
  • Zardari brokering deal with PML(Q), to oust PM: Reports March 20, 2009

    New Delhi: Pakistan is witnessing some interesting developments post the 'Long March' and the comeback of Nawaz Sharif. President Zaradari is now hitting back. After reports of Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani plotting against him, Zardari is reportedly working on a counter strategy. He is believed to...
  • After the 'long march' new battle lines drawn March 20, 2009

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  • President Zardari reinstates CJ Chaudhary March 17, 2009

    Islamabad: Picking up reconciliation efforts, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said Governor's rule in Punjab will end soon, a move that may lead to Shahbaz Sharif getting back as Chief Minister of the politically crucial province. "I am against Governor's rule (in Punjab and) will end it as...
  • Nawaz, Taliban, US all contributed to Zardari's defeat March 17, 2009

    New Delhi: It's a roller coaster ride up and down the heights of power in Pakistan few have achieved in the past. Just six months ago, Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as President of Pakistan. Just a year ago, his party claimed power in Islamabad riding a wave of...
  • Watch: Pakistan's long march to democracy March 17, 2009

    The political crisis that had been brewing in Pakistan is finally over with President Asif Ali Zardari government giving in to the people's demands and reinstating sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. ...
  • Jubilant Nawaz calls off Long March March 16, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif called off the Long March after the government announced that sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry along with other judges would be reinstated soon. Addressing a massive public rally in Gujranwala on Monday morning Sharif thanked the people...
  • Zardari blinks, reinstates sacked Pak chief justice March 16, 2009

    Islamabad: The political crisis that has been brewing in Pakistan is finally over with President Asif Ali Zardari government giving in to the people's demands and reinstating sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday morning announced that Chief Chaudhry will be reinstated...
  • Sharif defies ban, leads thousands against Zardari March 15, 2009

    New Delhi: On Sunday afternoon, the walled city of Lahore turned into a virtual war zone. Pakistani police used teargas shelling and baton charge on scores of opposition protesters and lawyers. Ordinary Pakistanis, including retired bureaucrats, human rights activists, students, and teachers too got the heavy end of the Zardari stick. Chairperson...
  • Top Pak govt officers resign to join Sharif's protest march May 19, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan plunged into a political chaos on Sunday evening as a defiant Nawaz Sharif joined by thousands of supporters in Lahore was headed towards Islamabad for a mass protest in front of Parliament on Monday amid reports that IGP of Punjab province's police and other senior officials had resigned...
  • Nawaz Sharif faces arrest after defying Pak govt March 15, 2009

    Lahore: Former Pakistani prime minister and Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied government attempts to place him under "protective security" on Sunday and said protests against the government would go on. "You have seen that the entire country has been turned into a police state. They have blocked all roads, they have...
  • Zardari bows, but Nawaz to continue with Long March March 15, 2009

    New Delhi: President Zardari has bowed to the forces ranged against him and on Saturday night - after marathon consultations with Prime Minister Gilani - he approved a government review petition to be filed in the Supreme Court against the disqualification of the Sharif brothers from contesting polls. He announced...
  • Lawyers disguise themselves as wedding party to dodge police March 15, 2009

    Islamabad: With the police cracking down on lawyers participating in a countrywide protest in Pakistan, some members of the legal fraternity disguised themselves as a wedding party to dodge law enforcers and reach the venue of a demonstration. Around 150 lawyers reached the Rawalpindi district court by pretending to be part...
  • Nawaz put under house arrest, challenges Zardari March 15, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Sunday placed Opposition leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif under house arrest, his party spokesman said. “People of Pakistan are vigilant and they will not allow any dictatorship in the country,” Sharif told CNN-IBN on the phone after being detained in house in Lahore. "The government is...
  • Hillary intervenes to bring down tempers in Pakistan March 15, 2009

    Washington: Amidst deepening political crisis in Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has tried to bring down the tempers between the two rival camps by making personal calls to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and his main political rival and former premier Nawaz Sharif. During her unusually long conversation with Zardari...
  • Pak orders house arrest of Sharif brothers, Imran Khan March 15, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan's government on Sunday issued orders to put former premier and main opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif under house arrest for three days to prevent him from leading the "long-march" by lawyers and political activists. Sources were quoted by TV news channels as saying the orders were issued early...
  • Sharif rejects olive branch, bent on showdown March 14, 2009

    Islamabad: The Pakistani government is all set for a bruising showdown with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif after he rejected President Asif Ali Zardari's olive branch on seeking a review of a Supreme Court verdict barring him and his brother from contesting elections. Sharif said on Saturday that a lawyers' stir for...
  • Pak to appeal against Sharif brothers' poll bar March 14, 2009

    Islamabad: In a major climbdown to end a lawyers' stir, the Pakistani government said on Saturday it would appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that bars opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his brother from contesting polls, as also take steps to reinstate the judges sacked in 2007. At the same time,...
  • Pakistan govt asks army to deploy troops in capital March 14, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday ordered troops to be deployed at sensitive areas in the capital as the threat by the opposition to go for a mass sit-in outside the Parliament neared, but the army said the deployment would take place "only if the situation warrants." The army said it had received...
  • Hillary calls Zardari amid standoff with opposition March 14, 2009

    Islamabad: Amid an intense stand-off between the Pakistan government and the opposition, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday spoke to President Asif Ali Zardari asserting that US was "keen to see a stable and democratic system strengthened" in the country. In a telephonic conversation with Zardari, Hillary discussed the prevailing...
  • Cornered Pak President seeks breathing space March 14, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan's beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari is seeking negotiations with opponents to end anti-government protests, his spokesman said on Saturday as authorities intensified efforts to block a march for an independent judiciary. Spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the government had decided after a seven-hour-long meeting on Friday night to pursue efforts...
  • Zardari backtracks, to accept Sharif's demands March 14, 2009

    New Delhi: The political and civil unrest in Pakistan has forced President Asif Ali Zardari to back down and he is ready to accept Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif's demands. Zardari could lift Governor's Rule in the Punjab province after USA's reported ultimatum to the Pakistani President to defuse...
  • Pak govt says ready for talks with Sharif March 13, 2009

    Islamabad: Striking a conciliatory tone amid deepening political crisis, Pakistan government on Thursday voiced readiness to hold talks with former Premier Nawaz Sharif and said it was not against "in principle" the opposition-backed Long March for restoration of the sacked judges. As the showdown with the opposition threatened the PPP-led government's...
  • Holbrooke to Zardari, Gilani: Resolve Pak crisis March 13, 2009

    Islamabad: United States on Thursday stepped up diplomatic efforts to defuse the deepening political crisis in Pakistan, with Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke asking the country's top leadership to resolve differences with the PML-N so that they could focus on the war against militancy. Holbrooke, the Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan,...