Protests

  • Pakistan on the edge as protesters storm Cabinet Secretariat, PTV office 23 hours 33 minutes ago

    Islamabad: In a dramatic escalation of the political crisis that has put Pakistan on edge, hundreds of protesters on Monday stormed the Secretariat and the state-run PTV, even as the powerful Army Chief met Premier Nawaz Sharif, triggering rumours that he was advised to step down. Fresh clashes erupted between police...
  • Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy Yesterday

    Hong Kong: Police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee set the stage for a political showdown on Sunday when it rejected...
  • Pakistan PM Sharif 'not stepping down'; Imran Khan, Qadri booked on terrorism charges Yesterday

    Islamabad: After the fortnight-long crisis in Pakistan, the media on Monday reported that the Army had advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down in the wake of the massive protests. The Army and the Pakistan government, however, have denied the reports. Sharif will now be meeting the leaders of the...
  • Pakistani protesters clash with police, PTV secured Yesterday

    Islamabad: Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a...
  • Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air Yesterday

    Islamabad: Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend. News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television's headquarters in central Islamabad after a...
  • Imran Khan targets Nawaz Sharif government, says money power rules Pakistan politics Yesterday

    Islamabad: As the anti-government protest intensified in Pakistan, protesters on Monday have stormed the Pakistan State Broadcaster PTV office in Islamabad and held staff hostage. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan targeted the Nawaz Sharif government saying, "Money power rules Pakistan politics." Protesters have also threatened to march on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's...
  • Pakistan: 3 people killed, over 500 injured as anti-government protesters clash with police Yesterday

    Islamabad: At least three people have been killed and over 500 others were injured as anti-government protestors clashed with police in Islamabad. The top brass of the Pakistani army chaired by its chief General Raheel Sharif held an urgent meeting on Sunday night to discuss the political crisis that has...
  • Pakistan army to meet as political impasse, violence continue 2 days ago

    Islamabad: After night-long clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces that left three people dead and about 450 others injured, the situation continued to be tense and uncertain even as the powerful Army Chief General Raheel Sharif summoned a meeting of corps commanders on Sunday. The clashes broke out late Saturday...
  • 2 killed, 450 injured in police crackdown on protesters in Pakistan 2 days ago

    Islamabad: At least two persons were killed and about 450 others injured overnight when police baton-charged hundreds of anti-government protesters led by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri who marched towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad demanding his resignation. The clashes started after Tehrik-e-Insaf chairman Khan and Awami Tehrik chief Qadri...
  • Hip-hop moves as force in Missouri for slain unarmed Michael Brown 3 days ago

    New York: Rappers are making their voices heard in Missouri city where a white police officer killed an unarmed young black man, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. "It's really important to see hip-hop's role of being some...
  • UN watchdog tells US to curb police racism 3 days ago

    Geneva: The United States must stem police racism and brutality, a UN watchdog said on Saturday, as debate rages over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer in Missouri. "The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing...
  • How Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif stumbled into protests crisis 1 week ago

    Islamabad: As thousands of protesters blockaded Pakistan's parliament last week, the spirits of the lawmakers inside were briefly lifted by a rare appearance from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But Sharif only listened in silence as legislator after legislator denounced the protesters seeking his government's resignation. He then stood up, and left...
  • VHP protests against assault on national shooter for refusing to convert August 25, 2014

    Ranchi: Workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday held protests against the harassment of national-level shooter Tara Sahdev by her husband for refusing to convert. VHP has also called for bandh in Ranchi on Monday in protest of the incident. Sahdev alleged that her husband Rakibul Hasab kept her in forced...
  • Bangalore school rape case: Parents continue living in anxiety for the safety of their children August 25, 2014

    Bangalore: Almost two months after the rape of a six-year old schoolgirl, parents in the Bangalore are yet to shed the uneasiness they feel in sending their children to schools. "I never thought I would follow up a rape case in a school where my daughter goes", said an anxious...
  • Pakistan court reissues arrest warrants against Qadri, supporters August 24, 2014

    Lahore: A Pakistani court has issued fresh arrest warrants against cleric Tahirul Qadri and 71 of his supporters, ordering police to produce them before it on August 29 for allegedly attacking policemen during a protest march against Nawaz Sharif Government. Anti-Terrorism Court Gujranwala Judge Itifaq Abbasi had earlier asked police to...
  • 4.5 lakh aspirants appear in UPSC preliminary examination, 1.27 lakh more from last year August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Over 4.5 lakh aspirants on Sunday appeared in civil services preliminary examination which passed off incident-free at various centres across the country after bring mired in controversy following protests over change in pattern. 4,51,602 candidates took the examination, about 1.27 lakh more than the last year, at 2,137...
  • UPSC prelim exams today, police on toes in national capital August 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Civil services aspirants will appear for their preliminary examinations on Sunday as scheduled after the Supreme Court had refused to postpone the examination. As valiant demonstrations were witnessed in the past one month across the country specially north India over alleged language bias in the examination, police in national...
  • Will order CBI probe into the recent Assam-Nagaland border violence, says Assam CM August 23, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday declared that the state government would go for a CBI probe into the recent conflict along the Assam-Nagaland border. "I have ordered for a CBI probe into the recent happenings along the Assam-Nagaland border. I have also ordered for a judicial probe...
  • Islamabad protests: Imran returns to negotiating table, party lawmakers resign August 22, 2014

    Islamabad: Mounting further pressure, 34 opposition lawmakers resigned from the National Assembly on Friday 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. For the second time since it mobilised thousands of supporters for anti-government protests in...
  • Nawaz Sharif to meet Zardari on Friday in Islamabad amid protests August 22, 2014

    Islamabad: 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 here tomorrow to discuss issues related to the political impasse. Sharif had a telephonic conversation with Zardari on Friday and invited...
  • Pakistan protest leaders assure court they will follow Constitution August 22, 2014

    Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri, who are leading two anti-government protests in Pakistan, on Friday assured the Supreme Court that they will remain within the limits of the Constitution during their ongoing agitations. The two are staging separate sit-ins in front of the parliament to dislodge Prime Minister...
  • Congress protests outside BJP office against Arun Jaitley's 'small incident' remark on Dec 16 gangrape August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress protested outside the Bharatiya Janata Party office in the national capital against Union Minister Arun Jaitley's remark on the December 16 gangrape case. Jaitley had sparked a row while addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in the capital where he called the the brutal gangrape...
  • Manipur activist Irom Sharmila arrested yet again while protesting against AFSPA August 22, 2014

    Imphal: Manipur activist Irom Sharmila has yet again been arrested while she was protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Imphal. When the police arrived at the protest venue on Friday morning, Irom and her mother resisted arrest, following which the police forcibly picked her up and took...
  • Manipur: Irom Sharmila and her mother resist arrest as police arrive at the protest site August 22, 2014

    Imphal: The police in Imphal arrived at Manipur activist Irom Sharmila's protest venue to arrest her on Friday morning. However, Irom and her mother have been defiant and have been resisting arrest. Irom Sharmila is continuing her protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur. Soon after her release,...
  • Crisis in Pakistan deepens; government's talks with protesters stalled August 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's political crisis deepened on Thursday as dialogue between protesters headed by Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri and the government broke down but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ruled out any crackdown on the siege of Parliament. The fragile dialogue between the government and protesters that had yesterday raised hopes...
  • Islamabad: Imran Khan suspends talks with government, calls for nationwide protest August 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan on Thursday hardened his stand by withdrawing from dialogue with the government and vowed to continue his fight till the end, apparently buoyed by the Supreme Court's washing off its hands of the protests. Pakiatan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief cleric Tahirul Qadri whose thousands of...
  • Imphal: Irom Sharmila set free, asks for mass support against AFSPA August 20, 2014

    Imphal: Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who is on indefinite fast for repeal AFSPA in Manipur, has been released from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science of Imphal on Wednesday evening. A Manipur Court on Tuesday had ordered Sharmila's release citing lack of evidence on attempted suicide charges. The court had...
  • Pakistan Army says PM must share space with it; Sharif to meet Imran Khan soon August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Amidst the continuing turmoil, the Pakistan Army has assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that there will be no coup, but the Army has said that Sharif must in return share space with them, according to a Reuters report. Sharif will, meanwhile, meet Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan shortly. Over 30,000...
  • Thousands led by Imran Khan, Qadri protest outside Pak Parliament, say Sharif must quit August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Islamabad is under siege as calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down grow louder. Thousands of protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have reached Pakistan's Parliament in the heavily fortified 'Red Zone', which is Islamabad's diplomatic enclave. There is heavy army deployment...