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PTI's bizarre proposals

WHEN is a resignation not quite a resignation? It seems when it is demanded by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Determined to secure seemingly even a 'non-resignation resignation' to fulfil its original demand that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down, the PTI has mooted a most peculiar set of ideas: the prime minister should, according to the PTI, resign for a short duration while the judicial commission completes its work, and thereafter resume office if the commission's findings do not warrant fresh...

Myopia on Pakistan & Planning Commission

Modi's two big blunders

IF Narendra Modi wanted to embarrass many of his own supporters before completing a hundred days in office, he couldn't have done so more effectively than by cancelling the foreign secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, and abolishing the Planning Commission. These are Modi's first big blunders of commission, as distinct from omission. Both reflect his prejudices and short-sightedness. They will damage the public interest -- the first by exacerbating insecurities in the entire neighbourhood, the second by destroying a valuable institution. The...

Pakistan take lead

Pakistan take lead

Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam put on a 147-run stand as Pakistan recovered from the brink to defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets on Saturday and take the lead in the three-match one-day international series. The tourists, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 275 in 45 overs, fought back after being 106-5 to scrape home off the penultimate ball of the match in Hambantota. Maqsood remained unbeaten on a glorious 89 off 73 balls as Shahid Afridi smashed the winning boundary off seamer Nuwan Kulasekara to the point fence. Alam was dismissed for 62 by Lasith Malinga when 22 still remained for victory off the last three overs, but Maqsood and Afridi battled...


Worrying signs in Pakistan

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has clearly been muddying the political waters in his country. His belief that the last general election which brought Nawaz Sharif and his Muslim League to power was rigged flies in the face of reality. Khan has demanded the resignation of the prime minister and fresh elections. He says he will not negotiate with the government until Sharif resigns. By doing so, he is only pushing Pakistan, where democracy has largely been a tenuous affair...

Guessing game

EVEN in the best-case scenario, finding some kind of middle ground between the PTI and Tahirul Qadri on one side and the PML-N federal government on the other would have been difficult. But the skittishness both sides have showed on engaging each other at all has made the possibility of a negotiated political settlement that much more difficult. After finally accepting that talks could provide a way out of the impasse and proposing a raft of ideas, the PTI...

Bid to Topple Govt

Led by Imran, 34 Pak MPs resign

Lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) submitted their resignations from the National Assembly yesterday, as the party continues to lead a sit-in in the capital against Nawaz Sharif's government. However, the party yesterday said it will resume talks with government aimed at ending tense protests that, according to the ruling party, threatens the country's fragile democracy. Former cricketer Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside parliament this week calling for Sharif to go.   Khan insists the May...

‘PTI likely to show some flexibility in its demands’

‘PTI likely to show some flexibility in its demands’

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would show some flexibility in its demands during the negotiations with the government committee, a member of PTI core committee told a Pakistan-based daily on Friday. A senior PTI politician, who is also member of its core committee, on the condition of anonymity, said that during Friday’s meeting of the core...

4 killed as India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir

4 killed as India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said. Dharmendra Pareek, a top official with India's paramilitary force, said Indian forces retaliated after Pakistani troops fired guns and mortar rounds on more than a dozen Indian border posts and...

PTI's latest move

EVERY passing day seems to bring out a new, desperate side of Imran Khan and the PTI leadership. Twenty-four hours after vowing to lead a so-called civil disobedience movement against the federal government, the PTI chief announced yesterday that his party was quitting all assemblies, other than the provincial assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while today he is to lead the PTI protesters into the high-security red zone of Islamabad which houses parliament, Prime Minister House and other important buildings, including...

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India's internal affairs. It comes after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi consulted Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of talks which were agreed in May. Relations seemed to be on the mend when new Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his swearing-in...

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