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Imran's Plan C stands for casualties not chaos: Pervaiz ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday said that the Plan C of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was not aimed at promoting chaos and anarchy but causing casualties of the common people.Talking to the media here, he said he took back his earlier words of C for chaos as the plan was to have casualties. Four people lost their lives in Lahore on Monday due to Imran Khan's politics of agitation and violence, he added.The minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of four lives. He also expressed condolences with the bereaved families."Indeed, the moment Imran Khan leaves his Bani Gala residence, he tramples over the corpses of people," he added. He said the people of Lahore had totally rejected the politics of agitation and sit-ins introduced by the PTI.He said the Punjab government fully facilitated the PTI but it violated ...

Attack on journalists tantamount to attacking civil society: Irfan ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Irfan Saddiqui on Monday said that an attack on the journalist community was tantamount to attacking the whole civil society.Condemning misbehaviour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers with the media people in Lahore, Irfan Saddiqui, in a statement here, said the concept of such 'Naya Pakistan' was unacceptable for civilized Pakistanis.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Govt committed to protect independence of media: Pervaiz ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that government was committed to ensure and protect independence of media.The minister, in a statement, condemned the attack on Geo News reporter Amin Hafeez and misbehavior with lady anchor, Sana Mirza.He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had already taken notice of the incident and directed the Punjab Chief Minister to take action against the culprits.The government, he said, believed ...
CM expresses grief over deaths due to stopping ambulances by PTI workers LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives due to stopping of ambulances during violent protests of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).Sympathizing with the bereaved families, the chief minister said he was deeply grieved over the death of citizens due to merciless politics of the PTI. He said he and the Punjab government fully shared the grief of the bereaved families.Shahbaz ...
Govt to overcome energy crises during next four years: Amir Muqam KARAK: Advisor to Prime Minister Engr. Amir Muqam has said the present democratically elected government would overcome all challenges it facing today including energy crises before the expiry of its mandated period. Talking to reporters here, he said, the government was determined to abolish the menace of load shedding from the country during next four years as it had started work on scores of energy projects after assuming the power. The government, he said was ...
Shahbaz blames Imran for damaging economy LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Monday accused PTI leaderhip of destroying Pakistan's economy through protests and strike calls. In a statement issued here, he said, sit-ins were started at the time when Pakistan Army was engaged in carrying out an operation against militants, however, the politics of violence was harmful for the rapid development of the country. He said, "by holding repeated protests, what goal Imran Khan wanted to achieve."The Chief Minister ...
Senator Saleh condemns PTI for pelting stones on Metro Buses ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Leader Senator Maulana Muhammad Saleh Shah Monday strongly condemned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers for pelting stones on the metro buses in Lahore.Talking to APP, he said that PTI proved that they wanted riots by disturbing life of citizens and damaging business of poor people.Senator Saleh Shah said that metro buses were used by the poor people and damaging these vehicles was a shameful act.He said that PTI chairman always acted contrary to ...


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