Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Imran Khan's party quits Parliament  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 23/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) ISLAMABAD: The party of Pakistan opposition politician Imran Khan who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital has resigned from parliament in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud.

The move came a day after parliament presented a united front against Imran Khan with opposition parties backing a resolution rejecting his calls for Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite the presence of thousands of protesters just outside.

Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri have led twin protests over the past week calling on Sharif to step down.

Thousands of their supporters have gathered in the heart of Islamabad in the so-called Red Zone housing government buildings.

Imran Khan and Qadri have called for electoral reforms and the appointment of a caretaker government to hold a new vote. The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party has said it is willing to discuss all of their demands except for the prime minister's resignation.

Related report Page 8

In recent days Khan had issued a series of ultimatums calling on Sharif to step down and at times it seemed his protesters might besiege parliament or enter the premier's nearby office.

But on Friday he appeared to have backed down.

His party said it was resuming talks with the government aimed at ending tense protests.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party said dialogue was restarting through contact with the governor of Punjab Pakistan's most populous province.

'We are resuming talks with the government' PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

Senior members of Qadri's team have said they are ready for 'meaningful dialogue' to end their protest though little concrete progress appears to have been made since initial contact began on Wednesday.

The two protest movements are not formally allied and have different goals beyond toppling the government.

Neither movement has mobilized mass support beyond their core followers and opposition parties have shunned Khan's call to unseat the government and begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

Maulana Fazalur Rehman chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party said the protests had no support from the majority of Pakistan's 180 million population.

'They have been isolated and people of Pakistan have rejected them there are maximum 5000 to 6000 people combined with them at night' he said.

Despite rumors that the military had some hand in the protests the Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali a PML-N stalwart insisted there was 'no pressure on us from any state institution to resign.'

'It is the imagination of some lawless and outside elements camping out there' he said.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 2 2014 - HH the Emir Issues Decision on Al Ruwais PortQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Thursday Emiri decision no. 76 for 2014 Qatar Al Ruwais Port. The decision was regarding the allocation of the areas needed for the ...

 Oct 2 2014 - KOC Plans to Reach 3.5 bln Cubic Feet of Gas Production by 2030Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for gas exploration in the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Menahi Al-Enezi said the company has worked to implement a range of future projects to raise ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Qatar Stock Exchange Gains 72.35 PointsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Qatar Stock Exchange index gained 72.35 points (+0.53%) ahead of Eid Al Adha holidays when the bourse closed trading at 13,830.90 points here Thursday. The trading value increased to ...

 Oct 2 2014 - QSE Index Declines 44.07 Points This WeekQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Qatar Stock Exchange index declined 44.07 points (-0.32%) this week when the bourse closed at 13,830.90 points Thursday. The trading value of QR 2,743,186,035.05 is an increase by ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Culture Minister heads to Paris to Attend Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE the Minister of Culture Arts and Heritage Dr. Hamad Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, on Thursday headed to Paris to attend the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which is witnessing Qatari ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Summary of Local News ReleasedWednesdayQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) A summary of local news released Wednesday by Qatar News Agency. - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Wednesday a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Lebanese Minister: Setting Camps for Displaced Syrians in Lebanon out of DiscussionsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas stressed on Thursday that the cabinet is destined to achieve solidarity and overcome disagreements. Derbas told (Voice of Lebanon) ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Egyptian Authorities Shutdown Rafah Border CrossingQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The Egyptian authorities decided Thursday to shutdown Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Rafah border crossing will be shut down as of Friday October 3rd until ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Fakeih: No MERS cases in MakkahArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) No cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported among pilgrims in Makkah said Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih after inspecting ...

 Oct 2 2014 - Markaz 37th anniversary campaign starts in RiyadhArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Jamia Markaz of Kerala which plays an important role in promoting Islamic education in the south Indian state of Kerala will celebrate its 37th anniversary on Dec. 18 to ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help