Lahore shutdown updates: I have my next plan ready if judicial commission is not formed, says Imran

Published: December 15, 2014
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A young PTI supporter sits on the road during PTI’s Lahore shutdown. PHOTO: INP PHOTO: ZAFAR ASLAM An Express News screen grab of tyres set on fire to block roads in Lahore.

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tries to paralyse Lahore on Monday as part of its ‘Plan-C’, with party supporters staging sit-ins and burning tyres at 18 locations. 

PTI had announced to shut major cities followed by a nationwide shutdown to pressurise the government into accepting its demand for an independent audit of the May 2013 elections which, it claims, were rigged in favour of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz.

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7:15pm

“If rigging allegations are not investigated, we will have no other choice but to continue our protests,” the PTI chairman says.

Further, Imran demands the arrest of former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah over PTI activist’s death in Faisalabad.

PTI chief adds that he has his next plan ready if rigging allegations are not probed into.

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7:06pm

PTI chairman Imran Khan thanks his supporters for a successful shutdown.

“The people of Lahore have proven that Nawaz Sharif won the May 2013 general elections through rigging,” he says.

“Mian sb, either you make a judicial commission or we will make governance difficult to you by the day,” he says, adding, “We are a democratic party and only want free and fair elections.”

Express News screen grab of Imran Khan’s address

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5:30pm

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid condemning the death of two people who were unable to reach the hospital on time due to a traffic jam owing to the shutdown, says, “We facilitated the protest because Imran Khan had promised us free passage for ambulances.”

“But just like the past, he broke his promise again,” he says, adding, “People are losing their lives because of Imran Khan’s politics.”

“Is this the Pakistan you want to create?” the information minister questions.

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5:00pm

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique says two patients died on their way to the hospital as PTI workers failed to clear the way  for the ambulances they were in on Shahdara Chowk, our correspondent Ali Usman reports.

The adviser says a 17-day-old baby girl and a 15-year-old boy died in the ambulance while being shifted from Shahdara Hospital to Children’s Hospital.

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4:41pm

Imran Khan’s convoy is currently on Jail Road, and is expected to reach Charing Cross in about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, Express News reports.

Further, an Express News correspondent says the PTI chief shook hands with his supporters while his convoy was on the move from Siddique Trade Centre to Jail Road.

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4:31pm

Imran has now reached Siddique Trade Centre in Lahore, and is standing atop his container along with PTI leader Jahangir Tareen and PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Express News reports.

Express News screen grab of Imran Khan with PTI leader Jahangir Tareen.

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 4:19pm

In an interesting turn of events, the PTI chief’s route has changed, and he will now address his supporters at Charing Cross, according to Express News.

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3:52pm

PTI chief Imran Khan’s convoy arrived at Liberty Chowk and is on the move once again following a brief conversation between the PTI chief and his workers.

Express News screen grab of PTI chief Imran Khan atop his convoy at Liberty Chowk.

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3:47pm

Pakistan Sunni Tehreek’s convoy reaches Charing Cross to join the protest, and is welcomed with cheers from PTI supporters, reports our correspondent Aroosa Shaukat.

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3:36pm

PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi while speaking to Express News clarifies that PTI workers were directed to avoid violence and not create chaos in Lahore.

“Our protests are peaceful and there are no clashes anywhere.”

However, refuting his claims former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah alleges PTI workers pelted a metro bus with stones and did not clear the way for ambulances.

Further, condemning the death of two people who were unable to reach hospitals as their ambulances were stuck in a traffic jam, Qureshi says, “We directed our workers to pave way for ambulances, but when the crowds are this big it is difficult to differentiate between our workers and those who belong to the PML-N.”

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3:29pm

PTI workers bearing their party’s flags can be seen standing on the roof a metro station in Lahore, according to Express News.

Earlier, city administration had suspended the Metro bus service after activists pelted stones at a Metro bus in Amar Sidhu.

Express News screengrab of PTI supporters atop a metro station in Lahore.

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2:25pm

Imran Khan’s convoy reaches Defence Mor where hundreds of party supporters are gathered to welcome him.

The PTI chief briefly comes out of his car and waves at his supporters.

He will now move to Hussain Chowk and then to Liberty Chowk.

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2:17pm

PTI workers allegedly stopped a rickshaw driver from going to Anarkali and forced him to take another route. While at GPO Chowk, female PTI supporters prevented an elderly man on a motorbike from moving ahead.

Watch: PTI activist vs rickshaw driver:

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2:11pm

PTI leader Shireen Mazari, while speaking to Express News, denies use of violence by PTI supporters.

She says if PTI workers are found guilty, action will be taken against them.

“PML-N leaders should avoid issuing false statements,” she says, adding that PML-N supporters are roaming the streets of Lahore and provoking PTI supporters to violence.

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2:06pm

Hundreds of PTI supporters are burning tyres and chanting slogans against PML-N near Regal Chowk on Mall Road, our correspondent Aroosa Shaukat reports.

Further, shops from Charing Cross to Regal Chowk are closed. However, a few shops in Panorama Shopping Centre are open.

PTI workers gather at Shalamar Chowk in Lahore and chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’. PHOTO: ONLINE

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1:55pm

Punjab government’s spokesperson Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri says PTI has stolen people’s right of free movement in the name of “peaceful protests”.

“PTI assured us there will be no violence; we thought PTI was telling the truth for the first time but again they lied and paralysed the people of Lahore forcibly,” he says, alleging stick-wielding PTI protesters forcefully shut down shops and damaged a Metro bus.

The spokesperson also showed footage of ambulances stuck in traffic and people clashing. He also showed videos of children going to school, claiming the “public has rejected PTI’s call for shutdown.”

“The government wants to apologise to the public for the inconvenience caused by the protests,” Qadri says.

Further, urging the Lahore High Court to take suo moto action against PTI chief Imran Khan, Qadri says, “Imran has gone against the decision of the high court.”

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1:49pm

PTI workers had a quarrel with motorcyclists and other residents of the Mozang area near Mozang Chowk‎, our correspondent Hassan Naqvi reports.

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1:19pm

Imran Khan’s convoy reaches Bhatta Chowk. Flanked by Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other PTI leaders, Imran tells his supporters that PTI will not rest until justice is served.

An Express News screen grab of Imran Khan addressing his supporters.

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1:16pm

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1:11pm

A fight breaks out after stick-wielding PTI workers allegedly forced shopkeepers at Bhati Chowk to close their shops, our correspondent Hassan Naqvi reports.

Area DSP reaches the spot and ‎rescues one of the individuals who was beaten by the angry protesters.

An Express News screen grab of a man (C) who was allegedly beaten up by PTI supporters.

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12:40pm

PTI chief Imran Khan arrives in Lahore and is headed to Charing Cross where he is expected to address his supporters.

While speaking to the media, Imran says if Karachi shutdown can be peaceful, so can Lahore’s. “This is my city,” he says.

“If the government and PM Nawaz are ready, we can end this deadlock in 48 hours,” he repeats.

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12:25pm

Our correspondent Hassan Naqvi says PML-N workers allegedly thrashed PTI supporters in Brandreth Road area for chanting “Go Nawaz Go”.

A large number of police officials reached the spot to control the situation. Though some shops were open in the area, they are all closed now after the fight.

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12:16pm

A senior police official tells our correspondent Hassan Naqvi that PTI supporters have blocked Lahore at 40 different locations.

Naqvi further reports that around 75 percent of shops in Shadman Market are closed and large number of policemen are deployed in the area.

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12:09pm

A scuffle broke between PTI’s protesters and unidentified men after a party worker allegedly manhandled a passerby at Bhati Chowk. While at Beddon Road, a man was allegedly ‎beaten up by sticks by a PTI protester, our correspondent Hassan Naqvi reports.

A senior PTI official accuses PML-N’s ‘Gullu Butts’ of provoking PTI supporters. “We warn the government against using their paid thugs,” he says.

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12:00pm

With rumours of Imran Khan’s arrival making rounds at Charing Cross, a stage has been set for his speech parallel to the entrance leading towards the Punjab Assembly, our Lahore correspondent Aroosa Shaukat reports. Supporters are being asked to move closer to stage.

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11:57am

A small convoy of Awami Muslim League supporters and several lawyers also join the Charing Cross protest. All shops from Charing Cross to Regal chowk are closed, our correspondent Aroosa Shaukat reports.

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11:12am

Imran Khan, while speaking to the media in Islamabad, says the protest in Lahore will remain peaceful if PML-N does not unleash its “Gullu Butts”.

Read full story here

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10:41am

Shahdara Chowk has been blocked by PTI supporters, disrupting traffic coming in from Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Jehlum, Gujrat, Attock, Sialkot, Narowal and Peshawar.

A heavy contingent of the police is stationed in the area. Only ambulances and Rescue 1122 vehicles are being allowed to cross the area.

Roads leading to Shahdara Chowk.

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10:31am

A request has been filed in Supreme Court Lahore registry, seeking action against PTI’s call for a country-wide shutdown on December 18, 2014, Express News reports.

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10:28am

PTI activists block Defence Mor and Bhatta Chowk by burning tyres.

City administration suspends the Metro bus service after activists pelted stones at a Metro bus in Amar Sidhu.

Siddiqui Trade Centre in the Gulberg area, is yet another place where PTI activists are staging a sit-in protest.

Chowk Yateem Khana, Qurtaba Chowk, Liberty, Thokar Niaz Baig, Walton road have also been blocked with burning tyres, disrupting traffic in the area.

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10:25am

A scuffle breaks out between PTI supporters and unidentified men at Chungi Amar Sadhu, after PTI workers tried to stop a vehicle.

The vehicle – Rescue 1122 – was later allowed to move forward.

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10:19am

Our correspondent Aroosa Shaukat reports one person was injured after he fell from a “sound system” truck when a fire brigade arrived to cut electric supply to the system.

The injured is reportedly a PTI worker.

Several Edhi and Rescue 1122 ambulances are present on Mall road to provide immediate assistance in case of an emergency.

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10:12am

PTI workers block arteries leading to Mall road, while Charing Cross has been blocked since 7:30am, our Lahore correspondent Aroosa Shaukat reports. Supporters also burn tyres near major intersections and junctions besides using trucks and cars to block roundabouts.

PTI’s Ejaz Chauhdry, Dr Andleeb Abbas and Dr Yasmin Rashid are all on their way to reach Charing Cross.

A heavy police presence has been in force at all major buildings on Mall road including Shahdin Plaza, Punjab Assembly, outside Masjid-e-Shuhada, Panorama Shopping Centre and Regal Chowk.

An Express News screen grab of tyres set on fire allegedly by PTI workers.

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10:01am

PTI chief Imran Khan is scheduled to arrive in the city at around 12pm.

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9:42am

Lahore police deployed 15,000 policemen across the city to maintain the law and order situation during the shutdown.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said “Nobody will be allowed to take the law into his own hands.”

Read full story here

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9:33am

Imran Khan’s supporters stage sit-ins at 18 locations in their attempt to block major arteries.

PTI leader Mehmoodur Rasheed says patients and ambulances will be allowed to move freely.

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Reader Comments (92)

  • Saood
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:10AM

    This forcedn closure of Lahore City by PTI is highly condemned. People of Lahore do not support PTI. That is why PTI has to do it forcefully.

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  • Bilal
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:11AM

    Imran is not sincere with his own real daughter.
    How can he be sincere with common Pakistanis?

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  • Khalid Humayun
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:15AM

    Go Imran Go.
    Stay Nawaz Stay.

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  • Layman
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:19AM

    PML N government is totally focused to create chaos and anarchy on the country and a civl war like situation only for the sake of not getting elections investigating, what is the harm in creating a judicial commission if you have the legitimate mandate, Pakistanis know that the day elections are investigated this government is going to end and that is what they want but yes instead they are happy to see the country plunged into chaos fro there personal benefits..

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  • Jahanzeb
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:22AM

    History will remember all the evil deeds done by Imran Khan and his workers to damage the economy of Pakistan.

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  • Kaleem Ullah
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:31AM

    Just heard Dr. Yasmin Rashid on TV saying “Govt has created disturbance by asking schools to remain open” Shame on our education system which outputs educated leaders of this caliber.

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  • Humza
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:32AM

    @Layman: I think we all know by know that it is Imran Khan and his following of sore losers who are creating anarchy. They have alienated many former PTI supporters such as myself. Imran Khan has shown that he is willing to destabilize the whole nation in his lust for power. Like many, I find his behavior immature and irresponsible which is why I hope this man and PTI never have a say in the nation’s future. He could continue to work within the imperfect system of democracy but he seems intent on Arab Spring type behavior that lead to the current situations we see in Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

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  • Kaleem Ullah
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:33AM

    Imran Khan, Do not thank me for co-operation today, You just put the Lahorites hostages. Even diehard supporters do not love this extreme action of yours.

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  • PowerGames
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:33AM

    “Lock Down Lahore” is the call of the day. Seems like now we have our own version of MQM in Lahore. Common people are being punished for not supporting dharnas. God save us from these Inqilaabis.

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  • Ashfaq1
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:39AM

    Why do they have to burn tyres if this is a voluntary shutdown

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  • Proud to be Pakistani
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:39AM

    I condemn this whole rubbish stuff by Imran Khan. The same anarchy and burning / blocking of tyres / roads were witnessed in Karachi in 1987-88 from a party that turned out to be a criminal mafia today. We never let Imran Khan to turn Lahore into Karachi. For a common person like me, the best war against this whole anarchy by PTI is to reach your office by hook or by crook and work with full enthusiasm and even you can work a little bit more than the normal days.

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  • Rubab Farooqui
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:41AM

    On the instruction of their Lifetime Chairman, PTI goons are burning tyres on the roads of Lahore, leading to environmental damage to the city and causing cancer to the citizens.
    Consequently, these people will go to Shaukat Khanum Hospital where they will be fleeced through exorbitant fee (remember: SHM Hospital was sealed in 2010 by the High Court due to overcharging from dengue patients!).

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  • Layman
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:46AM

    The answer and solution for all this lies with this illegitimate government, form a judicial commissions and end this standoff, for PML N there throne and rule is more important then the country and its peace, one party with all the status co behind it is ruining the country for the last 67 years and when some one come out and challenges it they all get united..

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  • Pervez Shah
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:53AM

    I repent on voting for PTI in Lahore. My next vote for PML-N.

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  • Human
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:55AM

    GO

    Nawaz GO

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  • Bahawalpur
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:55AM

    No hope from dirty politics of Imran Khan. Only hope is Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Rana Farhan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:55AM

    Lahore Support PTI. Go Nawaz Go!

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  • M@NI
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:58AM

    I am a fan of IK, but because of his strike i have missed a very important conference call via skype wih Australlian client. This is utter non sense of IK, and i feel dejected at his tactics!

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  • Javed
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:01AM

    Anyone can explain ?

    Pakistan is for pakitani not for any family ownership. Pakistan came into existing by our elders sacrifices not due to Sharif and Zardari families. How they can make it their personal property ?
    Now they prepared their next generation to rull on us ? Who gave them authorty ? Their business in London, Dubai and Saudi Arabia and they claim they well wisher, ??????

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  • Ehtesham
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:03AM

    Nawaz Sharif Zindabad.
    go imran go.

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  • Alter Ego
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:06AM

    MQM of Lahore
    We dont need you.

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  • Sara
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:06AM

    Shocking how these pro PML-N supporters openly praise a government which is morally, intellectually and politically bankrupt ….
    How ANYBODY can support corrupt crooked feeble leaders like this beggars disbelief !
    I can only assume then that they are benifiting financially from this system OR they have chosen to live a life drowned in blind ignorance…..
    To chose a corrupt system over the interests of your country and fellow downtrodden Countrymen is a crying shame !

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  • Lahori
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Allah bless Pakistan.
    Allah bless Lahore.
    Allah bless citizens of Lahore.
    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.

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  • pervaiz
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:23AM

    These are dirty tacts of pti to keep Lahore hostage. If this is voluntarily strike call then why tyres are being burnt at road. Do these so called civilised educated activists of pti know how much dangerous is smoke for human health. shame of pti

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  • Asghar
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:23AM

    Imran Khan is punishing people of Lahore because they did not vote for PTI. Lahore is the fort of PML-N.

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  • Adil Khan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Never seen this before its a complete shut down. People showing hatred against Shareef brothers in different ways.

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  • Rana Sadaqat Ali Khan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:40AM

    I am living in Cantt and working in Garden Town, over all markets, roads, and schools all are shut down.

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  • Muhammad Umair Masood
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:40AM

    Though I don’t agree with PTI’s strategy here I must say Rubab Farooqi’s comment is an utter piece of typical PMLN supporter Tosh!
    I’m a fully paying patient at SKMCH since 99 & therefore in a position to say her assertions are totally false. Besides if a hospital treats 70%+ of its patients for free then it deserves the right to charge those out of its purview (it is a specialist cancer hospital afterall) for its services.
    If Ms Farooqi has a problem she can get her CBCs done at a public hospital on a waiting list.

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  • Umyr Ahsan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:41AM

    Attendance is very low… few people came to office and went off. Traffic on the roads is very low. So far shut down looks successful. All schools are closed as well.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 11:44AM

    Pity the party whose leaders tweets, “Mashallah, another road blocked.”

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  • Ahmad Hassan Aurakzai
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:46AM

    As we r in walled city Police is forcing the shopkeepers to open the shops but they are are not. And every where one voice is heard – go nawaz go!

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 11:48AM

    They are allowing ambulances to pass, good. but what about doctors, paramedics, nurses, OTAs, lab technicians, sweepers etc. who run the hospitals? most of them use public transport. How could they reach their hospitals?

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  • Adil Khan
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:48AM

    @Sara:
    It is shocking that you people support anarchy.

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  • Mrs. Faiza
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:51AM

    Imran, shame on you.
    You are the biggest anarchist ever born on the soil of pakistan.
    I hate you.

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  • FASAHAT
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:52AM

    Imran is looking for more dead bodies for his political gains.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 11:54AM

    Imran said that they will not force traders to close their shops. but how on earth they can open their shops when you don’t allow them to reach at their destination. You block the roads at 6am so that they don’t reach the markets. As a result, shops will remain close and it will give a message that strike is successful. If you are so confident that people are with you, let them reach their destinations, and then it will be clear that either they support you by staying at homes or open their shops. Don’t be so hungry for power.

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  • Wajahat
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:57AM

    If this is a voluntary strike then why PTI is blocking roads?
    If people support PTI then why PTI has to shut down the city forcefully?
    All this means that people of Lahore do not support PTI. So PTI has to do all forcefully.
    Entire Lahore supports PML-N.

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:04PM

    Hello hello – hello hello

    Is there any government to put behind bars these few handful of culprits who have hostage the people of Lahore and damaging the roads.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 12:09PM

    All are futile exercises. Whether establishment is behind PTI or not but it will be proved old wine in new bottle

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  • Realist
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:20PM

    @Jahanzeb: Why didn’t the history didn’t remember the ills committed by the ruling parties. As time will pass, everything will get streamlined and people would tend to forget everything.

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  • Ali
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:20PM

    I do not understand how illiterate and stupid we all are that we are supporting an immoral, unethical, and totally corrupt Political leader, who has not done justice with his name “Sharif” so how possibly we can think of him to do justice with our beloved country. Imran Khan is not wrong but he is doing wrong because Jahil people can never understand any literal or liberal Agenda of Immy.K. For your information i am not a PTI Supporter but im a Pakistani Supporter and i dont want to loose my country income in maintining the luxurious life of this So called Pakistani Parties. We want our single penny back and i would suggest that just seize all the political leader homes and Mills domestically and internationally. They our the public servant not a public owner so they deserve to live like a public servant and work like a servant.

    Hope my messege would make a change in our thoughts.

    Thank-You

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  • oBSERVER
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:24PM

    @Humza:
    You disgrace this most revered name.Instead of thanking Imran Khan and PTI for reduction in Petroleum and electricity prices, paid bafoons are talking nonsense. Ministry of Info is working overtime to misinform people but those days are gone. This nation is now wide awake and will see the back of murderers of Modal Town and Faisalabad. InshaAllah.GO NAWAZ GO.

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  • Sara
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:32PM

    @Adil Khan:

    Well I would say that the biggest perpetrator of anarchy is the present government

    They have put themselves above the law !

    True anarchists I would say.

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  • Sara
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:35PM

    WOW…..Must be pay day for all these PLM-n commentators.

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  • Voice of Gilgit
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:42PM

    Till the day of justice “Go Nawaz Go”…

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  • Liaqat Ali
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:47PM

    The shutdowns and strikes are proven popular and successful if people do it voluntarily. If it is forced by few thousand party workers by burning tyres and blocking roads so that people do not reach their shops and businesses , then time a Ns it is not popular. Just about any party in Pakistan can do it what PTI is doing as long as Govt is forced to keep quiet by vested interests.

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  • Sundown Shaikh
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:04PM

    @Liaqat Ali:
    Your argument, while somewhat valid, is incomplete. You fail to mention that the Govt is handicapped under the weight of its failure in opening 4 constituencies for verification. Imagine, even as these protests are going on, Ayaz Sadiq seeking stay order from LHC to stop such verification.

    In such a scenario, the burden of strife lies on the Govt and its perceived ill-intentions, rather than the agitators who’s demand is clear and pending for 18 months now.

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  • shama rana
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:09PM

    All govt supporters,wht do u say abt Ayaz Sadiq’s behavr against recounting?

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:17PM

    Wow underworld dawn has arrived in Lahore. So so Lahorio run for your life…

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  • Alter Ego
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:23PM

    @Sara:

    How ignorant and small minded that you think that anyone not supporting IK is paid.

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:32PM

    @Pervez Shah:
    You never voted for PTI anyway. I have seen countless new supporters of PTI in last few months after the historical struggle of Khan and pathetic performance of this fraud government. A lot of my friends voted for PMLN due to their parents asking them to do so. Currently even their own parents are supporters of PTI.

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  • salman
    Dec 15, 2014 - 1:39PM

    @Rubab Farooqui:
    Skmh was never sealed in 2010, or any other time. I know because my father was treated there in 2010, at a VERY reasonable cost even as a fully private patient, compared to costs in USA and Europe. Please google propaganda to get better at it. Thanks!

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  • Jawad Ahmad
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:00PM

    GO Nawaz GO
    Mr. Speaker going for another stay, Railway Minister also exposed and some paid idiots want Imran to go home and relax.
    Most Importantly it is Govt’s responsibility to ensure smooth economic progress by provisioning of justice.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:30PM

    PMLN has lost Lahore.

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  • Raghu
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:32PM

    In the 2013 Elections, PMLN’s Plan-D was to do Dhandli.

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  • aLeX
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:54PM

    A revered name…….IK…..OMG

    The master of U Turns, the leader of a directionless mob, the greatest anarchist of our times, the founder of mobocracy in Pakistan, the pioneer in making after the fact excuses and apologies, the leader whose strategies come from thugs like Jehangir Tareen, SMQ, and fools like Sheeda & Co., the younger brother of TuQ, the revolutionary, the allegation maker, the person who imposes his power mongering on peoples freedom, the vision-less fanatic and supporter of militancy……hmmm…. the revered name……may you always embrace loss, suffering and embarrassment and even more suffering for preaching hatred and violence to a polarized society. Amen

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 15, 2014 - 2:58PM

    If a political leader is not getting Justice how can a common person can get Justice in this country?

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  • Sara
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:02PM

    @Alter Ego:

    They are your words not mine!
    You are making a narrow minded assumption through a hasty interpretation.
    I mentioned “commentators”
    I personally have a couple of cousins who are paid to comment, post and blog til their pockets are full.

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  • Shahid
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:02PM

    New Altaf Hussain and new MQM in the making. Congratulation to Lahories their city is being converted to Karachi by
    Imran Khan.

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  • rasheed ahmad
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:04PM

    Loved the way how an old passenger shouted slogan GO IMRAN GO, RAASTA DO..
    say no to imran and his dirty politics..

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  • Abdur Rahman Butt
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:32PM

    @hassan ihsan — every body knows most shop owners live near or in houses located exactly above their shops! Its easy for shopkeepers to open their shops…they r closing voluntarily…even most of the shops inside streets are closed..no body wud hav even noticed had they been open!

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  • Imran
    Dec 15, 2014 - 3:49PM

    @Kaleem Ullah:
    Yes and PTI did a noble cause by shutting down Schools while whining about EDUCATION. Sounds good to me mate.

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  • Dr Ghulam Ali
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:00PM

    In Pakistan JUSTICE is not someone’s right, one has to snatch it through protests or whatever means. Model Town Massacre, state vandalism in Islamabad, Jehlum and Faisalabad, and PTI’s fair demands for an inquiry into elections rigging all proved it.
    If elections were fair what was wrong in opening four constituencies? Nawaz Inc could have stop all this by addressing PTI demands. But 2013 elections were the most rigged ones in the history of Pakistan.
    Oh some shouts about “economy”. One must know economy is affected by billions of corruption, kickbacks, nepotism, appointment of cronies and relatives, lack of governance.
    Imran needs to be more assertive to deal with these leeches which are clung to power for over six decades. Look, all thugs are united against PTI.

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  • Aziz
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:07PM

    Imran Khan’s are in peace and attending school in London. Its children of Pakistani cities of Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad whose studies are being disturbed. Protest all you want but please stop this madness and let children go to schools, colleges and Universities.

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  • Muhammad Humayun Aziz
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:10PM

    Before going crazy on Imran, think a while, do you support rigged election?

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  • Liaqat ali
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:46PM

    If IK is popular then he should just request people to shutdown Lahore for one day. Why he has to resort with help of gull units to burn tyres and block roads by force to have shutdown?
    He wants to win the same way, by force and dhandhli. Shame on me to have voted for IK .

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  • Hamid Niazi
    Dec 15, 2014 - 4:55PM

    SYSTEM needs shutting down, permanently!
    Democracy is the CORRUPT man dream along with Dictatorship and our nightmare!

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  • Qamber
    Dec 15, 2014 - 5:16PM

    Go Fake Government Go
    Go Nawaz Go
    Go System Go

    G.A Imran Khan …

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  • Naeem
    Dec 15, 2014 - 5:28PM

    “Adviser to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique says two patients died on their way to the hospital as PTI workers failed to clear the way for the ambulances they were in on Shahdara Chowk” Hope the advisor is this efficient all the time!

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 6:02PM

    Most of the people are foolish if they believe that any political party is going to solve their problems.It is only you who can solve your problem not imran khan,not nawaz sharif but yourself only who can make your future and this country’s future.

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  • ishrat salim
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:14PM

    @Ali:

    Yes! such action suggested by you is only possible when there is revolution & a communism system is in place, history is full of such action & what CHINA is today is because they have gone through such a phase…but are we prepared for such an extreme step ? I do not think so, because from the comments that I have observed, it seem we have become so accustomed to luxurious life, that we are not prepared to sacrifice for the sake of good where in the general public is benefitted. We are only concerned of our own comfort, but what about those poor people whose rights are being trampled by the powerful elite class ? are they getting justice ? are they getting proper education, food & security to life – all as per constitution ? this is what PTI / IK is fighting for & here we are abusing him. If you are abusing him means you guys are against the poor lot who by the way constitute more that 53 % of our total population, out of which 110 million lives below poverty line, that means they are deprived of even 1 time food, so what democracy are we talking about ? It is about time, that we stand up in support of these poor people, for justice & to live like a human being, like many of us who seem to leave no stone unturned to criticize IK & people like him, because their lives of comfort are being disturbed. Without sacrifice, we would not have this Country. Pakistan was not given to us on a silver platter. Our forefathers gave their lives for this country.Similarly, if we need to bring CHANGE in the present system, we must be prepared to sacrifice, because ” bribe & influence-peddling have replaced the system or one might say, it is what the system is” ? are you guys satisfied with the present system ? which only benefits the rich, the elite & the bureaucrats, if your answer is in affirmative, suggest go into the street & try to give a sermon to the poor people to live with patience & wait for their conditions to improve.

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  • Shahzad Shoukat
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:24PM

    I think judicial commission is a right demand of Imran Khan and his supporters.
    But I strongly condemned any violence/disturbance created from any side.

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  • WAQAR HASSAN BUTT
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Unfortunately, all statements issued by Mr Rashid are not helping him and his leader and Imran Khan’s popularity is growing.

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  • Abid
    Dec 15, 2014 - 6:49PM

    Dear Mr. Rashid, let us give the figures of patients who died on the road in ambulances or any other source of transportation on way to hospitals since May 2013 just due to closure of roads for VIP and their families movement.

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  • Mahjabeen Qureshi
    Dec 15, 2014 - 7:54PM

    @shama rana: His legal right. Its a legal fight between two candidates irrespective of their party affiliation.

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  • ivehadit
    Dec 15, 2014 - 9:29PM

    Shutting down a city to Imran can have a victory lap is not good politics. This is entitlement thinking, nothing new here.

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  • Dec 15, 2014 - 9:39PM

    Till now this man is struggling. One of the finest individuals in the entire world. One man who deserves the best in the world yet finds very little support. All the best!

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  • IT IS AS IT IS
    Dec 15, 2014 - 9:39PM

    “Real power can’t be given. It must be taken”

    With a country ruled by the current thug regime, this is the only way to make oneself be heard.
    By the response that Imran Khan and PTI has been receiving and the turn outs in all of his rallies, every commentator here commenting against him should wake up and smell the coffee.
    This is revolution in its plainest form my friends.
    Don’t be delusional.

    Sometimes you have to do a little wrong for the greater good of the nation.
    Our children and their children will remember these dates in history as the time Pakistan truly stood together to raise as a natiion against tryanny
    once and for all.

    Jeay Pakistan!!

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  • Sajid
    Dec 15, 2014 - 9:48PM

    PML N government is totally focused to create chaos and anarchy on the country and a civl war like situation only for the sake of not getting elections investigating, what is the harm in creating a judicial commission if you have the legitimate mandate, Pakistanis know that the day elections are investigated this government is going to end and that is what they want but yes instead they are happy to see the country plunged into chaos fro there personal benefits..

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  • Fawad
    Dec 15, 2014 - 9:53PM

    I condemn this whole rubbish stuff by Imran Khan. The same anarchy and burning / blocking of tyres / roads were witnessed in Karachi in 1987-88 from a party that turned out to be a criminal mafia today. We never let Imran Khan to turn Lahore into Karachi. For a common person like me, the best war against this whole anarchy by PTI is to reach your office by hook or by crook and work with full enthusiasm and even you can work a little bit more than the normal days.

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  • KPK Cry
    Dec 15, 2014 - 10:43PM

    You lost our vote for next elections. I personally took my friends to polling station to vote for you but you destroyed our country..
    Please dear readers guide me to which party i should join to work against dirty IK politics.

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  • Abdur Rahman Butt
    Dec 15, 2014 - 11:39PM

    @Imran pls also stop whining abt just 1 day closure of schools as if it wud be smthing detrimental to education. .pls ask the gov to keep schools open this sunday or cut short 1 vacation frm the upcoming “winter holidayss” if u insist this 1 day closure was an attack on education…so pls look at the bigger picture:)

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  • HARIS
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:17AM

    RO IMRAN RORecommend

  • Adnan Hameed
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:22AM

    Allah save Pakistan from evil politics of Imran Khan.

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  • Sadia Jamil
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:32AM

    Entire Lahore is supporter of PML-N.
    PTI will continue weeping always.

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  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:37AM

    @KPK Cry:
    So it is OK with you if any government comes in by ballot rigging. In Pakistan, these corrupt politicians think that they own the country and it is their birth right to rule the country and it does not matter how they came in to grab the power in the first place. Let me remind you that there would have been no Dharnas by PTI if the current government was willing to accept the demand put forth by IK year and half ago for vote verification in the 4 constituencies in question. Don’t you think it is better to have free and honest elections and some one has to stand up for the rights of the people. IK may be called any thing but one thing is clear that the nation has waken up by the young generation and the change is on the horizon for good.

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  • sunny
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:40AM

    Nawaz government days are over.Go nawaz go.

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  • Ashraf
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:05AM

    Allah has already blessed Pakistan with Imran Khan. Do not ask for more blessings !!

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  • Ashraf
    Dec 16, 2014 - 11:07AM

    What is Umar Gul the cricketer doing in Imran Khan’s jalsas??

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  • Shanawar Hashmi
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:45PM

    @M@NI:
    That was due to bad planning on your part. You should have simply postponed your conference in anticipation of the lockdown, which was announced weeks ago. I changed my plans accordingly.

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  • mohsin jami
    Dec 17, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Yesterdays horrific incident has provided an opportunity for both PTI and govt to mend their ways and focus on real issues.

    Our real issue is not rigging, the real issues are much more difficult to handle. Pls you all focus and work on real issues instead of making Pakistan your battle ground.

    I hope IK will now stop supporting TTP.

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  • Alter Ego
    Dec 17, 2014 - 3:19PM

    @Shanawar Hashmi:
    Who has given IK the right to decide anyone schedule, huh?

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