Mon, Feb 20, 2017 | updated 04:47 AM IST

PTI workers denounce party's decision to postpone Nov. 2 'lockdown'

Updated: Nov 02, 2016 11:13 IST

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Nov. 2 (ANI): Expressing disappointment over the postponement of the November 2 "lockdown" of Islamabad, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers have said that their efforts have been wiped out by the party high command.

The local party leadership returned to their homes soon after the decision was made to avoid questions from the workers and supporters about the protest morphing into a thanksgiving event or youm-e-tashakar, reports the Dawn.

Rawalpindi district's five MPAs and PTI office bearers confined themselves to their homes and switched off their mobile phones.

PTI worker and Dhoke Hasu resident, Mohammad Abbas said, "After over a week of drama, the party wasted the time and efforts of active workers in the garrison city and suddenly changed the plan."

Asserting that the party had disappointed its workers with its decision, Abbas said that next time a call with a clear vision for the future should be given by the party leadership.

Earlier on Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had asked the PTI to hold its planned protest at the 'Democracy Park and Speech Corner', located near Parade Ground in Shakarparian and ordered party chief Imran Khan to appear before it.

The order came after the PTI chief asked the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of the arrests of his party workers.

Maintaining that if asking for justice from the courts regarding a government crackdown on his party workers is tantamount to pressurising the judiciary, Khan yesterday asked, "Is asking for justice pressurising the courts?"

The PTI chief asked as to what crime they have committed that his party workers are being arrested. He also expressed his ire over the decision of the authorities to put him under house arrest. (ANI)

Kigali [Rwanda], Feb. 20 (ANI): In order to enhance the bilateral ties with Indian diaspora settled in Rwanda, India is all set to open its resident mission in the country's capital.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Feb. 20(ANI): The Swedish Embassy in Washington has contacted the White House asking for clarification over U.S. President Donald Trump's comments suggesting a terrorist incident had occurred on Friday night in Sweden.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 20 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump's reference to "what's happening last night in Sweden" during a rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and over the internet about what he really meant.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Kabul will use all means to respond against Pakistan if it did not stop rocket attacks on Afghanistan soil, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) warned on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Feb. 19 (ANI): A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hospitalised this month after suspected poisoning, on Sunday left the country to seek further treatment, according to his lawyer.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that the Taliban office in Qatar should be closed if the group pursues violence.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 19 (ANI): Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced that Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from the Islamic State militants.

Full Story >>

China, Britain hold second security dialogue

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 21:11 IST

London [U.K.], Feb. 19 (ANI): China and Britain held their second high-level security dialogue in London where both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Feb. 19 (ANI): Even as many criticised him for holding the urgent discussion over North Korea's missile test with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the patio at Mar-a-Lago as other diners looked on freely, U. S. President Donald Trump continues to hold business at his Florida resort.

Full Story >>

Jerusalem [Israel], Feb. 19 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to set up a team to discuss settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 19 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to interview at least four candidates for the post of the U.S. National Security Advisor in Florida on Sunday.

Full Story >>

By Binod Prasad Adhikari

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 19 (ANI): As many as 11 militants were killed by security officials in Kurram Agency on Sunday after they allegedly tried to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb 19 (ANI): A suspected facilitator of the suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan has been spotted bypassing a security check in a video released by the Sindh police on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Munich [Germany], Feb. 19 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought the support of the international community for relocating Myanmar refugees to more spacious healthy areas in the country.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the terrorists and their facilitators will be dealt with an iron fist, adding that those who attacked innocent people would not be spared whether they were inside the country or came from foreign lands.

Full Story >>

Munich [Germany], Feb. 19 (ANI): Highlighting the complex and interlinked challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and mediation efforts, as well as for a strategy to address root causes of such conflicts in the world.

Full Story >>

By Binod Prasad Adhikari

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Law enforcement personnel in Pakistan's Punjab province have confirmed the arrest of at least 205 terror suspects, mostly Afghan nationals, in the last 24 hours, following a province-wide search and sweep operation.

Full Story >>