Edge of Revolution: New Nickelback song features glimpse of PTI rally

Canadian rock band Nickelback released on Friday the full music video for its latest politically-themed single Edge of a Revolution, featuring a short clip of a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rally among other protests.

Directed by ace song video director Wayne Isham, the video shows the band performing in a dark classroom as filmed images of protests with riot police and posters are projected on a screen behind the musicians.

The music video veteran — who has directed song videos for artistes like Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, KISS, Roxette and Britney Spears —at the end shows the uniformed school children on their feet, pushing over classroom furniture and scattering papers in the air chanting “we want change!”.

The brief clip from the PTI rally shows red and green party flags along with a poster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

 — Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally
 Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally

While the single was released on August 18 as part of the band’s upcoming album No Fixed Address, the full video was released Friday.

Nickelback will release its first album since 2011, reportedly titled No Fixed Address , this fall.

An excerpt of the song lyrics:

Hey, hey, just obey.

Your secret’s safe with the NSA

In God we trust or the CIA?

Standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus) No, we won’t give up, we won’t go away

‘Cause we’re not about to live in this mass delusion

No, we don’t wanna hear another word you say

‘Cause we know they’re all depending on mass confusion

No, we can’t turn back, we can’t turn away

‘Cause it’s time we all relied on the last solution

No, we won’t lay down and accept this fate

‘Cause we’re standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus ends) What do we want? We want the change

And how’re we gonna get there? Revolution

What do we want? We want the change

Standing on the edge of a revolution

With over 24 days into the PTI’s anti-government protest, these lyrics and the inclusion of the PTI rally clip in the music video seem to be an uncanny coincidence.

 

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Pakistan’s political crisis remains at fever pitch as thousands of anti-government protesters remain camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resignation.

A supporter of Tahirul Qadri bathes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

A supporter of Tahirul Qadri bathes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad.

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad.

Women supporters of Tahirul Qadri arrange their makeshift camp in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Women supporters of Tahirul Qadri arrange their makeshift camp in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri cook food in front of the parliament building where they have camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri cook food in front of the parliament building where they have camped in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan play near the prime minister's residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan play near the prime minister’s residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri distribute food to supporters of Imran Khan in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri distribute food to supporters of Imran Khan in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad.

A protestor bathes at the roadside during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

A protestor bathes at the roadside during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri remove a container during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri remove a container during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Hackers continue attack on Pakistani sites, leak sensitive data

A screenshot of the defaced PTV sports website.

ISLAMABAD: A network of hackers claiming to be a part of Anonymous — the global hacktivist network — continued a campaign of hacking, DDOS attacks and defacing websites belonging to the Pakistan government, security forces and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday.

The group, going under the names ASOR Hack Team or Anonymous Op Pakistan, hacked into multiple websites and leaked private data of government employees and security forces, raising serious security and privacy concerns.

  • An unofficial PML-N website http://www.pmln.us was hacked and defaced with political messages related to the handling of the Model Town tragedy. The website was restored.

  • The Faisalabad Police Department website http://www.faisalabadpolice.gov.pk was hacked and private data leaked online, including usernames, passwords and the names/CNICs/addresses/contact information of employees.

  • The T20 section of Pakistan Television’s sport website sports.ptv.com.pk/t20 was defaced with ‘Go Nawaz Go’ messages, only to be restored hours later. Another message on the page read: “The desks that are being thumped on the face of the Pakistani people are a testimony that this gang can only get together to rescue its politics…the poor will continue to die in hunger and load-shedding.”

  • Usernames, passwords and email addresses, allegedly from hacks into the Pakistan Army and other government websites, were leaked onto the internet. The link to the data dumps are currently blocked in Pakistan, but screengrabs circulating online show private data including names, contact information and worryingly, designations of a sensitive nature including arms manufacturers. Messages included with the leaked data said the attacks were taking place because the Pakistan Army was carrying out an operation in North Waziristan.

Two days ago, the group of hackers temporarily brought down numerous government portals in a bid to “remove every vestige of the Pakistan government from the Internet”.

The group also leaked a zip file containing 23,000 bank records allegedly connected to the government. The zip file contained a document that stated the leak was carried out by ASOR Hack Team.

It appears the group is affiliated with the global Anonymous network, given the updates carried out on various official Twitter accounts.

 

Hopes for ‘good news’ as PTI, PAT to meet negotiators

Supporters Imran Khan, wave party flags during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on September 2, 2014. — Photo by AFP

The political turmoil in Pakistan has been taking many turns along a turbulent road, in which Tuesday was no exception.

During the day’s developments the Supreme Court issued notices to all parliamentary parties along with the PAT, and more importantly a Joint session of Parliament opened in which all the parties put aside their differences and stood firmly against what they termed were attempts to derail the democratic process in Pakistan.

MNA’s from various political parties gave their support to the prime minister and criticised the PTI chief Imran Khan and PAT leader Tahirul Qadri.

From Aitzaz Ahsan to Mahmood Achakzai and from Chaudhry Nisar to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MNA’s took shots at Imran Khan and said the protest movement was jeopardising the democratic set-up.

Estranged PTI MNA Javed Hashmi announced his resignation from the National Assembly and embraced briefly his former party leader and now PM Nawaz Sharif, who listened to speech after speech denouncing the marchers and voices of support for him that crossed party lines.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri continued their protests and criticized political figures as well and reiterated their demand that both Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif had to go.

Dialogue process to resume: Qureshi

Vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmmod Qureshi told media persons that his party had presented its view point during a meeting of the PTI’s negotiating committee with the negotiating team headed by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq held at PTI leader Jahangir Tareen’s residence in Islamabad.

Qureshi said that members of the opposition jirga had expressed their will to initiate dialogue for the sake of democracy, which was agreed to.

He added that a meeting would be held tomorrow at 4pm at Pakistan Peoples Party leader Rehman Malik’s residence during which talks would be resumed from where they had discontinued.

Adressing media persons after the meeting, JI Emir Sirajul Haq said “Entire nation is disturbed due to the ongoing crises. PTI accepted our request with open heart and we are thankful to them. We will continue the journey of dialogue process until a logical conclusion was reached.”

Senior PPP leader Rehman Malik said “I would like to thank Imran Khan who met us in the middle of the crowd. We condemn the use of violence against their party activists.”

He said “I would request the government to not to view the agreement of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and PTI to engage in dialogue as their weakness. I would also appeal to the government to stop the act of detaining PAT an PTI activists across the country.”

Imran khan summons all PTI activists to Islamabad

“It is a battle of nerves now, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the unleashing of brutality on our activists under fear and has lost the match,” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said early on Wednesday, while addressing his supporters outside Parliament House in Islamabad and appealing to other party activists from all over the country to gather at the sit-in venue.

“An anti-terrorism case has been registered against me and I have also been charged for treason,“ he said adding that “I will not back off from my stance and remain here only. I will wait for the prime minister to make mistakes and lose his seat.”

Khan also said that the ‘status quo’ has aligned itself with Nawaz Sharif in the name of democracy to ‘save their looted wealth and their misdeeds’ and appealed to all party activists from across the country to reach Islamabad to join the anti-government protests.

Talks between opposition jirga, PTI begin at Tareen’s residence

After holding separate meeting with Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, the grand opposition jirga – a negotiating team headed by JI Emir Sirajul Haq – has reached at the residence of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen in Islamabad.

PTI’s committee also includes Asad Umar, Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmmod, Arfi Alvi and Shah Mehmmod Qureshi.

Opposition leaders would soon meet with PTI, PAT teams: Sirajul Haq

Emir Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, who was heading the negotiating committee, said that the ‘jirga’ was not representing the government but the public.

He appreciated the protesters for remaining ‘peaceful’. Haq said until a peaceful solution to the issue is not found, they would not give up facilitating the two sides.

The JI emir said that the PTI and PAT have formed their respective negotiating committee and they will soon meet with them. A first round of talks would be held with the PTI team, headed by Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the media would be apprised about it.

 

Nation will soon hear ‘good news’: Rehman Malik

Speaking to the media after meeting with Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri, PPP Senator Rehman Malik said that they met with the two protesting leaders to diffuse prevailing political tension. He expressed optimism that the nation would soon hear the good news. He lauded PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s role in breaking the stalemate.

He said that ice has melted and the two sides would engage in a decisive phase of talks soon.

Emir Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq, who was heading the negotiating committee, said that the ‘jirga’ was not representing the government but the public.

PTI dubs Hashmi allegations ‘unfounded and unfortunate’

— File Photo of PTI representative Arif Alvi

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday said that PTI President Javed Hashmi’s allegations regarding the party gaining support from the armed forces in the ongoing political crisis were “unfortunate and unfounded”.

A statement issued by Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari added that there was no conversation that the PTI was linked to the army or “any such covert agenda”.

“If Hashmi thought PTI was linked to the army then he should have immediately resigned,” the statement read. It concluded by saying that Hashmi’s unfortunate allegations were without any grounding in facts.

Hashmi was misinformed: Arif Alvi

Speaking to Dawn shortly after Javed Hashmi’s shocking allegations, PTI leader Arif Alvi said he was not aware of any script as suggested by the veteran politician.

“Javed Hashmi was with us on everything till we moved from Constitution Avenue to PM house,” he said, adding that the decision to join Qadri was made by the party and not at the behest of a third party.

“I never heard Khan sahab say anything about a third force,” he added.

When asked about Hashmi’s statement alleging that Imran hinted at the Supreme Court’s favourable position with the party, Alvi said, “I am not aware of any mention of the chief justice.”

At the end, he maintained that he respected Hashmi and did not think he could invent such information.

“I don’t think he could invent it, he may be misinformed.”

Political crisis must end through political means, Army says

Army chief Raheel Sharif.

ISLAMABAD: After a lengthy four hour meeting at General Headquarters, the Pakistan Army corps commanders came out with a statement “reaffirming support to democracy” and reiterating that the current stand-off between the PML-N led government and the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) needed a political solution.

The meeting, which was headed by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, saw the corps commanders reject “further use of force” in the crisis, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release stated.

The commanders also expressed “serious concern” over the violent turn of events in the federal capital.

“The Army remains committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state and will never fall short of meeting national aspirations,” the press release stated.

Daily Sitara Sind News learnt that General Raheel Sharif took the commanders into confidence over his meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI Chief Imran Khan and PAT Chief Tahirul Qadri last week.

The critical meeting, which was scheduled to be held on Monday morning, was pushed up to today in light of rapidly unfolding events.

The situation in Islamabad took on critical proportions after the clashes began late on Saturday and led to at least three reported deaths and countless injuries by Sunday night.

An apolitical army, for now

The meeting of the army commanders has a serious bearing on the prevailing scenario, given the fact that the military had engaged in ‘mediating’ the crisis between the government and PAT, PTI.

The Army’s message in support of the political process comes at a time when speculation is rife that the current crisis is being steered by, or has tacit approval from the powerful military establishment. The conclusions of the corps commanders meeting today will, for the moment, help in allaying fears of military intervention in the crisis.

Multiple events earlier in the week had suggested that the army and the government were not on the same page with regards to the PTI, PAT protests.

First the the government was left reeling from the blowback of asking the military to step in to alleviate the prevailing political crisis. Then a second jolt followed when the ISPR clarified that it was the government that had asked General Raheel Sharif to “facilitate” negotiations with the protesting parties, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had seemingly stated the exact opposite in the National Assembly.

The events revived concerns about the conventional issue in Pakistani politics: competition for power between the military and civilian leaders. The new statement from today’s meeting however, suggests the army remains apolitical, despite its direct involvement in the current crisis.

Army chief calls corps commanders meeting

Army chief Raheel Sharif.

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has summoned a meeting of the corps commanders for Sunday evening, a day after the political impasse in Islamabad took the form of a full blown clash between protesters and law enforcement personnel.

Earlier, the meeting was scheduled to be held on Monday morning but its time was changed after the army chief held some consultations with the senior military commanders.

An ISPR spokesman had earlier said that the meeting which is to be chaired by General Raheel will discuss matters relating to the internal security situation.

Highly-placed sources told Daily Siatar Sindh  that the conference would also evolve its strategy to end the prevailing impasse.

The situation in Islamabad took on critical proportions after the clashes began late on Saturday and led to at least seven reported deaths and two hundred injuries.

Tomorrow’s meeting of the army commanders can have a serious bearing on the prevailing scenario, especially with the fact that the military had engaged in ‘mediating’ the crisis between the government and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).