Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

Khan and Qadri had said they agreed to army chief's role as "mediator and guarantor'' in further talks with government.

By: AP | Islamabad | Updated: August 29, 2014 3:32 pm
Supporters of Pakistan's cricket celebrity-turned-politician Imran Khan rally against government in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (Source: AP) Supporters of Pakistan’s cricket celebrity-turned-politician Imran Khan rally against government in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (Source: AP)

Pakistan’s prime minister has denied asking the country’s military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.

Nawaz Sharif’s remarks to the National Assembly on Friday indicate that the negotiations _ with or without army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif’s mediation _ were unlikely to produce a breakthrough in the crisis.

They also threw into question reports that said the government had requested the powerful military’s mediation.

The premier spoke a day after the army chief met with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who are leading the protests.

Earlier, Khan and Qadri had said they agreed to army chief’s role as “mediator and guarantor” in further talks with government.

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    Chandru
    Aug 30, 2014 at 8:04 am
    Nawaz Shariff may be guilty as alledged.I dont know; I think it is a internal problem of stan.What makes me worry as an Indian is the fact that this movement is headed by a Cleric? why a cleric?there are hundreds of politicians are in stan. why they allow a cleric to lead?why a cleric (it is immaterial whether he is a Islamic.Hindu or Christian) leads?I am worried.
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    Citizen
    Aug 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    Joke of the year???? As we all know during last 10 years how our own nation was run by remote control!!!!! Jaihind
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