#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Mumbai) – August 21 – Opposition politician and former cricketer Imran Khan, who is leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday Al-Jazeera reported.
Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since last Friday.
The opposition is refusing to give up on their insistence that Sharif resigns, and they accuse him of corruption and vote rigging. Sharif won a landslide victory after last year’s general election and refuses to quit and now talks are deadlocked. The protests have raised concerns about nuclear armed Pakistan’s stability, which is battling a Taliban insurgency in the country’s north-west.
On August 20 2014 – Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse Reuters reported.
The announcement came the day after Pakistan’s powerful military said the two sides should engage in dialogue and warned that key government institutions were under its protection.
Former cricket star Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since Friday.
Both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of corruption and election rigging. Sharif, who won the last election by a landslide, has refused.