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Pak Army to mediate between govt and protesters

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Pakistan, Islamabad News : The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has assured Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif of his ‘positive’ role in the resolution of a political crisis that has rattled this 15-month-old government.

According to sources privy to the matters, the beleaguered prime minister, after failing to end the ongoing standoff politically, has knocked the army’s door for help.

“The PM has urged the COAS to play a mediatory role between the government and the anti-government political parties”,  sources quoted an official as saying.

Thousands of protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Imran Khan are camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Gen Raheel has also conveyed messages to all the stakeholder for an amicable solution to end the political impasse.

Earlier, Sharif met the army chief to discuss the standoff on Thursday, the second such meeting in as many days.

The two men agreed to “take necessary measures for resumption of stalled process of negotiations for an expeditious resolution in the best national interest”, a statement from the PM’s office said.

In a country that has seen three military coups, the threat of army intervention casts a shadow over virtually every moment of political crisis. Agencies

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