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Imran Khan's party 'to resign all Pakistan parliamentary seats'

Published on Aug 18, 2014 10:25 PM
Cricketer-turned politician and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice party, Imran Khan speaks during a press conference at his residence in Islamabad on Aug 11, 2014. The PTI has decided to resign all its seats in the country's national assembly, a senior official said on Monday, Aug 18. 2014, amid a bitter row with the government over alleged election rigging. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan’s party announced Monday it is to renounce all its parliamentary seats, in a bitter row with the government over alleged poll rigging.

Former cricket star Khan claims last year’s general election, in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party came third, was rigged and has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign and hold new polls.

The dramatic mass resignation came as the government tried to launch formal talks with Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who is leading a parallel protest, also calling for new elections.

Addressing his workers later in the evening, Khan said he would march on Islamabad’s high-security “Red Zone” with his party workers and supporters on Tuesday.

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