Imran Khan's party 'to resign all Pakistan parliamentary seats'
Published on Aug 18, 2014 10:25 PM
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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