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Pakistan PM dismisses political crisis as 'tiny storm'

Published on Aug 31, 2014 1:24 AM
 
Pakistani commuters wait at traffic lights alongside a poster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a highway in Islamabad on August 25, 2014. Sharif on Saturday dismissed a political crisis triggered by protests aimed at unseating his government as "a tiny storm" that would be ended soon. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday dismissed a political crisis triggered by protests aimed at unseating his government as "a tiny storm" that would be ended soon.

Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been camped outside parliament since Aug 15 demanding Sharif quit, claiming the election which swept him to power last year was rigged.

"This is just a tiny storm, a tumult, which would be ended in a few days," Sharif told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore.

However, the "protest sit-in has caused massive loss to Pakistan's economy," he said, adding: "We will retrieve that but they must realise that protests have affected the development projects."

 
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