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Pakistan PM Sharif defiant amid protest crisis

Published on Aug 27, 2014 6:22 PM
 
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks with the media during a news conference in New Delhi in this May 27, 2014 file photograph. Pakistan's embattled prime minister said Wednesday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's embattled prime minister said Wednesday he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago.

Mr Nawaz Sharif told parliament his government would not be thrown off course by the demonstrations led by former cricketer Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Thousands of Khan and Qadri followers have been camped outside parliament since Aug 15 demanding Mr Sharif quit, claiming the election which swept him to power last year was rigged.

The crisis has rattled Mr Sharif's government 15 months into a five-year term and prompted rumours the army may intervene to resolve matters - and in doing so effectively put the elected government under its thumb.

 
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