Pakistan's Imran Khan calls off talks to end protest impasse
Published on Aug 21, 2014 7:21 PM
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan on Thursday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have destabilised the nuclear-armed nation.
Mr Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led followers protesting outside parliament for the past two days demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit.
Talks to end the standoff - which began a week ago with "long marches" from the eastern city of Lahore - started on Wednesday but made little headway.
Mr Khan insists the May 2013 General Election, won in a landslide by Mr Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party, was rigged, despite independent international observers judging it free and credible.
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