Islamabad, Aug. 27 (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told parliament today he would not be cowed by thousands of demonstrators camped outside the assembly demanding his resignation.
Protesters led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have rallied in Islamabad for almost two weeks and vowed to occupy the capital until Sharif resigns — a demand the Premier has firmly rejected.
In his first public remarks since the start of the crisis, he did not say explicitly how the deadlock might be solved but said he was fully committed to democracy.
“We are not one to be scared of such things,” he said. “We have seen ups and downs, we have seen highs and lows, we have seen times when we have not only borne problems but borne them with a smiling face and without complaining.”