The Telegraph
Friday , August 29 , 2014
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Army chief steps in

(Top) Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif, Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, Aug. 28: Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif today offered to mediate in the over two-weeks long crisis involving the government and the Opposition.

“The army chief has officially taken up the matter with me. He asked if we are ready to accept his offer as a mediator and a guarantor to resolve the crisis,” said Qadri, who has been demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation along with cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan.

The Canada-based cleric was speaking to supporters of his party PTA in Islamabad. As thousands of party workers replied in the affirmative, Qadri told them: “He needed our approval, which I will now give.”

Both Khan and Qadri had warned that Thursday would be a decisive day in their efforts to bring down the government.

Earlier in the day, the army chief met the Prime Minister for the second time in three days to discuss ways to end the political turmoil.

The army enjoys a significant clout in Pakistan’s political history, marked by frequent military interventions since the country’s Independence in 1947.

Pakistani police today registered a murder case against Prime Minister Sharif and his brother and Punjab province chief minister Sahbaz Sharif in connection with the killings of 14 supporters of Qadri.

Quadri, whose PAT moved Lahore High Court against Sharif, today insisted that terror charges be slapped on Sharif.

“I do not accept this FIR, until the terrorism act is included in it,” Qadri said.