October 22, 2014
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's military has stepped in to mediate between the government and opposition protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of the prime minister over alleged voting fraud.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who have led parallel anti-government protests, said late Thursday that they were ready to meet with army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and for him to act as "mediator and guarantor" in talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistani Defense Minister Khwaja Mohammad Asif welcomed the agreement, which came after the premier asked the military to mediate.
The army's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, later tweeted that the opposition leaders were meeting with the army chief.
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