No letup in Pakistan political crisis


by PressTV

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The political crisis in Pakistan deepens as the anti-government rallies gain momentum across the country.

On Monday, the public PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after demonstrators seized its headquarters.

The campaign to seek the ouster of the current government began on August 14, when the leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and religious cleric Tahir ul-Qadri separately led rallies with thousands of their followers.

The opposition protesters, led by Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, and cleric, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, accuse Sharif of corruption and rigging last year’s general elections.

The opposition has also said it would launch a civil disobedience campaign and has urged people to stop paying taxes and utility bills.

Meanwhile, the government has held negotiations with both Imran Khan and Qadri to find a solution to the political stalemate.

Under mounting pressure, the prime minister conceded to the key demand of the opposition to set up a judicial commission to probe the allegations of mass rigging in last year’s general elections.