Tensions ease in Pakistan; talks to end crisis gain momentum
September 04, 2014  20:50
Pakistan's political crisis that raised fears of instability and military intervention in the coup-prone country seemed to be headed towards resolution with efforts to seal a negotiated settlement between the government and protesters gaining momentum today.

In an indication of easing of tensions between the Nawaz Sharif-led government and protesters, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-I- Insaf and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek are ready to vacate the high-security Constitution Avenue area.

Later, the workers of PAT and PTI vacated the lawn of the Parliament House and moved to D-Chowk where most of PTI supporters are camped in front of the Parliament.

"The government is ready to accept all other demands of PTI and PAT other than the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif," Nisar said.
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