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Pakistan protest talks deadlocked after arrests

Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan shout slogans during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad on September 13, 2014Talks to end a month long sit-in by anti-government protesters in Pakistan were deadlocked Saturday after authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators, some of whom were accused of storming a TV station. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have gathered thousands of supporters in Islamabad since August 14 calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over what they claim was massive rigging of the 2013 election. Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan confirmed that the government had detained several people for storming the state run Pakistan Television (PTV) building earlier this month. The arrests prompted Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party to cancel talks aimed at ending the crisis.

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