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Pakistan government to hold dialogue with Imran Khan, Qadri

Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan rally in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan rally in Islamabad, Pakistan.  

Pakistani government on Sunday announced to hold talks with two Opposition political leaders who are leading thousands of their supporters in sit-ins in Islamabad and demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced talks with the Opposition leaders shortly after anti—government leader Imran Khan announced civil disobedience movement, Xinhua reported.

Imran Khan told his supporters in Islamabad that he will not pay taxes and utility bills. He also asked the people not to pay taxes and bills. Despite the announcement of the civil disobedience movement, the interior minister said the government has decided to start dialogue with Imran Khan and another opposition leader Tahir ul Qadri who is also protesting against the government in Islamabad.

The minister said the government will form two committees to begin talks with both leaders possibly on Monday. He said the committees will comprise leaders of other parties and the government representatives.

Mr. Nisar also criticised the announcement of the civil disobedience movement and said that such steps were considered against the state.

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