Imran holds 90-minute meeting with army chief

Nov 30, -0001

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan has returned to the protest sit-in venue after holding a meeting with the Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at Army House Rawalpindi, Samaa reported early Friday morning.

Earlier, the powerful army chief heard Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran's case at length.

"Army Chief General Raheel Sharif's Meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan begins at Rawalpindi", DG ISPR Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.

According to sources, later, Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar also joined the two in the key meeting.

In a statement issued even earlier, the ISPR said the leaders of both the political parties staging mass anti-government protests outside Parliament, will hold meetings with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif tonight.

"Army Chief will meet PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chairman PAT Allama Tahirul Qadri tonight in Islamabad", Bajwa said in an earlier tweet.

Earlier Thursday, army chief was named mediator in the  fortnight-long political crisis, fueling speculation that the military could use the protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to re-assert its dominance over the civilian government.

Thousands of demonstrators led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have been camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad since August 15, demanding the prime minister step down.

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