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Supporters of Imran Khan, head of opposition political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, gather during an anti-government protest for the 12th day in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Aug. 25, 2014. Pakistan's top court on Monday ordered the two opposition parties, of which thousands of activists protested against the government outside the parliament house, to vacate the main avenue as their sit-ins have affected the traffic in the capital. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the powerful army chief on Tuesday, a source in his administration said, as a political deadlock over mass protests for the government’s resignation showed no signs of resolution. Pakistan has been gripped by peaceful opposition protests demanding Sharif’s resignation this month, with thousands of demonstrators camped outside parliament in a country that has experienced a succession of military coups.

Protesters led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have vowed to occupy the capital, Islamabad, until Sharif resigns – a demand the premier has rejected.

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered filing of an FIR against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party leaders over an incident of violence in Lahore, prompting cleric Tahir-ul Qadri to demand those found responsible be hanged.
 At least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a clash between police and Qadri’s Pakistan Awami League (PAT) in Lahore’s Model Town area, after a police party tried to remove barriers around Qadri’s house and the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.

The Judicial Tribunal constituted to probe the tragedy had held Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is the brother of Nawaz Sharif, and the Punjab government responsible for it, Dawn reported.