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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:37 PM

Pakistan deal reached to end cleric Qadri's protest

Source: BBC

17 January 2013 Last updated at 19:44 GMT

Pakistan deal reached to end cleric Qadri's protest

The Pakistani government has reached a deal with cleric Tahirul Qadri to end his mass protest near parliament in Islamabad, the two sides say.

Mr Qadri wanted the government to resign ahead of elections due in May. The government agreed to dissolve parliament before 16 March.

Pakistan was thrown into crisis on Tuesday by the protests and a court order to arrest PM Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Analysts say that Mr Ashraf is unlikely to be arrested imminently.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21055900

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