You have Only 48 hours, Nawaz Sharif Warned

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Amid deepening political crisis in Pakistan, cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri has given a fresh 48-hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign after a former top Election Commission official supported protestor’s allegations of rigging in last year’s elections.

Retd Add Sec ECP M Afzal Khan alleged that former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice (retd) Riaz Kayani and former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim were involved in the rigging. Khan retired on May 17, 2013.

Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan further intensified their campaign against the current government following the disclosure.

"I ask the members of National Assembly to leave the House before my deadline expires," Mr Qadri said addressing his supporters outside the Parliament.

"All the credit for this struggle goes to the people," he said. The cleric blamed the ruling PML-N for letting the situation escalate to this stage.

"We consider the government unconstitutional from the very first day," Qadri said.

Mr Qadri gave the 48-hour deadline to the government, asking it to dissolve the assemblies, let the FIR of Model Town incident in which 14 of his supporters were killed be registered and release Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report.

Qadri sought arrest of Prime Minister Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

"Election 2013 unravelling as people come forward to give evidence of planned rigging. Latest is confession of Retd Add Sec ECP M Afzal Khan," Imran Khan tweeted.

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