The Big Question! Who’s Lying: Pak Army Chief or PM Nawaz Sharif

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Adding to the woes of embattled Prime Minister Nawaz sharif, Pakistan Army has swiftly rejected his claim that he did not seek military help to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters, who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.

Nawaz Sharif's efforts to end the conflict have repeatedly failed, leaving Pakistan in a dangerous deadlock with thousands of protesters.

Earlier, opposition leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri announced that they would directly negotiate with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. Both men later held dialogue with the general. Qadri has not commented on the discussions, while Imran Khan said the army would act as a guarantor on one of his key demands, for an investigation into his accusations of fraud in an election last year.

Earlier, Sharif said he had nothing to do with the army’s decision to step into the conflict.

"The army did not ask to play the role of mediator, neither have we requested them to play such a role," he told the assembly where he enjoys a strong majority.

Sharif added that he had not objected to both Khan and Qadri meeting the army chief. "If ... they want to meet the army chief then they should certainly meet," he said.

However, the army's press wing quickly tweeted: "(The army chief) was asked by the Govt to play facilitative role for resolution of current impasse, in yesterday's meeting, at (Sharif's) House."

Prime Minister Sharif was toppled in a military coup in 1999 during his previous stint in office. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.

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