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Washington Says Closely Watching Protests In Pakistan

Washington says it is carefully monitoring the demonstrations in Islamabad, where protesters are occupying parts of the capital's district of government buildings and demanding the resignation of the prime minister.

In an August 21 statement, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad urged all sides to refrain from violence and also said Washington is not involved in discussions between the parties.

The statement comes after Imran Khan, the leader of opposition party Tehrik-i-Insaaf, accused the United States on August 21 of interfering in Pakistani politics.

Pakistani lawmakers on August 21 unanimously approved a resolution saying it would be unconstitutional for street protests to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign or dissolve the legislature.

Khan and populist Islamic cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have been leading separate, simultaneous protests calling for Sharif’s resignation.

With reporting by Reuters