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Talks To End Pakistan Protests Make Little Progress

Pakistan -- Supporters of the head of opposition political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf listen to his speech on the seventh day of a mass anti-government protest in Islamabad, August 21, 2014

The latest round of talks in Pakistan aimed at ending protests demanding the ouster of the prime minister have ended with no reported progress.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature in Islamabad this week calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to go.

A government delegation met Qadri's team early on August 23 to discuss the demands of the cleric's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) movement, but the PAT came away dissatisfied.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) held their own talks with the government late on August 22, which proved equally fruitless.

Discussions have focused on the alleged murder of at least 10 PAT workers in clashes with police in Lahore in June.

The opposition is demanding that arrests be made and a legal case launched.

Based on reporting by AFP and BBC