ISLAMABAD, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- As political crisis in Pakistan is fast growing and thousands of anti-government protesters have forced their way to reach the parliament building, the country's powerful army on Wednesday called for dialogue to resolve the current situation.
The rare statement came shortly after the protesters, demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, removed all hurdles and reached a highly secured area in the capital city.
The authorities had earlier stopped the protesters from entering the "Red Zone" which houses diplomatic missions and other important buildings including the Prime Minister's House.
Cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan, and a religious leader, Tahir-ul-Qadri, led thousands of their supporters to enter the Red Zone.
Major political parties had called for patience and dialogue to resolve the political deadlock, however, all efforts for dialogue have failed so far.
Pakistan army also joined in calls for "meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest to resolve prevailing impasse. "
The military spokesman said the current "situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders."
Major General Asim Bajwa said in a statement that buildings in Red Zone are symbol of state and being protected by army, " therefore sanctity of these national symbols must be respected."
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