ISLAMABAD, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- An opposition party, which has started protest against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since August 14, ended deadlock in talks with the government and met a government negotiation team late Tuesday to defuse the political tensions.
Supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party or PTI have staged a protest sit-in in the capital Islamabad and are demanding resignation of the Prime Minister (PM). The party alleges last year's parliamentary elections were rigged, which were won by Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party. The government has rejected calls for resignation of the PM but has agreed to investigate the alleged rigging in the polls.
The dialogue faced a deadlock at the weekend over demand for the resignation of the PM.
However the talks were resumed Tuesday when a government team met with the PTI negotiating committees "to explore possibilities of breaking the political deadlock," leaders of the two sides said.
"We have ended the deadlock," a senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Shah Qureshi told reporters after the meeting. He said both sides will meet on Wednesday to "focus on exploring possibilities to move forward." He did not give any more details of the meeting.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who led the government's team, said the deadlock is still there but the two sides would meet on Wednesday to find a solution.
Both sides have already held three rounds of talks, however, the process could not make any progress due to the demand for the PM's resignation. PTI had later suggested Nawaz Sharif should transfer power to other leaders of his party for 30 days until investigations into the elections are completed.
A religious leader, Dr Tahir ul Qadri, is also leading a protest sit-in in Islamabad against the government and wants to bring out a "revolution."
He had also suspended talks with the government this week and has not yet decided to end the deadlock.
The protests have disrupted life in Islamabad and affected the economic situation in the country. The rupee has been devalued against the dollar since the protest has started.