Pakistan cleric protest deal agreed


The Pakistani government has reached a deal with cleric Tahirul Qadri to end a mass protest by his supporters near parliament in Islamabad, according to representatives from the two sides.

Mr Qadri wanted the government to resign ahead of elections due in May. The government agreed to dissolve parliament before 16 March.

Pakistan was thrown into crisis on Tuesday by the protests and a court order to arrest PM Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Orla Guerin reports.

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