Pakistani PM bows to opposition demands

Pakistani PM bows to opposition demands

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), headed by former two-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, had started a 72-hour clock on their ultimatum Friday. Their demands included taking steps to address endemic corruption and price hikes.

"Today I called him (Sharif) and informed him that we want to address all issues in cooperation with opposition parties," Gilani told the media.

Gilani had already succeeded in winning back the support of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, which last week pulled out of government and briefly put the government into the minority.

Nonetheless, Gilani's willingness to work with the opposition should ease domestic pressure and help the government to concentrate on the vital fight against Taliban militancy in tribal areas along the Afghan border.

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