imran and qadri nawaz sharifIslamabad: The opposition negotiating team was able to break the political deadlock between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the government on September 3 after the former agreed to meet a government team to negotiate its demands.

A meeting with the opposition negotiating team held at Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik’s residence in the capital. In a joint media briefing, leader of the opposition negotiating team, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul Haq, said the meeting was productive. “It has been a productive meeting. There is still a deadlock, but 70 percent of the work has been done. We believe there will a concrete solution soon.”

The anti-government protests led by PTI chairman Imran Khan and PAT chief Tahir-ul-Qadri began Aug 15 in an attempt to topple Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who they accuse of rigging the 2013 general elections.

While Khan and Qadri continue to demand that Sharif must resign, a joint session of parliament saw all parties put aside their differences and come out overwhelmingly in the support of the prime minister.