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Pakistan Parties Back Sharif as Khan Protests Lose Energy

Pakistani political parties stood behind Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a joint session of parliament and a leader of the two-week-old demonstrations against the government quit, indicating the movement to oust Sharif may be waning.

Opposition party leaders criticized Sharif’s style, policies and the conduct of the nation’s elections in 2013 in speeches to parliament in Islamabad yesterday, while saying it was more important that democracy and the constitution be upheld amid the street protests led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.