Cleric leading Pakistan protests reaches deal with government

ISLAMABAD Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:54am EST

1 of 2. Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri addresses his supporters from behind the window of an armoured vehicle on the second day of protests in Islamabad January 15, 2013.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric calling for the Pakistani government to resign said on Thursday he had reached an agreement with the administration and would call halt to the street protests in Islamabad that triggered a political crisis four days ago.

"We have reached an agreement. After getting the prime minister's signature, we will read it in out front of protesters," the cleric, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, who has a history of ties to the military, told his supporters.

(Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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