ISLAMABAD: A fiery Pakistani preacher who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.
Tahir-ul-Qadri emerged from a late night round with government representatives to tell his followers early Thursday that the talks have failed.
The negotiations were meant to find a peaceful solution to a crisis that has raised fears of political instability in Pakistan.
The preacher, a dual Pakistani-Canadian citizen with a wide following, and Pakistan's cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan have been leading mass rallies for two weeks in Islamabad.
They want Sharif to resign over allegations of vote fraud in last year's elections.
Sharif Thursday canceled a planned official visit to Turkey to deal with the crisis at home.