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Open to talks: Pak govt Meanwhile the government again reached out to the protesters saying they were open to restarting negotiations. "They wanted their demands to be met at gunpoint but still, our doors are open for talks," Information minister Pervaiz Rashid said On Saturday night, police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse protesters loyal to Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf and firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Among the hundreds injured, many suffered respiratory problems caused by tear gas shelling. Others were brought in for injuries caused in the lathi charge. Read: Qadri issues 24-hour deadline for Sharif to resignPolice were brutal: protesters Many of those admitted said the police were particularly brutal in its attack on the protesters. Many media persons were among the injured. The latest rounds of protest came after talks between the government and the PTI and PAT broke down. A mediatory role offered by the army chief did not come to much as both sides accused the other of inviting the army into the crisis. The PM stated on the floor of the parliament earlier this week that the army had come in to play a mediatory role on the insistence of the protesting parties. This claim was refuted by both Qadri and Imran Khan who insisted that the PM was lying. While Sharif has repeated that he will not step down, his detractors are insisting that they will settle for nothing less. "The end is near. The government is crumbling," PAT leader Tahir ul Qadri told his supporters as he led a protest earlier this week wearing a shroud.Read: Protest leaders meet Pakistan Army chief
(With PTI inputs)