Transmission of the main state news TV channel in Pakistan was cut minutes after an anchor announced demonstrators had entered the building and "besieged" staff.
Amid mounting pressure from protesters to quit as Pakistan's Prime Minister, a defiant Nawaz Sharif today refused to resign saying the country has survived "difficult times" and the current political crisis too shall pass.
Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and then exiled, Sharif made a triumphant comeback as PM for a third time in last year's polls. But critics say that slow pace of reforms, apparent detachment and poor relations with the military emboldened his challengers and encouraged the anti-government protests.
Even if, as seems likely, the Khan and Qadri protests eventually fizzle out due to a lack of overt support from the military, the Nawaz Sharif will emerge weakened from the crisis.
The protests come as Pakistan's armed forces wage an offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest and as the government tries to boost a flagging economy.
The protests have piled extra pressure on the 15-month-old civilian government already struggling to overcome high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency.
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