The protests are headed by opposition leader
Tension has gripped parts of the country since last week with running clashes between police and Qadri's supporters in the eastern city of
In the capital
Both Khan and Qadri allege that the 2013 elections, which saw Prime Minister
But critics accuse the groups of being aided by the powerful military establishment in order to undermine the government whilst diverting attention from more pressing issues like an offensive against the
"In the beginning investors believed that there might be some political reconciliation before the march takes off," said
"But after the call yesterday of Qadri, panic gripped the investors," he said.
The marches are planned for
The exchange lost some
In a telephone interview with AFP from his home in
"I totally reject these allegations and declare them them wrong, false and baseless," he said.
Qadri, who briefly returned to
"We would like the participation of all political parties but with the condition that only those people with good character, integrity and honesty with records free of corruption are invited.
"Technocrats would be invited and some bureaucrats with very good records.
"Specialists, including economists, lawyers, farmers, traders, industrialists, the labour class -- every segment of society should be represented," he added.
The government for its part has rejected the allegations and accuses the opposition groups of attempting to obtain by force what they could not achieve through democracy.
"These people should have participated in the election if they wanted to bring a revolution but the problem is they don't get more than fifty votes if they contest election(s)," Prime Minister Sharif said in
"Nobody at the time raised objections over these arrangements. Around the world people don't wait 14 months before protesting rigging," he told AFP.
He added that Khan in particular was worried about the government's economic performance -- which includes doubling foreign exchange reserves from
In July, ratings agency Moody's upgraded
A senior government official who asked to remain anonymous added that both Khan and Qadri were "being coordinated" by a section of the Inter Services Intelligence agency as part of a plot by the army, which has been angered by the ongoing treason trial of former military ruler
Both leaders have rejected the allegations.
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