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Pakistan's PM denies asking army to mediate with opposition rallying outside parliament

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    A supporter of Pakistan's cricket celebrity-turned-politician Imran Khan takes part in an anti-government rally with writing on her forehead "Go Nawaz Go," in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) (The Associated Press)

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    A supporter of Pakistan's cricket celebrity-turned-politician Imran Khan rally against government in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) (The Associated Press)

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    A volunteer of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri listens to his leader holding his baby with headband reads "revolution or martyrdom," during a sit-in protest near the parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Pakistani police have registered a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz, key cabinet members and senior officials on charges of abetting 14 murders of the supporters of a fiery cleric who has been leading for two weeks thousands of anti-government protests in capital Islamabad. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

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    Thousands of supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri listen to their leader during a sit-in protest near the parliament building, seen in background, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Pakistani police have registered a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz, key cabinet members and senior officials on charges of abetting 14 murders of the supporters of a fiery cleric who has been leading for two weeks thousands of anti-government protests in capital Islamabad. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (The Associated Press)

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    Supporters of Pakistan's cricket celebrity-turned-politician Imran Khan rally against government in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.

Nawaz Sharif's remarks to the National Assembly on Friday indicate that the negotiations — with or without army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif's mediation — were unlikely to produce a breakthrough in the crisis.

They also threw into question reports that said the government had requested the powerful military's mediation.

The premier spoke a day after the army chief met with cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who are leading the protests.

Earlier, Khan and Qadri had said they agreed to army chief's role as "mediator and guarantor" in further talks with government.