ISLAMABAD- Chief of the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said the army had given a 48 hour ultimatum to the prime minister.

Speaking to a private TV channel in an interview, Shujaat said that preparations were under way to hold a referendum for the formation of a national government. The PML-Q chief said that the army was against Nawaz, adding that the prime minister had opened far too many fronts with the armed forces.

Shujaat added that no one will back from the demand of the registration of cases against the Sharif brothers and other PML-N leaders over the Model Town tragedy. He said the protesters were not going anywhere and would only leave once the prime minister resigns.

Shujaat's statement comes a day after the army said it didn't want to intervene in the political crisis which has developed as a result of the protests led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.