Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

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By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off. The protests have been led by opposition leaders Imran Khan,a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, who have both announced they would now directly negotiate with army chief General Raheel Sharif.