Pakistan protest leader to meet political figures to discuss crisis

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protest leader Imran Khan said on Tuesday he would hold talks with a conservative Islamist politician who has been trying to mediate between Khan's political party and the government since the beginning of a political crisis.

"Siraj-ul-Haq is coming with (other opposition figures) for talks, we have invited them to come. We will hold talks with them," Khan told his supporters.

"We will put our stance in front of them and they will do the same ... The Door for talks should always remain open."

Khan, who has refused to negotiate with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose resignation he is demanding, stopped short of saying that he could hold direct talks with the government.

(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Robert Birsel)