INTERVIEW-Imran Khan says mass protest no danger to Pakistan democracy

* Khan’s PTI party planning mass protests on Wednesday

* Khan accuses Pakistan PM of corruption

* Pakistan military has history of staging coups

By Kay Johnson and Drazen Jorgic

ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday dismissed accusations his planned shutdown of the nation’s capital could lead to a military coup, saying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “can’t hide behind ‘democracy in danger'” to quash protests.

Khan, a former national cricket hero, has vowed to bring a million people into Islamabad on Wednesday to paralyse the government and force Sharif either to resign or allow an inquiry into the “Panama Papers” revelations about his family’s offshore wealth.

Sharif’s ruling PML-N party has accused Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of endangering democracy by attempting to draw Pakistan’s powerful military into a political dispute – a sensitive issue in a nation where the army has a history of staging coups.

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