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Pakistan anti-government protesters march on parliament

Published on Aug 20, 2014 1:14 AM
 

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan on Tuesday sent troops to boost security in Islamabad's government district, as opposition politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric led protesters marching on parliament in a high-stakes bid to depose the prime minister.

Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, and preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri say last year's general election was rigged and have demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

Thousands of their followers have rallied in Islamabad over the past five days to demand Sharif quit, piling pressure on the government little more than a year since its landslide victory.

The government has used shipping containers to seal off Islamabad's "red zone", which houses key buildings including parliament, the prime minister's house and numerous Western embassies.

Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri gather at an anti-government march in Islamabad on August 19, 2014. Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan led protesters marching on parliament in a high-stakes bid to depose the prime minister. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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