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Pakistan cleric announces march to topple government

Published on Aug 11, 2014 6:29 AM
Pakistani upporters of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri arrive outside his house in Lahore on Aug 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - A populist Pakistani cleric on Sunday announced a march on Islamabad to overthrow the government, hours after being charged with murder for the death of a policeman allegedly injured in clashes with his supporters.

Tahir-ul-Qadri said he will take to the streets on the same day that opposition leader Imran Khan will hold a rally in the capital aiming to force the government to step down and hold a fresh election.

Both protest rallies will be held on Thursday when Pakistan celebrates its independence day.

"Our march will begin on August 14," Qadri told thousands of his supporters in a fiery speech in eastern city of Lahore, saying he would "struggle" along with Khan to topple the government.

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