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Pakistan files murder case, naming PM as suspect, in bid to defuse crisis

Published on Aug 28, 2014 10:11 PM
 
Pakistani supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri shout anti-government slogans during a protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014. The authorities in Pakistan on Thursday filed a murder case naming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a suspect, officials said, in a bid to defuse a fortnight of anti-government protests. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The authorities in Pakistan on Thursday filed a murder case naming the Prime Minister as a suspect, officials said, in a bid to defuse a fortnight of anti-government protests.

Thousands of protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have camped outside the Parliament building in Islamabad to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The two-week showdown at the heart of the capital has rattled the nuclear-armed state and shaken Mr Sharif's government just 15 months in to a five-year mandate.

As well as wide-ranging calls for political reform, Mr Qadri has also demanded police bring murder charges against Mr Sharif over the killing of at least 10 of his followers in clashes with the police in the eastern city of Lahore.

 
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