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Pakistan opposition leader plans mass rally for fresh polls

Published on Aug 5, 2014 9:03 PM
 
Former Pakistani cricketer and opposition leader Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad on Aug 5, 2014. Former Pakistani cricket hero turned opposition leader Imran Khan on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014, announced he would hold a major protest in the capital Islamabad next week to force the government into holding fresh elections. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Former Pakistani cricket hero turned opposition leader Imran Khan on Tuesday announced he would hold a major protest in the capital Islamabad next week to force the government into holding fresh elections.

Mr Khan, who leads the third largest party in Pakistan's parliament, has long complained of massive rigging in the 2013 general election which saw the country's first transition of power from one civilian-led government to another.

"For the past 14 months we have taken all legal courses available, but we did not get justice and now we are compelled to come out on the streets," Mr Khan told a press conference.

"On August 14, God willing, we will hold the biggest protest in the history of Pakistan in Islamabad where we will demand another election," he said.

 
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