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Pakistan protest leaders vow no let-up until PM Sharif steps down

Published on Aug 16, 2014 1:39 PM
 
A Pakistani man listens to a broadcasted speech by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a television in a electronics market in Islamabad on Aug 12, 2014. The leaders of two Pakistani protest movements vowed on Saturday to keep their protests alive until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns, after thousands entered the country's capital in the biggest challenge yet to the 15-month-old civilian government. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - The leaders of two Pakistani protest movements vowed on Saturday to keep their protests alive until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns, after thousands entered the country's capital in the biggest challenge yet to the 15-month-old civilian government.

"I will not leave here until I have got real freedom for the country," former cricket star Imran Khan, who heads the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, told thousands of supporters who followed him into Islamabad the day before. "Decide Nawaz Sharif! Resign and announce elections."

Populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who has spearheaded a separate protest march to the capital, planned to stage a sit-in with his followers and deliver a speech at around midday.

"Dr Qadri will present the 'Demands of Revolution March 2014', which includes stepping down of Nawaz Sharif and his government and his immediate arrest," said Qadri's spokesman, Shahid Mursaleen.

 
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