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Pakistan protesters reach parliament in bid to force PM to resign

Published on Aug 20, 2014 3:59 AM

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistan protesters reached the Islamabad parliament building in the early hours of Wednesday morning in their bid to force the prime minister to resign, but did not go inside.

Reuters journalists saw protesters on their way to parliament wearing hard hats and tough leather gloves using cranes and bolt cutters to move aside barricades of shipping containers and barbed wire.

Cleric Tahir ul-Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

The government has allowed protests in the capital but has said they would not be allowed to march on parliament.

Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri remove containers to march towards parliament as they take part in an anti-government demonstration in Islamabad on August 19, 2014. Pakistan on August 19 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. -- PHOTO: AFP 
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