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Pakistan's Khan urges people to stop paying bills and tax as part of 'civil disobedience' movement

Published on Aug 18, 2014 2:17 AM
 
Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan speaks to supporters on August 17, 2014 in Islamabad. He called on thousands of protesters to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric said that only a "revolution" would bring about change. -- PHOTO: AFP 

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric said that only a "revolution" would bring about change.

"There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today," the cricketer-turned politician said, addressing the protesters he had led to the capital from the eastern city of Lahore.

He appealed to the people to stop paying utility bills and taxes to the current government, accusing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of plundering national wealth to furnish his business empire.

"I am giving a two-day deadline to the government," he said, adding that after that he would not be able to stop his workers from marching on the prime minister's house in the "Red Zone", where government buildings and embassies are located.

 
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