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Plane carrying prominent anti-govt cleric Tahir-ul Qadri diverted in Pakistan

Published on Jun 23, 2014 1:02 PM
 
Female supporters of Tahir-ul Qadri carrying his portrait during a protest last week in Karachi. The prominent cleric had been expected to arrive in Islamabad yesterday to lead what he describes as a revolution against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A plane carrying a prominent Pakistani cleric, en route to the to the capital Islamabad to lead what he describes as a revolution against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was diverted to another Pakistani city on Monday, an airport official said.

About 2,000 supporters of Tahir-ul Qadri clashed with police outside the main airport serving Islamabad on Monday where they had gathered to greet their leader. Qadri is usually based in Canada.

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