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Anti-PM Sharif clashes continue in Pakistan

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Pakistani protesters stand amongst tear gas during clashes with police in Islamabad. Photo: 31 August 2014At least 300 people were injured in the clashes

Clashes are continuing in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the resignation of PM Nawaz Sharif.

 

Police again fired tear gas as the demonstrators tried to regroup after a night of violence near Mr Sharif’s residence in the capital, Islamabad.

At least 300 people were injured in the clashes, including 26 policemen.

Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri have been taking part in a sit-in for two weeks.

They want Mr Sharif to resign, alleging corruption and electoral fraud. The prime minister denies the accusation.

Islamabad police chief Khalid Khattak told the BBC that close to 100 protesters had been arrested as the crowds tried to march on Mr Sharif’s official residence in the capital.

Riot police clash with protesters in Islamabad. Photo: 31 August 2014On Sunday, police tried to disperse the protesters, who were regrouping
Protesters in IslamabadOvernight, a number of protesters were seen carrying clubs as they marched on the PM’s residence
Police fire tear gas in IslamabadPolice fired tear gas at the charging crowds
Nearly 100 protesters were arrested at the sceneNearly 100 protesters were arrested at the scene

“Many of them were armed with axes, hammers and cutters, and I’m sure they also have firearms though we haven’t seen one yet,” he said.

On Friday Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen Raheel Sharif, stepped in to mediate amid an ongoing deadlock.

Imran Khan ended talks with the government last week.

A government minister said that repeated attempts to resolve the two-week long standoff with protesters had failed.

Speaking to BBC World TV, cleric Qadri condemned the police’s actions as an “unimaginable attack by the state upon the people”, and denied that protesters were armed with weapons. Read more…

 

_BBC

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