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Aug 20, 2014

Pakistani parliament to meet as protesters clog streets outside

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani lawmakers are due to meet on Wednesday after an opposition leader and a firebrand cleric led thousands of protesters past riot police and barricades to parliament as part of a bid to force the prime minister to stand down.

The protests are led by former international cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities.

Aug 19, 2014

Pakistani protesters reach parliament as police look on

ISLAMABAD Aug 19 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters marched
to the Pakistani parliament on Tuesday as part of a bid to force
the prime minister to resign, using a crane and bolt cutters to
force their way past barricades of shipping containers in the
capital Islamabad.

Riot police and paramilitaries had tried to seal off the
diplomatic and government zone before the march began, and were
told not to intervene as protesters, some of them women throwing
rose petals, moved all obstacles in their way.

Aug 19, 2014

Pakistan prepares for showdown between protesters, police

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Thousands of Pakistani riot police took up position to defend a key diplomatic and political enclave of the capital on Tuesday after an opposition leader vowed to march on parliament to oust the prime minister.

Former cricket star Imran Khan said Monday that he would lead thousands of supporters in a peaceful march, but the government had banned him from the “Red Zone”, which houses many Western embassies, parliament and the office and home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Aug 18, 2014

Imran Khan calls for protests in Pakistan government zone on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan called on his supporters to march on a heavily fortified area of the capital on Tuesday after his party announced it would resign from parliament to try to force the government to hold new elections.

The moves are part of a high-stakes showdown following four days of protests in the capital of the nuclear-armed nation led by former international cricketer Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and charities.

Aug 18, 2014

Pakistan protest leaders ignore or reject Sharif’s talks offer

ISLAMABAD Aug 18 (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition leader
Imran Khan and a firebrand cleric either ignored or rejected an
offer of talks from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, the
fourth day of anti-government protests in the capital.

Both former cricketer Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who
runs a network of Islamic schools and charities, have called for
Sharif to quit, accusing him of corruption and ballot-rigging
during his landslide election victory last year.

Aug 18, 2014

Pakistani protest leaders cool towards Sharif’s offer of talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan and a firebrand cleric left an offer of talks from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dangling on Monday, as anti-government protests in the center of Islamabad moved into a fourth day.

Both former cricketer Khan, and the cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities, have called for Sharif to quit, accusing him of corruption and ballot-rigging during his landslide election victory last year.

Aug 18, 2014

Khan, Qadri cool towards Sharif’s offer of talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan and a firebrand cleric left an offer of talks from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dangling on Monday, as anti-government protests in the centre of Islamabad moved into a fourth day.

Both former cricketer Khan, and the cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities, have called for Sharif to quit, accusing him of corruption and ballot-rigging during his landslide election victory last year.

Aug 18, 2014

Cricket star Khan overplays hand in Pakistan power game

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Cricket hero Imran Khan rode a wave of discontent to finally break through as a serious player in Pakistani politics at last year’s election. Now he is aiming even higher, leading thousands on a march to the capital in a bid to unseat the prime minister.

But in taking his campaign to force out Nawaz Sharif on to the streets of Islamabad, Khan may have overplayed his hand. This weekend his crowd of followers was already thinning out, and without overt support from the military his protests are unlikely to be a game-changer.

Aug 17, 2014

Tens of thousands rally in Pakistani capital, demanding PM quit

ISLAMABAD Aug 17 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands joined
protests in Pakistan’s capital on Sunday led by opposition
figures Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, demanding the
“corrupt” prime minister step down.

“Nawaz Sharif should resign as soon as possible. We will
keep pushing forward, even into his bedroom,” said Ali Gandapur,
revenue minister in the province Khan’s party controls,
surrounded by rifle-carrying bodyguards.

Aug 17, 2014

Imran Khan calls for show of strength

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan, who is leading one of two large anti-government demonstrations in the capital, has called on followers to show their strength on Sunday as he tries to force the government to resign.

Khan, a former international cricket star whose speech is still peppered with metaphors of the game, told supporters in a late-night Saturday speech, “maybe the world cup final will be played tomorrow … people will forget Tahrir Square”.

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      "Katharine Houreld has lived in Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya and spent nine years reporting from Africa before joining Reuters as the Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent in 2012."
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