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Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

ISLAMABAD, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Pakistani soldiers and
paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state
television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of
protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the
air.

Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero
cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a
firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to
bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister’s house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend.

News footage showed soldiers and paramilitary forces entering PTV national television’s headquarters in central Islamabad after a crowd broke through its gate and into the building.

Sep 1, 2014

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones marched on government buildings in the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation turned violent over the weekend.

Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police.

Aug 30, 2014

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country’s political crisis failed.

Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. On Saturday Sharif once again said he would not go.

Aug 29, 2014

Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.

But in an embarrassing twist for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the army quickly denied this, saying it had been specifically instructed by the government to step in to help mediate with the opposition.

Aug 29, 2014

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif distances himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he did not turn to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.

Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end the conflict have repeatedly failed in recent days, leaving Pakistan locked in a dangerous deadlock with thousands of protesters massing outside parliament for weeks in a country that has seen a string of military coups.

Aug 29, 2014

Pakistan leader distances himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he did not turn to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.

Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end the conflict have repeatedly failed in recent days, leaving Pakistan locked in a dangerous deadlock with thousands of protesters massing outside parliament for weeks in a country that has seen a string of military coups.

Aug 28, 2014

Pakistan’s powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis

ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army stepped into a
political struggle between the country’s embattled prime
minister and the opposition on Thursday, signalling a possible
end to a crisis that has destabilised the coup-prone nation.

Pakistan has been gripped by mass rallies for more than two
weeks, with protesters led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran
Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri camped outside
parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

Aug 28, 2014

Pakistan’s Khan looks isolated as crisis reaches crossroads

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated in his struggle to bring down the prime minister on Thursday after a fellow protest leader announced he was ready to allow thousands of anti-government demonstrators to go home.

Pakistan has been gripped by mass rallies for two weeks, with thousands of protesters led by Khan, a cricketer-turned-politician, and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri camped outside parliament demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Aug 28, 2014

Pakistan on tenterhooks as protesters gear up for ‘decisive day’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan slipped deeper into crisis on Thursday after talks between the government and the opposition failed and protesters prepared for what their leaders declared would be a “deciding day” in their bid to bring down the prime minister.

Pakistan has been gripped by mass protests for two weeks, with thousands of demonstrators led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ul-Qadri camped outside parliament in a country prone to military coups.