Pressure mounts on Pakistan PM to quit as protests continue

Pakistani opposition supporters carry a wounded protester following clashes with security forces near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014.

Pakistani opposition supporters carry a wounded protester following clashes with security forces near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014.

About 8,000 protesters camped outside the home of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday demanding he quit, more than two weeks into a political crisis that has destabilized the nuclear-armed nation.

Thousands of demonstrators, led by former cricket hero Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir ul-Qadhave, have been camped outside parliament in the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks. But it was the first time they had staged a rally directly outside the office of the prime minister.

Extensive efforts to defuse the crisis have failed.

Late on Friday, protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, marched on a house in central Islamabad housing the prime minister, prompting the police to fire tear gas.

No one was hurt in the incident.

 
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