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Pakistan warns anti-government cleric to end protest

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AKHTAR SOOMRO

Women supporters of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri link their hands during his speech on their third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Women supporters of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri link their hands during his speech on their third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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CARLO ALLEGRI

Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs speaks on stage at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs speaks on stage at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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AKHTAR SOOMRO

Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri addresses his supporters from behind the window of an armoured vehicle on the third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri addresses his supporters from behind the window of an armoured vehicle on the third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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FAISAL MAHMOOD

A supporter of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri chants slogan during the third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A supporter of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri chants slogan during the third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
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AKHTAR SOOMRO

Supporters of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri shout slogans as they gather around a huge national flag on their third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a...more

Supporters of Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation Muhammad Tahirul Qadri shout slogans as they gather around a huge national flag on their third day of protests in Islamabad January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the army.The combination of the arrest order and the mass protest in the capital, Islamabad, led by Qadri, raised fears among politicians that the military was working with the judiciary to force out a civilian leader. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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ATHAR HUSSAIN

Paramilitary soldiers hold weapons as they walk to restore traffic after a protest of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) supporters against the Supreme Court's decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Karachi January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

Paramilitary soldiers hold weapons as they walk to restore traffic after a protest of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) supporters against the Supreme Court's decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Karachi January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Athar Hussain
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MOHSIN RAZA

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) hold party flags as they burn tyres during a protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Lahore January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the...more

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) hold party flags as they burn tyres during a protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Lahore January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the army. The combination of the arrest order and the mass protest in the capital, Islamabad, led by Muslim cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, raised fears among politicians that the military was working with the judiciary to force out a civilian leader. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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MOHSIN RAZA

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) hold party flags as they burn tyres during a protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Lahore January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the...more

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) hold party flags as they burn tyres during a protest against the Supreme Court decision to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Lahore January 16, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also facing street protests led by a cleric who has a history of ties to the army. The combination of the arrest order and the mass protest in the capital, Islamabad, led by Muslim cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, raised fears among politicians that the military was working with the judiciary to force out a civilian leader. (Picture of assassinated Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the flag) REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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