Tumultuous protests aim to oust Sharif in Pakistan
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:25
Opposition politicians in Pakistan lead protesters to the steps of parliament, demanding Prime Minister Sharif resign. Gavino Garay reports.
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Chanting on the steps of parliament in Pakistan.
Thousands of protesters say they'll stay as long as necessary, defiant in their fight to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
They accuse Sharif of rigging vote counts in the election that brought him to power...and they want him to step down.
It's the latest obstacle for the prime minister's 15-month-old government, already struggling with high unemployment and a Taliban insurgency.
Cricket star turned politician, Imran Khan, is leading the charge against Sharif. He says the Prime Minister is corrupt and is calling on Pakistanis to help oust him..
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OPPOSITION POLITICIAN, IMRAN KHAN, SAYING:
"I am giving this message to all Pakistanis. All Pakistanis should come here, so that all of us together can demand the resignation of Nawaz Sharif."
Populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri has joined the protest, telling his supporters that their efforts will not go unnoticed.... although the sit-in may be on shaky ground.
With no evidence of wrongdoing by prime minister, the Supreme Court has ordered both Imran Khan and ul-Qadri to appear in court and explain their actions.
Kahn however, is defiant, declaring that the people will only go home after "the sun of freedom" rises.
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