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Pakistan protesters keep up calls for PM's resignation

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:31

Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan continues to call for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as protests continue across the country. Sarah Toms reports.

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It's been one week and despite the soaring heat thousands of protesters continue to gather outside Pakistan's parliament. They sit, sing and dance in a show of support for this man. Former cricket star Imran Khan is demanding the resignation of the prime minister he accuses of corruption and election rigging. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI OPPOSITION LEADER IMRAN KHAN, SAYING: "Nawaz Sharif thought that these people would come here for one or two days, then they would get tired and return to their homes. It is hot here, it is sultry weather here, it rained last night, no worries. How long can one stay here? Nawaz Sharif, listen to me carefully, I am telling you about myself, I have decided that either I will free Pakistan from the kings like you or I will prefer death." Khan and his supporters aren't alone. These protesters are here in support of cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals. They are also calling on the prime minister to resign. The two groups of demonstrators have little else in common other than their desire to see Sharif's ouster but their combined numbers are intensifying pressure on the government. Some supporters of the prime minister have taken to the streets accusing Khan and Qadri of seeking to derail the democratically elected government. Those backing Khan and Qadri say they'll stay for as long as it takes so this impasse looks set to continue for some time.

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Pakistan protesters keep up calls for PM's resignation

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 01:31