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Pakistani police fire on protesters

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:34

Several people, including policemen, are injured as Pakistani police fire tear gas after thousands try to march on Prime Minister Sharif's house to force to quit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came under new pressure to resign on Saturday as thousands massed outside his residence following more than two weeks of demonstrations against his rule. Protesters led by former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadhave have been camped outside parliament for more than two weeks. But it was the first time they had staged a rally directly outside the office of the prime minister to demand he step down. On Saturday, Sharif once again said he would not resign, and police fired tear gas at protesters camped in the so-called Red Zone, home to many government buildings and embassies. Television footage showed several injured protesters being carried away by colleagues. Hospital sources said dozens of injured had been brought in, including at least five policemen. Pakistan has been ruled by the military for more than half its history, and the army stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. But as of Saturday night, at least 8,000 protesters were still camped out in the center of the capital. Sharif has displeased the army by trying to strengthen civilian rule and improve relations with India and Afghanistan, and the latest conflict has given the military an opportunity to sideline him on security and foreign policy issues.

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Pakistani police fire on protesters

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:34