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Tight security ahead of Independence Day protests in Pakistan


08-14-2014 17:33 BJT

Thursday is the Independence Day in Pakistan, where an opposition party has begun a mass demonstration aiming to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

Supporters of former cricket star Imran Khan gathered in the eastern city of Lahore to march 370 kilometers to Islamabad, where they will start a sit-in against the government. Imran Khan says he will not end his protest until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. President Mamnoon Hussain said the country cannot "afford any meaningless political adventurism" at this time. 

On Wednesday, riot police sealed off Pakistan’s capital with barbed wire and shipping containers. Police have been trying to stop the protest, and said they had detained 2,100 people in the past few days.

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