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Pakistani opposition leader launches march


08-14-2014 19:25 BJT

Senior Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan started an anti-government march on Thursday from the city of Lahore in the country’s eastern Punjob Province.

Khan, a former cricket icon, told his supporters that he is fighting for a "new Pakistan" that the rulers have "failed to deliver." The marchers will reach Islamabad, where they will start a sit-in aimed against the government. Khan says he will not end his protest until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. He claims that Sharif created his government through "rigging" last year’s elections. 

Prime Minister Sharif rejected calls for resignation and accused Khan of weakening his elected government. Paramilitary troops and police have been deployed in Lahore to ensure security. A court in Lahore also stopped Imran Khan from the "unconstitutional marches." Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain warned against political adventurism at a time when Pakistan is facing the threat of terrorism with security forces fighting in the northern tribal regions.

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