Pakistan's PM threatens to clear protesters camped in capital

By REUTERS
September 17, 2014 12:36

 
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, weakened by weeks of demonstrations calling for him to resign, threatened on Wednesday to clear a protest camp established more than a month ago outside government offices in Islamabad.

Protesters led by Imran Khan, a former cricket star, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been locked in a bitter stand-off with the government since mid-August, refusing to leave their camp until Sharif steps down.

The protest leaders accuse Sharif of rigging last year's election which brought him back to power in a landslide.

"Up until now, we have tolerated all this and acted with decency and patience," Sharif said in televised remarks.

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