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Anti-govt protesters reach Islamabad demanding ouster of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan announces sit-in

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, center, with other his party leaders attend an anti government rally during heavy rain in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday. (Source: AP Photo) Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, center, with other his party leaders attend an anti government rally during heavy rain in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday. (Source: AP Photo)
By: PTI | Islamabad | Posted: August 16, 2014 10:51 am | Updated: August 16, 2014 11:51 am

Thousands of anti-government protestors led by opposition leader Imran Khan on Saturday reached Islamabad with an aim of ousting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The opposition groups, led by cricketer-turned-politician Khan and Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri, will protest in the capital to press Sharif to call an early election little over a year after his landslide victory in the polls.

Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan take part in an anti government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday. (Source: AP Photo) Supporters of Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan take part in an anti government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday. (Source: AP Photo)

The protestors reached here from Lahore after travelling more than 300 kms in over 35 hours.

Addressing his thousands of supporters here amid rains early in the morning, Khan announced to stage a sit-in from 3 pm today till Sharif’s ousting.

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan raises fists during an anti government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad late Friday. (Source: AP photo) Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan raises fists during an anti government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad late Friday. (Source: AP photo)

“I am not derailing democracy because there is no democracy in the country. We will not go away till Nawaz Sharif resigns,” he told his supporters. Senior leaders of his party and workers also echoed the same sentiments when they chanted “Go Nawaz Go” slogan.

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The rain and journey took toll on Khan who had not slept for 40 hours, supporters said.

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According to Pervez Khattak, his party’s chief minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Khan was suffering from high fever. He asked the workers to pray for Khan’s quick recovery.

Thousands of supporters of Qadri’s “revolution march” also reached at a separate venue in Islamabad.

Qazi Faiz, spokesman of Qadri, said that the cleric was suffering from a sour throat but will address the workers.

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. Source: AP Photo Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. (Source: AP Photo)

Both Khan and Qadri had initially planned to take out a joint rally to oust Sharif but later differences cropped between the two.

Government expects the marchers disperse peacefully as backdoor efforts are already continued…

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