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Anti-government protests in Pakistan turn violent, one dead

  • One person died and at least 300 were injured in violent clashes as Pakistani protesters forced their way inside the premises of the parliament in capital Islamabad. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to control the crowd.

    The protesters, who are demanding prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation, are mostly supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.

    Though at least 30,000 security personnel were present at the site, the heart of Pakistan’s establishment, the protesters used a truck to force open the gates to the Parliament and entered the lawns.  

    There is still uncertainty over what role the army will play in the crisis.

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