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Imran, Qadri supporters in ‘Red Zone’

Supporters of Pakistani opposition leader ImranKhan staging a protest in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Supporters of Pakistani opposition leader ImranKhan staging a protest in Islamabad on Tuesday.  

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Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri marched with thousands of their supporters to the heavily fortified “Red Zone,” the capital’s diplomatic and political enclave, on Tuesday night as minor clashes took place between anti-government protesters and security personnel.

Anti-government protesters entered the “Red Zone,” even as clashes took place between them and the police at Serena Chowk where they removed shipping containers, Dunya TV reported.

The police were not putting up stern resistance and slowly retreated so as to avoid violence.

“Promise me, if something were to happen to me, you will take revenge on Nawaz Sharif,” Mr. Khan said while addressing his supporters before starting his march to the “Red Zone,” which houses important government buildings, including the Parliament House, Prime Minister’s House, President’s House, Supreme Court, and embassies.

Unfazed by Army deployment, the two leaders marched towards Parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. The police baton-charged Mr. Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek protesters as they neared Parliament.

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