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Protesters, Police Resume Clashes In Islamabad


Opposition protesters use sticks to hit a car and a motorcycle as they protest during Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in Islamabad, September 1, 2014.

Antigovernment protesters and police have clashed again in the Pakistani capital Islamabad after weeks of demonstrations calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

Reports on September 1 said protesters armed with stones and sticks tried to break through police lines and reach the prime minister's residence.

Three people were killed and hundreds injured in violence that started on August 30 when demonstrators tried to storm Sharif's residence.

Pakistan's military on August 31 warned protesters and authorities to resolve the stand-off that started on August 15 when thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri started their demonstration in Islamabad.

The military said it has an obligation to ensure the security of the state.

Protesters accuse Sharif of rigging the 2013 elections that brought him to power.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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