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Pakistan's Opposition Says Two Supporters Killed By Police Tear Gas

Activists of opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) clash with police during a march to the capital, near the northwestern city of Swabi on October 31.

Pakistan's second-largest opposition party says two of its supporters have died from the use of tear gas by police to prevent hundreds of demonstrators from entering Islamabad for a planned protest.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a leader of the opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said the two died on November 1 "due to excessive use of expired tear-gas shells" during overnight clashes with police.

Hundreds of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan, Pakistan’s cricketer turned politician, are trying to enter Islamabad for a November 2 demonstration that Khan has called to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Khan has threatened to "shut down" Islamabad in his push to unseat Sharif on grounds of alleged corruption linked to the Panama Papers leak.

Documents leaked in April from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm appear to show that Sharif's daughter and two sons owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Khan has implied the firms were used to shelter funds obtained through corruption.

Sharif's family denies wrongdoing.

With reporting by Reuters, DawnNews, and Geo-TV