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Pakistani Opposition Parties Await Deadline They Set For PM To Resign

Activists and supporters of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) and other opposition parties in Islamabad on November 1.

Tens of thousands of opposition parties supporters at a protest camp in Pakistan's capital are awaiting a deadline set by their leader calling for the prime minister to resign before November 4.

Firebrand cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the Jamian Ulam-e Islam party, led a caravan of supporters to Islamabad last week in a bid to pressure Imran Khan to step down, calling him an "illegitimate'' ruler. Eight more opposition parties are supporting the protest.

Rehman has hinted he could direct his partisans to march on the seat of Pakistan's government and force Khan's resignation. Khan says he has no plans of quitting.

Pakistani authorities further strengthened security around the camp in the lead-up to Sunday night's deadline. That includes walls of shipping containers blocking roads leading into and out of the protest area, as well as deploying riot police and paramilitary forces.

-- Reported by the AP