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Protesters besiege Pakistan parliament in Islamabad

English.news.cn   2014-08-20 19:07:45

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Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahir ul Qadri gestures to his supporters outside the Parliament during a protest march in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Aug. 20, 2014. Thousands of supporters of two opposition parties, demanding resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday besieged the country's parliament as its session is in process. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of supporters of two opposition parties, demanding resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday besieged the country's parliament as its session is in process.

The protesters who entered a high security area "Red Zone" in Islamabad late Tuesday night blocked the two main gates of the parliament to stop member of the National Assembly (the lower house) to come out after the session.

Prime Minister Sharif is also attending the meeting in the parliament house to discuss the ongoing protests in the country.

The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahir ul Qadri led two separate long marches from eastern city of Lahore on Aug. 14 to Islamabad to press the gov't to fulfill their demands including the resignation of Sharif.

PTI chief Khan, whose party has 34 seats in the lower house, alleged that Sharif's party managed to win the 2013 general election through rigging at mass level. He has been demanding the free and fair probe into the rigging by a panel of the country's apex court after resignation of the PM.

While PAT workers have been protesting for their 10-point agenda, including the resignation of the PM and Chief Minister of Punjab province Shabaz Sharif and reformation of the system.

The PAT also demanded registration of a murder case against Sharif and his brother CM Punjab over the police shootout at protesters on June 17, 2014 in Lahore in which 14 PAT workers were killed and 84 others injured.

Earlier on June 16, a session court in Lahore ordered registration of a murder case against Sharif and the Punjab along with 19 others, including ministers and police officials, for the killing of 14 protesters.

No case has been registered against anybody after the court orders so far that enraged the protesters.

On Tuesday evening, Pakistan's federal government handed over the security of the important gov't buildings to the Pakistan Army, under the Article 245 of the Constitution, hours before the protesters started march to the Red Zone.

The protesters removed all blockade from the routes and ignored all warnings by the police and entered into the Red Zone.

At least one police man and four workers of PTI were injured during the protesters' march to the Red Zone.

Besides 700 army troops, thousands of paramilitary troops and policemen are also present in the area to deal with any situation.

Members of the parliament condemned the besiege of the parliament by protesters, saying it is against the political and democratic norms by going at this extreme for one's demands.

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Editor: Yang Yi
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