Over 25,000 thousand Pakistanis have been gathering in Islamabad to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Protests have been organized by former cricket player, Imran Kahn and Islamic cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. Protestors claim the May 2013 elections were fraudulent and the Prime Minister must resign so a fair election can be held.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful until the crowd approached the home of Sharif. Police deployed tear gas as protestors tore down barricades, set objects on fire, and clashed with police. Police also resorted to using rubber bullets as they were pelted with rocks and other hard objects.
Over 300 people were injured and 184 of those individuals were transported for treatment at a local hospital. Some Twitter users on the ground are claiming that over 1,500 people have been injured and 20 individuals have been killed (unconfirmed source here). Over 20,000 police officers were on duty to help quell the riots.
Pakistan's Prime Minister has thus far refused to step down. Protesters promise they will not rest until he does resign.
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