There are reports that protesters calling for the resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, and Police have clashed, today, on Monday, in Islamabad. Scores of protesters were reportedly injured and taken to government hospitals. The march against the government is led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri. Both men have alleged, among other things, that Sharif ascended office through a vote fraud during the 2013 election. PM Sharif has declined to heed. The Police are believed to be using tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters. CNN reports the demonstrators were armed with sticks and threw rocks at riot police, who fought back with tear gas.
The protesters were pushing through the wind and rain closer to the area housing Prime Minister Sharif’s official residence, while police appeared to be retreating from barricades.
The march’s leader, Khan, deplored the police action and called it ‘illegal.” He told Daily Mail they (protesters) ‘will jam the whole of Pakistan.’
‘Now we will show this government, we will call for countrywide agitation and we will jam the whole of Pakistan,’ Khan said.