Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape




 
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August 20th, 2014  
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By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led by cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities. The Supreme Court summoned both to appear before the court on Thursday. Its civilian government is struggling to assert its authority after decades when the country swung between democracy and military rule.




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