Pakistan Violence: When Imran Khan, Qadri lost control, protesters stormed TV channel office

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Pakistan Violence
Islamabad, Sept 1: Protest in Pakistan took a violent turn as main opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri lost control over the protesters. Security around the residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been tightened as agitators stormed TV channel office and stopped broadcast of news across the country.

According to Pakistan TV reports, an anchor of the Pakistan Television (PTV) informed that demonstrators had entered their offices and "besieged" staff, warning that transmission could be cut at any time.

Despite Imran Khan and Qadri's request to their followers and supporters to remain calm and maintain peaceful protest, demonstrators snubbed stormed the TV channel office. However, local media claimed that Pakistan rangers reached the office and took the situation under control.

Pakistan rangers reached the office and took the situation under control

Earlier on Monday morning, Qadri addressed his followers and asserted that government of the country does not believe in Constitution, law and democracy, the Dawn reported.

The joint protest by Imran Khan and Qadri's supporters was launched on Aug 15. Protesters asked PM Nawaz Sharif to resign as he has been accused of rigging during election to Parliament in 2013.

Sharif, who also faced charges of corruption, was given a deadline till Sept 1. Not receiving any response from Sharif government, protesters marched towards his residence in Islamabad.

Earlier Khan claimed that the country would not get justice as long as Sharif remains the PM. The PTI leader also asserted, "Our demand is you (Sharif) resign, let a probe be conducted into the elections and once it is completed, you can come back to power if you are given a clean chit."

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