Protester dies in Pakistan clashes

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Published: Sunday 31st August 2014 by The News Editor

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Pakistani police have clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister’s residence, a fter a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

Protester Naveed Razzaq drowned in a ditch after he was in a crowd that was bombarded with tear gas, according to senior hospital official Dr Wasim Khawaja.

More than 300 people were wounded in the clashes, medical officials said.

Mr Razzaq was a supporter of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who along with famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has been leading twin protests since August 14 calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

The protesters allege there was massive voting fraud in the election that brought Mr Sharif into office last year, in Pakistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

Published: Sunday 31st August 2014 by The News Editor

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