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Tens of thousands hold anti-PM rally in Pakistan

  • Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan addresses his supporters Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Wazirabad, Pakistan. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan addresses his supporters Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Wazirabad, Pakistan. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

  • People get their faces painted with colors of the Pakistani flag to celebrate the Independence Day on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Karachi,  Pakistan. Pakistanis commemorated its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    People get their faces painted with colors of the Pakistani flag to celebrate the Independence Day on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistanis commemorated its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

  • Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under a plastic sheet while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under a plastic sheet while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under umbrellas while waiting with other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under umbrellas while waiting with other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • A supporter of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, wraps himself with a banner showing Tahir-ul-Qadri, while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    A supporter of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, wraps himself with a banner showing Tahir-ul-Qadri, while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, in green shirts, clash with supporters of ruling party in Gujranwala, Pakistan Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, in green shirts, clash with supporters of ruling party in Gujranwala, Pakistan Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

  • One of the supporters of Pakistan's ruling party throws a rock on a procession of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Khan Friday, as he was on the road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    One of the supporters of Pakistan's ruling party throws a rock on a procession of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Khan Friday, as he was on the road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan march towards Islamabad, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan march towards Islamabad, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chant slogans, while waiting for other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud.  (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chant slogans, while waiting for other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

  • Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan addresses his supporters Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Wazirabad, Pakistan. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
  • People get their faces painted with colors of the Pakistani flag to celebrate the Independence Day on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Karachi,  Pakistan. Pakistanis commemorated its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
  • Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under a plastic sheet while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
  • Supporters of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri shelter from the rain under umbrellas while waiting with other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
  • A supporter of Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, wraps himself with a banner showing Tahir-ul-Qadri, while waiting with other supporters who are marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Supporters of the Pakistani government and opposition protesters clashed on Friday during the second day of a march to the capital, Islamabad, aimed at forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, in green shirts, clash with supporters of ruling party in Gujranwala, Pakistan Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
  • One of the supporters of Pakistan's ruling party throws a rock on a procession of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Khan Friday, as he was on the road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan march towards Islamabad, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Dozens of members of Pakistan’s ruling party threw stones and shoes at a truck carrying a popular opposition leader Imran Khan Friday as he was on road for the second day to travel to the capital, Islamabad, for a rally meant to pressure the country’s prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year’s parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chant slogans, while waiting for other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud.  (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad late yesterday following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric.

The twin protests led by Imran Khan and the cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri represent the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s year-old government and security has been tightened across the capital amid fears of unrest in a country with a long history of chaotic politics and military coups.

The protesters left the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, vowing to march to the capital and camp out there until their demands for a new government are met.

They remained on the road for two days before entering Islamabad shortly before midnight. The police estimated the crowd at 60,000 people.

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