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230 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad

Riot policemen take position during clashes with opposition supporters near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014At least 230 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The protesters, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri, had been camped outside parliament house since August 15 demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit amid allegations of vote rigging. They have 200 women who are trained in the use of firearms and they have come with the intention of occupying state buildings,” defence minister Khawaja Asif told AFP as the fighting broke out late Saturday.

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