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Thousands start march toward Pakistan parliament

Supporters of fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, his images seen at background, take part in a protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Qadri led massive rallies Saturday in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) -
Supporters of fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, his images seen at background, take part in a protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Qadri led massive rallies Saturday in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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By Asif Shahzad And Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of anti-government protesters have begun marching toward Pakistan's parliament, where the country's prime minister has already deployed army troops.

Opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri are leading thousands of their supporters in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over allegations of fraud in last year's election.

Qadri held a prayer service before the march. The protesters are marching toward Islambad's so-called "Red Zone," which houses the parliament, the president and prime minister's offices and diplomatic posts.

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