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Thousands start march toward Pakistan parliament
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.