Pakistanis Rally for PM to Quit

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Supporters of Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-opposition politician and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, chant slogans while listening to their leader during the Freedom March in Islamabad August 17, 2014. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters flooded the centre of Pakistan's capital on Saturday, vowing to stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis protested in the nation's capital on Sunday, calling for the current prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to resign. It's been just over a year since Sharif took power after a landslide election, but the public has turned against the “corrupt” prime minister. The rally was led by opposition leaders, cleric Tahir ul-Qadri and Imran Khan, a former cricket star. Sharif has been struggling to maintain popular support while the country has been plagued with a sluggish economy and a Taliban insurgency. As a result, many young and disenchanted men have increasingly turned to anti-Western militant groups, instead. Student Muhammed Qasim, 21, said” I told my parents, if I am martyred, pray for me."