Police register charges of abetting murder against Pakistan PM, minister-brother

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad.

Police officer Sharif Sindhu said the case filed by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's organization on Thursday includes 19 other defendants, including other ministers and police officers.

The case is linked to a June incident in the eastern city of Lahore in which Qadri's supporters were killed in clashes with police. Lahore is the capital of Punjab province, for which Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz serves as chief minister. He is also named in the case.

Qadri is demanding the Sharifs step down and be tried. The prime minister enjoys immunity as long as he remains in office.

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