Thousands of Pakistanis protesting the government march on premier's house

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police are firing tear gas at thousands of protesters led by a cricket-legend-turned politician and an anti-government cleric as they march toward the prime minister's home in the capital.

Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri called for the demonstration to move to the house from a massive rally Saturday in front of the parliament, where they have been staging a sit-in for days. Some 20,000 police in riot gear are charged with blocking the procession.

In speeches, Khan and Qadri say they will remain peaceful and urged security forces to abstain from using force against the protesters.

The two leaders allege that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won the 2013 election due to massive voter fraud. They demand he step down but Sharif has refused.

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