Will Storm Sharif’s House If He Doesn’t Step Down, Says Imran

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Thousands of protestors led by cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri entered the heavily fortified ‘Red Zone’, Islamabad’s diplomatic and political enclave on Wednesday in a bid to depose Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Meanwhile, Pakistani government is looking at options to de-escalate the tensed situation through dialogue.

"Promise me, if something happens to me, you will take revenge from Nawaz Sharif," Mr Khan said while addressing his supporters before starting his march towards the high security zone that houses important government buildings including Parliament House, Prime Minister's House, President's House, the Supreme Court and embassies of various countries.

Undeterred by the deployment of the Army, Mr Khan and Mr Qadri carried their march towards Parliament seeking Sharif's resignation.

According to reports, anti-government protesters entered the Red Zone, even as clashes took place between them and the police at Serena Chowk where they removed shipping containers.

The police was not putting up stern resistance and slowly retreated as part of policy to avoid violence.

The supporters of both Mr Khan and Mr Qadri started separately but later were moving towards Parliament together.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told Geo TV that the marchers have violated written commitment that they will not enter the Red Zone.

"They have women and children with them. So the government has decided to show maximum restraint. They want dead bodies but we will not give them the opportunity despite provocations," he said.

Red alert was issued at capital's Polyclinic Hospital and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the two leading state-run medical facilities. Arrangements for additional medicines, emergency operations and extra beds were also made at the two hospitals.

Prime Minister Sharif has said he will not resign under any circumstance, Dawn News reported quoting sources.

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