Thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of Pakistan's prime minister, sparking clashes with police that killed three people and wounded nearly 400, officials said Sunday. (Aug. 31)
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Islamabad, Pakistan - August 31, 2014
1. Various of tear gas smoke with protesters walking up road with sticks
2. Pan of Pakistan parliament building exterior to constitutional avenue in Islamabad, with protesters walking on the road
3. Various of protesters walking on a road carrying sticks
4. Pan of protesters inside makeshift tents in front of parliament building
5. testers on road holding sticks, police can be seen in background
6. Protesters inside makeshift tents in front of parliament building
Islamabad, Pakistan - August 30, 2014
7. Various night shots of protesters, police firing tear gas near prime minister's home
Anti-government protesters remained outside the parliament building in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.
The violence has raised the stakes in a political standoff, in which cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led twin protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Khan and Qadri allege massive voting fraud in the election that brought Sharif into office last year in the country's first democratic transfer of power.
Backed by parliament and many political parties, Sharif has refused to step down.
The protests began with a march from the eastern city of Lahore on Independence Day, August 14, that eventually reached Islamabad.
Khan and Qadri had called for millions of protesters to join, but crowds have not been more than tens of thousands.