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Pressure mounts on Pakistan PM to quit as protests continue

About 8,000 protesters camp outside the home of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanding he quit

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About 8,000 protesters camped outside the home of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday demanding he quit, more than two weeks into a political crisis that has destabilized the nuclear-armed nation.

Thousands of demonstrators, led by former cricket hero Imran Khan and moderate cleric Tahir ul-Qadhave, have been camped outside parliament in the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks. But it was the first time they had staged a rally directly outside the office of the prime minister.

Extensive efforts to defuse the crisis have failed.

Late on Friday, protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, marched on a house in central Islamabad housing the prime minister, prompting the police to fire tear gas.

No one was hurt in the incident.