September 1, 2014 / 5:59 AM / 3 years ago

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A large crowd of Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister’s house in central Islamabad on Monday, fighting running battles with police after breaking into the Pakistan Secretariat area which houses government ministries.

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), stand around empty gas canisters and rubber bullet casings after clashes with riot police during the Revolution March in Islamabad August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Although they fired occasional teargas canisters, police were seen retreating and showing restraint as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s official residence. It was not clear if he was at the residence.

Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina

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