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Azerbaijan intensifies embassy protection in Pakistan

20 August 2014 [14:27] - TODAY.AZ
The protection of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has been strengthened due to a large protest in Islamabad, and opposition's threats to enter the capital's "red zone", which accommodates government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions.

"Pakistani government strengthened security measures in the "red zone", the entrance to which was blocked by container barriers. The streets are patrolled by hundreds of police officers. Currently, the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan is continuing to operate as normal," the embassy told Trend Aug. 20.

Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the Pakistani parliament, demanding the government's resignation, Associated Press reported.

On Aug. 19, two rallies were held in Islamabad. One of them brought together thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan, who is the chairman of the Pakistan Movement for Justice (Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf).

Another rally included the supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri - the leader of a religious movement known as Minhaj-ul-Quran (The Way of the Koran).

Both parties are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is accused of election fraud and corruption.

The dissatisfaction with the government is deepened by high unemployment and daily interruptions in electricity supply.

Khan previously said that contrary to the government's prohibition, he will lead the protesters to the "red zone" of Islamabad.



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