Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cleric leads thousands in Pakistan protest march

AP: Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri, center, surrounded by guards, is greeted by supporters after attending a press conference, in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

An influential Pakistani religious leader was to lead thousands of supporters out of Lahore on Sunday, kicking off a protest march on the capital to demand key reforms before looming elections.

Tahir-ul Qadri accuses the government of being corrupt and incompetent, and argues that Pakistan must enact “meaningful” reforms before general elections, which are scheduled to be held within eight weeks after parliament disbands in mid-March.