Protesters press fresh murder charges against PM, others

ISLAMABAD: Anti-government protesters have pressed fresh murder charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, police confirmed Wednesday, as demonstrations that rocked the capital last month appear to lose steam.

The case relates to the deaths of three people in clashes with police that took place on the night of August 30 after the protesters attempted to storm the prime minister´s official residence and used cranes to remove barricades.

Two victims died from rubber bullet injuries while a third had a heart attack. All were male. A senior police official told: “Yes, a case for murder, attempted murder, attack and abetment for attack has been registered against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” adding the interior minister and several senior police were also named.

The charge sheet, filed late Tuesday, was ordered by a lower court last week following a petition by supporters of Tahirul Qadri who has led the protests along with PTI chief Imran Khan.

Both leaders allege massive systematic rigging in the 2013 poll that swept Nawaz Sharif to office, the country´s first peaceful transition of power from one civilian government to another.

A few thousand protesters remain camped outside the country´s parliament, their numbers swelling in the evening when Khan and Qadri address them on top of shipping containers.

PM Nawaz Sharif and other high-ranking figures were also named in a murder case related to the deaths of 14 Qadri supporters in Lahore in June.

Speaking from Attock today, PM Nawaz said he would not be moved.

“The nation of 180 million people have elected me as a prime minister and how can I resign on the demands of 5000 people?”

“Today, the whole nation stands together except a few thousand people.”