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  • 15 August 2014, 10:53

'Shots Fired At Imran Khan During Rally'

A convoy carrying Pakistani politician Imran Khan has allegedly been shot at during a rally in the city of Gujranwala.

The former cricketer said his vehicle was attacked by loyalists during an anti-government march to the capital.

"They threw stones at us while standing at police vans," he said. "They fired bullets at us."

Mr Khan's spokeswoman said he was not injured but his vehicle was hit. She added that police did not intervene.

However, police said that although clashes broke out, no shots were fired.

The apparent incident occurred as Mr Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri led tens of thousands of protesters to Islamabad.

The pair are planning to stage a sit-in in the capital until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

Protesters claim last year's general elections, in which Mr Sharif swept to power, were rigged.

Security remains tight in the capital, where authorities have blocked several main roads with shipping containers and barbed wire in an effort to thwart the marches.

Riot police are also out in force.

"We have come to save our country because of the call of our leader, Imran Khan," said 36-year-old Ajaz Khan in central Islamabad.

"We will not leave from here until our leader tells us to go."

The convoy set off from the eastern city of Lahore, around 190 miles (300km) from Islamabad, on Thursday.

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