Thousands heading to opposition rally in Pakistan

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Thousands heading to opposition rally in Pakistan
Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chant slogans, while waiting for other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, chant slogans, while waiting for other supporters marching to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A shipping container is left in the middle of a highway, to block the road during a march by opposition protesters to Islamabad from Lahore, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather to march to Islamabad from Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani anti-goverment cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, center, gestures ahead of a march to Islamabad from Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather at one of the entrances to Islamabad, Pakistan, to receive their leader Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters on Thursday joined a large convoy headed to the capital, Islamabad, for a key rally to demand the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of vote fraud. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan dance in their protest march to the capital, Islamabad, as one of them holds a poster of Khan in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Khan and anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have planned rallies to march into the capital on Thursday from Lahore, demanding the government to step down and hold new elections. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani students shout anti-Israeli slogans at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Several hundreds students took part in the rally to show solidarity with Palestinians over Israel's attacks on Gaza. Headbands and placards read "we are ready Gaza." (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
Pakistani students shout anti-Israeli slogans at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Several hundreds students took part in the rally to show solidarity with Palestinians over Israel's attacks on Gaza. Headbands and placards read "we are ready Gaza." (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Countless supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their rally towards the capital of Islamabad from Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Pakistani policeman readily alerted in front of Dr,Tahir ul Qadri leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their march (rally) toward the capital (Islamabad) from Lahore . Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their rally towards the capital of Islamabad from Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their rally towards the capital of Islamabad from Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their rally towards the capital of Islamabad from Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/08/14: Supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) as they begin their rally towards the capital of Islamabad from Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, and the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri demanding corrupt official to step down. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters wait for Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters in a bus as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician addresses his supporters as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters wait for Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters wait for Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician, as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters in a bus as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan (front C), chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician addresses his supporters as heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14 : Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), start to march from Lahore to Islamabad following Tahir ul-Qadri 's announcement of marching to Islamabad at a press conference held at his house in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan (front C), chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician stands with other leaders as they are heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Rana Irfan Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan (front R), chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician stands with other leaders as they are heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Rana Irfan Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan (front C), chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician prays with other leaders as they are heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Rana Irfan Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Imran Khan (front C), chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician stands with other leaders as they are heading to Islamabad to stage a protest against the government, in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Rana Irfan Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan take part in a rally in Islamabad August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Mian Khursheed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan take part in a rally in Islamabad August 14, 2014. As Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, activists and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehrik remain determined to march toward the capital to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections, local media reported. (Photo by Mian Khursheed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri escort a vehicle carrying Qadri in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, as they take part in a protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri escort a vehicle carrying Qadri in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, as they take part in a protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri escort a vehicle carrying Qadri in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, as they take part in a protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, pose with their faces painted in party colours in Lahore on August 14, 2014, as they take part in a protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A truck (L) carrying Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A truck (L) carring Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014 to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government, which they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), march from Lahore to Islamabad, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. It is claimed that Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to Pakistan to make a revolution in June. Led by the popular politician Imran Khan, the opposition protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), flash victory sign during a march from Lahore to Islamabad, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. It is claimed that Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to Pakistan to make a revolution in June. Led by the popular politician Imran Khan, the opposition protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, leader of Pakistani political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), march from Lahore to Islamabad, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. It is claimed that Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to Pakistan to make a revolution in June. Led by the popular politician Imran Khan, the opposition protesters demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) speaks to media before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) prays in front of the media members before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) gestures in front of the media members before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) speaks to media before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) speaks to media before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 14: Head of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) international network of religious schools and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) speaks to media before beginning of the rally in Lahore, Pakistan on August 14, 2014. Two convoys with protesters in Pakistan begin travelling from Lahore to the capital Islamabad, amid tight the security. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Supporters of Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri walk from Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, as they take part in a protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/ Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) flashes a victory sign as he speaks with media representatives in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, before starting his protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri speaks with media representatives in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, before starting his protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada-based preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri (C) flashes a victory sign as he speaks with media representatives in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, before starting his protest march to Islamabad. Thousands of protesters set off from the Pakistani city of Lahore to march on the capital in a bid to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan cheer as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, preparing to march on the capital to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan cheer as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, preparing to march on the capital to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan (top-C) heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, preparing to march on the capital to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan (C) gestures as he heads a protest march from Lahore to Islamabad against the government, in Lahore on August 14, 2014. Thousands of protesters gathered in the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 14, 2014, preparing to march on the capital to unseat the government they claim was elected by fraud. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan arrive outside the residence of Imran before starting their protest march against government in Lahore on August 14, 2014. The Pakistani capital braced for political unrest as two opposition leaders vowed to defy a court order and march on the city for a major protest aimed at bringing down the government. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan gather outside the residence of Imran before start their protest march against government in Lahore on August 14, 2014. The Pakistani capital braced for political unrest as two opposition leaders vowed to defy a court order and march on the city for a major protest aimed at bringing down the government. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 13 : Pakistani Police secure the 'red zone' as they petrol in the around 'red zone' while security has been intensified ahead of the planned anti-government protest of opposition parties on the eve of 68th Independence Day in Islamabad on August 13, 2014. (Photo by Mian Khursheed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan cheer as they gather outside the residence of Imran before the start of their protest march against government in Lahore on August 14, 2014. The Pakistani capital braced for political unrest as two opposition leaders vowed to defy a court order and march on the city for a major protest aimed at bringing down the government. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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By MUNIR AHMED

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Thousands of Pakistani opposition supporters were on the road for a second day Friday, heading in two separate convoys to the capital, Islamabad, for a massive rally meant to pressure the country's prime minister to resign over allegations of rigging last year's parliamentary elections.

The convoys, which started out on Thursday morning from the city of Lahore, were in response to calls by two very different opposition figures: Imran Khan, the famous cricketer-turned-politician, and firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who commands a strong following through his network of mosques and religious schools in Pakistan.

Both have challenged the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in 2013 in the first democratic transfer of power in a country which has seen three coups since gaining independence in 1947.

They demand new elections under the supervision of a neutral government, but Sharif's aides say the demand is unconstitutional. Khan also wants a new election commission chief appointed before the vote is held, while Qadri says electoral reforms are necessary.

The opposition march comes at a time when Pakistan's military is fighting militants in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region, which has been a base for militants accused of launching attacks in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. The military has killed over 500 militants there since launching the June 15 operation.

The government has criticized Khan and Qadri, saying the country needs unity - not turmoil and dissent - at a time when the armed forces are fighting militants who have killed thousands of people in recent years. Authorities have also said there have been intelligence reports about possible attacks on the convoys or the opposition rally, which is expected to start Friday evening in Islamabad.

After 20 hours on the road, the slow-moving convoys had covered about half of the distance of 300 kilometers (187 miles) toward the capital.

"Listen, Nawaz Sharif, I am coming to Islamabad to seek your resignation," a boisterous Khan told followers from atop his truck as it passed through the city of Gujranwala, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) away from Islamabad.

In Gujranwala, dozens of Sharif supporters pelted Khan's truck with shoes and stones but he was unharmed, his aides said. Pakistani TV showed supporters and Khan and Sharif throwing stones at each other in the city.

Earlier, Khan said he was hoping to lead a march of one million people in the Pakistani capital later in the day. Qadri also said he expected one million people to join him in Islamabad, a city of 1.7 million residents according to a 2012 census.

Ahead of the rally, thousands of riot police and special units were deployed across Islamabad. Authorities also blocked many roads in the capital with shipping containers.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday apologized for the city's paralysis, insisting the measures were for the residents' own safety and warning the demonstrators they would be dealt with "an iron hand" if they try to disrupt law and order.

Sharif criticized his opponents for pursuing "negative politics" and promised to safeguard democratic institutions.

Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country of 180 million people, has largely been ruled by military dictators since it was carved out of India in 1947.

Sharif has also been the victim of a military coup. His elected government was ousted in 1999 by then army chief Pervez Musharraf.

The army still wields much influence over life in Pakistan, which has seen frequent attacks by militants and insurgents of various backgrounds and agendas.

Late Thursday, attackers tried to storm two air bases in the southwestern city of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, sparking a gunbattle that killed 10 militants, the police said.

Police chief Muhammad Amlish said seven security personnel were also wounded in the attack. He said the attackers used guns and grenades as they tried to enter the Smungli and Khalid military bases on a sprawling complex next to the city's airport. Initial police reports had said only two attackers were involved.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but nationalists groups have for years waged a low-insurgency in Baluchistan to pressure the government for a fairer share of local resources.

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Associated Press Writer Abdul Sattar from Quetta contributed to this report.

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