A policeman fires tear gas to disperse supporters of Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), during a protest in Lahore August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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Violence erupted in several places in Pakistan Saturday between police and supporters of an anti-government cleric and at least four people were killed and scores injured, police and witnesses said.Around 500 Qadri supporters had been arrested, said Nabeela Ghazanfar, the provincial police spokeswoman, and more than 100 police injured.Rahiq Abbassi, a spokesman for Qadri, said more than a hundred of their supporters were also injured and denied attacking the police. In several parts of Punjab police tried to block Qadri's supporters from travelling to Lahore, sparking confrontations and violence, police and witnesses said. Shopkeeper Muhammad Hussain said those clashes began when police tried to stop Qadri supporters from travelling to Lahore.Another man was shot dead during clashes between Qadri supporters and police in the town of Bhakkar, 320 km (200 miles) southwest of the capital, said a doctor.
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