A Pakistani police commando stands guard on a prison van carrying detained opposition workers during a protest in Islamabad on September 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Farooq Naeem
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A court in Pakistan ordered Saturday that 100 opposition activists be sent to jail for holding illegal protests, prompting a tense confrontation between demonstrators and police in the center of the capital.Protesters led by Imran Khan, a former cricket star, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been locked in a bitter stand-off with the government for weeks, refusing to leave their protest camp until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Late on Friday, an army spokesman once again repeated that the army had nothing to do with the conflict.Few commentators think the army wants to seize power again but, even if Sharif survives, he would emerge significantly weakened and likely play second-fiddle to the army on key security and foreign policy issues.
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