Supporters of Pakistani Sunni Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri listen to a speech by ul-Qadri, unshown, at an anti-government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Thousands of anti-government protesters are rallying in the streets of Pakistani capital for second day despite early-morning clashes with police who fired shots and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Islamabad, Pakistan - Thousands of anti-government protesters from all over Pakistan have flocked to the nation's capital, Islamabad. The protesters answered the call of a controversial cleric who is calling for massive protests against the government. Today's rally went off as planned despite early morning clashes with police. Police fired tear gas and shots into the air to push back stone-throwing demonstrators. The protest has rocketed the cleric, Tahir-ul-Qadri, who just returned from Canada, to national prominence. The cleric blames the current administration for the numerous problems plaguing his country. He called on the government to resign.