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Tens of thousands have joined protests against Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan, amid concern at worsening economic conditions in the country. The rally in Karachi on Sunday was the second major demonstration in three days, and included demands for former cricket star Mr Khan to step down. Demonstrations were led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a new political alliance formed by nine major opposition parties last month. They accuse Mr Khan of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago. The political unrest in Pakistan comes on the heels of the mounting pro-democracy rallies in Thailand’s Bangkok, where protesters are similarly demanding the loosening of the military’s grip on civilian political power. Full story

20 October