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Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician calls for civil disobedience at anti-government rally

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    Supporters Pakistan's fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri praise their leader at a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

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    Pakistan's fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses his supporters in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

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    People shower rose petals over supporters of Pakistan's fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri at a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Qadri led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

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    Participants of a rally led by Pakistan's fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri take rest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Qadri led massive rallies Saturday in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election in front of thousands of protesters. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

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    Pakistani authorities place shipping containers to stop protesters from entering into the high security zone in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Pakistan's fiery anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and Imran Khan led massive rallies in Pakistan’s capital, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down over alleged fraud in last year’s election. Writing on the container reads, "God help us." (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician has called upon protesters at an anti-government rally to practice civil disobedience.

Imran Khan, who heads Parliament's third largest political bloc, made the announcement on Sunday at a rally in the capital calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over alleged voting fraud.

Khan is calling on people to stop paying bills and taxes to the government and says his supporters will take over Parliament if Sharif does not resign within two days.

Khan and popular anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have mounted twin protests that have seen thousands of people gather in Islamabad. They accuse Sharif of rigging the May 2013 election, which led to the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.