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Opposition party holds anti-government rally in major city, disturbs traffic

  • Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf dance as they block roads during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf dance as they block roads during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani families walk as supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf block roads during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistani families walk as supporters of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf block roads during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • A female supporter of Pakistan's cricketer-turn-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf blocks a main road during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    A female supporter of Pakistan's cricketer-turn-politician Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf blocks a main road during an anti-government protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Khan's supporters block major roads and staged sit-ins at different locations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

Supporters of Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician have gathered in the eastern city of Lahore for the opposition's latest anti-government rally.

Police officer, Imtiaz Sarwar, says the protesters aligned with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf tried to block some of the city's main roads on Monday. Thousands of people later gathered in central Lahore for a rally.

Tensions have been escalating for weeks between the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Khan's party. Khan alleges widespread vote rigging in the 2013 vote, which brought Sharif to power.

This is the third protest by Khan in two weeks. Earlier demonstrations were held in Faisalabad and Karachi.

Khan has vowed to shut down all Pakistani cities later this week with a string of demonstrations.