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Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over corruption allegations.
Ashraf allegedly received kickbacks and commissions in an ongoing case over a rental power plant project. He stands accused of accepting bribes in 2010 when he was minister for water and power.
The Supreme Court also called for the arrest of 15 other people in connection with the case.
The announcement of the Prime Minister's arrest was met with celebration by the tens of thousands of anti-government protesters led by influential cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri who had gathered in Islamabad Tuesday.
Earlier, police fired tear gas during isolated clashes at the protest rally in Islamabad, where thousands led by Qadri demanded a peaceful "revolution" and the dissolution of parliament.
Men, women and children protested before parliament after camping out in the capital overnight following a 38-hour march from the eastern city of Lahore.
Parliament is due to be dissolved in mid-March before elections in mid-May.
But Qadri wants a caretaker government set up immediately in consultation with the military and judiciary, to enact reforms so that "honest people" have a chance of being elected in May.
His demands are seen by critics as a ploy by elements of the establishment, particularly the armed forces, to delay elections and sow political chaos in a country that was ruled by the military for decades.
"I advise the administration, government employees and security forces, don't be afraid... by tomorrow the government will have been changed, so don't worry, I have come here to free you from this slavery," Qadri told the crowd overnight.
If held on schedule, the election will mark the first democratic transition of power between two civilian governments in Pakistan's 65-year history.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said Tuesday elections should be held on time and the Supreme Court "will not compromise" on the issue.