Fri, Jun 13, 2008 - Page 5 News List

Pakistani lawyers set for anti-Musharraf march


Thousands of Pakistani lawyers and activists were set to begin a “long march” from Lahore to Islamabad yesterday, calling for the reinstatement of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.

Deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was due to lead the procession from the eastern city to the capital, and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has also pledged to join the protest.

Security was tight for the march, with authorities blocking key facilities in Islamabad with giant shipping containers and rolls of razor wire and monitoring the route from Lahore with CCTV cameras.

“The lawyers’ struggle has entered into a decisive phase,” said Munir Malik, a leader of the lawyers’ movement. “We are heartened by the support from the civil society and political parties,” he told local television.

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