Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Anger at Pakistan judge hearing

BBC News

"Hundreds of Pakistanis have protested outside the country's Supreme Court against President Pervez Musharraf's decision to suspend the chief justice [Iftikhar Chaudhry]"
"...the removal of the Mr Chaudhry is being seen as an attempt by Gen Musharraf to stifle judicial independence in an election year."
"The judge has a reputation judicial activism in cases involving the controversial privatisation of state assets and the fate of missing people allegedly abducted by the security forces."
"The main charge against Mr Chaudhry is that he used his authority to have his son appointed to a prestigious government position.Mr Chaudhry denies any wrongdoing..."
" 'This struggle is basically for a constitutional rule and democracy in
Pakistan' [said] Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry, a protester"

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