View stories for the week of July 16th, 2007
Chief Justice Chaudhry had become a symbol for pro-democracy and anti-Musharraf forces since he was ousted from office on March 9 on charges of judicial misconduct and nepotism. Chaudhry opposes President General Musharraf’s efforts to run as president while maintaining control of the army. He has criss-crossed Pakistan, making campaign-style speeches against dictatorial rule. Last Tuesday, a suicide bomber attacked a rally he was to address at the Islamabad bar association. More than 15 people were killed. Today’s ruling by the 13-member Supreme Court reinstates Chaudhry and drops all charges against him. Musharraf has said he will accept the court’s decision. APTN recorded Chaudhry as he celebrated his victory at home with supporters, many of whom later marched in the streets shouting slogans including "Musharraf is a dog."
It's not clear how the guns, grenades, gasmasks and ammunition got there, or what the government knew about it. But we bring you the images from the media tour, provided by Pakistan Television. Pakistan's "Dawn" newspaper's internet edition raises questions about the number of civilians killed. It says the media tour was delayed for a day," fuelling speculation that the government was buying time to remove some telltale signs."
On July 11, 1995 Serb troops led by General Radko Mladic brutally overran the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia. The Muslim enclave had been under United Nations protection. But about 450 Dutch troops stood by helplessly as the Serbs rounded up the town's men and boys. In a few days, about 8000 were executed, their bodies shovelled into unmarked graves. Forensic scientists using DNA evidence have since identified more than 2000 remains. Today another 465 coffins, draped in Muslim green, were laid to rest in a memorial service near the massacre site. The emotional ceremony was captured on video by APTN.