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Judicial revolt and kangaroo courts

Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Chief Justice whom Musharraf has deposed and put under "house arrest", has called upon the country's judicial community to lead a nationwide agitation against abrogation of the Constitution and imposition of "dictatorship".

 

By contrast, Musharraf was sworn into office, with great pomp and ceremony, by the few judges who were willing to comply, including a new Chief Justice.

 

Meanwhile, Benazir Bhutto, a former two-time Prime Minister, travelled from her home in Karachi to Islamabad, the capital. Some speculate it is to prepare for mass agitation, as many hope. Others charge it is to negotiate a secret deal with Musharraf.

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IFTIKHAR CHAUDHRY, ISLAMABAD, DEPOSED SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): I request the community of lawyers to go to every corner of Pakistan and give the message that this is the time to sacrifice. You don’t be afraid of anything. God will help us and the day will come when you’ll see the constitution supreme and no dictatorship for a long time.

New Chief Justice swears in judges

Islamabad

Benazir Bhutto

Former Pakistani PM

Arrives at airport

Karachi – November 6, 2007

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