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Pakistan civil society reacts

Lawyers boycotted district and sessions court and staged protest rallies
against the imposition of emergency and removal of superior court judges
and chanted anti-government and anti-Musharraf slogans. Dawn, November 8, 2007

 

Hundreds of lawyers took to the streets of Islamabad on the fourth consecutive day of the state of emergency to protest against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf. Observed by the cameras of the international press the police kept a low profile, but behind the scenes thousands of lawyers, journalists, activists and citizens have been arrested or placed under house arrest all over the country. Radio Netherlands, November 7, 2007

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Bush makes Statement on Pakistan

Mount Vernon, Virginia

GEORGE BUSH,U.S. PRESIDENT: I spoke to the President, Musharraf, right before I came over here to visit with President Sarkozy. And my message was that we believe strongly in elections, and that you ought to have elections soon, and you need to take off your uniform. You can’t be the president and the head of the military at the same time.

Protests continue in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

REZA NIAZI, LAWYER: I want to request to the international community, especially the Western Americans, that they should stress upon the restoration of the judiciary, restoration of those judges who have not taken oath on the PCOs [Provisional Constitutional Orders]. We don’t want only that some of the news that they are condemning about the imposition of the emergency, but they are not condemning about the suspension of the judges.

Pakistan students protest

Lahore, Pakistan

ABDUL BASIT, STUDENT: Actually, we are here to pay tribute to those persons who are refused to take oath under PCO and all those judges, all the media personnels, and all those who are now struggling against this dictatorship ruling over this country.

Slogan-shouting continues

Lahore, Pakistan