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Less than 24 hours after Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled in favor of President General Pervez Musharraf's eligibility to run for a second term in office, government forces laid siege to the Supreme Court grounds, where several hundred lawyers had taken refuge after a vicious attack on a peaceful protest in the capital, Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) will hold a protest march on Sunday at 4 p.m. from Islamabad Press Club to Parliament House against maltreatment with journalists by federal and punjab police outside Election Commission Office and Supreme Court building here on Saturday.
The journalists condemned the baton charge and use of tear gas against them and asked the Interior Ministry and the government to take immediate action against the responsible.
APDM collects resignation of 236 lawmakers
The All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) has collected as many as 84 resignations from the National Assembly members and 152 from the members of provincial assemblies till now.
The APDM would furnish these resignations to the Speakers of the national and provincial assemblies respectively on October 2, as decided by the alliance.
Pakistan shuts private news channels
Authorities in Pakistan on Saturday temporarily suspended transmission of independent news TV channels to stop coverage of opposition rallies against President's bid for re-elections, private TV channels and subscribers said.
Police fired tear gas shells and beat protesting lawyers and political activists who staged demonstrations in Islamabad to protest against President Musharraf.
Media observes “black day”
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s media community observed a “black day” on Sunday in protest against Saturday’s police action that left several journalists injured.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary took suo motu notice of the police crackdown in which a number of lawyers were also injured, and ordered several top officials of the police and administration to present themselves before the court on Monday.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Again I ask,
How can resigning political positions and then boycotting the election help in their cause?
Doesn't this make it easier for Musharraf to get his way?
Pakistan Court Orders Suspension of Top Police Chief, Other Officials
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the suspension of Islamabad's police chief and other city officials in the wake of a widely condemned crackdown that wounded dozens of journalists and lawyers on Saturday.
The suspension order was issued by Pakistan's top judge Iftikhar Chaudhry Monday after he summoned police and administrative officials to the Supreme Court to explain what happened.
Pakistan suspends police chief after clashes
...Musharraf's allies on Monday thwarted an opposition plan to dissolve the Islamist-led assembly in North West Frontier Province, a move that could have damaged the credibility of the vote.
Pro-Musharraf parties submitted a vote of no-confidence against the chief minister of the conservative province bordering Afghanistan, preventing him from calling for a dissolution.