» 11/06/2007, 00.00
Judge Chaudhry calls for a popular “uprising”
Sacked Chief justice calls on Pakistanis to take to the streets in protest. Despite the crackdown demonstrations against the state of emergency continue. About one lawyer in four has been placed under arrest. Government makes vague pledges about the upcoming scheduled parliamentary elections. United states calls on Musharraf to quit as army chief. Minorities warn that by his actions the president is weakening the moderates and strengthening the extremists.
Countdown for democracy in Islamabad
After five years pro-Musharraf National Assembly is dissolved at the stroke of midnight tonight. Elections are scheduled for January 9 but arrests and human rights violations continue throughout the country. Justice and Peace Commission calls for a return to constitutional rule and an independent judiciary.
Minorities minister in favour of UN commission on Bhutto’s assassination
Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, says the country is duty-bound to find organisers and perpetrators of the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister. UN commission will have three members. Last year the Pakistan People’s Party rejected the conclusions reached by a team of experts sent by Scotland Yard.
Musharraf announces end to the state of emergency
In his first address to the nation as a civilian president, Musharraf announces that the state of emergency will be lifted on 16 December. Washington praises the decision whilst Pakistan’s pro-democracy parties say they will boycott upcoming elections.
“I was on the truck with Bhutto when all hell broke loose,” said Shahbaz Bhatti
The chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) witnessed yesterday’s terrorist attack in Karachi. The death toll now stands at 138 with more than 400 people wounded. Police blame terrorists; for Ms Bhutto’s husband, elements within the government are the culprits.
Case against Chaudhry thrown out of court, sacked chief justice to be re-installed
Supreme Court found no evidence for the charges, ruling the suspension “illegal.” Crowds celebrate in the streets. For experts outcome is a blow to Musharraf, already weakened by terrorist wave.
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