Pakistan top lawyer calls for Musharraf resignation after release from house arrest

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile] Friday called for the resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] after being freed from house arrest late Thursday. Ahsan was detained in a security sweep [JURIST report] after Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [text; JURIST report]; he was held for a time in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail before being sent back to Lahore in late November.

Thousands of lawyers have held anti-Musharraf rallies across Pakistan [JURIST report] in recent days, calling for the reinstatement of ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and other superior court justices deposed last November under the emergency rule. Reuters has more.



 

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