The current long march, which began amid preemptive arrests and government violence [JURIST report] against opposition members, is similar to last year's lawyers' demonstrations against the Musharraf regime. Continuing turmoil over the country's judiciary split the PML-N and Zardari's PPP, formerly coalition partners [JURIST report]. Sharif and the PML-N have urged the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], removed after then-president Musharraf declared emergency rule. Chaudhry, supported by many members of Pakistan's bar, insists he is still chief justice [JURIST report] under the Pakistani constitution [text].
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