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    Saturday December 2 3:29 PM ET
    Pakistani Lawyers Hold Strike

    By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press Writer

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Thousands of Pakistani lawyers decided Saturday to hold a one-day strike to press their demand for an end to military rule and a swift return to democracy.

    About 32,000 lawyers throughout Pakistan will not attend court on Monday as a show of protest. They are demanding elections within 90 days, said Munir Ahmed Khan, a spokesman for the Pakistan Bar Council.

    Army ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in October 1999, accusing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's government of massive corruption and economic mismanagement.

    Musharraf promises to hold general elections before the end of 2002 in keeping with a Pakistan Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the military coup was necessary, but ordered general elections within three years.

    The military is holding local elections later this month. The elections will be staggered over several months.

    Pakistani lawyers, in a resolution passed Saturday, demanded the army immediately hand over power to a national government of judges and politicians to oversee elections, said Khan.

    ``Reviving democracy is a must for Pakistan's survival,'' he said. ``The longer the army stays in power, the more damaging it will be for Pakistan.''

    Sharif is currently in prison serving a life sentence on charges of hijacking and kidnapping. He and several his former colleagues also face corruption charges and accusations of abuse of power.

    Pakistanis, frustrated by years of corruption and misrule by elected governments, welcomed the army last year. Since then there have been no major demonstrations for a quick return to democracy and no demand for the reinstatement of discredited politicians.



    #2
    Boy a lot of people are out of work since the corruption clamp down!!!

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    CROIRE A L'INCROYABLE
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      #3
      ditto

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        #4
        And where were these jokers during the times of Nawaz Sharif? Ooops sorry they sat back while PML mobs invaded and rampaged through the Supreme Court - hypocrites!

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