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Pakistan government detains hundreds of lawyers, rights activists in security sweep


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The Supreme Court Bar Association and other Pakistani bar groups have called a nationwide lawyers strike and courts boycott [ANI report] on Monday to protest the emergency, the suspension of the constitution, and the dismissal of the Supreme Court. The mobilization of the lawyers follows the success of their movement [backgrounder] earlier this year for the reinstatement of now former chief justice Chaudhry after he was suspended by Musharraf in March for alleged misconduct.

Despite the mass detentions, Pakistani Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum continued Sunday to reject claims by legal experts and prominent opposition figures that martial law had been imposed in the country. Echoing comments made by another government minister Saturday, Qayyum pointed out that the Prime Minister was still in office and that the country's parliament would complete its term. AP has more.

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