Pakistan lawyers to resume protests if judges not reinstated

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers announced plans Saturday to hold large protests in June unless the new government fulfills a pledge to reinstate Supreme Court judges ousted [JURIST report] last year by President Pervez Musharraf. Aitzaz Ahsan [JURIST news archive], President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told reporters in Lahore that lawyers would hold a "long march" from city to city in Pakistan. Further protests could rekindle the unrest [JURIST report] seen in April, when rioting resulted in at least 11 deaths. AP has more. Reuters has additional coverage.

The new coalition government formed by the Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party websites] vowed in February to work together to reinstate judges and establish a fully independent judiciary [JURIST reports]. The government nonetheless failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to reinstate the judges, with the parties reaching an impasse [JURIST report] after talks in London last week failed to produce an agreement on how to proceed.

 

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