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Pakistan lawyers to continue push for judges' reinstatement

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [profile; JURIST news archive] told the Associated Press Sunday that despite the end of the "long march" the country's lawyers' movement will continue protesting [JURIST news archive] for the reinstatement of judges ousted after President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency law [text, PDF; JURIST report] in November 2007. The "long march" began in Lahore Monday and ended [JURIST reports] with a peaceful gathering of some 300,000 in front of the Parliament House in the capital, Islamabad last Friday, culminating in speeches in the small hours of Saturday morning local time. AP has more.

A Supreme Court Bar Association committee said earlier this month that a constitutional amendment package [JURIST report] proposed by the the Pakistan People's Party, the dominant party in the ruling coalition, is just an attempt to delay the judges' reinstatement [JURIST reports]. PPP leaders have acknowledged that it will likely take months for parliament to pass the package and some top lawmakers have expressed skepticism that the measures will be approved at all.

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