Lawyers across Pakistan boycotted courts July 18, the day after a bomb attack on an anti-government rally by attorneys in Islamabad killed 15 people. Gen Musharraf strongly condemned the “terrorist attack” and called for calm, but lawyers called the blast an attempt to disrupt their opposition movement. Ousted chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was due to attend the rally. He arrived two hours after the blast, Justice Chaudhry visited the venue of the rally where he led brief prayers for the victims, including many supporters of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
At recent talks in London, the PPP distanced itself from the alliance of Islamist parties who also oppose President Musharraf, and even backed last week’s storming of the Red Mosque. (BBC, July 18)
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