Pakistan Long March

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In 2007, President Musharraf declared emergency rule in Pakistan and removed more than 60 judges from power. Musharraf's move was seen by many as an attempt to consolidate his hold on power after the Pakistan Supreme Court ruled that he was ineligible to hold the post of President.

President Zardari has invited comparisons to Musharraf because of his government’s use of police force and mass arrests to prevent the long march, as Musharraf did after suspending Choudhry in March 2007 and imposing Emergency rule in Nov 2007.

The irony is illustrated by the recent[when?] three-hour detention of the firebrand women’s rights and political activist, Tahira Abdullah, who has been mobilizing the lawyers’ movement from her home in Islamabad. She faced police batons and tear gas in the Zia and Musharraf eras. A day before the long march began, a police contingent arrived at her house and virtually broke down her kitchen door. However, her arrest attracted media attention, embarrassing the government into quickly ordering her release. An undeterred Abdullah immediately resumed mobilising for the agitation.

Pakistan's Long March 2008[edit]

In June, 2008, Pakistani lawyers and judges along with civil society undertook a "Long March" across Pakistan to protest the 2007 sacking of 60 judges by former President Pervez Musharraf Former Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has agreed to meet the protestors in Lahore. The protest, which began in Karachi, will end in Islamabad on or around June 12, and will culminate with a sit-in before the Pakistani parliament. As the Long March commenced, despite the obstacles, thousands of people marched towards Islamabad. The Prime Minister announced on 16th March 2009 to restore the chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry and hence the judiciary to its position prior to 2nd November 2007. With this the march was called off.

Pakistan's Long March 2009[edit]

In March, 2009, lawyers and opposition political parties under leadership of Nawaz Sharif to the current Pakistani government, are undertaking a long march from Karachi to Islamabad to demand the reinstatement of a supreme court Chief Justice and other judges ousted from office by former President Pervez Musharraf and they were successed in their mission.after the announcement of the Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on TV.

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