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Deposed CJ for boycott of Pak polls

world Updated: Nov 28, 2007 17:22 IST

Deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar M Chaudhry has asked political parties and people to boycott Pakistan's general election as they are being held under an "unconstitutional regime."

Lahore High Court Bar Association secretary Sarfraz Cheema said Chaudhry had told him that boycotting the polls was imperative because of the "unusual state of affairs" in the country.

"More than 60 judges of the superior judiciary have been detained in their houses and the Constitution has been held in abeyance," he quoted Chaudhry as saying.

Chaudhry said the "law of jungle" prevailed in Pakistan after the suspension of the people's rights on November 3, the day when emergency was imposed.

He said lawyers were detained because they were fighting for the independence of judiciary and restoration of the Constitution and people's rights.

Chaudhry said the government "muzzled" the media because it was showing people what was actually happening in the country. He asked lawyers to continue their struggle till the restoration of the Constitution and people's rights, Cheema said.

The former Chief Justice was placed under house arrest soon after he refused to endorse the emergency imposed by President Pervez Musharraf on November 3. Since then, he has often smuggled out messages from his home, urging people to oppose the emergency.