Lawyers clash with police in Karachi; 9 arrested

Updated on Feb 22, 2008 01:15 AM IST
Pakistani lawyers clashed with police in Karachi when they tried to organise a protest march to demand reinstatement of judges deposed during last year's emergency rule.
HT Image
HT Image
PTI | By, Karachi

Pakistani lawyers clashed with police in Karachi on Thursday when they tried to organise a protest march to demand reinstatement of judges deposed during last year's emergency rule, leaving at least three members of the legal fraternity injured and nine arrested.

Police fired teargas and resorted to baton-charge to disperse a large number of lawyers who gathered at the city courts to take out a rally to the busy M A Jinnah road. The lawyers hurled stones at police and shouted slogans.

Nine lawyers were arrested and three others injured in the police action, members of the local bar association said. The arrested lawyers were bundled into vans and whisked away.

The clashes erupted as deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar M Chaudhry addressed lawyers of the Sindh High Court over phone.

Amidst reports that he might be freed from house arrest following the victory of the opposition PPP and PML-N in the general election, Chaudhry referred to President Pervez Musharraf's actions and said if one person could change the Constitution, there would be no need for a Parliament.

Chaudhry urged the new Parliament not to endorse actions taken during last year's emergency. If this was done, there would be bad consequences for the country, he said.

The people had spoken out in the polls against Musharraf's actions during emergency, he said.

An official of the Karachi Bar Association said among those arrested was its Secretary General Naeem Qureshi.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man, who stabbed Mumbai-born author Salman Rushdie in New York on Friday.

    Salman Rushdie's attacker Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder, assault

    Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey man who stabbed Mumbai-born author Salman Rushdie in New York on Friday, has been charged with 'attempted murder and assault in the second degree', the Chautauqua Country district attorney's office said on Saturday. Matar was born and raised in the US, the head of the local municipality, Ali Qassem Tahfa, told news agency AFP. Rushdie remained hospitalised in serious condition.

  • Healthcare and LGBTQ rights activists hold a rally outside the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco, US, to demand an increase in monkeypox vaccines and treatments as the outbreak continues to spread. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

    Monkeypox: WHO creates forum, asks public to propose new name for virus

    The WHO has been in the process of renaming monkeypox since June alongside other efforts to urge the global community not to have any stereotypes around it. The zoonotic disease is disproportionately affecting men in sexual relationships with men and spreads via close contact.

  • Since the 1980s, Rushdie’s writing has led to death threats from Iran, which has offered a USD 3 million reward for anyone who kills him.

    Salman Rushdie: The free speech champion whose 'verses' put his life at risk

    A Booker Prize that catapulted him to the pantheon of global literary stalwarts to a fatwa by Iran's Supreme Leader that forced him into hiding and years of death threats, Mumbai-born author Salman Rushdie was both idolised and demonised for a singular trait that defined his life and works -- championing free speech. His memoir is Joseph Anton, named for the pseudonym he used while in hiding.

  • Indian-British author Salman Rushdie.

    Iran's hardline newspapers praise Salman Rushdie's attacker Hadi Matar

    While Iran is yet to make an official statement on the attack on 'The Satanic Verses' author Salman Rushdie, several hardline newspapers in the country on Saturday openly praiseRushdie'ser. Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and torso on Friday while onstage at a lecture in New York state by Hadi Matar, a man from Fairview, New Jersey, who had bought a pass to the event at the Chautauqua Institution.

  • The Mumbai-born writer, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar on stage.

    Salman Rushdie had once complained about ‘too much security’: Report

    Read French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo slams Salman Rushdie, who was attacked and stabbed on stage at a literary event here stabbing A bloodied Rushdie was airlifted from a field adjacent to the venue to a hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania where the 75-year-old writer underwent surgery. In 2001, Rushdie publicly complained about having too much security around him, The New York Post reported.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now