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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 three-hour detention of the firebrand women’s rights and political activist, Tahira Abdullah, who has been mobilising 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

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

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.

Judges Restoration – Timeline

Mar 9: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf sacks supreme court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry after he ruled against a privatisation deal.
July: Supreme Court reinstates Chaudhry, who appealed against his dismissal.
Nov:Musharraf again sacks Chaudhry and 60 other judges under emergency rule, fearing they might rule against his bid for a second-term presidency.

Mar 9: Sharif and Zardari agree to form a coalition government after winning general elections and vow to reinstate the sacked judges.
Apr 15: Sharif and Zardari meet in Islamabad on the judges issue.
Apr 30: Sharif and Zardari hold talks in Dubai about the judges.
May 13: Nine ministers from Sharif’s PML-N resign after the government defaults on a deadline to reinstate judges.
Aug 5: Zardari and Sharif sign a written agreement to reinstate judges.
Aug 7: Zardari announces that judges will be restored.
Aug 25: Sharif withdraws from the coalition after Zardari reneges on his written pledges to reinstate judges.
Sept 6: Zardari wins presidential election with overwhelming majority.

February 25: Supreme Court disqualifies Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif from contesting elections. Sharif urges the nation to rise up against the court order, which he blames on the head of state.
February 26: Thousands of protesters march across Pakistan. The government puts paramilitaries on alert and detains 30 lawmakers.
March 9: The government threatens Sharif with charges of sedition, warning that anyone found guilty could be punishable by life imprisonment.
March 11: Sharif vows to ‘save’ Pakistan as he urges the masses to defy a government clampdown and join a nationwide protest.
March 15: Nawaz defies house arrest and leads long march towards Islamabad.
March 16: Prime Minister Gilani restores Justice Iftikhar as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

– Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry restored as Chief Justice of Pakistan
– Nawaz Sharif calls off long march
– Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announces reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry
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Army deployed in 30 Punjab districts

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Lawyers Long March and Chief Justice Restoration in Pictures

Lawyers Long March and Chief Justice Restoration in Pictures

Lawyers Long March and Chief Justice Restoration in Pictures

Lawyers Long March and Chief Justice Restoration in Pictures