By ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press Writer
November 26, 2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -I n Islamabad, the ousted chief justice
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, called for mass protest against the government.
“Go to every corner ofand give the message that this is the time to sacrifice,” Chaudhry, who is under virtual house arrest, told lawyers by mobile phone Tuesday. “The day will come when you’ll see the constitution supreme and no dictatorship for a long time.” ‘s deposed chief justice called on lawyers nationwide to defy police and protest President Gen. ‘s imposition of emergency rule, while the Cabinet debated whether to delay parliamentary elections by as much as three months, a minister said.
In the lawless northwest, Islamic militants seized a town from outnumbered security forces who surrendered without a fight.
Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup, said over the weekend he was declaring a state of emergency to respond to a growing Islamic militant threat. He suspended the constitution, put a stranglehold on the media and granted sweeping powers to authorities to crush dissent. Thousands of people have been rounded up and thrown in jail.
In the Swat valley near the Afghan border — a focus of a wave of militant violence — about two dozen police officers and several troops offered no resistance to militants who seized three police stations and a military post in and around the town of Matta.