Police baton-charge lawyers in Islamabad, several injured.

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ISLAMABAD: The protesting lawyers reached in front of the Supreme Court building after removing the barricades here in Islamabad on Thursday.

Police, in an attempt to stop lawyers, started baton-charge on them, causing injuries to many lawyers. Whereas, angry lawyers have reached in front of Supreme Court after removing barbwires and other hurdles.

The protesting lawyers were chanting slogans for the restoration of deposed judges and independence of judiciary.

Earlier, lawyers had announced to stage sit-in before the Parliament House.

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Lawyers protest at SC; police resort to baton charge.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani riot police used sticks to beat lawyers demanding the reinstatement of dozens of judges sacked by former president Pervez Musharraf.

The riot broke out after around 100 black-suited lawyers tried to enter the Supreme Court building by climbing the main gates, shouting slogans against the new chief justice appointed by Musharraf in November.

After the 15-minute brawl, the lawyers retreated but continued their demonstration.

Some 500 lawyers had been joined by political party workers and other supporters carrying black flags, placards and banners in front of parliament house and the Supreme Court.

“This is the representative gathering of all lawyers and bar associations of Pakistan and our struggle will continue until the reinstatement of all judges,” SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan said.

link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=54158

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