Feb 27, 2009

Protests continue over Sharif brothers' disqualification

Protests continued for third consecutive day in the wake of a Supreme Court verdict declaring former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif ineligible to contest elections. The cases have been registered against 300 leaders and activists of PML-N on charges of rampage.In Karachi, lawyers have abandoned the court proceedings in City Court to express solidarity with Sharif brothers. PML-N lawyers former Law Minister Salim Zia, PML-N lawyers’ forum’s Arshad Jadoon and others observed hunger strike within the premises of City Court.Meanwhile, Lahore lawyers boycotted the proceedings of the courts in protest. PML-N announced protest rallies today against Sharifs disqualification after jumma prayers.The lawyers in Shaikupura and other parts of Punjab and Azad Kashmir are also protesting against Sharifs disqualification.Muslim Conference (Atiq) organized protest demonstration in Kotli and Bhambir whereas Opposition leader in Azad Kashmir Assembly Sardar Atiq Ahmad and other members of assembly stage sit-in in Rawlakot.PML-N and other political parties hold protest demonstration in Battgram.Police on Friday registered cases against two MNAs and 300 local leaders and activists of PML-N on charges of rampage.According to reports, the cases against MNA Hanif Abbasi, Pervaiz Khan, PML-N leader Sardar Nasim and other 300 local leaders have been registered in city, Gunj Mandi and Waris Khan police stations.

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