Chief justice speaks out as clashes continue for second day

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Pakistan's deposed chief justice is speaking out as more clashes erupt in the country.

Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry says he's under virtual house arrest in his official residence in Islamabad. He spoke by telephone to lawyers at the Islamabad Bar Association headquarters, telling them "it's time for sacrifice." The justice vowed that Pakistan's constitution would be restored, saying "there will be no dictatorship."

Today in the central city of Multan, hundreds of police blocked about 1,000 lawyers from leaving a district court complex to stage a street rally. Both sides pelted each other with stones and police swung batons to disperse the crowd.

Opposition groups say about 3,500 people have been arrested since Pakistan's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Government officials put the figure at more than 2,500.


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