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Support swells for Pakistan's suspended chief judge

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In Pakistan, massive protests are continuing against the suspension of the country’s chief judge. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to greet chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry as he travelled by road from the capital, Islamabad to the eastern city of Lahore.

The trip normally takes four hours but took him more than 20.

The government tried to sack Chaudhry in March but the legal community and opposition say the
move was an attack on the judiciary’s independence.

Chaudhry made no direct reference to President Pervez Musharraf who suspended him over allegations of abuse of office.

But he did deliver a strong warning against the dangers of dictatorships.

The crisis has since erupted into the most serious challenge to the President authority since he seized power eight years ago.