Islamabad police baton charge, teargas lawyers

Police used batons and teargas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of lawyers protesting against President Pervez Musharraf’s candidacy in next week’s presidential election, officials and witnesses said. The police also targeted the media and several journalists were injured. Violence erupted outside the Election Commission in Islamabad after Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz arrived. Aziz officially proposed Musharraf for president, and was at the commission in case he needed to defend the nomination during scrutiny. Police fired tear gas and used batons to break up a group of about 900 lawyers and activists who tried to march from the Supreme Court, across an avenue, to the Election Commission. At least a dozen lawyers were seen with bloody heads and several people were overcome by tear gas. An official claimed 12 police had been hurt. “It was a peaceful protest but police beat up women lawyers. Policemen were laughing and enjoying it as they were beating lawyers,” said prominent human rights lawyer Asma Jehangir, wearing a blood-stained white scarf. Police later fired more tear gas, apparently to keep protesters bottled up in the Supreme Court compound. Cable news channels went off the air in Islamabad but it was unclear if authorities had blocked coverage of the protests.

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46 Comments so far

  1. Babar (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    Pray thee tell me what does any govt (including the democracies) in the world do when the protestors try to charge a govt building. Round them up, they all do. This was not going to be a peaceful protest as already declared by them.

    If they have political force behind them, let them have a peaceful million march or something of that kind, and you will see how Musharraf runs.

  2. noor shah (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    Lawyers (“liars”) got what they deserved.
    They claimed that they respect the Supreme Court and judiciary. And then they pelted the Supreme Court with eggs and tomato’s?
    Yes, it is time that Musharraf should leave, but the lawyers need to be civilized and should respect the law.

  3. Awais (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    Yes, the lawyers r to be blamed because after launching a violent movement to restore the CJP, they were again going to break precious bulbs and hit our underpaid but honest policemen, bringing bad name to the country. I think Musharraf rocks and we should elect him as our king and live happily ever after. This whole bajoozee about democracy and fundamental right does not suit us. We need an authoritarian ruler like General Zia to fix these guys. Hell with fundamental rights of assembly and expression. Police should’ve been given orders to shoot at sight on Constitutional Avenue. Would’ve been very nice.

  4. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    The lawyers are behaving like mobs. They deserve the danda and its behavior is revolting.

  5. Ablai (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    Police is just doing their Job. That is what riot police is for.

    The lawyers are taking the law into their own hands. Secondly they are joined by PNL(N) and other opposition parties who want to create chaos in the country and create our bad image in international media.

  6. KAMI (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    When lawyers make mockery of the law and their own institutions then they shouldnt complain when they get what they asked for. A leading lawyer at the grounds of the Supreme Court yesterday was talking to the media was saying;

    “Koi mard kaa bachaa ho to roak key dikhai, hum yeh kar dein gein, hum woh kar dein gein, hum nahein maantey, judges ki …..+ other profanities”

    Who said that it was a peaceful protest, they were marching like bandits, and their body language was not very civilized and intentions were all too obvious.

    Justice (Retd) Mamoon Kazi a very respected non-LFO Supreme court judge has said that, “He is disgusted by behaviour of lawyers after the Supreme court dicision”. So is the nation.

    They still have other legal options open, there is no need for such nonsense.

  7. KAMI (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    To add to the above, they are not protesting, they are picking a fight just like ghetto gangsters.

  8. binary-zero (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    We need these sort of movements if we need to finish our banana republic role. These will get violent and will get stronger.

  9. Paidagir (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    well, I agree that lawyers deserve all this… but what about the Journalists and the “Honorable Ministers” ???

  10. Paidagir (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    well, I agree that lawyers deserve all this… but what about the Journalists and the “Honorable Ministers” ???

  11. Paidagir (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    @Kami .. I agree with you completely man. if someone from govt. would have said this … the media and this lawyer community of ours would have raised hell … but if a person from this lawyer community or opposition members say this its okey.
    what kind of democracy is that ?? …

    the lawyer community should respect the decision made by the Supreme Court. whatever that is.

  12. Faisal (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    What the hell were all those lawyers doing there with all the batons in the first place? “peaceful protest” can happily kiss my ass…
    They started it…got what they deserved. And now they go on whining on the private TV channels…—-ing hypocrites. Anyone remember Kurd saying that today was going to be a day of ‘dama dam mast qalandar’?. All pre planned. And now they have the audacity to act like the victims. Bloody two faced hypocrites. If anything, I feel sorry for the 14 policemen who got hurt!!

  13. asa (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    The fascists are beating the lawyers and the journalists like animals now. What the does this dog Musharaf wants now. He has won the case and he has got the numbers in parliament. Even the female journalists and the female lawyers were brutally beaten.
    The SSP and the IG are also holding sticks and I myself saw the IG thrashing Ali Ahmed Kurd.
    Burn all the school books which tell us lies about freedom and all the crap. Pakistan was just made for the feudal and the fascists Army.

  14. jahnanara (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    I agree with ASA. Today it is journalists and lawyers, tomorrow it will be us. Mush and his goons (the chaudhrys and co) want a plaint country with zombies for people. I am completely anti-violence, but i wish that Durrani had gotten thrashed rather than Tariq azeem.

  15. pm (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    Napak army has now for the first time found resistance within the country, thier pants are now wet , coming in front of the mullahs who killed the so-called commandos in their own garrison. Thier troops are now surrendering every
    where in waziristan. The chief commondo needs unarmed people to went his anger , Lawyers and mediamen are now his target as they don’t have guns in their hands.
    May Allah make this battle, last battle between napaak army and people of Paistan..

  16. Concerned_Paki (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 3:54 am

    PM What Battle? these miserable goons are just frustrated. Nothing will change, Pakistan will move forward. As Hafeez Pirzada said this is the golden opportunity to send army back to the barracks once and for all, the nation will not let these contemptous lawyers to push and shove it to a dead end.

    The lawyers movement is going no where. If they attempt any more follies then people will themselve deal with them.

  17. redsnapper (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 5:03 am

    200 lawyers with no arms. Thousands of policemen and policewomen. They deserved it ? Come on, get real.

  18. Farhan (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    Lawyers kuch zada hi free honay lag gay hay.

  19. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 6:17 am

    Look at all the anti-army and anti-Musharraf people revel over the violence and lawlessness of the lawyers and journalists! May Allah(SWT) keep Pakistan safe from the anti-Musharraf creeps.

  20. Concerned_Paki (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    REDSNAPPER here is an equation to launch a successful movement with the body language that lawyers are using;

    if Y = No. of police personnel

    and X = No. of demonstrators.

    Then too launch a successful agrressive demonstration you need:

    X = 4Y

    If you dont have such numbers then its prudent to hold placards and stand on the road side to record your protest. You simply cant storm a building with 200 folks and not get beaten.

  21. asa (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Napak army is worst then israeli Army,they done more atrocities than israeli done to Palestine…wat the law here we talking abt ok i agreed lawyers were violent(even they dont have any arms) so why the hell they beat journalist like animal..whole country is hostage by one bloody army dictator and we are taking abt law,freedom blab blah.

    May Allah destroy busharraf and his dogs. Ameen

  22. pm (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    Napa army is not worried about the lawyers, judges and journalists , they are just using them to vent thier anger, there real worry is their good old friends mullahs who are these teaching them lessons in their own language. Historically their pants get wet only when they come in front of indian army now they can not go out in uniform even in their own cants and mess.

  23. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    To Asa and PM:

    The “dictator” is in power because you are too cowardly to come on the streets. Your nasty language doesnt scare anyone.

    Army men are not wearing uniform in public so as not to become easy target for terrorists. The Pakistani public should do itself a favor and accept reality, that terrorism is a fact and has to be fought and eliminated.

  24. NHS (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    ASA comments “Napak army is worst then israeli Army,they done more atrocities than israeli done to Palestine”

    It is the Mullahism, which started this bloodshed. You remember Talibans who killed thousand and forced millions to leave their homes?

    Now this is the Allah’s curse on Mullah’s and Talibans that Almighty sent another dictator to get rid of twisted faith Mullahs.

  25. MB (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    All of those blind idiots who are saying that few lawyers who beat farooq sattar and azeem tariq and had stick in hands are as ignorant as taliban

    Even a dumb ass knows they were the ISI jerks send to disrupt the protest and create tension and defame lawyers.

  26. NHS (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    MB wrote “Even a dumb ass knows they were the ISI jerks send to disrupt the protest”

    We always blame others for our militancy. And it is easy to blame ISI, CIA, RAW, or KGB, but theLawyers were responsible for this mess.

    They showed their ass when the Supreme Court was attacked by Nawaz Sharif period.
    Last month they were joyful and happy that Chief Justice was restored. Now when the court decision was not according to their wishes, they protested like idiots.

  27. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    Everyone knows you can make up some crackpot conspiracy to satisfy Pakistanis, who enjoy conspiracies, fiction and rumor more than facts.

  28. RM (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    Taliban did not force afghans out of their was the soviets who did this.get ur facts right buddy.
    i m still trying to figure out how can 300 armed men lay down their arms without firing a single shot.???
    any answers???

  29. NHS (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Remark by RM “Taliban did not force afghans out of their was the soviets who did this.get ur facts right buddy.”

    What happened when Mullah Ummar took the Afghanistan? Did not he forced million others to pushed into Pakistan? Did the killing stopped in his regime?

    He was the one who milked millions from USA and CIA to fight against Soviets. He was fighing for money not Islam. The talibans, mullah ummer and usama were paid by whom?

    “Dogs always fight for whoever feeds them.”

  30. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 3:37 am

    RM, you should investigate the Taliban’s massacre of Hazaras and Shias before you sing the praises of the Taliban’s human rights records.

    Regarding Pakistan Army, they have defended the country, no questions asked. You cant even swallow a Supreme Court verdict.

  31. asa (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    @Aamir ali

    you just bring taliban to defend dictator state terrorism…now comeon dont say to me asma jahngir,lawyers & journalist are taliban …dont have any valid argument to defend Napak Army and for your kind information another bloody napak army dictator Zia-ul-haq made this Taliabn and jihadi’s coz of 11 year zia bloody rule we still suffer only God know how long we suffer when mushy dog goto hell

    Pakistan’s army has fought more wars against its own people than possibly any army in the world -Lahore (1953), Tribal areas (1954), Balochistan (1960), East Pakistan (1971), Balochistan (1974-1977), Tribal Areas (1984-86), Sindh (1983-1985), Karachi (1992-1998), Tribal Areas (2003-2007), Balochistan (2005-2007), now Islamabad (2007).

    They ask for the surrender of Pakistanis every time but have a track record of surrendering before the Indians (1971) and Americans (1953-2007).

    May Allah destroy busharraf and his Army dogs. Ameen

  32. Kashif Sohail (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Some of the lawyers had somewhat overreacted like burning the verdict but journalists were performing their duties hence it was brutal to beat them.

  33. ghazalainam (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    Like they say to every action there is a reaction ,Lawyer’s got what they deserved ,but the way the journalists were treated is very sad indeed.

  34. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    To ASA:

    Its army’s job to defend country against internal and external threats. The Baloch fighters, Waziristan Taliban and Lal Masjid gangsters are not innocent or nice people and somebody has to deal with them and take the casualties, that somebody is the army, not you.

    I believe Pakistanis whole-heartedly supported Zia ul Haq in his “Jihad” in Afghanistan, you cant condemn him now just because you dont like Musharraf.

    Regarding America, whenever America puts sanctions or pressure on Pakistan, the first to squeal are Pakistanis like you, it isnt the army.

  35. NHS (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

    Read the News “burqa-clad woman blew herself up and killed at least 15 people Monday at a crowded police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan”

    Another twisted-faith evil suicide women went to Hell but she caused tragedy for so many innocent peoples.

    Have you heard any lawyer or news-reporter condemned this evil action by twisted-religious fanatics.

    Awake up that is the only reason we need Musharraf and army to protect Pakistan from evil worshipers.

  36. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    When govt and security forces take action against suicide bomber gangs, they are accused of “war against their own people”.

    What a mentally weak and confused bunch Pakistanis are.

  37. pm (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2007 @ 5:39 am

    “Regarding America, whenever America puts sanctions or pressure on Pakistan, the first to squeal are Pakistanis like you, it isnt the army”
    @Aamir Ali
    well said, this napak army kills their own people in everyway , when america is giving alms, these ba***** take that money and kill thier people with the arms bought by that money. and when america stops giving them alms they snatch money from the poor and let them die of hunger.
    May Allah save us!!!!

  38. asa (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    @Aamir Ali
    Suicide bomber is the gift of 11 year of zia illegal dictator rule..if our napal army is sincere abt elimination of suicide bomber killed all those former Napal army generals who Architect and funded these Jahdis element .

    now a days trend has been been set whenever our napak army killed their ppl they are justifying their actions by crying we are fighting against jihadis element and facing internal threads….same mentality applied here our Napak Army dictator dogs beat Lawyers and Journalist (no link with taliban) and here ppl justify this atrocities by playing same taliban bashing.

  39. NHS (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    ASA Wrote
    “Suicide bomber is the gift of 11 year of zia illegal dictator rule..if our napal army is sincere abt elimination of suicide bomber killed all those former Napal army generals who Architect and funded these Jahdis element”

    You are right that Zia-U-Haq was responsible for this Suicide bombings. This was done at the support of CIA. However, one cannot blame the entire army for this action. You should also agree that the Mullah’s and Taliban are equally responsible for this. They are the one’s who were bought by CIA dollars.

    Now the question is how to get rid of this twisted faith Taliban-ization.
    After Zia-ul-Haq PPP and Nawaz ruled the country for about 12-years. Did they do anything for the country? During their period Pakistan almost went bankrupt. In Nawaz period Pakistan was getting loans-on-loans to pay the interest to IMF. He left the Pakistan in about 48 billion in debt.

    Musharrif and Pak army is not a favorite one but it is lot better than other political parties. We have not experienced Imran Khan but all other parties are made of bunch of thieves and crooks.

    At least for the time being Pak army is the only hope to get rid of twisted Mullah-ism, Taliban’s, and Suiciders.

  40. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    PM and ASA:

    You have confirmed exactly what I said before, when army and govt take action against suicide terrorism, you accuse them of “killing their own people”. The fact that Pakistanis have been dying in terrorist attacks for last 25 years is of no value to you.

    You both need to have the courage to call evil evil. Taliban/Alqaida/Lal Masjid Gang, these are evil folk, they need to be fought and eliminated.

  41. asa (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    Yes bro im saying taliban/alqaida/lal masjid is evil but i’m not stop their have courage to say further that founder of this evil Napak army is greatest evil,who funded & harbor these ppl …so u also should have courage to say we all in situation that suicide attacks everywhere coz of our Napak Army…comeon everyone knows MMA is B team of Dictator support him to impose 17th amendment coz of their blessing Dictator prolong his stay.

    Mushy already got 8 year of his rule and he deliver nothing totally fail to stop these attacks even its increasing day by day,frankly it seems part of bigger conspiracy where Army & mullahs both involved.

    who r u & me decide which one rule this country let the people decide ,conduct a free & fair election without ISI involvement and im sure pakistan people are not fool within a span of time we get good leadership.

  42. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    You have admitted the first time that alqaida/lal masjid etc are evil. Thats a good start. Recognize also that taliban/alqaida and lalmasjid are independent groups, nobody oppressed and violated them, but they have commited a huge number of crimes.

    During Zia era, Pakistanis whole-heartedly supported Afghan Jihad and then Kashmir Jihad. Why blame army now?

  43. nhs (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 3:10 am

    ASA wrote “who r u & me decide which one rule this country let the people decide ,conduct a free & fair election without ISI involvement and im sure pakistan people are not fool within a span of time we get good leadership.”

    I have seen Zia, PPP, Nawaz Sharif, and Musharraf. Zia brought us Talibans and terrorist. Bibi from PPP was taking commissions and bribes during her period. Nawaz nearly bancrupted Pakistan during his period and left us with 48-billions debt.
    Musharraf is dictator but at least he has not looted the country as much as your poltiican were looting and stealing.

  44. asa (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    @aamir ali
    now you blame pakistanis for afghan jihad..either u dnt knw abt fact or dnt want to accept the fact..even American authors written that All this jihad started by CIA whole heartedly supported by Our napak Army…our beloved generals mad millions of dollar in so-called jihad..dude have some courage & Accept this fact All this jihadis were produced by Napak Army.

    these were not my politican ..go read history of every Political party …Nawaz & MMA were pet of zia Dictator..Musharraf is now the leading supporter and benefactor of corrupt politicians and thugs. From chor Shujaat to terrorist Altaf Hussain to BB, all thugs and criminals have gathered under his wing.

    i read my statement let the people decide ,conduct a free & fair election without ISI involvement..mighte be at initial period we get same corrupt leaders but political process vanish them like it happens in India.

  45. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    to ASA:

    Pakistani public whole-heartedly supported Afghan Jihad and Kashmir Jihad, now you condemn the army?

    Army is doing what the Pakistani people want it to do.

  46. RM (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 2:16 am

    “Army is doing what the Pakistani people want it to do”


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