Tuesday, November 13, 2007

20,000 Pakistani Lawyers in Jail?

Yahoo India News has this chilling report, alleging a vastly higher number of Pakistani lawyers in detention than has previously been estimated:

More than 20,000 lawyers in Pakistan have been put in detention following President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of a state of emergency, two prominent Pakistani lawyers said here.

'One in every four lawyers in Pakistan has been put away - 2,400 in Punjab alone,' said Mohammad Akram Sheikh, a senior Islamabad-based lawyer who is on a tour of London and Washington to lobby against Musharraf.

'This is not a story that is getting out to the international media. In some places, entire bar associations have been put into jail,' he added.

'Basically, any lawyer who is objecting to the emergency is behind bars.'

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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