Long march is ‘prelude to revolution’: Sharif

March 16th, 2009 - 12:46 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 15 (IANS) Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday called the protest march to Islamabad a “prelude to revolution”, as the country remained gripped in an intensifying political crisis.
“It’s a rare moment of Pakistan’s history. It’s prelude to revolution,” Sharif told Geo TV in a telephonic interview as he led the lawyers’ rally at the GPO Chowk in Lahore.

The rally was to leave for Islamabad as planned and Sharif said his address to the rally at the GPO Chowk was called off due to unavailability of loudspeakers.

Sharif said the country needed a system purely based on justice.

“No one has authority to defy the constitution, snub the parliament and decide the fate of people,” Geo TV quoted him as saying.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, who is backed by thousands of supporters in his march, asked the judges appointed by former president Pervez Musharraf in November 2007 to step down.

He said the long march was aimed at restoring the deposed judges, including former Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhury, and ensuring justice in the country.

He urged the government to take “saner decisions and honour mass aspirations”.

Chaudhury and a host of judges were removed by then military dictator Musharraf when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

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