Protesting Pakistani lawyers clash with police

Pakistani lawyers protesting against President Pervez Musharraf clashed with police in the city of Lahore on Thursday, as Musharraf was being sworn in for a new term in the capital.“Our battle is to block military intervention forever,” said Syed Mohammad, president of the Lahore bar association, as lawyers and police started throwing stones at each other.

Police used batons in an unsuccessful attempt to disperse about 200 protesting lawyers, at least one of whom was hurt.

Black-suited lawyers have been at the forefront of opposition to Musharraf, who stepped down as army chief on Wednesday, since he tried to dismiss the country’s chief justice in March.

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