Musharraf nomination approved as protesting lawyers hurt in clashes

September 30, 2007 03:02


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Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf picked up another legal victory in his re-election bid while again steamrolling dissent by cracking down hard on protesters. A day after the Supreme Court dismissed several petitions challenging Musharraf's pursuit of a new five-year term, the Election Commission approved his candidacy, sparking angry condemnation from protesting lawyers. Police on Saturday fired tear gas and used batons first to disperse the lawyers, then turned on journalists covering the chaotic clashes. Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim was also caught up in the melee, receiving a few punches from protesters before being bundled into a car by aides and driven away.

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