Pakistani opposition leader freed from prison

August 5, 2007 05:35

One of Pakistan's most outspoken opposition leaders emerged from prison to a cheering crowd and vowed to press his campaign against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is already struggling with rising dissent and militant violence. Almost certain to add to his troubles was the Saturday release of Javed Hashmi, the acting president of the exiled former prime minister's party. The Supreme Court granted Hashmi bail Friday after he served four years of a 23-year sentence on charges of treason and inciting an army mutiny against Musharraf. Hashmi will be free while the court considers whether it should review his case, which rights and opposition groups have criticized as politically motivated.

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