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Pakistan clash turns into anti-government demonstration

15 March, 2009
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The headline in The New York Times reads Police and Protesters Clash in Pakistan but the real story is that the police eventually gave up trying to control the demonstration and “melted away.” The government of Asif Ali Zadari was unable to win cooperation from police, magistrates and other officials to stop the demonstration.

What had begun as a show of support for members of the opposition party, The Pakistan Muslim League -N, turned into a massive unstoppable anti-government protest.  Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest and began the long drive to Islamabad to show solidarity with his party members.   The motorcade was joined by citizens and members of other political groups along the route.  In Islamabad, a lawyers groups marched to the High Court to make a speech.  It has been a long time since Pakistan has seen such an anti-government protest.

Appeals by the United States to President Asif Ali Zardari and to Nawaz Sharif to cool the political crisis in the past few days appeared to have been rebuffed.

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