Supporters of suspended chief justice denounce General Pervez Musharraf.
“It would be in the best interests of Pakistan for Musharraf to step down”
Jim ibarra, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Chaudhry was quoted as saying he rejected Musharraf’s offers of another job and told him: “I wouldn’t resign … I am innocent.”
In another development, three Pakistani journalists working for foreign news organisations in Karachi found bullets placed in their cars in what a local media body described on Wednesday as an attempt to intimidate the press into silence.
Mazhar Abbas, secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, said: “It is very threatening. This is a serious issue. It is an attempt to gag the press, but we will not compromise on our objectivity.”
An envelope containing a bullet was taped to the windscreens of vehicles belonging two journalists, while a similar envelope was thrown inside the car of a third late on Tuesday.
Karachi has been tense since May 12, when nearly 40 people were killed in clashes between rival political groups that disrupted a visit to the city by Chaudhry.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), an ally of Musharraf’s and member of the coalition, has denied accusations that its workers played a big part in the Karachi bloodshed.
Last week, a group associated with MQM issued a list of a dozen journalists, terming them “enemies”.
Two of the journalists who received bullets were on the list.