Pakistan in crisis, Zardari set deadline to end lawyers’ stir

ISLAMABAD - A volatile situation existed in Pakistan where authorities Friday continued their crackdown on agitating lawyers staging a ‘long march’ amidst reports that President Asif Ali Zardari had been set an internationally-backed, 24-hour deadline by the army to end the stir.

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Phoolan Devi murder witness turns hostile

NEW DELHI - A key prosecution witness in the 2001 murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi Friday turned hostile in a city court, claiming that his earlier statement indicting Sher Singh Rana as the main accused was made at the behest of the public prosecutor.

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Malik says terrorist attacks possible during lawyer’s Long March

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister’s Interior Adviser Rehman Malik has warned about the possibility of a terrorist attack during the Lawyer’s Long march.

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Bharucha to guide Satyam board on strategic investor

HYDERABAD - Former Supreme Court chief justice S.P. Bharucha will guide the Satyam Computer Services board in selecting the strategic investor from the Indian and overseas bidders, the scam-hit company said Friday.

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Zardari gets 24-hour deadline, Kayani meets president

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Friday met President Asif Ali Zardari amid reports that he had been given 24 hours to act on the lawyers’ stir for overturning the controversial measures of former ruler Pervez Musharraf.

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Lawyers’ movement made Sharif Pakistan’s most popular politician: CSM

WASHINGTON - PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has thrown his weight behind the lawyers Long March and sealed his position as Pakistan’s most popular political leader.

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Zardari gets 24 hours to ‘bring down political temperature’

ISLAMABAD - Under a new deal ‘backed by Washington, London and the army establishment’, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has been given 24 hours to act on the lawyers’ stir for overturning the controversial measures of former ruler Pervez Musharraf, a media report said Friday.

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Pakistan impedes lawyers’ anti-government march

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani authorities Friday impeded a cross-country lawyers’ rally by blocking a protest convoy from travelling to the capital city Islamabad to join a planned sit-in against the faltering year-old government.

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Chinese lawyer’s family makes dramatic escape: Report

BEIJING - The wife and children of leading Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng have escaped from close police surveillance and travelled via Thailand to the US, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.

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