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Last Updated: Friday, 16 March 2007, 14:05 GMT
In pictures: Pakistan protests

Pakistani riot police behind Supreme Court sign

Tight security was in place early amid fears of renewed confrontation as Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry faced a judicial tribunal for a second time on Friday.

Protester outside the court

Hundreds of the judge's supporters chanted slogans like "justice lead, we will follow". Many also voiced their dislike of President Musharraf who suspended the judge last week.

Tear gas fired at demonstrators

It was not long before police fired teargas.

Policemen on the streets of Islamabad

Hundreds of extra police were deployed on the streets of Islamabad and used concrete blocks and coils of barbed wire to seal off the city centre.

Police arrest a protester

Dozens of people were arrested in Islamabad and across the country, despite overnight raids by police to detain opposition party activists and Muslim hardliners.

Protester throws a tear gas shell in Islamabad

Demonstrators hurled rocks, bottles and tear gas shells at paramilitary troops and police outside the Supreme Court in several hours of violence.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed

Among those arrested by plain-clothes police was Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the president of Pakistan's main alliance of religious parties, the MMA.






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