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In pictures: Pakistan protests

Pakistani plain clothes policemen beat political party activists during a protest in Karachi on March 12, 2009

Police in the Pakistani city of Karachi have used sticks to beat protesters on an anti-government protest march.

A Pakistani policeman arrests a Jamaat-i-Islami supporter during a protest in Karachi on March 12, 2009

The demonstrators want President Asif Ali Zardari to fulfill a pledge to reinstate judges sacked under former President Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistani lawyers and political activists during a protest in Karachi on March 12, 2009

The rally was one of a series planned across the country, ahead of a four-day march that organisers hope will culminate with a sit-in in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday.

Pakistani policemen arrest lawyers during a protest rally in Karachi on March 12, 2009

The government says the march is aimed at destabilising the country, and a number of protesters in Karachi were arrested.

Pakistani lawyers in Karachi make victory signs as they board a bus for Islamabad on 12 March, 2009

Despite the crackdown, many lawyers and activists boarded buses in Karachi bound for the capital, shouting slogans and cheering.

Pakistani lawyers and political party activists march during a protest rally in Lahore on March 12, 2009

Hundreds more protesters took to the streets in the cities of Lahore and Quetta.

Pakistani riot police block a street during a protest in Lahore on March 12, 2009

Security across the country remains tight, and tensions are high ahead of next week's planned sit-in.

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