Turmoil Increases in Pakistan
May 13 (EIRNS)--At least 27 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday as unrest continued to expand in Pakistan as a result of the drive for globalization and the Bush-Cheney perpetual warfare doctrine. The violence in Karachi occurred in the context of the arrival of Pakistan's suspended Supreme Court chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who addressed lawyers of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. Gunfire broke out and vehicles were set on fire in least four areas of the city where rival rallies were to take place by supporters of the judge and members of the pro-Musharraf political party, the Muttahida Quami Movement.
The violence occurred despite the fact that authorities arrested hundreds of opposition activists and deployed more than 15,000 security personnel. A holiday was declared and many roads were blocked overnight.
Chaudhry and lawyers traveling with him returned to Islamabad late Saturday where Musharraf himself addressed a crowd at a state-sponsored rally from behind a bulletproof screen.
Holding Musharraf responsible for the violence in Karachi, the opposition called for observing "black day" on Sunday and a countrywide strike on Monday. Addressing a press conference Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the opposition said that Gen. Musharraf "has become a security risk" for the country and would not be acceptable with or without a uniform. "The solution of all crises lies in the resignation of Musharraf."