Bhutto Returns to Islamabad

Police continue to lock up thousands of Pakistani lawyers
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2007 2:45 PM CST
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto addresses a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2007. Bhutto said that government has decided to delay the national elections by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto has arrived in Islamabad, where she is meeting with other opposition leaders to determine how best to respond to Pervez Musharraf's declaration of a state of emergency in Pakistan. "I think we should all come down as strongly as we can for the restoration of democracy," the ex-PM said today after returning from Karachi.

Meanwhile, police continue to lock up thousands of lawyers who are protesting the crackdown on the judicial system. Lawyers were immediately arrested if they attempted to enter Islamabad or Lahore courthouses, CNN reports, and police were given cash bonuses for beating and arresting lawyers. The country's chief justice, fired by Musharraf on Saturday, was speaking to a meeting of lawyers by phone when Islamabad's cellphone system suddenly went dead.