- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lawyers in Pakistan began nationwide protests Thursday to reinstate judges fired by former President Pervez Musharraf. Here is a look at some key dates in their movement, which is credited with helping bring down Musharraf:

_ March 9, 2007: Musharraf removes Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who was known for speaking against the military ruler. The move triggers months of protests by lawyers.

_ Nov. 3, 2007: Musharraf declares a state of emergency, suspending the constitution and dismissing dozens of other independent judges.

_ Feb. 18, 2008: The party of Asif Ali Zardari wins most seats in parliamentary elections and agrees to share power with party of Nawaz Sharif and reinstate the fired judges. But the coalition fails to restore the judges.

_ Aug. 8, 2008: Ruling coalition leaders Sharif and Zardari again agree to restore Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry as the chief justice if Musharraf resigns. But when Musharraf steps down, Zardari backs out of the deal.

_ Aug. 25, 2008: Sharif quits Pakistan’s ruling coalition.

_ Sept. 6, 2008: Parliament elects Asif Ali Zardari president.

_ Feb. 25: The Supreme Court disqualifies Sharif and his brother Shahbaz from holding or contesting public offices.

_ March 11: Authorities arrest several hundred lawyers and opposition party workers and ban protests in two of Pakistan’s four provinces.

_ March 12: Lawyers in several cities gather to march on Islamabad, scuffle with police.

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