General Strike Called After Violent Clashes In Pakistan

Pro-democracy push against Musharraf
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2007 6:25 AM CDT
General Strike Called After Violent Clashes In Pakistan
Angry mob chant slogans against Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf at funeral of Saturday's firing victims, Sunday, May 13, 2007 in Karachi, Pakistan. Pro-government and opposition groups blamed each other Sunday for the worst political violence to grip Pakistan in years, as fresh riots broke...   (Associated Press)

A nationwide strike has been called for today in Pakistan, after violence over the weekend left 40 dead in Karachi, the Financial Times reports. Pressure is mounting against military rule by President Pervez Musharraf. "We want to demonstrate that this country is unanimous in opposing the government," said a leader of the alliance of six Islamic opposition parties. 

Violent clashes have been escalating since Musharraf suspended the chief justice of Pakistan's supreme court, triggering outrage among Pakistan's lawyers and jurists. Street violence in Karachi has been put down by the army, but observers say the army might not support Musharraf if unrest spread to Lahore, home of many soldiers families. (More Pakistan stories.)

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