Pakistan’s ousted chief justice has called on the masses to “rise up and restore the constitution,” adding, “This is a time for sacrifices.” Iftikhar Chaudhry, who was fired and placed under house arrest when he refused to sign off on President Pervez Musharraf’s declaration of emergency, made the address by telephone. Mysteriously (or not), Mobile phone service in Islamabad suffered a breakdown as Chaudhry was making his remarks.


Mr Chaudhry told around 500 lawyers on Tuesday: “The constitution has been ripped to shreds. The lawyers should convey my message to the people to rise up and restore the constitution.

“This is a time for sacrifices. I am under arrest now, but soon I will also join you in your struggle.”

Mr Chaudhry is under house arrest but his comments were broadcast on the internet by a private television channel.

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