Could this be the end of Musharraf?

Independent Online Edition > Asia

President Pervez Musharraf’s regime in Pakistan is resorting to increasingly heavy-handed methods to quell protests against him that are growing by the day.

In Islamabad yesterday hundreds of police fought protesters outside
the Supreme Court. And as the protests continued, riot police stormed
the Geo private television station, which was broadcasting pictures of
the protests, tear-gassed the staff and smashed up the studio.

Several high-profile figures were arrested for taking part in
demonstrations around the country, including a former president and the
leader of one of the main opposition parties. An MP claimed he had been
beaten by police at the demonstrations.

Inside the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary was
attending his second closed hearing before a special tribunal. At the
centre of the row is President Musharraf’s attempt to sack Mr
Chaudhary. He has accused the judge of “misuse of office”, but the move
is widely suspected of being politically motivated.

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