Mar 13, 2009

Long March underway in Pakistan

Thousands of lawyers and opposition political activists are beginning a four-day 'Long March' to demand an independent judiciary.

It's feared the protest could destabilise President Asif Ali Zardari's government at a time when the nuclear-armed American ally faces severe problems from Islamist militants and an economic slump.

Police detained hundreds of political activists on Wednesday, and banned public rallies.

But the government has allowed the march, which set out from the cities of Karachi and Quetta, to go ahead.

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