This video says about itself:
Lawyers and activists began gathering in Pakistan’s central city of Multan on Wednesday to demand the restoration of judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf.
By Keith Jones:
US-Pakistan ties fray, as Washington seeks to bully new government
27 March 2008
US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Richard Boucher, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, arrived in Islamabad early Tuesday, with almost no advanced warning to their Pakistani hosts. Their sudden visit exemplifies the Bush administration’s apprehensions about the change of regime now underway in Pakistan.
The day before the US envoys’ arrival, Pakistan’s new-elected National Assembly chose, by an overwhelmingly 312-42 margin, a leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to head a “national consensus” government comprised of parties opposed to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, long a close US ally.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was himself a prominent victim of the Musharraf dictatorship having spent five years in prison on politically-motivated, trumped-up corruption charges.
Gillani’s first action on being elected was to order the release from house arrest of the supreme and high court justices whom Musharraf had purged last November, because he feared they would declare unconstitutional his illegal and stage-managed “re-election” to a further five-year term as president.
The new PPP-led government is pledged to pass a resolution within 30 days restoring the purged judges to the bench. Such action would open the door to legal challenges to Musharraf’s presidency and likely provoke a constitutional crisis. Musharraf has said that the judges can be restored only though an amendment to the constitution and repeatedly vilified the sacked head of the Supreme Court, Mohammad Iftikhar Chaudhry, as the “scum of the earth.”
Despite numerous indicators of mass popular opposition to Musharraf, including opinion polls and the nationwide wave of riots that erupted following last December’s assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, the Bush administration was, from all accounts, shocked by the drubbing Musharraf’s political allies received in the February 18 national and provincial assembly elections.
Update May 2008: here.
Politics in South Asia: here.