Scuffle: Lawyers vs Musharraf supporters

Published: April 23, 2013

A supporter of former president Pervez Musharraf kicks an "anti-Musharraf" lawyer during Musharraf's hearing at an anti-terrorism court (ATC), in Rawalpindi April 23, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI: Former president Pervez Musharraf appeared before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi on Tuesday in connection with the Benazir Bhutto murder case. As the court was hearing the case, a scuffle broke out outside the court premises between lawyers and Musharraf supporters.

Both the sides threw stones and beat other with sticks outside the court building, an AFP reporter said.

Musharraf’s supporters reportedly injured a few lawyers during the scuffle but were forced to retreat as lawyers charged at them. Police remained a silent witness throughout but later resorted to baton charge on former president’s supporters.

About 150 lawyers hurled abuse at the former president while two dozen supporters chanted “Long live Musharraf!”

Pictures showed lawyers hurling stones at Musharraf’s supporters, along with engaging in fist fights.

A lawyer and a supporter of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf engage in fisticuffs outside a court during Musharraf’s case hearing in Rawalpindi on April 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

On microblogging website Twitter, some Musharraf supporters enjoyed the lawyers’ thrashing, while others condemned the violent acts of the upholders of law.

A policeman protects a supporter of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf during a clash between lawyers and Musharraf supporters outside the anti terrorist court in Rawalpindi on April 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

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Reader Comments (21)

  • RKM
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:08PM

    To me, a qualified lawyer and an illiterate man. Both are same.

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  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Their Licenses should be cancelled straight away. They dont deserve to be in the courts!

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  • Mohsin
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Long Live Musharraf.

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  • Syed
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:36PM

    really funny images. Thanks for the laughs ET

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:42PM

    This is tit for tat.. people needs to stand up against these lawyers.. today we, tomorrow you will be beaten by these rouge, rowdy lawyers. Look at them how they are behaving.

    I am not supporting violence vs violence, but if they continue doing this to Musharraf’s supporters.. things will turn from bad to worse.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:46PM

    these people in the video must be prosecuted and to be checked if they are lawyers or PMLN workers.

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  • Mirza
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:47PM

    And yet some claim to take care of all our character flaws in less than 90 days! Having said that the lawyers have to stay calm and do not lower themselves to the level of Mush and his cronies. What they did (picking CJ by hair and throwing in the car) porved that they were criminals and nobody but the courts have the right to try them.Recommend

  • Amazed
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:48PM

    I would never tell my son/daughter to be a lawyer, not like the ones in the video.

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  • lkhan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:58PM

    terrible uncivilised ways – lawyers should be told off for such unjustifiable manners. they are making fools of themselves and impartiality which they ought to practice.

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  • Imoo
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:19PM

    Lawyers behave like illiterate persons. Better check their degrees. Chief Justice should keep his supporters under control.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Contempt of court for speaking against judiciary. But no action against lawyers for taking law and order in their hands inside the court premises.

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  • Khalid
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:30PM

    Kung Fu pandas…

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  • anees
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Lawyers are behaving like an illiterate and savage people so today they got what they were deserved.

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  • imran
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:06PM

    What yellow journalism? 150 lawyers and two dozen Mush supporters – WoW – this reporter accurately counted 150 lawyers and just two dozen Mush supports.
    This is called media freedom and independent reporting.

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  • Shaami
    Apr 23, 2013 - 8:27PM

    The first picture is exceptional. Even Bruce lee will run away when Shalwar Kameez Ninja will come into action.

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  • Rashid
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Self revenge ahead of the dignity of their profession. Have some courtesy lawyers!!

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  • Mohsin
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:42PM

    And then we argue why to or not to seek justice from court. Shame on you!!

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  • amin
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:49PM

    the people in pakistan have no imagination about the popularity of Perveirz Musharraf, world wide. he is regarded as the most efficient ,talented, honest, and a great orator form Pakistan.he served the country very well and even after his resignation he continued to work for the good image of Pakistan. i remember at one time he was among the probables for the award of Noble peace prize.

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  • H S
    Apr 24, 2013 - 2:15AM

    these lawyers should be taken to task. they have no respect for the law they claim to uphold. disgraceful.

    they are the dirt that mars Pakistan – we need to rid Pakistan of her decaying trash and bring back the Musharrafs.

    i for one terribly miss Musharraf’s Pakistan.

    Pakistan first!

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  • Naik
    Apr 24, 2013 - 12:48PM

    Geo Musharraf…. !! happy see the supporters of APML. I wish i could be there ..!!

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  • Munir
    Apr 24, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Is this a way we will bring change in our country.
    It is shame on the part of lawyers.
    What we are presenting to other Nations.

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