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.
— Saad Siddiqui (@saadsiddiqui87) April 23, 2013
— Anjum Kiani(@AnjumKiani) April 23, 2013
— Mustafa Azizabadi (@azizabadi) April 23, 2013
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