Pakistani authorities placed Qazi Hussain Ahmed, MP underhouse arrest Monday ahead of planned protests against President PervezMusharraf's removal of the country's top judge, officials said.
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"The government has confined our leader but our workers will take partin Tuesday's protest with full vigour. If the government stops us, the law andorder situation will be its responsibility," spokesman Shahid Shamsi said.
"Our protest is against the president's action against the chiefjustice and the military dictatorship in the country," he said.
Interior minister Aftab Sherpao said he had "no knowledge" aboutAhmed's arrest. But a senior security official confirmed on condition ofanonymity that the leading figure was under detention.
Military ruler Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhryon March 9 over allegations of misconduct and abuse of power, sparking apolitical crisis and a series of nationwide protests against his rule.
The Islamic coalition, known as the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal or United ActionFront, called Tuesday's rally to coincide with the next sitting of a panel oftop judges who are hearing the charges against Chaudhry.
Chaudhry denies the allegations.
Lawyers and opposition parties loyal to exiled former prime ministersBenazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have also called for separate but simultaneousdemonstrations against Musharraf on Tuesday.
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