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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistani Judge Calls for Defiance

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's deposed chief justice urged lawyers Tuesday to defy the police and protest President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule. The government, meanwhile, debated whether to delay parliamentary elections by up to three months.

"Go to every corner of Pakistan and give the message that this is the time to sacrifice," Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who is under virtual house arrest in the capital, Islamabad, told lawyers by mobile phone. "Don't be afraid. God will help us and the day will come when you'll see the constitution supreme and no dictatorship for a long time."

Also Tuesday, Pakistan's Cabinet discussed possibly delaying by up to three months crucial parliamentary elections after Musharraf declared a state of emergency, a minister said.

"The issue of holding elections was discussed at length, and after attending the Cabinet meeting I feel that the elections may be delayed by two months," the minister said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. "There will not be a delay of elections for longer than three months."

Later, in the central city of Multan, hundreds of police blocked about 1,000 lawyers from leaving a district court complex to stage a street rally in defiance of a protest ban. Both sides pelted each other with stones and officers swung batons to disperse the crowd. At least three lawyers and three police were injured, some bleeding from the head.

The clashes marked the second day of unrest since Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup, declared the emergency. Thousands of people have been rounded up and thrown in jail, including members of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's party.