Tens of thousands of protesting Pakistani lawyers and their supporters are marching toward the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, in what's been dubbed a "Long March" to demand the reinstatement of the country's chief justice and 60 other judges who were sacked last year by President Pervez Musharraf, who they want to resign.
RFE/RL correspondent Abubakar Siddique spoke to Latif Afridi, a leader of the protesting lawyers and president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association, about the protest movement.
RFE/RL: What are your major demands? What do you want to achieve from this protest?
Latif Afridi: Our main demands are simple. We want an independent judiciary in our country and we want the reinstatement of the judges whom [President] Musharraf deposed by force [from the barrel] of a gun last year as they refused to take an oath of loyalty to a military dictator.
RFE/RL: After winning the February 18 elections, the leaders of Pakistan's new coalition promised to reinstate the deposed judges, but so far they have failed to honor their commitment. Why?
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