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Thousands In Pakistan Rally In Support Of Dismissed Judge

Suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry (file photo) (epa) June 2, 2007 -- In the Pakistani city of Abbotabad today, some 50,000 people defied a government ban and gathered at a rally to show their support for Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Many shouted slogans against President Pervez Musharraf.

The president's dismissal of Chaudhry from the Supreme Court in March has triggered a political crisis and led to strikes by lawyers and several large demonstrations.