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Pakistani Deputy Attorney General Resigns in Judiciary Crisis


A Pakistani deputy attorney general has become the latest legal professional to resign in protest of President Pervez Musharraf's removal of the country's chief justice.

Nasir Saeed Sheikh Tuesday said that it is not possible to continue to work in the current judicial crisis.

Members of Pakistan's legal profession, the political opposition and other activists have held almost-daily protests since General Musharraf suspended the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, on March 9. The president says Chaudhry was removed for abuse of power.

Chaudhry was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a hearing. But the judicial accountability panel in Islamabad hearing his case postponed the appearance until April 3. No reason was given for the delay.

It is not clear if a protest that was also scheduled for Wednesday will be held as planned.

Chaudhry's supporters say Mr. Musharraf suspended the justice because of looming legal challenges related to Mr. Musharraf's dual posts as president and army chief of staff.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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