Thousands of lawyers in Pakistan are on a heated campaign to oust Gen Pervez Musharraf from the presidency.
You probably saw those lawyers on the news a few months back in Kerachi and Islamabad, parading around in white shirts and black ties, their uniforms. They are at it again and drawing huge, supportive crowds, making the Musharraf government exceedingly nervous.
An aside: Lawyers may be more popular in Pakistan than in the US with the general public, but they still tell jokes about them there.
I heard this when I was in Islamabad:
Do you know why Pakistani lawyers don’t go to the beach?
No, is it because they are wearing dark suits, white shirts and black ties?
No, it’s because stray cats will try and bury them in the sand.
In the city of Multan the Pakastani lawyers burned an effigy of Musharraf the other day.
These demonstrations are led by the former Supreme Court Justice Mohammed Chaudry who was fired by Musharraf in early 2007.
The president canned him, and a dozen other senior judges, some of were then arrested, including Chaudry. He is now out of the slammer and looking for revenge.
Musharraf has shrugged-off demands that he step down.
Islamabad is on high security alert.