Ã‚Â“I am declaring here that come what may, the lawyers` long march will continue to Islamabad,Ã‚Â” he said at a rally in Lahore Saturday night, even as the government, earlier in the day asked the army to remain on standby to prevent the protesters from entering the federal capital.
Ã‚Â“The agitation is about restoring the sacked judges and removing the Punjab governor,Ã‚Â” Sharif added.
In a major climbdown to end the lawyers` stir, the Pakistani government said on Saturday that it would appeal against the Supreme Court ruling on the Sharif brothers and also take steps to reinstate the judges then president Pervez Musharraf sacked after declaring an emergency in November 2007.
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Image: Pakistani lawyers hold candles as they shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration next to the High Court of Lahore, on Saturday, March 14, 2009.