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Friday, 01 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Islamabad

Pakistan’s deposed chief justice attacked the president, Pervez Musharraf, in a smuggled statement Wednesday as an ‘extremist general’ for keeping him and his family in detention, sometimes without water.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said he, his wife and three children – one of whom has special needs – had been under ‘illegal’ house arrest and could not even enter their garden since Musharraf sacked him on November 3.

The statement, released by lawyers who back Chaudhry, was described as an open letter to foreign leaders to answer ‘slanderous’ allegations made by key Western ally Musharraf during recent visits to several European countries.

Chaudhry urged foreign ambassadors to seek reports on ‘such circumstances as have never prevailed, even in medieval times.

And these are conditions put in place, in the 21st century, by a government that you support.’ ‘Such are the conditions of our detention that we cannot even step out on to the lawn for the winter sun because that space is occupied by the police pickets,’ Chaudhry wrote.

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