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U.S. lawyers and law students with Pakistani connections say attorneys they know in the country are getting involved in a protest over the government’s establishment of emergency orders Saturday that suspended the constitution and dissolved the country’s supreme court last week. Zeeshan Hafeez, a law student at Georgetown University Law Center whose parents left Pakistan to live in the U.S., said he has received emails from a Pakistani friend who graduated from the school and is now using the Internet to communicate with U.S. friends and colleagues about the situation, encouraging them to contact the Pakistani embassy in the U.S. in support of the protesting attorneys. There are also many Facebook Web sites set up by young attorneys to protest the emergency orders, Hafeez said. “Seeing the lawyers exercise their civil liberties by protesting, by standing up, it’s quite inspiring for me,” said Hafeez, who routinely talks with relatives in the country and visited as recently as 2005. Adela Parvaiz, a Reed Smith attorney in Richmond, Va., who received her law degree in Pakistan before passing the bar here too, said that a lawyer she talked to this week in Lahore, Pakistan, said that attorneys there are very united in their opposition to the emergency orders. Lawyers are boycotting judicial hearings now by not showing in court before substitute judges and are seeking continuances in their cases, she said. “He will not appear before these judges because he feels it’s disrespectful” to the rule of law, the judges who have been arrested and to the people of Pakistan, she said. That attorney is also representing some lawyers who have been arrested, she said. Lawyers who don’t go along with the protest are being “condemned” by the bar, said Parvaiz, who is still an active member of the Punjab bar in her home country.

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