Mob backs Pakistan PM

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Government supporters stormed Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday to demand the resignation of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah for putting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on trial for contempt of court. Demonstrators climbed over railings as dozens of riot police looked on and did nothing. The demonstrators called on Shah to to step down and end weeks of constitutional crisis caused by a showdown between Sharif, the judiciary and President Farooq Leghari. The confrontation has paralysed politics and unnerved financial markets.