Islamabad: Protests over the sacking of Pakistan Chief Justice, Iftikar Chaudhry, are gaining momentum.
Pakistani lawyers will decide the future course of action on March 17 and till then they are on a token hunger strike and will boycott court for an hour everyday.
Justice Iftikar's lawyers are claiming that they were not allowed to meet him on Wednesday.
After former Chief Justice Iftikar Choudhary was roughed up by the police on Tuesday, his successor is promising strict action on those responsible. There's speculation in Islamabad that Law Minister Wasi Jaffar could soon face the sack.
Jaffer has been criticised for advising President Musharraf to act against the suspended Chief Justice.
The Pakistan government has denied reports that Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is cutting short his visit to Uzbekistan.
Hospitals, police and the fire department in Islamabad are on high alert and the government has called in an extra 4,000 security personnel for Friday's hearing.
Pakistani media has said that reporters have been barred from a public meeting which will be addressed by Pakistan President General Musharraf in Gujranwala on Thursday.