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Pakistani opposition freed from prison

Pakistani opposition freed from prison

Pakistani opposition leader Javed Hashmi was released from prison after four years to a rapturous welcome from hundreds of supporters Saturday, and he immediately vowed to resume his political campaign against military President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Hashmi, the acting president of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party, was freed a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail part-way into a 23-year sentence for treason and trying to incite a mutiny against Musharraf.
Rights and opposition groups criticized the charges as politically motivated. The Supreme Court agreed to bail of 50,000 rupees (about US$800;