In the courtroom, the reaction to the verdict left the government team nervous, as angry opposition lawyers chanted slogans against Mr. Qayyum and Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, the counsel to the president.
Mr. Pirzada remained slouched in his chair until the courtroom emptied. An aide to Mr. Qayyum turned down the suggestion of one court official to use the main exit. “No, the lawyers are really aggressive,” the aide said.
After some minutes of consultations, the government lawyers decided to go to the basement that opens into the parking lot behind the court building. Court officials opened a side door, which is normally closed, and the officials rushed out. “Come on sir, don’t worry. It is all right,” Mr. Qayyum urged a reluctant Mr. Pirzada.