Aitzaz vows to continue struggle against President
President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Aitzaz Ahsan on Thursday vowed that the lawyers would continue struggle against all illegal and unconstitutional measures of President Pervez Musharraf. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he said lawyers would decide if he should contest the by-elections due on June 26, 2008. He said that no one has right to interfere in the judiciary matters.
He said that the All Lawyers President independence of judiciary is not possible without reinstatement of deposed chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He vowed to stick with the lawyers’ movement even after he gets elected as an MNA. Aitzaz Ahsan said the All Pakistan Representatives Lawyers Conference which is scheduled to take place on May 17th will take the decision of his participation in the by-elections. He claimed that the American bar councils and civil society organizations support the lawyers’ movement but the Bush administration does not. Aitzaz said the deposed judges may participate in the rallies, as they can address the bar council meetings as speakers, but they will not speak to the media.
The lawyers’ movement has decided to resume protest on May 22 on the occasion of the suo moto hearing against Geo TV by the Supreme Court. This was announced by President Rawalpindi High Court Bar Sardar Asmatullah here on Thursday. Talking to media after a meeting of the Rawalpindi Bar, Sardar Asmatullah said the clerics, traders and the civil society would also join ranks with the lawyers in the movement. He said the deposed judges were already restored with withdrawal of the emergency rule, now it is only the matter of their functionality. Rejecting the pro-Musharraf candidates in general elections the voters had given mandate to the political parties for restoration of the judges but the newly elected government has yet been failed to reinstate them, he concluded.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Quid, Mian Nawaz Sharif has said conspiracies are being hatched to weaken democracy in the country and vowed he would foil it. In an interview with a private TV channel he said that conspirators could not achieve their objectives as he will do utmost to foil any such attempts against PPP government. Sharif said PML-N joined government at the promise that judges would be reinstated in 30 days. He said the Murree declaration also favored restoration of judges through a resolution. Nawaz Sharif said political reconciliation should be based on some principle and PML-N would support political parties and lawyers in their struggle to reinstate judiciary. He said Punjab government would not become a barrier in the struggle to restore judiciary and he would also invite Asif Zardari to sit in the “Judicial Bus”.
Prime Minister Syed Yosuf Raza Gilani said that there were different of opinions between PML-N and PPP but both the parties wanted the restoration of judges who would be reinstated and the nation would listen to good news very soon.
Leader of the House in Senate, Raza Rabbani has said that the coalition government would not depend on ordinance for restoration of the deposed judges. Reza Rabbani lauded completion of the first session of the upper house in a peaceful manner and said that the government would take into consideration any bill initiated by the opposition in the senate. He said that the session remained for 22 days without any break that shows strength of the institutions in a democratic polity. He also said that the ongoing debate on the law and order situation in the country would be finished in the next sitting of the house.-SANA