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PM says No objection over peaceful long march- Kurd owes to continue sit-in

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has assured that the government had no objection over the peaceful long march. Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Yousuf Raza Gilani termed long march as a part of democracy and said that the lawyers and political parties had right of peaceful long march.

He said that PPP had itself took part in the long march in past and recently the government had hosted the lawyers’ long march in June 2008, adding that the government wanted to resolve all issues through peaceful means. He said that the PPP was bond to implement on Charter of Democracy (CoD) and it would fully support of any bill which would be tabled before the Parliament in this regard. He said that the 99 percent political leaders did not study the CoD which was signed by Benazir Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Responding to a quarry about the restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, he said that the parliament had authority to decide about his restoration and its decision should be acceptable for everybody. About the governor’s Rule in Punjab, the Prime Minister said that the political arena was changing on daily bases and every day was coming in new shape therefore he did not able to say that the governor rule would be lifted before the long march. Gilani said that the government might convene All Parties Conference to discuss the prevailing situation.

While Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Ali Ahmed Kurd on Sunday said that the sit-in would be continued till restoration of the deposed judiciary. Addressing Meet the Press at National Press Club here on Sunday, he said that the lawyers leadership had already devised alternative plan if the government stopped the long march and its details would be made public on the time.

To a question, he said that the lawyers would not contact with the government regarding route and security issues, however, he vowed that it would be an international level sit-in as the lawyers from renowned bar councils of the world would participate in it and the invitations letters were sent to them in this regard.

He said that the long march did not mean to topple the government but it was only to remind of the government regarding the pledges which President Zardari made with the nation. Kurd said that the lawyers’ leadership would not appear before deposed CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry after his restoration as they did not appear before him after his reinstatement on July 20, 2007. He hailed the media role for the restoration of democracy and in the lawyers’ movement. He also thanked the political parties for supporting the lawyers’ movement.

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