NEW YORK: CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who has become a symbol of the movement for independence of judiciary in Pakistan will be presented with an honorary membership of the New York Bar Association on November 17th.
The New York Bar Association in a statement paying rich tribute to deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan said that the award was bestowed in absentia last January, as Chaudhry was under house arrest after the suspension of the Pakistani Constitution by President Musharraf one year ago, on November 3rd, 2007.
On November 14th, 2007, the City and State Bars, along with several other organizations, organized a rally of some 700 lawyers on the steps of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan in support of Chief Justice Chaudhry and the Pakistan Lawyers Movement.
Despite the election of a new President in Pakistan, Chaudhry and a number of superior court judges have yet to be restored.
The award of honorary membership recognises Chief Justice Chaudhry’s efforts to uphold Pakistan’s independent judiciary.