By By Our Correspondent
THE deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would make a telephonic address to bars all over the country on March 13, when the legal fraternity will be observing a Black-Flag Week.
The fraternity all over the country is united and in high spirits to observe the week to press for the demand for restoration of the judges who were sacked on November 3 and restoration of the 1973 Constitution, said Punjab Bar Council Vice Chairman Muhammad Aslam Sindhu, Supreme Court Bar Association Vice President Ghulam Nabi Bhatti, Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Rana Asadullah Khan, Lahore Bar Association President Manzoor Qadir, SCBA Media Coordinator Muhammad Azhar Siddiqui at a joint press conference here on Friday.
Giving plan of the whole week, they said the community had already launched a campaign to mobilise public for the lawyers’ protest and that the response was very positive. Sindhu said SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan would address from Lahore via telephone to the bars all over the country on March 10 while Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would telephonically address all the bars in the country from his residence at Islamabad on March 13. Besides, lawyers will take out rallies and hold meetings to condemn the November 3 actions on that day in addition to holding a complete courts boycott throughout the week.
The bar leaders said independent judiciary was a slogan of every Pakistani nowadays as one feels the country is not on the track of a real democracy and that their problems will not be resolved unless there is a totally neutral and impartial institution to keep a check on the malpractices and corruption of those in the power.
They said the lawyers’ movement had infused a new spirit in the masses and their joining hand with the lawyers would abruptly turn the situation to the betterment.
Aslam Sindhu said the masses and the lawyers strongly believed that a judiciary would be independent and impartial when it would have judges of independent mind who, rising above all temptations, fears and favouritism, would administer justice as per the Constitution regardless of fear of annoying anybody.
To a query that despite courts’ boycott some leading lawyers have been found appearing before the PCO-judges, he said the bar would take up this matter.