NEW YORK – Stating that Pakistan was going through “an evolution as well as a silent revolution”, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed confidence that the lawyers movement would ensure the supremacy of the Constitution, independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in the country.
“Because of this movement, different factions of society have united for a common cause. Because of this movement, people have become aware of important issues and have woken up to the importance of strong and independent institutions,” he said in a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Thursday afternoon.
“I represent the thousands of lawyers who have been fighting for an independent judiciary and the rule of law for over a year . I represent the countless Pakistanis who stood alongside the lawyers and have endured all kinds of atrocities during this period. I represent the brave and valiant reporters and journalists of the Pakistani media , who have also experienced every possible hurdle , including not only risking their lives but actually sacrificing their lives because of what they stood for and what they were not prepared to compromise,” justice Chaudhry told a big gathering of students, lawyers and constitutional experts.
The chief justice was given a standing ovation. The Dean of faculty of Drexul University received him and his delegation, which included prominent lawyers Aitzaz Ahsan and Athar Minallah