CJP urged to order judicial inquiry

ISLAMABAD - Though the legal fraternity across the country observed Wednesday as Black Day to commemorate the martyrs of May 12 carnage, the situation here in the Supreme Court was quite different, as neither any rally was taken out nor a single lawyer boycotted the courts proceeding. However, some lawyers of the apex court forced SCBA President Qazi Muhammad Anwar to hold a short meeting of the Supreme Court Bar Association to commemorate the Karachi incident. The lawyers in the meeting recommended a resolution requesting the CJP to take suo moto notice of May 12 incident and order a judicial inquiry into the incident wherein more than fifty political workers were killed and over hundred others sustained injuries when their rally was attacked. According to Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry, Advocate Supreme Court, the SCBA in its short meeting passed the resolution requesting the CJP to seek report from the then Governor and Chief Minister of Sindh for their negligence and irresponsible attitude who failed to ensure adequate security measures. The resolution, he said, also demanded of the Federal and Sindh Governments to properly investigate the incident and take strict action against the people found involved in the gruesome killings of the citizens of Karachi. Ikram further said that the meeting expressed resolve to forge unity among the legal fraternity so that such type of incident could not happen in future. It was also demanded in the resolution that the proceedings, earlier in progress in the Sindh High Court (SHC) into the incident of May 12 carnage, should be restored so that the people involved in the incident could be nabbed and awarded exemplary punishment. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that culprits were well-known and it was responsibility of the Government to take stern action against them. Speaking on the occasion, Qazi Muhammad Anwar expressed the resolve to continue struggle for independence of judiciary, supremacy of the Constitution and rule of law. He said the lawyers community was fully united for its absolute cause and expressed the hope that the lawyers community as well as the office-bearers of SCBA would not compromise on the independence of judiciary. It is pertinent to mention here that on May 12, 2007, when then deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was arriving at Karachi, all the roads leading to the airport and courts were blocked by placing trucks, water tankers, containers and other barricades. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at various political parties workers going to welcome the deposed CJP who was scheduled to address the lawyers community at the SHC and Karachi Bar Association.

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