Lawyers boycott court proceedings, vow to continue movement

RAWALPINDI - Legal fraternity observed complete boycott at High and District Court here on Thursday. On this occasion lawyers held meetings in Rawalpindi District Courts and Lahore High Court Bar, Rawalpindi Bench. Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) President Sardar Asmat Ullah Khan said there was greater need of unity among the rank and file of lawyers. He said the lawyers' movement would continue till the restoration of deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and independence of supreme judiciary. LHCBA General Secretary Malik Siddique Awan and other office bearers also spoke on this occasion. In another meeting, held at District Bar Association (DBA) Rawalpindi, President DBA Sardar Tariq Masood paid rich tribute to CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He said in America everyone gave respect to Justice Iftikhar and called him as Chief Justice of Pakistan but here the rulers were unwilling to accept this fact. Mentioning the Iraq incident in which an Iraqi journalist Muntazir Al-Zaidi, reporter of Channel Baghdadiya, threw two shoes on US George W. Bush, he said people who were against the independence of judiciary would have fate of Bush, former Chief Minister of Sindh Arbab Rahim and former Federal Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sher Afgan Niazi. While addressing the meeting, Justice (retd) Jhangir Arshad, who refused to take oath under Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), said he would never appear before PCO judges. "On November 2, 2007 President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency in the country with the collaboration of Chief Justice Abdul Hammed Dogar, former Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Abdul Qayyum and constitutional sorcerer Sharifuddin Pirzada" said by Justice (retd) Jhangir Arshad, while addressing general body meeting, saying he would never appear before PCO judges. He said that deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is legally and constitutionally CJP and added that those who did not accept CJP Iftikhar M Ch as CPJ should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution. Justice (Retd) Arshad said that lawyers' movement would be succeeded soon in addition with there would be no peace unless the judiciary is independent in the country. DBA Vice President Farhad Iqbal Khattak, Joint Secretary Humaira Abbasi, Zulfiqar Abbasi, Nasir Shehzad, Chaudhary Ikram and Sheikh Yaqoob also spoke on the occasion.

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