LAHORE: To express solidarity with deposed judges, detained jurists and pay tribute to their historic struggle, a rally was held outside Atizaz Ahsan’s House on Sunday.
Starting from the Zman park residence of Aitzaz, the rally which was led by PTI Chief Imran Khan, reached The Mall before coming back.
As many as 200 people from different walks of life including lawyers, students, political workers teachers businessmen and civil society activist demonstrated against Musharraf.
Nasra Javed Iqbal,Vena Malik, Dr.Farid, Faryal Gohar, Ahsen Rashid Hamid Zaman Azher and Hamid khan were present.
They shouted ; Mushraf ki barbadi Tak Jang rahi gi jang rahi gi. They carried banner reading “Pakistan Ki Baqa, Azad Adliya Expressing the rally Bushra Atizaz insisted that judiciary must be restored then we can experience the true and strong democracy .She feared if it was not so the country would come on the threshold of destruction.
Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan said that country has to choose the Quaid’s Pakistan. He vowed “we will stand with deposed judges and detained lawyers for the bright future of Pakistan”. Imran indicated that weak judiciary is not good omen not only for political parties but also to the government institutions. He said PEMRA ordinance is totally against the freedom of press. The parliament should restore the sacked judges, he added.
“The winning political parties PPP, PML (Nawaz) and ANP should reinstate the removed judges of the superior courts. Pakistan can win war against terrorism provided the real democracy is allowed to work and the country put on the right track of democracy. The country will remain in the dark if the sacked judges were not restored”, says Imran Khan while addressing demonstrators outside Aitzaz’s house. Meanwhile police on Sunday did not allow Aitzaz to come out.
United4Justice: I think the pressure should be maintained on the government and also a clear message should be given to the elected parties that if they deviate from thier agenda they will face the same opposition as Musharraf is facing.
Keep it UP!
Our country is going to have so called general election on 18 Feb 2008, these elections are a drama to legalize the illegal actions of the Washington sponsored dictator.
People need to refrain themselves from such anti-Pakistan drama and boycott these “General Selections” because DEMOCRACY WITHOUT JUSTICE WILL ONLY BRING CHAOS in the country.
May Allah help us and show us the right path.
By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani
ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Watch, a New York-based organisation, on Friday released a highly controversial audio tape of Attorney-General of Pakistan Malik Mohammed Qayyum in which he talks about a rigging plan for Monday’s elections.
The audio, released on the website of HRW, was obtained by it from secret sources and the organisation accused the attorney-general of saying “that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be massively rigged”.
Malik Qayyum, while talking to The News, termed the recording fake and a conspiracy against him because he was a close aide of President Musharraf. He said the release of this fake audio was a conspiracy against him and the president.
The Human Rights Watch claims that the conversation was recorded when a journalist was interviewing Qayyum and he took another call, putting the journalist on hold. The said journalist was recording the call and thus conversation of Qayyum with an unidentified person was recorded ultimately.
In the recording, Qayyum appears to be advising an unidentified person on what political party the person should approach to become a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Human Rights Watch said that the recording was made during a phone interview with a member of the media on November 21, 2007. Qayyum, while still on the phone interview, took a call on another telephone and his side of that conversation was recorded.
The recording was made the day after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the polls. The election was originally planned for January 8 but was postponed after the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on November 25.
An English translation of the recording, which is in Urdu and Punjabi, follows: “Leave Nawaz Sharif (pause)… I think Nawaz Sharif will not take part in the election (pause)… If he does take part, he will be in trouble. If Benazir takes part she too will be in trouble (pause)… They will massively rig to get their own people to win. If you can get a ticket from these guys, take it (pause)… If Nawaz Sharif does not return himself, then Nawaz Sharif has some advantage. If he comes himself, even if after the elections rather than before (pause). Yes.”
The HRW press release also claimed that its repeated attempts to contact Qayyum by phone were unsuccessful. It said in February 2001, the Sunday Times published a report based on transcripts of 32 audio tapes, which revealed that Qayyum convicted Benazir Bhutto and Zardari for political reasons. The transcripts of the recordings reproduced by the newspaper showed that Qayyum asked the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s anti-corruption chief, Saifur Rehman, for advice on the sentence: “Now you tell me how much punishment do you want me to give her?”
London-based Brad Adams, director Asia region-HRW, was asked by The News to comment on Malik Qayyum’s view that the release of the audio just two days before the elections was a conspiracy.
Brad replied that his organisation had got this audio recording some three days back and as being an international NGO, it had first confirmed the voice signatures of Malik Qayyum and then tried its best to contact him for his version.
Brad, however, refused to mention or give any hint regarding the source from which it had taken the audio. Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director of HRW, when asked by The News that whether his NGO had got this recording from some of its staff here in Pakistan or from some intelligence agency, said that he could not speak about the source.
By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani
“AG caught on tape again; denies HRW report”
To a question that Pakistani government sees the release of the recording as a conspiracy, he said: “Its silly to talk like that, the government should feel sorry what it has planned for elections.”
Malik Qayyum told The News that HRW did not take his version and that it did not know about the identification of the person to which he was talking, which automatically raised questions about the authenticity of the recording.
While many people around the world are busy in celebrating Valentines day today(14 Feb), lawyers and civil society are observing “Justice Ramday Day”.
Justice Ramday(Genuine non-PCO SC Judge), gave the historical decision in July 2007 to reinstate the CJ of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar.
“Lawyers across the province will take out rallies and hold protest meetings in their respective areas,” said Punjab Bar Council Executive Committee Chairman Sayyed Intikhab Hussain in the statement.
According to Media Reports Justice Falak Sher (one of the non-PCO genuine Judges of Supreme Court) rejected the offer of becoming the Chief Justice of Pakistan in August 2007 and during recent crises in place of Genuine Cheif Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhary.
There was an application in pending by Justice Falak Sher in the law ministry and the presidency on the issue of seniority and on this basis Government thought it to be an opportunity to use against CJP Iftikhar Chaudhary but the refusal of Justice Falak Sher didn’t support their motives by saying,”I will disappoint you”.
Also during the reference case on 13th May he refused to be a part of the bench hearing the case by saying,”On account of seniority and being the senior-most judge in the country, it would be improper for me to hear a case in which the chief justice is a party, who like other judges of the Supreme Court is junior to me from four to nine years”.
We thank you all Justice Falak Sher for showing great sense of responsibility and commitment with the country.