Sunday, November 01, 2009
ISLAMABAD: A joint protest meeting will be held at the National Press Club (NPC), Islamabad on November 3 at 3 pm against the emergency and ban imposed on media two years back and against the proposed restrictions on the electronic media by the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists, the National Press Club and the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA).
“November 3 will be observed every year as Black Day, as the military dictator had banned all the TV channels and enforced black laws in the country,” the NPC said in a press release.
The meeting will also discuss and draw course of action against the proposed recommendation to impose restrictions on the media, including ban on live coverage and restrictions on programmes. There is a move to revive the “Musharraf’s black media laws,” it said.
Leaders of the PFUJ, RIUJ, NPC, bar associations, civil society and representative of cross-section of society will address the meeting to pay tribute to the people who resisted. On November 3, 2007 following the promulgation of emergency in the country, the then government enforced the Pemra amended Ordinance, 2007 under which all private TV channels and FM radios were banned.
The journalists community, under the banner of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), had launched a historic 76 days of struggle during which over 200 journalists were detained and cases were registered against the PFUJ and journalists.
In Islamabad, the RIUJ set up a protest camp, which continued for all 76 days outside the Press Club camp office at Melody. “If the government wants to test our nerves again, we are ready to face the democrats,” the NPC said.
On Friday after a long delay of more than 4 hours SC of Pakistan gave a remarkable judgement of declaring the 3rd November 2007 as unconstitutional,illegal and extra judicial.
The 14 member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhary who was restored by the government on 16 March 2009 after immense pressure from a long march by lawyers,civil society and politicians on Friday also rejected the unconstitutional amendments made by former dictator Musharraf during the time of emergency (between 3rd November 2007 and 15 December 2007).
SC sent the cases of those judges who violated the judgement of 7 member bench which declared 3rd November 2007 actions as unconstitutional and ordered the judiciary not to take oath under the PCO of dictator to Supreme judicial council.
Also the Supreme Court declared:
1) The sacking of judges by Musharraf on 3rd November as unconstitutional.
2) The removal of judges appointed during the PCO period and the Dogar period.
3) The tenure of Abdul Hameed Dogar (The PCO CJ appointed by Musharraf) as unconstitutional.
4) The increase in number of SC judges to 29 through finance bill by current parliament as unconstitutional.
5) The Islamabad High Court as unconstitutional and now after this decision all the judges of Islamabad HC are dismissed from their service.
6) The Ordinances issued by the dictator are referred to the parliament for review.
However in the decision SC did not change the status of :
1) The presidential oath taken by Dogar from Zardari.
2) The financial and administrative decisions taken by Dogar.
3) The cases related to day to day personal issues settled by the courts during that time.
One thing which didn’t go in favor of the government apart from the removal of jiala judges is the change in status of NRO which was approved by the Dogar court is now a thing to be decided means people including or specially Zardari are now not indemnified from the cases of corruption.
The court has indeed played their part expected from them (people also expect more good news from them) and now the ball is in the court of the national parliament to show what they are capable of doing.
Those who violated Supreme Court Order of 3rd November will be punished–>Constitutional and Genuine CJP Iftikhar Chaudhary
Faisalabad: Constitutional and genuine Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that those who violated the 3rd November 2007 SC order will be punished.
While addressing the lawyers convention in Faisalabad CJP Iftikhar said its time for lawyers,civil society, political workers and the whole nation to decide which type of judiciary they want whether independent pre-3rd November or post-3rd November(unconstitutional and PCO whcih surrendered infront of the dictator) judiciary.
He said the demand for the restoration of the judiciary is in accordance with the SC decision of 3rd November 2007 and that the decisions in the future(in the related cases) will be taken in accordance with the 3rd November of SC decision which rejected the dictator’s PCO.
The convention was also addressed by President of SCBA Aitzaz Ahsan,Hamid Khan,Ali Ahmed Kurd,Munir A Malik,Mehmood ul Hassan and others who demanded the restoration of judiciary, condemned the minus one forumula,Zardari’s approach towards the issue and re-uttered their conviction with the movement and the call for 10 June long march.