Happy Pakistan Day!
We need to revive the goals of justice, equality and freedom which resulted in the creation of our homeland.
We need to revive the spirit of Pakistan resolution and give sense of ownership to the different constituents of our federation through decentralization of power.
We need to analyze our mistakes as a nation and see where we went wrong to rectify it.
Something I wrote a year ago for the same occasion:
گر حشر بپۃ ہوتا ہے تو حشر بپۃ ہو لینے دو
گر ظلم خفا ہوہے توظلم خفا ہو لینے دو
اے عدل کے ایوانوں کے منصف سن لو
انصاف قتل نۃ ہونے دو انصاف کوزندہ رہنے دو
After violating the human rights for whole year the so called civilized people celebrate international human rights day on 10 December.
Today (10 December 2009) Obama got Nobel peace prize for his anticipation for the cause of peace. He is same Obama who is sending more troops to Afghanistan for a baseless war to kill innocent people in the name of fighting terrorism, he is the same president of USA who accelerated the drone attacks on civilian population in Pakistan, he is the same person who is backing off from his promise to close Guantanamo bay prison and still he is the selected representative of peace according to Nobel prize committee.
It is really amazing how so called civilized people support the civilian killings in the war against humanity and peace which they call war against terror even after knowing that use of brutal force and indiscriminate bombing which USA and NATO does on Afghans, Pakistan Army does on Pakistanis, Israel on Palestinians, India on Kashmiris and elsewhere are against the international human rights norms and regulations which the so called civilized world drafted themselves.
Social-Economic exploitation is still going on and again the main culprits are so called civilized governments, institutions and leaders of the world. The only thing the civilized world does is to cash those issues in the name of forming global funds, world organizations, international courts and so on but issues and disputes are as severe as they were in fact the situation has gone worse.
I don’t know how celebrating this day will help people dying of imperialist policies and totalitarian governments or people like Aafia Siddiqi and many like her who are not considered to be treated like human beings because of their ethnic or religious affiliation.
I think International Human Rights Day should be celebrated as International Hypocrisy Day.
Those who think the present setup has something to do with democracy are living in the same fools paradise which was created by the American Dictator Mush. The only thing which has improved is that civil society in Pakistan is getting more and more stronger as the folds of feudals/dictators are getting tighter and tighter.
We salute the lawyers for giving our nation the vision to live with dignity and honour.
Keep up the good work.
RAWALPINDI: The legal fraternity across the country including Rawalpindi observed black day on Monday over completion of two years of illegal steps taken by Former President Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf against deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Besides boycotting proceeding of the courts, the lawyers wearing black band on their arms brought out rallies in different cities of the country for reinstatement of deposed judges of Pakistan. Lawyers in Rawalpindi also boycotted courts and also protested on Kachehri chowk, causing suspension of traffic for some time.
The lawyers also hoisted black flag at bar building in a protest of steps taken by Pervez Musharraf two years ago against deposed CJP. It may be recalled here that 9 members lawyer delegation who arrived in Rawalpindi from Lahore on foot also participated in the protest.
Addressing the lawyers, the leadership of District and High Court Bar has made it clear their movement would be continued till reinstatement of deposed judges, rule of law and independent judiciary.
The steps taken by Former President on March 09 2007 was illegal and unconstitutional, they said, adding that, sit-in Islamabad on March 16 would be peaceful but if government tries to create hurdle then it would be responsible for consequences.
Despite the government attempts to slow down and crush the movement, the wrong decision of oath taking under the immense government pressure and all the hardships , the lawyers movement well supported by the civil society of Pakistan continues it’s path to the dream of justice and freedom.
It is decided by the movement leadership to observe 3rd November as Black Day all over the country.
Even the world has acknowledged the movement and now there is a great news that Genuine Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary is nominated for Nobel Prize for peace(but we think the efforts and contribution deserve much more than just a nobel prize).
Keep it up “Justice Loving People Of Pakistan”!
|It’s not over till deposed CJP is reinstated: Aitzaz|
|By By Jamal Khurshid
The Legal fraternity resolved to remobilise civil society and pro–lawyers–movement political parties for the restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and other deposed Judges of the superior courts and announced to observe November 3 as a black day throughout the country.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting of the steering committee of the National Coordination Council (NCC), Supreme Court Bar Association President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan also urged political activists, students, labourers, traders, civil society and all citizens to share the aspirations of lawyers’ movement to head for Islamabad and join them in their protest on Constitutional Avenue Islamabad on November 3.
“Lawyers have given people of this country a dream of independent judiciary and an egalitarian economy and the brave lawyers and people will not let go it to in vain,” Ahsan vowed. The lawyers also named Ali Ahmed Kurd as candidate for the post of President in forthcoming election to Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
“The struggle shall continue until the supremacy of rule of law is established and until every Judge, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who was made non–functional on November 3, is returned to his office with honour and without conditions,” the committee resolved in its resolution.
The committee also resolved that, notwithstanding the betrayal of the movement by Pakistan Bar Council, the NCC is determined to continue fighting no matter what the odds, for the aspiration of people in general and legal fraternity in particular.
“Although it is a matter of disappointment that some deposed Judges have taken fresh oath to resume their offices, we shall continue to oppose any fresh oath and are determined to carry out the struggle to its logical conclusion,” it resolved.
“The Lawyers movement has not withered away but it is in its phase of reconsolidation and remobilisation,” adding that lawyers would renew the democratic mandate by working for the election of those who have been in forefront of the struggle and are now candidates for various offices in bar associations, including the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Giving details of future line of action, Aitzaz Ahsan said that members of NCC shall individually and collectively visit and address bar association throughout the country to rally support for the elections of the candidates who have been in the forefront of the struggle and such candidates shall coordinate with the central leadership towards this end.
The meeting also endorsed the decision of the Hyderabad High Court Bar Association and the Bar Associations of Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Sanghar and Naushero Feroz to invite deposed CJP Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to address the members of the bars at Hyderabad on October 18 or any other suitable date.
It was decided that for mobilizing the bars and to acknowledge the individual sacrifices of the lawyers, the NCC would hold appropriate functions at the seat of all High Courts beginning with a function at Lahore on October 23 where the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry shall be invited to distribute awards to lawyers of Lahore Division who were arrested during the course of the movement.
The steering committee of the NCC also condemned the PBC for its disassociation from the lawyers’ movement for the restoration of all deposed judges of the superior courts. “PBC is opposing the lawyers’ movement for restoration of deposed judges in full strength and I ask lawyers throughout the country to only act upon the call of NCC,” he said. The committee also condemned the decision of seven members of PBC who invited Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar for an inauguration ceremony and termed it violation of the January 13 unanimous decision of the PBC that termed the November 3 steps illegal and Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry as the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
“The reappointment of deposed Judges had not affected the lawyers struggle,” Ahsan said. However, he admitted that lawyers pressure on the new PPP-led government had reduced regarding restoration of deposed Judges due to fresh oath by certain deposed Judges of the superior courts. The meeting also endorsed the holding of a national convention of lawyers by the legal fraternity of Gujranwala division on November 1.
Ahsan said that the judicial system had been paralyzed due to suspension of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. “Had Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry been in the Supreme Court he would have taken strict notice of selected load-shedding and the wheat crisis, among other things” he said.
The meeting also paid rich tributes to lawyers who sacrificed their lives for the cause of an independence of judiciary and rule of law in the country. The meeting also expressed concerned over the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan and the NWFP, wheat, electricity crises, and the price hike in the country and termed it failure of the rulers. It also condemned the attack on the ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.
Answering a question regarding the slow pace of the lawyers’ movement, Ahsan said that the struggle would gather momentum in the next few weeks.To a question regarding his affiliation with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) while also leading the lawyers’ movement, he said that he was still with the PPP and many of lawyers belonging to the party were supporting the cause of legal fraternity. He said that he himself raised a voice for the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry from the platform of the PPP’s highest body and would continue to do the same.
He deplored the fact that the elected government also reneged on its promises for restoration of the deposed Judges that it made on March 9 and August 5 and 8 despite the fact the it was the very lawyers movement which compelled the dictatorship out from the country.
The Sindh High Court Bar Association President Rasheed A Razvi said that lawyers are united and would continue the struggle until the restoration of all deposed Judges including CJP Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. PBC members Ali Ahmed Kurd, Hamid Khan, and lawyers representatives from different bar associations also attended meeting that lasted for more than four hours.