It’s great to see nation’s commitment is strong as ever for the great cause of justice and the restoration of indpendent judiciary.
Keep up the good work!
|Country-wide protests over judges’ reinstatement(The News)|
|Friday, August 29, 2008
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) and the Peshawar District Bar Association (PDBA) on Thursday blocked the Rahman Baba Square for two hours and staged a sit-in to protest the dilly-dallying tactics of the government in the restoration of the non-functional judges of the superior courts.
The Jamaat-e-Islami, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and civil society organisations, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, also participated in the demonstration.
The protesting lawyers blocked the road for all kinds of vehicular traffic. Situation got tense when the irate lawyers refused to open the road for a military convoy. However, on the intervention of PHCBA President Abdul Lateef Afridi and other senior lawyers, the protesters opened the blockade for the Army vehicles.
Addressing the demonstrators, the PHCBA chief said any minus-one formula for the restoration of non-functional judges was unacceptable to the lawyers community. Legal fraternity would continue its struggle till the restoration of the non-functional judges, he said, adding that the demonstration was staged to remind Zardari of his promises he had made to the nation.
PHCBA Secretary-General Muhammad Isa Khan presented a resolution, censuring the role of the Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek in reappointing the SHC judges. Meanwhile, the District Bar Association, Charsadda, staged a protest, which was led by Waris Khan. Workers of the Jamaat-e-Islami also joined the protest.
The legal fraternity staged a sit-in on the Mardan-Malakand Road to press the government to reinstate the non-functional judges. The lawyers led by District Bar President Alamzeb Khan came out on the road. They also staged a sit-in for an hour.
Also, lawyers boycotted court proceedings and staged a demonstration in Kohat, demanding the restoration of the sacked judges. However, members of the People’s Lawyers Forum did not participate in the strike.
Lawyers of the Dera High Court Bar and the District Bar Association led by High Court Bar President Chaudhry Muhammad Daud and Hashmat Nawaz Sadozai took out a procession for the reinstatement of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges.
Like other parts of the country, lawyers of the Dir Lower Bar Association also staged a protest, demanding restoration of pre-November 3 judiciary. They staged a sit-in at the main Timergara Bazaar and blocked the road for all kinds of traffic for two hours.
Expressing solidarity with the deposed judges, the Swat Bar Association took out a rally. The members of the bar staged a sit-in at the Nishat Chowk. The Abbottabad Bar Association blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH) at the Abbottabad Fawara Chowk and staged a sit-in that lasted for two hours. The legal fraternity also blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH). Besides, the Bannu Bar Association staged a sit-in on the Kutchery Road for two hours.
Our correspondent adds from Quetta: Lawyers took out a rally and staged a sit-in in the centre of the provincial metropolis on Thursday to support the restoration of the judiciary. A number of lawyers thronged the Manan Chowk, Jinnah Road. Members and office bearers of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) and the Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) took part in the protests. Convener of the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) and Chairman of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai, former president of the National Party Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch, Secretary General of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) Habib Jalib Baloch and other politicians also participated.
Our correspondent adds from Hyderabad: A large number of lawyers and political activists staged a sit-in for two hours here on Thursday at the Fatima Jinnah Road outside the Civil Courts building and demanded the reinstatement of the superior court judges.
A rally of the high court lawyers and the district bar association was taken out from the Sessions Court. Activists of the Awami Tehreek (AT), the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party (STPP) and the PML-N joined the protest and raised slogans against the ruling coalition.
Central leader of the AT Rasool Bux Palejo, PML-N leader Afzal Gujjar, STPP leader Hot Khan Gaddi and JI leaders also joined the sit-in. Our correspondent adds from Rawalpindi: Commuters, especially women and schoolchildren, faced numerous difficulties here on Thursday as traffic remained blocked on all major roads due to sit-ins by lawyers.
The traffic on the Jhelum Road near the Soan bus terminal, Kutchery Road, Murree Road, Airport Road and Jhanda Chichi Road remained blocked for two hours. The worst traffic mess was witnessed on the Mall Road, Rawal Road, Adiala Road, Islamabad Highway, Kurri Road, Asghar Mall Road and Saidpur Road due to traffic jams. Motorists and pedestrians were unable to pass through the Kutchery Chowk and Liaquat Bagh Chowk.
A person who is well known as Mr. 10% now wants to become Mr.100% =). Who knew the person who has several charges upon him in the context of curruption will now be our next President. Its just another sad story to bear by any of the true Nationalist.
A few people still morn about the resignation of our ex-president giving a very lame reason that he was better then any other upcoming President. But does that really mean we should keep on bearing such people who are comparitively LESS BAD. I just don’t know why? Why can’t we become perfectionist. Why can’t we go for a person who is too Good!
One of the reason that has been stated in a well known hadith that “Your Ruler will be assigned as per your deeds“, which apparently seems quite obvious these days. Poor presidency, again to be handed over to a person who is not even respected around his country. I am sure his 10% commission will increase enormously with no check-n-balance upon him. He would feel himself to be the master of his faith once the presidency is handed over to him.
I beleive Ex-President’s resignation was a TREND set by this Nation by getting rid of a person who isn’t being liked around the country. And this is not it, I am hopeful that this Nation would take a stand again to make the 10% Man move towards the gate of EXIT.
All we could do is unite and have a faith, trust and true beleive on our selves. Because unity is something that could bring a revolution among us. Unite for the Justice, Unite for making Mr. 10% to zEr0, Unite for making this piece of world to be the Land of Peace and not the least unite for becoming a NATION for which we could just dreamt for =)
It’s a test for world’s so called civilized nation and organiztions representing them to choose between illegal occupation or genuine struggle for basic right of freedom in Kashmir.
We support the nobel cause of Kashmir and support theri demand for self determination.
Keep it up Kashmir we are with you.
Key leaders arrested in Kashmir(DAWN)
By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI, Aug 25: Key resistance leaders, including heads of both factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, were among more than 100 activists arrested in the occupied Kashmir ahead of a protest rally on Monday.
An official spokesman said Mr Malik, who had gone underground on Sunday evening, was picked up from an area in the city on Monday.
Reports said that about 100 second rank and other separatist leaders, including the Hurriyat chiefs were taken into custody during the last 24 hours to prevent them from participating in a march to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk city square — call for which was given by their Coordination Committee (CC) — spearheading the present agitation in the valley.
Indian Information Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi said meanwhile that the federal government would probe an attack on media personnel by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men when the former were performing their duty in Srinagar during the curfew.
Mr Dasmunshi said he would also speak to the Kashmir governor over the issue.
On Sunday, CRPF men had beaten up about a dozen media personnel and damaged about half a dozen vehicles of journalists in the city. The CRPF men beat up six more media persons on Monday when they were performing their duties during the curfew. The CRPF is reported to have refused to honour the media curfew passes.
Meanwhile, all local TV channels remained off the air in protest against the order of the District Magistrate directing them not to telecast news and current affairs programme.
The management of almost all the local English and Urdu Dailies decided not to publish Monday’s issue because of the indefinite curfew in the valley since Sunday, a report from Srinagar said.
Honorabale Justice Retired Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqi (Former CJ of Pakistan who refused to take oath under Musharraf’s first PCO) is now going to contest in presidential election against Mr 10% Zardari.
We support the honorable Saeed uz Zaman who stood on the occasion to serve his country and nation and wish best of luck to him.
Winning and losing is another thing but by standing against the evil he has shown that not all are in oblivion.
PML-N nominates Saeeduzzaman
ISLAMABAD: The PML-N on Monday nominated chief justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui as its candidate for the September 6 presidential election.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif announced the nomination of Justice (retd) Siddiqui after chairing a joint meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) and the parliamentary party here at the Punjab House.
“He is a true Pakistani who sacrificed his career for the supremacy of the Constitution and refused to take oath under the PCO. Moreover, he has no affiliations with any political party,” Nawaz Sharif told a news conference.
The PML-N is thankful to Justice (retd) Siddiqui for accepting its request to become its presidential candidate, he added. Talking briefly to newsmen, Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui said it was an honour for him that the PML-N had nominated him as its presidential candidate.
“The PML-N is the most popular party of the country which has laid the foundation of principled politics,” he said. He added that for the first time in the history of the country, a party had campaigned for the independence and dignity of the judiciary.
He observed that at a time when the country was engulfed in crisis and a military operation was in progress in the tribal areas, there was huge responsibility on the PML-N and the PPP to steer the nation out of the crisis. “The country should not be driven to the 1971-like situation,” he said.
US officials have accepted that Ahmed the elder son of Dr. Afia who was kidnapped by US and Pakistani agencies in August 2003 from Karachi is in US custody, accepted by US officials.
I don’t know in what condition he is in and what law allows the illegal detention of a 10 years old (who was 5 when he was kidnapped)?
Still there is no news of the other two children (one of them was 1 month old when he was kidnapped).
Supreme Court Bar Association President, Aitzaz Ahsan has called for Sit-in (Dharna) for the restoration of judiciary on 28th August .
All the people are requested to support this nobel cause and be there (keep your selves updated for the dharna location in your city).
Timings: 12:00 -2:00 pm
Date: 28th August
Cause: To restore independent judiciary of Pakistan
Also he announced that there will be a dharna at constitution avenue, Islamabad.
Lawyers to stage countrywide sit-ins on Aug 28: Aitzaz
ISLAMABAD: National Coordination Council of lawyers Saturday decided to stage countrywide sit-ins on August 28 Thursday; these sit-ins would be two-hour long and would be held at every bar including High Court Bars and district bar association across the country.
Addressing a press conference after the lawyers meeting here, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan announced this decision. He said an executive committee has been constituted to conduct consultations on implementation of the decisions of lawyers coordination council. This committee would have Aitzaz Ahsan as chairman and Sardar Asmatulla as its Secretary General and Hafiz Abdur Rahman as Information Secretary. SCBA president said the representative lawyers including the office-bearers of all the bar councils of country would stage sit-in on September 4 at the Constitution Avenue. Ahsan said every bar of the country would conduct a general body meeting on August 25 (Monday) and will pass condemnation resolution against Pakistan Bar Council and the black flags would again be hoisted on all bar council buildings throughout Pakistan. He said PBC has deviated from the cause of lawyers, adding the lawyers meeting has unanimously passed resolution in condemnation of PBC.—Agencies