United4Justice:Thank you Aitzaz Ahsan for listening to the civil society and lawyers who has fought a long battle for the cause of justice in Pakistan and taking your resignation back.
We need you as our leader in this cause.
Incidents like Sher Afgan a minor ones but the cause is much bigger than the Afgan type politicians who are part of the team which committed crimes like 12 May,killings of innocent people in wana and balauchistan,violating the constitution,betraying the country,illegan abductions,torture on the civil society,lawyers and media and the list is too big to mention SO WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE FOR US AND THIS COUNTRY.
Presidency behind attack on Afgan: Aitzaz
Asad Muhammad Khan
ISLAMABAD: SCBA President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan while announcing to withdraw his resignation has said the Aiwan-e-Sadr is hatching conspiracy to divide and malign lawyers’ movement and manhandling of Dr Sher Afgan is a part of this plot.
He was addressing a press conference at his residence here Wednesday. He said the legal fraternity will not apologise over Afgan’s incident as the lawyers tried to secure and guard Dr Sher Afgan Niazi. It is the interim government of Punjab that should apologise. SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan said that the non-violent movement of lawyers and civil society will continue. Aitzaz said that the nation could not recover from the trauma of May 12 and the violence has again hit Karachi. He said I ask where are the leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement? “They should come out and control the violence”, Aitzaz said. Aitzaz said that it is strange that no lawyer was involved in Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s case then why the lawyers were targeted at Karachi.
Replying to a question, Aitzaz Ahsan said that he will contest by-elections from constituency NA-55, if Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) issued him the ticket. He said that PPP and Asif Ali Zardari have taken bold steps but there is a hidden power that is intriguing against the democracy.
Online adds: Aitzaz said, “I think minus-one formula should be applied now and Pervez Musharraf is minus one in this formula. Country’s problems will remain unresolved unless President Musharraf quits. The force is working in the country which is out to sabotage the whole democratic process”, he underscored.
He said the character assassination campaign was started against the legal fraternity some time ago. It was being said that lawyers wanted clash, he added. “We accepted Bhurban accord despite the lawyers stance that 30 days were not needed to reinstate judges, Asif Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif, leaders of two major political parties signed this agreement and made the people its custodian. Soon after the signing of this accord, conspiracies started from Aiwan-e-Sadr. Proposal was given to constitute committee on it and they started talking about; package and two-thirds majority of parliament. But we made it clear two thirds majority was needed for President Musharraf rather than in judges’ case.
The conspiracies have not come to an end, he said adding release of deposed judges dealt a severe blow to Aiwan-e-Sadr. People rejected Musharraf on February 18 and slogans were raised in parliament against the president. Ministers took oath while wearing black bands, he maintained. Despite all this the presidency has not stopped from hatching conspiracies, he added.
Aitzaz Ahsan questioned if lawyers had attacked Dr Sher Afgan but who was behind manhandling of Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. About Sher Afgan incident he told “I came to know about Sher Afgan incident on Tuesday evening through media. I rushed there even at the risk of my life. But no government functionary turned up. Police did not stop the demonstrators despite my request. I tried to talk through megaphone from balcony. Only 40 per cent lawyers were found present there and the remaining were some other people. I appealed to lawyers to disperse and they did so. But the other people remained there.
He further said “I asked the police officers present over there to call in more contingent of police but it was not done so. I asked police officers to call police van and bring it close to door so that Sher Afgan could be pulled out from there. But police did not do so. I asked the police officers to remove a plain clothed man but they told he was a policeman. I knew he was not policeman and was some terrorist. When I brought out Sher Afgan then police disappeared. When I took Afgan inside van, we came to know driver of the van was not there. People in plain clothes were found involved in the acts of sabotage. My friends and I tried to rescue Dr Sher Afgan even at the risk of our lives. But all happened under a planned conspiracy. People in plain clothes subjected Dr Afgan to violence”.
Lawyers wanted to strengthen parliament, he held. An individual and his cronies were doing harm to the country, he alleged. Why Dr Afgan was taken to Model Town police station and later to the Governor’s House. These are the questions and plots, which need to be exposed. Nation will see Bhurban declaration is implemented in letter and spirit, he said, adding count down has been started. Lawyers’ movement is meant for peaceful objectives and it will continue unless these objectives are achieved, he declared.
Chief Justice Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary Released after months of illegal detention from 3rd November 2007 by the dictator’s government.
The newly elected Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gillani issues his first order as PM of the release of all the judges who refused to surrender in front of the dictator.
The genuine CJ of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary thanked the society (while addressing a large number of members of civil society, lawyers community and political parties) of their great support for him and all the deposed judges and showed his expectation that they will also support them in future.
The SC bar president, Aitzaz Ahsan congratulated the civil society,lawyers and the political parties who supported the movement and showed the commitment to the cause and also he said that the main task is still ahead and that is the freedom of the judicial system and re-instating of the judiciary.
The decision is a real set back for the dictator Musharraf and his rule who made probably the biggest blunder in the history of Pakistan by illegally deposing the judiciary and committed high treason by first suspending and then illegally amending the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Malik Qayum accepts Musharraf Actions were not according to the constitution–>Aitzaz out-classed Qayum in the live debate
In a live debate on 19 March 2008,with Supreme Court bar president and a well
respected lawyer of Pakistan (Chaudhary Aitzaz Ahsan) ,
the attorney general of Pakistan Malik Qayum accepts that the actions taken by Musharraf (at that time the Army Chief
of Pakistan) were “not according to the constitution” (but even after saying that he was committed with his stated position that they were not “un-constitutional”).
The puzzled and confused attorney general in the heat of the debate on several occassions changed his position on many
issues including the arrest of
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, the current constitution and PCO of November 3 2007, the illegal dismissal of the judges and also he had to admit that the parliament can take the issue of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and the current SC of Dogar cannot legally stop it.
In the debate while talking on the use of article 190 (which obligates all the executives to come in aid of the Supreme Court),
Aitzaz Ahsan said if this article is in consideration for the use then the executives must have to act in aid of the Supreme
ruling by Seven Member Bench headed by CJP Iftikhar on 3rd Novemebr 2007 according to which the PCO and
illegal and actions taken by Musharraf were illegal as well.
Meanwhile in an address to the lawyers in Hari Pur , the SC bar president expressed his stance on
the current judicial crisis and warned
the President and his Attorney General that if they create hurdles in the way of restoration of the judiciary and the judiciary was not restored after the 30 day deadline then a long march from all parts of Pakistan will start and will go the the Army house Rawalpindi(still used by Musharraf).
The SC bar president was well received by the citizens and lawyers of Hari Pur.