Rally demands pre-November 3 judiciary—>Daily Times

United4Justice: Good to see movement back on track.

By Rana Tanveer

LAHORE: More than 250 people, including lawyers and civil society activists, held a rally from outside Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan’s residence to The Mall on Sunday and demanded the restoration of the judiciary to its pre-November 3 position.

The protesters gathered outside Ahsan’s residence, 5 Zaman Park, which has been declared as a sub-jail for him. They began their march from there to The Mall via the Canal Road without disturbing traffic. They were holding the national flag and wore black armbands and protested against Benazir Bhutto’s killing and extension in Aitzaz’s detention. They shouted anti-government and pro-Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) slogans.

The police wanted the protestors not to take to The Mall, but they did not pay heed. After gathering on The Mall, they distributed pamphlets in favour of the deposed judges among the people. They observed silence for a minute to commemorate Benazir Bhutto and then sung the national anthem before returning to Aitzaz’s residence where they held a candlelit vigil by placing a large portrait of former PPP leader Benazir Bhutto.

Earlier, addressing the protesters, Bushra Aitzaz said the pervasive sense of despondency reflected that the country had been experiencing the worst since long. The restoration of chief justice in the wake of the March 9 movement had been taken as a silver lining, but the country again plunged into despair after Benazir’s killing, she said. “Had there been an independent judiciary in the country, the need for inviting the Scotland Yard for probing Benazir’s murder would not have arisen,” she said.

Ms Aitzaz said people doubted if the movement would help gain independence for the judiciary. “Every movement takes time to take roots and succeed. If we abandon the movement now, those following us will be stranded,” she said, and added that it had been unfortunate that Pakistan had been divided in 1971, and again it stood on the verge of disaster.

She said the government had gagged the media to hide the facts of Benazir’s assassination from the people. She said the government had confined the deposed judges since November 3 and even barred their children from attending schools. She said several institutes around the world had declared that the country could not run under President Pervez Musharraf. “If we joined hands to strive for our mission, we can make him go sooner,” she added.

Former Sindh inspector general and Lahore deputy inspector general Sayyed Salman Khaliq distributed pamphlets among the people during the protest rally. He told Daily Times that the country was being pushed to the brink of civil war. He said the people would not accept the Chaudhries. He said holding free and fair elections the only way to save the federation. He urged the people to take to the streets against the government.

Dr Ijaz Ahsan, brother of Aitzaz Ahsan, condemned the government for extending the detention of his brother. He said Aitzaz had never committed anything illegal and the government was wrongly detaining him. Columnist Shafqat Mahmood said he felt sorry that the people were still not reacting the way they should have on the murder of Benazir Bhutto.

Concerned Citizen of Pakistan representative Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Joint Action Committee representative Shahtaj Qazalbash, PPP former MPA Sagheera Islam, Pakistan Medical Association President Dr Zahid Muhiuddin and Teachers’ Action Forum representative Sara Zaman were also present on the occasion.

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Musharraf’s Address—->Worst Part

The worst Part of the speech is “I SPOT A POLITICAL AND ETHNIC COLORING TO
THIS LOOT AND PLUNDER THAT IS UTTERLY UNBEARABLE.”

Either someone gave him the wrong information or he is intentionally giving it an ethnic color
so as to find a new “problem” to solve and a reason to “rule”. He is speaking the language of
PML-Q (or you can say Chaudhry brothers of PML-Q are speaking his language)

Our President is doing the best he can to destroy the country and damage its integrity.

Below is the Dictator’s Address to the Nation.

MY PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND SISTERS,

THE NATION FACED A GREAT TRAGEDY. I OFFERED CONDOLENCE TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY INCLUDING ASIF ZARDARI, SANAM BHUTTO OVER THE SAD DEMISE OF BENAZIR BHUTTO.

AFTER THE DEATH OF MOHATARAMA BENAZIR BHUTTO, THE CONDITIONS OF THE COUNTRY WORSENED VERY BADLY. THE UNCERTAINTY PREVAILED OVER THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
I REALIZE THE GRIEF OF BENAZIR’S SAD DEMISE PERMEATES THE RANK AND FILE ESPECIALLY MY SINDHI BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I AM ALSO GRIEVED AND ANNOYED OVER THIS. I FULLY VALUE THE SENTIMENTS OF THE WHOLE NATION.
THE RECENT LAWLESSNESS CAUSED THE NATION AND COUNTRY TO SUFFER A IRREPARABLE LOSS.
PEOPLE LIVING ON DAILY WAGES COULD NOT GO TO THEIR WORK AND FACED SEVERAL HARDSHIPS. THE VEHICLES WERE TORCHED; PAKISTAN RAILWAYS RECEIVED THE MAXIMUM DAMAGE; TRAINS AND TRACKS WERE SET ABLAZE THAT LED PASSENGERS TO PASS THROUGH VARIOUS TROUBLES.
MOREOVER, THE BANKS WERE LOOTED AND GUTTED; THE SHOPS WERE RANSACKED; THE PRISONS WERE ATTACKED AND THE SEVERAL HUNDRED IMPRISONED PEOPLE WERE RELEASED, WHO ARE NOW CREATING LAW AND ORDER PROBLEMS.
EC OFFICES WERE SET ON FIRE CAUSING MUCH DAMAGE. I WAS TOLD THAT CERTAIN ILL-NATURED ELEMENTS ARE STILL BEING WITNESSED WANDERING SPORTING MACHINE GUNS AND ROCKET LAUNCHERS.
I SPOT A POLITICAL AND ETHNIC COLORING TO THIS LOOT AND PLUNDER THAT IS UTTERLY UNBEARABLE.
THE LOSS AND DAMAGE IS BEING ESTIMATED AND IT IS TOLD THAT LOSS IS WORTH SEVERAL BILLIONS OF RUPEES.
I ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER TO INSTITUTE A COMMISSION TO ESTIMATE THE LOSS AND DIRECTED THE CONCERNED OFFICIALS TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION AGAINST WHOSOEVER FOUND GUILTY OF NEGLIGENCE IN THE RECENT TUMULT.
THE FIR’S SHOULD BE REGISTERED AGAINST THE INSTANCES OF LOOT AND PLUNDER. THE PRISONERS UNLEASHED IN THE RECENT PAST, SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE PRISON. ANYONE SPORTING WEAPON SHOULD BE PUT BEHIND BARS.
WE APPOINTED RANGERS AND ARMY FOR THE SAFETY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY. THESE FORCES WILL REMAIN POSTED TILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS.
WE WILL STERNLY DEAL WITH ALL THOSE WHO WILL TRY TO CREATE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION TILL ELECTIONS OR DURING ELECTIONS.
THE PACKAGE WOULD BE GIVEN TO COMPENSATE THE PEOPLE.
A BRITISH TEAM OF SCOTLAND YARD WILL BE INVITED TO ASSIST OUR INVESTIGATORS IN CONDUCTING THE PROBE INTO THE ASSASSINATION OF MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO.
IN THIS REGARD I THANK THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN. I HOPE THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER CASE OF MS BHUTTO WILL HELP REMOVE ALL THE DOUBTS.

THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING IS THE ELECTION DATE WHICH HAD TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR HOLDING POLLS.

THE ELECTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HELD ON JANUARY 8. BUT THE RECENT RIOTS ERUPTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY DAMAGED THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. MAXIMUM DAMAGE WAS CAUSED TO ELECTION COMMISSION’S OFFICES IN SINDH.

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO GO INTO DETAILS OF HOW BENAZIR WAS MARTYRED. IT IS NECESSARY TO REMOVE THE NATION’S CONFUSION OVER. I REQUEST MEDIA NOT TO SPREAD THIS CONFUSION.
I WANT THE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND PEACEFUL MANNER.

FIRST, I HAD NO INTENTION TO DEPLOY THE ARMY IN THE COUNTRY DURING THE ELECTIONS BUT NOW DUE TO THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION, IN MY OPINION, IT HAS BECOME VITAL TO UTILIZE THE ARMY AND THE RANGERS.

THEREFORE, SERVICES OF THE ARMY AND THE RANGERS WILL BE UTILIZED FOR MAINTAINING THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION AND HOLDING THE ELECTIONS IN PEACEFUL MANNER ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, UP TO THE ELECTIONS AND EVEN AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

NO AGITATION AND RIOTING WILL BE ALLOWED DURING AND AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

I APPEAL TO ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO COOPERATE IN MAINTAINING THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY.

THIS IS THE TIME OF POLITICAL RECONCILIATION AND NOT FOR CONFLICTS.

I REQUEST YOU TO PREFER PAKISTAN TO ALL MATTERS. CONSIDER PAKISTAN OVER ALL POLITICAL INTERESTS.

THE MISSION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO WAS THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY AND ELIMINATION OF TERRORISM. I HAVE ALSO THE SAME MISSION.

THIS IS MY CONVICTION THAT THE STABILITY, DEVELOPMENT AND PERPETUITY OF THE COUNTRY RELY ON THE SUCCESS OF THIS MISSION.

INSHAALLAH, AFTER THE ELECTIONS, A CONSTITUTIONAL AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WOULD BE FORMED WHICH WILL TAKE PAKISTAN TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

IF WE DO NOT UNDERTAKE TO WORK AGAINST THE EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM, THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN MAY GO BLEAK.

I WANT TO PINPOINT TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE TERRORISM—BAITULLAH MEHSUD AND FAZLULLAH. I REQUEST THE MEDIA TO UNCOVER THEM. I WANT THE ROOTS AND FOUNDATION OF SUICIDE ATTACKS FULLY EXPOSED.

I PRAY TO ALLAH TO DIRECT US TO WALK ON THE RIGHT PATH. I WISH ALLAH TO HELP AND AID PAKISTAN.

LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.

Meeting of CJP Iftikhar with Saudi Ambassador.

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri on Friday met deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who was the prime victim of Provincial Constitutional Ordinance (PCO) here in judges colony.

Sources said that the meeting that lasted more than 1 hour was arranged by Foreign Ministry on the request of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri.

During the meeting, the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the steps taken by President Musharraf on November 03 including his house arrest have no legal backing.

He said he and his family members are facing enormous difficulties due to house arrest while the Government has a stance that they are free to move. The overall current situation also came under discussion during the talks between them, sources added.

When Government sources were contacted in this respect they rejected the impression that the meeting was arranged by the Government and said it was the wish of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri.

Sources said that the Saudi Ambassador had also offered deposed Chief Justice to offer Hajj on expenditure of Saudi Government, which was positively responded by (CJ).

It is expected that the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will leave for Saudi Arabia to offer Hajj this year. It may be recalled that the deposed Judge of apex Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday will leave for Saudi Arabia on December 10.

After meeting with deposed Chief Justice, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Al Awadh Asseri met high-level officers of Interior ministry and discussed various vital issues.

Major progress is expected in upcoming days in this respect because Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also held one on one talks with Saudi envoy recently on the issue of judiciary, sources maintained.

(Courtesy:Online International News Network)