The Long Arm Of Law(yers) In Action

Lawyer%20Beating.jpgAs if the Capital was not already in a state of volatility over the Lal Masjid drama, the rows, rallies and baton charge on the lawyers and their supporters added a new wave of political, judicial, and social unrest here.

A rally by some 4,000 lawyers and political activists opposed to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s removal of Pakistan’s chief justice was out on the streets of Islamabad on the April 3 hearing. Tuesday’s hearing adjourned after five hours without any verdict. The next hearing was set for April 13.

The rally in Islamabad on Tuesday was the biggest street protest yet in the capital in protest of Musharraf’s removal of Ifitkhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the court’s chief justice, on March 9. The move sparked the biggest political crisis of Musharraf’s presidency.

Lawyers%20Protest.jpgAs the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) reserved its judgment on holding an open hearing, the charged atmosphere outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday forced a senior government counsel to excuse himself from pursuing the reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

Open trials were always considered to be fair in the world, said the chief justice’s counsel Hamid Khan, who briefed journalists later.

The attorney-general and Senator Khalid Ranjha, a member of the team representing the government, opposed an open trial and referred to different provisions of the constitution, relevant rules and the case law on the subject.

The political activists tried to enter the Supreme Court building along with the suspended chief justice when his vehicle arrived at the gate of SC. However, the security forces intercepted them and a tug of war between the political activists and law enforcement agencies personnel was witnessed for a while.

The security forces then started baton charging injuring three lawyers including a lady lawyer and secretary general of PML-N Lahore. Meanwhile some political activists arrived for the assistance of newsmen and started beating the security forces.

Kick.jpgThere were some dramatic scenes during the protest demonstration. The lawyers of Islamabad Bar Association turned violent when some people wearing black coats chanted slogans in support of President Musharraf. The lawyers besieged a person and asked him to prove his identity. He altered his statement every time that put the lawyers in suspicion and started beating him with fists and sticks.

Elsewhere, a deputy prosecutor-general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) struck a senior lawyer on Monday with a clay pot over remarks against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Naeem Shaikh and lawyer Anwar Sipra were watching TV in the bar room of the Supreme Court along with some senior colleagues.

A programme on former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was on air at the time when the NAB official and the lawyer started passing comments in favour of and against Musharraf.

Sipra’s comments did not please the NAB official, who threw a clay sugar pot at Sipra, hitting him on the forehead and causing bleeding

3 Comments so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    Intolerance and aggression all around. Our national character at display.

  2. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    A sad state of affairs in Pakistan indeed and there is no peace or resolution to be seen in the near future atleast.

  3. george of the jungle (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    im rick james bitch

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