Aitzaz, pl. pull back; your role is over; let judges be the judges now I hope, if these lines reach the CJ, he would stop the flag hoisting ceremony to be a political function. by Aziz Narejo, TX, USA
The glorious lawyers’ movement and their second “Long March” joined by political parties and civil society activists has finally achieved its objective as illegally and unconstitutionally deposed judges have been reinstated to their pre-November 3, 2007 position. Many people had earlier dismissed the lawyers’ movement and had termed it a lost cause. Some others had suggested a “middle road”. The people marching from Lahore last Sunday proved them wrong and forced the government to reverse the military dictator’s draconian action against the judiciary. One must congratulate the lawyers, civil society activists and political parties that steadfastly supported the epic movement for the restoration of judiciary to pre-November 3, 2007 position.
The question of a new Chief Justice of Pakistan is referred to a special commission with representatives from judiciary, legislative, and Executive branches
By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
An article in today’s Dawn provides glimpse of points of view by PPP and PML-N on the restoration of deposed judges as they try to win the American support. The newspaper claims that these arguments are being made by the representatives of the two political parties in meetings with various US officials. It seems that PPP‘s main point is that independence of judiciary in Pakistan can be achieved without meeting exactly what every lawyer or political leader wants. However, the PML-N’s point of view appears to be that restoration of Chaudhry Iftikhar’s reinstatement as the chief justice is a mandatory requirement for independent judiciary.