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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Lawyers to protest Aitzaz’ manhandling on 26th

Source: The Post

PTI condemns Aitzaz's arrest | Lawyers to give tough time to govt: SCBA

LAHORE: The legal fraternity here on Monday announced to observe a black day on December 26 in protest against the manhandling, torture and detention of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Aitzaz Ahsan.

SCBA media advisor, Azhar Siddique talking to The Post said the lawyers condemned the re-arrest of SCBA president, adding that the community in question would observe December 26 as black day, in protest against the humiliation and manhandling of 'our' leader Aitezaz Ahsan.

Meanwhile, Lahore Bar Association Secretary Shamim-ur-Rehman Malik in a statement issued here on Monday also stated that the LBA would observe a black day on December 26 in this regard.

He said the deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in an Eid greeting message to LBA lawyers said, "We wish for the supremacy of the Constitution and independence of judiciary in the country.'

He saluted the lawyers for their continuous struggle in this regard and goaded them on to continue their movement to help restore a democratic set up. LBA president Syed Muhammad Shah vowed to continue the movement for restoration of deposed judges, supremacy of constitution and rule of law, saying the CJP's message 'helped boosted our morale.'

"We have the courage to face any hurdle," he said, adding that the decision to boycott the coming general elections was pure as it would have been all 'selection' and never elections.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Secretary Information (CSI) Admiral (r) Javed Iqbal has condemned the re-arrest of SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan on Eid-ul-Azha and termed it the worst example of dictatorship. Javed Iqbal, in a statement issued here on Monday, said that government could not suppress the movement for the independence of judiciary and restoration of true democracy in the country by using such coercive tactics.

He said that government ridiculed the constitution and violated basic human rights and he added that PTI would continue its struggle for the independence of judiciary, supremacy of the constitution and respect of human rights.

Lawyers will give tough time to government by launching an extensive agitation movement and buses carrying judges will be run across the country for the independence of judiciary and release of detained judges and lawyers. On the call of Pakistan Bar Council all bar associations will observe Black Day on Wednesday (tomorrow) against the inhuman treatment with Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Aitzaz Ahsan.

SCBA Secretary Amin Javed announced this here on Monday at a press conference held at Punjab Bar Council.

Amin Javed condemned the torture of Aitzaz and his family members on Eid night. He said Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Council along with other bar associations would stage protest rallies to observe Black day on December 26. Lawyers all over the country would boycott courts and wear black armbands to register their protest, he added. Advocate Shaukat Ali, who was with Aitzaz Ashan at the time of his re-arrest, told the details of manhandling of Aitzaz Ahsan by officials of police and agencies. "Police dragged Aitzaz into a van and hit him on his face and later took him to some private place and subjected him to torture", he said.

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