KARACHI: Representatives of the lawyers’ community have warned that every institution would be destroyed if the judgments of superior judiciary are not implemented in letter and spirit.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday at the Sindh High Court, office bearers of the Sindh Bar Council, the highest body of lawyers in the province, vowed to jealously guard the independence of judiciary.
The Vice Chairman of Sindh Bar Council, G.M. Abbasi, reminded that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged as the judiciary was not independent at that particular time. He thought that had the judiciary been independent, Bhutto might be living and leading his party.
Abbasi also referred to the statement of senior parliamentarian Zafar Ali Shah who had said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani should resign and step down after conviction by the apex court.
The lawyers are prepared to ensure the supremacy of law and are not willing to be dictated by any one, he said adding that Pakistan Bar Council and other organizations representing lawyers are free to form any opinion about the judgments of the Supreme Court.
Rasheed A Razvi, a senior lawyer, said that the Article 63-1 (g) was not a separate law and the people were being misguided on the issue. He said that the detailed judgment has sealed the fate of convicted prime minister who should leave the office immediately as he has been disqualified beyond reasonable doubt after he was convicted and sentenced on specific charge of “ridiculing the judiciary.”
Announcing their programmes for Saturday (May 12) Mehmoodul Hasan, a member of SBC and president of the Karachi Bar Association said that there would be a complete boycott of courts on May 12, and the day will be observed as “Black Day” in memory of the incidents of May 12, 2007 when the then non-functional Chief Justice of Pakistan was stopped from coming to Karachi.
More than 50 people were killed in Karachi’s bloodiest day and hundreds were injured when miscreants belonging to a political group associated with Pervez Musharraf attacked people going to airport to receive the Chief Justice.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2012.