Karachi violence: Lawyers split over army intervention

Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan told reporters that calling in the army to restore peace was not unconstitutional.


Express August 24, 2011

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) has unanimously expressed concern over unabated violence in Karachi but while some members have condemned the possible army operation, others have termed it constitutional. Expressing solidarity with the people of Karachi, the lawyers called upon all political parties to perform their due role in controlling the present situation in Karachi. Other speakers said that calling in the army was not a solution to the present situation. Meanwhile, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan told reporters that calling in the army to restore peace was not unconstitutional.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th,  2011.

COMMENTS (5)

Karim | 10 years ago | Reply

The people who oppose army action live in a Utopian world, before uttereing their voices they must visit and see the ground realities in Karachi. what if the gangs, mafias and killers rule the streets and police is incapable of controlling them?

Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures

Naushad Shafkat | 10 years ago | Reply

Mr. Aitizaz Ahsan just said that calling in the army would not be unconstitutional and the media reported that he was supporting the calling of the army. It is indeed sad that the difference -so glaring - has been overlooked just fulfil the media's own appetite for sensationalism. And then the media cries hoarse if anything is said about its objectivity. In this story too the headline is misleading to say the least. The lawyers are not split at all but as lawyers they have different views about the legal position of calling in the army. As in the case of Mr. Aitizaz Ahsan, saying that calling in the army is not unconstitutional is not saying that he supports such action.

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