Karachi violence: Lawyers split over army intervention

Published: 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.

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  • Mulk
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:46AM

    Due the current sitauation with crimes on humanity and human right violators running around with a free hand that even the police and ranger are afraid off – as they have never seen or experience such a horrific sitaution ever before in the history of Pakistan – calling in the Army is a must. This is not democracy- it has turned into Anarchy and genocide of innocent people. The city has spies, paid puppets, political gangsters and criminals running around with advanced weapons and are even shooting rocket launchers and destroying the city and have made the life of the common man a big HELL It has destroyed the economy and the the livelihood of the common man. SO …..with all that in view . . why would the Army not jump in at the appeal of the overwhelming majority of the people??? This is no time to appease the politians under the false and sham umbrella of democracy. Democracy said goodbye to its people by killing them and committing atrocities. Army need to listen to the people and not be whitewashed by the hand full of desperate politicians that have dissapointed the nation so badly!!! Army needs to jump in and save Karachi . . .yes dear Army this action needs courage and a lot of courage that the citizens expect and are counting on. God Bless the Army with courage to help Karachi atleast. Aameen!Recommend

  • M Abakhel
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Lawyers split over Army intervention in Karachi but they were unanimous against the NGOs providing free medical aid to prisoners in jails. These lawyers & bar associations are also a kind of mafia.


  • Qasim
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Nero(s) continue playing (constitutional) flutes while Karachi burns! Keep it up……………………..


  • Aug 25, 2011 - 11:28PM

    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.


  • Karim
    Aug 26, 2011 - 10:17AM

    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


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