Gilani, Khosa shouted off stage by lawyers

Published: January 8, 2012
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Prime Minister addressing lawyers community at the Lahore Bar Association  annual dinner at Al Hamra hall, Lahore. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister addressing lawyers community at the Lahore Bar Association annual dinner at Al Hamra hall, Lahore. PHOTO: PID

LAHORE: In a sense, you could say Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s worst nightmare came true on Saturday evening. The democratic leader of Pakistan was indeed replaced … by dancing girls.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) at the Alhamra Arts Council, the prime minister reiterated his determination to protect democracy against all threats. However, a rowdy crowd of young lawyers – who, sources later alleged, were backed by some judges  – shouted him off stage and eventually danced to Indian film songs along with dancing girls specially hired for the event.

Gilani did, however, get some of his message across. He said that some misguided elements are trying to develop the impression that the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government does not respect institutions in the country. He denied this and also emphasised that the PPP government had restored the real constitution and urged everyone to protect it.

Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, LBA President Shehzad Hassan Sheikh and Peoples Lawyers Forum Punjab President Khurrma Latif Khan Khosa were the main organisers of the event, held in Gilani’s honour.

The hall was full of youthful lawyers, who through their slogans forced Khosa and Gilani to shorten their addresses and then eventually make a hasty exit.

When Khosa started to deliver his speech, he was greeted with critical voices. Khosa tried his best to continue his speech amid loud chants of “Chief Tere Jaan Nisar Beshumar Beshumar” (Chief [Chief Justice] you have uncountable loyalists), a reference to where the lawyers’ allegiance firmly lies.

When Khosa started to recount the lawyers’ sacrifices and his head injuries on the front line of the movement to restore the chief justice, the clamour from the lawyers forced him to leave, as they termed him a ‘black sheep in a black coat’, among other things.

The lawyers started to throw campaign cards towards the stage as they gradually approached. The organiser of the event immediately called Gilani to deliver his speech, but this only brought slogans of ‘Go Zardari Go’.

Gilani tried his best to reason with the unruly crowd. He said that such behaviour should be saved for elections. He listed previously restrained institutions which were now free under the PPP government, such as the media and judiciary. He also recalled the PPP’s contribution to the lawyers’ movement. He even mentioned the party’s founding of nuclear technology in the country. He also thanked the LBA for his invitation of chief guest.

His argument, however, was met with further shouts; some lawyers even starting dancing on their seats. The PM’s security called for back-up and signaled for him to wind up his address.

When lawyers almost reached the stairs of the stage, Gilani immediately started to announce a different package for them , sanctioning a housing society. This did not pacify the crowd, and the PM left the stage.

Sources in the legal fraternity, the PPP and in Governor House told The Express Tribune that Khosa, along with his son Khurram, sent a message to Gilani that he should address the LBA in response to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s Friday address at the Rawalpindi Bar Association.

However, as soon as a large group of young lawyers heard about the plans, they tried to invite Justice Chaudhry to the event. After this failed and Gilani showed up, they disrupted proceedings.

Some sources at Governor House even claimed that Gilani’s address was disrupted on directions of some judges.

The best – or at least most bizarre – was seemingly saved for last. Lawyers danced to songs, including the Bollywood hit ‘Sheela Ke Jawani’ along with dancing girls apparently hired by the event organisers.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Jan 8, 2012 - 12:29AM

    why cant these lawyers wait for the elections that the Constitution specifies ?

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  • Pinky
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:40AM

    dunno why..but i dont respect black coats anymore..i guess it has something to do with beating police constables and showering petals on qadri…

    their oft-exhibited hooliganistic tendencies can give an illiterate mob a run for its money :@

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  • Mir
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:41AM

    At least they got a dance party out of it. Isnt that an indian song?

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  • Cautious
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:45AM

    I guess Pakistani lawyers haven’t heard of the concept of “free speech” and giving the PM a chance to articulate his position. Not surprising – this is the same bunch that bemoaned OBL death and put garlands around the thug who assassinated Taseer.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:47AM

    At the end lawyers danced along with a hired dancer to melodies of Sheela Ke Jawani.

    How low can we go? Shameless..simple shameless…

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  • M. A. Iqbal
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:48AM

    Good reporting.

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  • Copper
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:56AM

    I was glad till I read

    At the end lawyers danced along with a hired dancer to melodies of Sheela Ke Jawani

    They deserve Gilani and Zardari at helm!!

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  • Nabeel
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:59AM

    This is fake news. I was there. I have no interest in politics when it comes to profession and the bar association. The Housing project has been a unanimous demand of the whole bar association and this is a milestone achievement what has been announced.

    Rest there are always two sides of the story. The one you make shine does not mean that the other part has vanished. If 20 people out of 200 chant slogans does not overturn the reality.

    Rest it was a party dinner and having fun is every one’s right.
    Go sheela Go :PRecommend

  • Nand
    Jan 8, 2012 - 1:17AM

    Dancing to ‘Sheela Ke Jawani’ – an Indian (Hindu) item song. That is blasphemy. Anyone asking for a loooong noose?

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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 1:32AM

    Slap on face. A bitter ground reality which government must acknowledge and a lesson for the nation. Nation can retreat them from office collectively as done in LBA event

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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 1:37AM

    When ever PPP is in trouble they tell us Z.A.Bhutto and BIBI did this and that.Gillani and Zardari should us what they have done in last four years.Time for election.

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  • Hassan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 2:39AM

    I also was there and i could not even hear anyone chanting such slogans. This is exactly what the problem with our media is, they deliver the spicy story even if nothing went on but don’t cover what actually happened. Shame on the media for reporting such bogus information to manipulate the public opinion about our elected Prime Minister.

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  • Saad
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:28AM

    To put it straight, the lawyers of Lahore Bar Association have lost it!

    They think just because they have got judges backing them, they have a free pass to hooliganism. People protest corrupt and inefficient governments everywhere, but such hooliganism is only appreciated or tyrants and illegitimate rulers. Clearly these lawyers with an agenda have neither interest nor patience for a democratic system.

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  • John B
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:33AM

    Whatever happened to the professional conduct code?

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  • A. Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 4:27AM

    They probably wanted Gilani to end his speech so the real party could start. But I have to agree with their sentiment about Zardari.

    Strange how they didn’t chant ” Go Gilani Go” … Perhaps Gilani should ruminate over thatRecommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:16AM

    The last para has said it all ; “At the end lawyers danced along with a hired dancer to melodies of Sheela Ke Jawani.”

    They should have chanted Go Sheela Go instead of Go Zardari Go.

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  • M
    Jan 8, 2012 - 6:00AM

    At the end lawyers danced along with a hired dancer to melodies of Sheela Ke Jawani.

    Really didn’t see that coming at the end of this news piece loll

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  • Usman
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:55AM

    I admire the enthusiasm of the lawyers, my inly fear is that they will be systematically bought off by the Govt. like last time, why has it taken them so long to support the SC and the CJ? Now stand steadfast and don’t waiver.

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  • Parvez Amin
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Mr Gilani got what he deserved, but the lawyers could do better. They should, whenever the opportunity arises, as a first step require the withdrawal of all legislation designed by our colonial masters to maintain status quo. We now require legislation to ensure citizens of thier rights and an easy interim way would be to replace it with the legislation our previous colonial masters have today. This step is within the range of experience andthought. of the Pakistani legal community.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:26AM

    This is our elite and highly educated class that know the meaning of law and order in a democracy and they are so called law-abiding people. It is so sad to see at least one half generation gone down the drain due to narrow mindedness, fanaticism and bigotry.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Pakistani lawyers love PCO CJ and Qadri at the same time, how is that possible? They hate India but they love most provocative Indian songs and dance, how about that? During the last few years the lawyers have been out of control and have beaten even police. I am sure their own kids would follow this hypocrisy of their fathers.

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  • Apolitically political
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Lawyers, while rowdy, are ruthlessly ambitious class too, aspiring to make their way into politics. This is the reason why they have gradually lost the honor and respect they once enjoyed.

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  • Jan 8, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Very amusing and shocking. Dancing girls! At such an important event. The LBA must be bonkers. That’s where the loyalty of lawyers is………Sheela Ki Jawani. Salams to Pakistan

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  • م ع ا
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:42AM

    This is shameful behaviour and attitude by lawyers.Punjab Bar Council should arrange a course for lessoning its lawyer how to behave their guests.

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  • Paki-Australian
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Bad bad move on the part of lawyers! We may not plan to vote for the PM but we must respect a democratically elected executive of the Govt.

    Petals for a murderer and no respect for the PM – shameless act!

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  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Jan 8, 2012 - 1:52PM

    This is the beginning of the END

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Pakistan’s lawyers are most indisciplined and pampered lot. They earlier committed a cardinal mistake and also brought disrepute to their proffession by supporting a killer and throwing petals on him. Had this incident happened in India a criminal cases would have registered against them along with cancellation of licence to practice in courts. They have further damaged their proffession’s reputation by insulting the country’s PM and then dancing with dancing girls on Indian songs which many Pakistani would brand them as unpatriotic.

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  • Truth
    Jan 8, 2012 - 8:00PM

    PPP got the response they deserve. Time for Pakistani people to fully support judiciary and army against who only looted this countryRecommend

  • arsal
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:04PM

    nthng bad they did wot dey thought right

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