Chief Justice in Lahore – New Awakening for the Govt.

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The Procession heads towards Lahore
Source: Javno

Leading a procession of hundreds of cars and buses, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry reached Lahore later in the evening yesterday. In Lahore, he was welcomed by tens of thousands of his supporters including lawyers, political activists and common citizens. Due to stop-overs at different cities, it took him more than 25 hours to reach Lahore from Islamabad; a trip that usually takes about 4 hours.

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Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry waves to media in Islamabad as he departs for Lahore.

While addressing thousands which included 17 of Punjab province’s 23 senior most judges at the Lahore High Court, he said that dictatorships which ignore the rule of law face “destruction”.

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The vehicle, covered with red rose petals, of Pakistan’s ousted chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is surrounded by thousands of lawyers and supporters of opposition parties as he is on the way to Lahore, Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Gujar Khan, some 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast of Islamabad, Pakistan.

“Nations and states which are based on dictatorship instead of the supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law and protection of basic rights get destroyed”. “The idea of dictatorship and collective responsibility are over… and those nations which don’t learn lessons from the past and repeat those mistakes, they have to pay a price,” he said.

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Pakistani lawyers shower rose-petals on the vehicle of ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

This massive show of support for the Chief Justice is a crucial threat for the Government as Lahore is considered to be the legal headquarters of the country and is also the anchor place for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid-e-Azam party; an ally of President Musharraf’s Government.

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Pakistani lawyers chant anti government slogans as they march with the vehicle of ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

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The vehicle of Pakistan’s ousted chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is surrounded by thousands of lawyers and supporters of opposition parties as he on the way to Lahore.

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Supporters of Pakistani opposition parties burn poster showing the illustration of the countrys President Gen. Pervez Musharraf during a rally to show their support for Mr. Chaudhry.

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Chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, center on a vehicle, is greeted by his supporters upon his arrival at the Lahore High Court.

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The vehicle of chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, center, is surrounded by lawyers upon arrival at High Court in Lahore.

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A group of lawyers present a giant bouquet of flowers to chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry

Photo Source: Associated Press – The Joplin Globe

9 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    :)


  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    So owners of many flower shops had a good day.


  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    There were reports that the authorities forcefully took flowers away from the shops at some places :p


  4. arif (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 5:45 am

    I am so proud today of being a Lahrori. Tears rolled out of my eyes to see the Chief Justice reception and the warm welcome that people of Lahore accorded to him.
    It is time that that senior brass of the Pakistan Army realize that they have a greater responsibility to save the sanctity of a sacred institution then to go down in mud for an individual “Musharraf”.
    Let the leaders of Pakistan return from exile and let people of Pakistan decide. One hundered Generals should not to the conscious for 16 crore awam. We as masses are as loyal to Pakistan and want our say and not have you Generals dictate our destiny.


  5. KAWA (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 5:46 am

    I am so proud today of being a Lahrori. Tears rolled out of my eyes to see the Chief Justice reception and the warm welcome that people of Lahore accorded to him.
    It is time that that senior brass of the Pakistan Army realize that they have a greater responsibility to save the sanctity of a sacred institution then to go down in mud for an individual “Musharraf”.
    Let the leaders of Pakistan return from exile and let people of Pakistan decide. One hundered Generals should not to the conscious for 16 crore awam. We as masses are as loyal to Pakistan and want our say and not have you Generals dictate our destiny.


  6. Kamran (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Considering the record of our judiciary, the reference is going to be upheld by the supreme judicial council and all this will fizzle out. Don’t read too much into the integrity of out High court and supreme court Judges.

    A beautiful story from Ali (R) caliphate comes to mind. A man came to Ali (R) and asked “Oh Ali (R) why is it that there was no Fitna during the Caliphates of Abubakr (R) and Umar (R) while there are lots of Fitnas during your Caliphate?”. Ali (R) replied ” When Abu Bakr (R) and Umar (R) were Caliph, they were Caliphs over people like me and when I am a Caliph, I am a Caliph over people like you”

    Musharrafs, Shaukat Azizes and the lot come from what we all are. Fix ourselves first and the leadership, be it executive, judiciary or military, will follow.

    The CJ issue is a Fitna of civil stife that our poor country cannot handle right now.


  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    @Kawa & Arif:Can the leaders in exile be any better?

    @Kamran: Yes, it’s 100% true. Every nation is assigned a ruler from among the masses. It is not only the Govt. that is corrupt, rather everyone is corrupt in his/her individual capacity. If we cannot improve ourselves, the society can never be so.

    And, such an enlightening incident; thanks for sharing :)


  8. Tajamal Haq Satti (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    Asslam o Likum
    A message heartedly congratulation for the Great Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudary
    In Musharaf meeting mostly persons from Pakistan Military because a lot of people hair cutting matching with Pakistan army soldier but they were in private dress all schools teachers were there, because teachers attendance was in camp of areas they participated with compels I know they not appreciating to cruel Musharaf ,
    Fortunately I was visit to in Regional Transport Authority Rawalpindi for a work, but all staff not in Office when I confirm from a peon he told me that all staff have gone to catch Public Vehicles by force.
    And a painful situation in city of Rawalpindi/Islamabad when I was visit to Public bus Stops there was heavy crowd of people waiting Public Vans but cruel Musharaf is a Problem..
    If Musharaf Say of his success then it would be Shameful.
    Please convey My Best Wishes to Great to Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudary
    ALLAH bless you brother Chief Justice Iftikhar
    Tajamal Haq Satti


  9. Gondal (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 4:17 am

    The kind of rousing welcome, received by the non-functional yet widely popular CJ of our country at the glorious city of Lahore was not surprising. Lahore, has a history of firing up public imagination,giving impetus to an otherwise dawdling movements,and upholding the supreme virtues of hospitality,enthusiasm and revolution.

    Lahore isntonly the cultural capital of Pakistan, its the nerve centre of our politics, the ground zero of any epoch making movement.,its gratifying to see the glorious city and its ever enthused denizens waking up from a deep slumber and turning a refreshing act of defiance on part of an individual into a national cry.



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