All Pakistan Lawyers Convention: Lawyers want Musharraf to go
* Say case for high treason be registered against president
By Akhtar Amin
PESHAWAR: The All Pakistan Lawyers Convention here has rejected the government’s dialogue offer, and demanded that President Gen Pervez Musharraf resign and be tried for high treason for subversion of the Constitution under Article 6.
Supreme Court Bar Association President Munir A Malik presented the resolution that was unanimously passed by thousands of lawyers from across the country who gathered for the convention at the Peshawar High Court on Thursday.
The other demands of the convention were the unconditional withdrawal of the reference against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry; accountability of those involved in the reference’s filing; release of arrested lawyers and withdrawal of cases against them; recovery of all missing persons and filing of cases against the kidnappers; guarantees of press freedom and disclosure of the motives behind the attack on Geo television; and formation of a national committee to conduct free and fair elections under an independent election commission within 90 days.
Malik said that lawyers would observe a one-hour daily boycott of court proceedings and a complete boycott on the day of the hearing (April 3) of the presidential reference against the chief justice. The convention also urged politicians to support the lawyers’ movement against Gen Musharraf for his “assault on the judiciary”. It also demanded that Supreme Court judges resign in protest.
Qazi Mohammad Anwar, counsel for the suspended chief justice, told the convention that Justice Chaudhry had agreed to address the Rawalpindi Bar on March 28, and the Peshawar Bar on March 30, in order to counter allegations made by Gen Musharraf in an interview on Geo TV.
Meanwhile, a dozen lawyers belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and the Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao gave up their party membership.
Later, thousands of lawyers, led by Malik and Anwar, marched from the PHC to the Peshawar Press Club and back.