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Declaration by the National Conference for the restoration of Independent Judiciary

Declaration adopted at the National Conference for the restoration of independent judiciary held at Islamabad on 4th March, 2009

This National Conference having deliberated upon the need for the restoration of the independent judiciary in the country and for that purpose it was necessary to undertake a peaceful and non-violent Long March to Islamabad and then to peacefully undertake a sit-in (Dharna) in front of the Parliament House, adopts the following resolution:

WHEREAS: This Conference is of the view that the actions taken by the General Musharaf on November 03, 2007 were wholly illegal, malafide and unconstitutional and therefore cannot be sustained;

AND WHEREAS: The action of November 03, 2007 ought to have been reversed by executive action and all their effects ought to have been purged immediately after General Elections of February 18, 2008 but was not done;

AND WHEREAS: The martyred leader of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had promised a Long March to ensure the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry and his independent colleagues; while Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, the Co-chairman Pakistan Peoples’ Party has thrice through formally written and signed declarations, promised the restoration of the judges to the position that prevailed on November 02, 2007; but these promises have not been kept by the Federal Government;

AND WHEREAS: The people of Pakistan demand for an independent judiciary so that the nation may attain stability, prosper, progress economically and develop into one of the leading states in the comity of nations, as an independent judiciary is the most essential element to ensure the sustenance and stability of the democratic order, to ensure economic growth and to attract investment, that will then address the problems of unemployment, inflation, crimes, law and order to make Pakistan a terror-free and peaceful place;

AND WHEREAS: This Conference is of the opinion that after the failure to fulfill its promises the Government has left the nation with no option whatsoever but to take recourse to a peaceful and non-violent Long March and Dharna as proposed by the Lawyers of Pakistan;

AND WHEREAS: The Conference has taken note of the unconstitutional steps taken by the Federal Government in imposing Governor’s Rule in the Punjab and ousting the government of a Party that continues to display that it has mandate of the people of the Punjab. The Conference is aware that this illegal step has been taken to attempt to subvert the Long March and Dharna but has resulted in such a designed turmoil in the Punjab Police that resulted in the security lapse resulting in the tragic attack on Sri Lankan Cricketers in Lahore. Had the malafide transfers not been made, and had the Punjab government not been ousted this tragic incident would have been prevented.

NOW THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED THAT:

This Conference calls upon the entire nation to participate wholeheartedly in the Long March scheduled to start from Quetta and Karachi on March 12, 2009 so as to reach Islamabad on March 16, 2009 and there to stage a peaceful and non-violent Dharna (sit-in) until the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhry and his colleagues judges are restored to the offices they held on 02 November, 2007.


10 Comments

  • iFaqeer |

    If the last sentence said "permanently disqualify every member of the judiciary that took an oath under any illegal and unconstitutional dispensation and restore all those who did not, with full back pay and benefits", I'd sign it.

  • iFaqeer |

    But if the Long March really does carry out a dharna like they say they are going to; more power to them! It would be a good thing on balance.

  • Aamir Mughal |

    Dear Dr Sahab,

    National Conference, Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Jamat-e-Islami

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/03/national

    I fervently 'Pray' for success of this March with God Speed. However, several participants in the National Coference e.g. Qazi Hussain Ahmed of Jamat-e-Islami should order the webmaster of Jamat-e-Islami to at least remove the contents from their website against Mian Nawaz Sharif. Both of these articles are written by the Top Leaders of Jamat-e-Islami, yet they have the audacity to support Nawaz Sharif but their website is quite explicit against Nawaz Sharif, this JI has tainted Imran Khan and they will ruing Nawaz Sharif and with him Restore the Judiciary Movement as well.

    Regards

    Isharat from 'Tarjuman Al Quran' April '99 LAHORE DECLARATION by Prof. Khurshid Ahmad

    http://www.jamaat.org/Isharat/1999/0499.html

    Pakistan's economic crisis and the government's failure By: Qazi Hussain Ahmed Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan

    http://www.jamaat.org/issues/econoletter.html

  • yaseen ch |

    try not digging out controversies aamir,its our country after all we have to make it democratic not other wise.

  • farrah k raja |

    All I read in all this is not people Judiciary and that too for re-instation of Shareef.

    All these people only one year ago wanted Democarcy !

    Pakistani Awam has now got third post to circle around Adlia.

    Acha Tamasha hai!!

    A sigh!!!

  • farrah k raja |

    I am extremely sad today to read about the Rahman Baba Masoleum being bombed by extremists .What does this say?

    Draw your own conclusions.

  • Danial Burki |

    Farrah, how dare you insult the brave warriors of Islam? They could never bomb the mausoleum of the one of the most respected Pashto sufi poets of all time. In fact, the Taliban and Al Qaeda are fully in favour of high arts, literature and…

    Oh.

  • zazoo |

    Pakistan's future is now hanging on this LONG MARCH. If we fail Zardari and dogra adalt wins. And Pakistan finishes in an year or so time as designed by mush's masters.

    We have started our biggest fight for preserving the integrity and soverignity of Pakistan

    Please Pakistanis do not let this LONG MARCH fail. Participate in it and save Pakistan.

    Do not think that your presence or absence would not make any difference. It certainly will. Each Pakistani who joins the LONG march will actually be defeating the cruel and dictatorisitc forces in Pakistan.

    Pakistanis UNITY would not only win over Zardari and his puppet judges, but would LSO ENSURE THAT ARMY DOES NOT INTERVENE IN Pakistan politics ever again. No forieng power will be able to dictate terms to Pakistan if say a million people gathered in LONG MARCH.

    Have'nt Pakistani mothers given birth to 1 Million patriotic sons of Pakistan? If not we are already defeated a nation.