It was precisely 505 days since that fateful day on November 3rd 2007 when General Pervaiz Musharraf overthrew a sitting Chief Justice and replaced him with an illegally sworn judge. On Sunday 22nd March the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry will be reinstated and to celebrate the momentous occasion the official flag will be hoisted at his residence at 11:00AM in the morning.
It should have been a momentous occasion to celebrate the activists who helped the reinstatement. Now as the Chief Justice is about to resume his work, it is reported in the press that Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has taken it upon himself to hold a flag hoisting ceremony at the Chief Justice’s house. Talking to media he has said that political parties have been invited to participate in the ceremony while Naheed Khan, Safdar Abbasi and Shaharyar Awan (son of late lawyer leader Imdad Awan) are to hoist the flag.
One does have to wonder why such individuals have been picked by Aitzaz, to have selected people who have practically done little to help the reinstatement of the CJP Iftikhar. It seems more like a move by Aitzaz for political salvation amongst the potential PPP-breakaway faction, if for nothing else.
If I were given a choice to honor people my top pick would be the Lawyer trio Aitzaz Ahsan, Muneer Malik and Ali Ahmed Kurd for their outright commitment to the lawyers movement, if for some reason they choose not to take the limelight on Sunday morning then I feel the youth need to be honored for their significant role in this movement
A campaign has been initiated to lodge our protest with Aitzaz Ahsan by sending SMS’s to 0300-8452200 [Aitzaz Ahsan’s number] – I copy here my SMS which I forwarded to a large number of people including Aitzaz Ahsan
I would like to lodge a protest as to why Mr Aitzaz Ahsan has chosen Naheed Khan / Safdar Abbasi & son of Imdad Ali to hoist the flag at CJP house tomorrow. A momentous occasion deservedly needs to be acknowledged crediting the right people
My first choice is the lawyer trio Aitzaz Ahsan, Muneer Malik & Kurd.
If they are reluctant then I suggest honoring the youth of our nation to have inspired us to have succeeded if our goals – it was the students of LUMS that inspired our nation to join hands for this cause. And it was the selfless and inspired youth that held up the GPO-150 “For the Movement”
The most deserving are the Youth and they need a well deserved pat on the back plz honor them
It is a long SMS, but maybe you can pitch in my sending a shorter 160 character SMS as follows
UPDATE 22:00PM: Its being reported that Naheed Khan is no longer joining the Hoisting Ceremony and is instead being replaced by Israr Shah — truly WTF!! this seems a deliberate attempt by Aitzaz Ahsan to bring the PPP into taking credit for this momentous effort – while it has been a fact that PPP has been resisting the reinstatement from Feb 18th destroying all promises in its wake to assume supreme power of the Presidency