Reinstatement of judges cheers Pak community


PAKISTANI expatriates have expressed their jubilation on the reinstatement of deposed Supreme Court judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The decision came after early Monday morning address by Pakistan’s premier Yousuf Raza Gillani to the nation and also directed to abolish the Section 144 which resulted the detention of hundreds of lawyers and political activists.

Riaz Farooq Sahi, former president of Pakistan Association Dubai who also heads Pak Friends Forum, Dubai, offered gratitude to Pakistanis, specially to the leadership of political parties like Pakistan Muslim League (N), Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf, Jamat-e-Islami, civil societies, students, lawyers and media for this great achievement.

He said that a nation can survive with hunger but not without justice. Prevalence of justice in a society is the guarantee of prosperous future of a nation. The restoration of judiciary is the first step in that direction.

He expressed hope that political turmoil in the country will now be over and the country will run at faster pace on the track of economic growth.

Chaudhary Noor-ul-Hasan Tanvir and Khalid Bashir, senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) in the UAE, also congratulated their leadership for successfully leading the Long March which compelled the government to accept the just demand.

Rashid Chughtai, senior leader of Pakistan Political Party in Dubai, praised President Asif Ali Zardari for realising people’s sentiment and taking right decision at the right time.

“It shows the difference between a dictator’s rule and a democratically elected government. Zardari decided in the favour of the masses. It reflects his great vision and gives me confidence that the country will rise under his leadership,” added Chughtai.

Talking to The Gulf Today, Kamran Ahmed, a bank employee termed the decision as victory of lawyers and political parties had initiated historical long march. “Even though we are away from our home but our attention was on the situation being faced by the countrymen during the last one week,” he said.

Ahmed said it was the courage of lawyers who had stick with their demand for the two years and proved the decision of former president Pervez Musharraf to remove judges as false.

Mumtaz who runs a used car business in Al Awir area said that they are very happy and today (Monday) is a remarkable day in the history of Pakistan. “The Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is a man we proud of as he challenged the ex-president Musharraf. We hope he (chief justice) will run the judiciary system strictly as he did in the past,” he said.

Barkat Shah, a taxi driver hailing from Swat, a restive part of Pakistan’s NWFP province expressed that the current decision of prime minister will bring peace. “We were very worried about the outcome of long march in which hundreds of thousands of people including lawyers and political parties’ workers marched towards the capital. Thank Almighty Allah, everything has calmed down,” he said.

Rafiq Ahmed, a salesman was of the view that the “Sher (lion, the election symbol of Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League in the last election) has proved himself and compelled the President Asif Ali Zardari to reinstate the deposed judges as earlier he was ignoring to do so.”

He further said that now time has come for government and all political parties either enjoying powers or sit in opposition to play their vital role to bring country on the path of prosperity.

Zeeshan, another Pakistani said that he was one of those who worried to go back amidst the current turmoil situation as what they were known from the media.

“The aggressive actions by government to cease the sea of people toward Islamabad and the defying it by the workers of various political parties and lawyers showed that no force could stop people to get their right at any level,” he said.

He hoped that the situation will return to normalcy after the announcement of restoring the judiciary.

However, like Farooq Hussain and other expatriates pointed that the bodies of lawyers who had started movement to restore deposed judges of Supreme Court should be appreciated for their patience of over two years. “Now the government without any delay should fulfill their promises to abolish Governor Rule in Punjab and release all those who had been detained in the last four days as good gesture,” he said.

Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Mar 17, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on March 17, 2009.

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