Pakistan’s defiant lawyers

February 3, 2008

It’s interesting to note the issue that attracts the most comments from Pakistani bloggers is not Islamist militancy, certainly not its nuclear weapons, but its lawyers.

On Jan. 25 I wrote about how the lawyers’ movement had a special resonance in Pakistan not easily understood elsewhere. Now the release and fresh detention of opposition lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has everyone ploughing in again.

Lawyers’ protest Jan 31

“What can he do that is so dangerous that he must be locked up again and again?” asks The Pakistani SpectatorAll Things Pakistan says President Pervez Musharraf seems to regard sacked Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary and Aitzaz Ahsan as the most serious threat to his power.  Pakistan Politics has a string of comments, mostly in defence of the lawyers, while Teeth Maestro accuses Musharraf of following a “personal agenda”.

During his European trip, Musharraf defended his crackdown on the lawyers, saying it was “a legal issue that was converted into a political issue and then further converted into a crisis for the nation”.


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

Chief Justice is the symbol of RULE OF LAW while Musharraf is the villian and represents oppression, zulm, self centeredness and destroyer of the institution of Pakistan be it bureaucracy, judiciary, parliament and even democracy and has introduced the concept of might is right. He has sowed the seeds of extremism and has created an enviornment in Pakistan due to absence of rule of law that breeds extremism

Posted by chussain | Report as abusive

The reasons Pakistanis focus more on Lawyer’s movement is because they think that is the one thing which could render them any safe future with peace and progress.

Posted by The Pakistani Spectator | Report as abusive

Dear Sir/Madam,
If the leadership of lawyers movement will not set the target for the socio-political change in pakistan their struggle will not bringt posotive
positive outcome of their struggle,therefore I will request them to Dare to raise their voice for the inevitable socio-political change in Pakistan, to empower the Pakistani , the country belongs too.

Since the creation of Pakistan the Pakistani people are left at distant from the corridor of power so that the ruling elite can do what they wanted to do in favour of their interest, leaving the Pakistani people at the mercy of circumstances. As this policy is denial of right of Pakistani people to rule their country according to their aspiration and desire to built this country, which can provide equal opportunity to all without any discrimination for the establishment of welfare society. Only the society base on tolerance, equality and justice can be the real guarantee for the prosperous and strong Pakistan there for your intention is invited to the crucial movement which could be the point of distraction or disaster.

We have already lost the major part of Pakistan in 1971 simply to save the centralised sole power to exploit this country by the ruling elite they let the country break in part then allowing the masses to rule this country democratically. In the present circumstances we are again dragging our sovereignty at stack for the external interest in the name of national interest, instead of our interest i.e. the interest of Pakistani people at large.

The only way out of these crucial circumstances is the only way to empower the common Pakistani at grass route level i.e. the change of system. This change is inevitable for the prosperous Pakistan .As a citizen of this country I have try to provide an alternate socio-political system to empower the masses at grass route level for rapid industrial and agriculture development with transparency and accountability in the system. Along with basic guarantees for the creation of welfare state, where in public representative and institution shall be answerable and accountable to the masses.

Kindly see web site…

Kindly acknowledge with your comments.

Ilyas khan Baloch
Organizer Islamic Democratic Party

Posted by Ilyas khan Baloch | Report as abusive