Anwar Khan at the Business Recorder reports1 that the legal fraternity is likely to take key decisions at its meeting on Saturday May 16. “including launching of a long-march from Lahore to Islamabad, besieging of the President House, some other government premises in the capital and running of a “Judicial Bus” of deposed judges to start judiciary’s reinstatement campaign.” When asked about the role of the various political parties in this campaign (which may last up to a year and will possibly involve lawyers across the country boycotting court proceedings) President of Karachi Bar Council (KBC), Mehmood-ul-Hassan was skeptical that the PPP would support them but stated that the PML-N had taken bold decisions regarding the issue.
The Online International News Network is reporting2 that the PML-N information secretary Ahsan Iqbal told journalists in a press conference (after a meeting with members of a US think thank) that it would not be possible for a democratic government to block the movement for restoration of judges. He added that the APDM (a thirty-two party political alliance opposed to the rule of Musharraf) was united with the PML-N regarding the restoration of the judiciary.
A slight point of confusion for me is the mysteriously named US think tank that Iqbal was meeting with. Is there really a think tank called Fifty, Fifty?
1Key decisions about lawyers’ drive likely today
2President Musharraf directives being complied with in centre: PML-N from The Online International News Network