The legal fraternity has observed “Youm-e- Tashakkar) Tuesday on completion of one year with respect to reinstatement of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry after his suspension and sacking from service from March, 2007 to March, 2009.
Former president General Pervez Musharraf had suspended CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on March, 9, 2007 and filed reference against him in Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). However Supreme Court (SC) bench led by Justice Khalil ur Ramday restored him on July, 20, 2007. The former president Pervez Musharraf after restoration of CJP imposed emergency order in the country on November, 3, 2007 and made CJP and other judges dysfunctional. Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar was inducted as chief justice.
During the both periods of his suspension CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remained house arrested.
The lawyers had pinned hopes on the democratic set up which came into being after general elections that Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would be restored. PPP and PML-N leadership made pledges before media in this regard. When every ray of hope distinguished for restoration of CJP the lawyers community and civil society held protest demonstrations against his suspension and house arrest and this protest continued due to dilatory tactics of the sitting democratic government.
Lawyers staged long march to Islamabad on March, 16. Media and certain political parties including PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami and Tehreek-e- Insaf joined hands with the lawyers. As a result of long march the prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani announced to reinstate the CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and others dysfunctional judges.
Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) held its general body meeting and highlighted the lawyers movement. The meeting was postponed due to hue and cry raised by some lawyers on the remarks given by former president of Supreme Court Bar Association Ibrar advocate against the PCO judges.