100 Pakistani lawyers booked on terrorism charge!
Although it is believed that a democratic government has replaced the dictatorial rule of former President Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan, the successors of former military ruler are also following in his footsteps.
Just like the Musharraf, the democratic government too is doing whatever the elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, wants and thus there seems no difference in Musharraf and Zardari. When the former military ruler proclaimed state of emergency on November 3, 2007, around 60 judges of superior judiciary were sacked for refusing to bow before the dictator, prompting the lawyer community across the country to launch a protest movement for reinstatement of the deposed judges.
Zardari thrice promised with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was is ally in government, to restore the deposed judges but failed to keep his word, forcing Sharif to part ways with the government. Zardari-led government later reappointed majority of the deposed judges but some of them, including Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, are still determined not to take fresh oath and so are the lawyers.
As the lawyers started their movement for restoration of the deposed judges afresh from November 3, the first anniversary of the imposition of emergency by Musharraf, the Lahore High Court has ordered registration of cases against 100 protesting lawyers on the terrorism charge.
LAHORE: In various police stations of Lahore, several cases under terrorism act have been filed against more than 100 lawyers and First Information Reports (FIR) have been ceased against them, police sources told Geo News.
Also, police sources said those lawyers, involved in the cases and wanted for the trial, were recognized through video footages of different T.V. channels and pictures published on newspapers before filing the cases against them.
Sources added police would present the evidence records of the accused while they were disrupting the peace in Lahore High Court today.
Meanwhile, the concerned police stations denied revealing the confirmation of the cases.