Hope... is when lawyers march !
by Ravi Verma, Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 02:43:22 PM EDT
I have always been very fond of marching lawyers.
There is this one lawyer, who regularly went marching with a walking stick. Good things happened as a result.
When lawyers march, they tend to do great things. You see, lawyers are trained to ask the "what if..?" question. What if the witness says X, and then I ask Y, and then he replies Z ? What if the witness says Y, and then I ask X, and he still replies Z. That skill comes in handy in a courtroom.
That skill is also priceless during nationbuilding. What if I create a bureacratic system X, and augment it with a Judicial System Y, and then have an electoral system Z. What if I instead create a bureacratic system XY...
I have personally benefited from the nationbuilding done by another lawyer
And so, I was encouraged to hear of the latest example of marching lawyers.
PIC: Deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (center) marches with lawyers
The latest example of the marching lawyers was brought about by the dismissal of Chief Justic Iftikha Chaudhry (pictured above) by Gen. Musharraf of Pakistan. General Musharraf, you see, was a General who believed that his writ ran his country. Anyway, his writ set off a reaction amongst the lawyers, who took to the streets.
Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers and activists are marching toward the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, demanding the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf and the restoration of the country's chief justice and 60 other judges sacked by the president.
Lawyers from all over the country chanted "Go, Musharraf, go!" as they began convening in the southern city of Sukkur on June 10. In the scorching heat, the lawyers then moved toward Multan in eastern Punjab Province, and are expected to reach Lahore on June 11.
They will then ride in a huge motorcade toward Islamabad, where tens of thousands of lawyers and political and civil society activists plan to hold a huge rally in front of the national parliament on June 13.
The black-suited lawyers and their supporters seek the restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and 60 other judges, who were dismissed by Musharraf after he declared emergency rule on November 3 last year.
General Musharraf was rapidly replaced by President Zardari, who repeatedly promised (even, in writing) to restore the deposed Chief Justice. Instead, Pres. Zardari used the kangaroo courts to dismiss a state government led by a political rival. Pres. Zardarii, you see, has gone the way of several democrats before him
However, a year in power has apparently gone to his head, and he has fallen into the trap of thinking himself invincible. This pattern is a familiar one, alas. Once generals start saluting, and the sirens blare as the presidential motorcade forces all traffic off the road, the passenger in the bullet-proof limousine begins to think that all this pomp and glory are permanent. With the awesome power of the state behind him, Zardari no doubt feels that nobody, and certainly not Nawaz Sharif, can oust him.
This has ticked off the lawyers again. This time, they are being joined by the ousted political rival (former PM Nawaz Sharif), and they are off on a "long march", which is being blogged here
It appears that several highranking government officials are resigning from their positions instead of firing on the "long march"
In a country normally associated with radical clerics issuing various fatwas against women, foreigners and other forms of evil, the sight of lawyers marching in their tunics is refreshing. Give them enough time, and good things will happen.
When lawyers march, good things follow. Hope follows when lawyers march !!!
Oh, I have also been fond of marching priests...