20 former Pak generals may join fight for democracyNovember 14th, 2007 - 10:20 am ICT by admin
More than a dozen retired generals, including former colleagues and seniors of General Pervez Musharraf, have said that they would even court arrest to resist the brutal suppression of the civil society.
As of now things are being kept under wraps to avoid any pre-emptive crackdown by a government that is showing zero tolerance to any form of protest.
Some senior lawyers are in contact with retired generals who want to play their role in saving their country at this crucial juncture.
A leading lawyer, who has been in contact with the retired generals, said he was expecting 20 of them to join the lawyers’ movement in the coming days.
“They (ex-servicemen) have assured us that they would even be ready to court arrest,” said the lawyer, who has requested not to be named to avoid the government’s possible “pre-emptive strike,” he added.
Although, during the initial days of the recently promulgated emergency-cum-martial law, the general demand has been for the lifting of the emergency and the holding of early elections, the restoration of the deposed CJ and others and revival of the pre-November 3 judiciary has not been the focus.
The situation, however, has now changed. The lawyers’ struggle to revive the pre-November 3 judiciary has now been joined by the two leading political voices - Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto.
Nawaz Sharif was the first politician to insist that the likes of honourable Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry be reinstated to their positions that they were holding before the imposition of the renewed military rule, The News reported.
Benazir Bhutto, who had not previously talked of the deposed judges’ restoration, on Wednesday demanded that the revival of the Constitution and lifting of emergency should come along with the restoration of the deposed judges.
Without the revival of the independent judiciary, it is believed that the cause of sustainable democracy and moderation in Pakistan would remain a far cry. (ANI)
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