Lawyers, po­lit­i­cal par­ties com­mem­o­rate May 12 car­nage

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

IR­FAN ALIGI KARACHI—The lawyers’ fra­ter­nity and po­lit­i­cal par­ties com­mem­o­rated the May 12 may­hem.

The lawyers fra­ter­nity es­pe­cially the Sindh Bar Coun­cil gave due im­por­tance to this day when dozens of cit­i­zens and po­lit­i­cal work­ers were slaugh­tered on streets of Karachi un­der the regime of Dic­ta­tor Pervez Mushar­raf.

In this re­gard, SBC Vice Chair­man Bar­ris­ter Salahud­din gave a press con­fer­ence at the SBC of­fice Thurs­day.

Bar­ris­ter Salahud­din said that the May 12th may­hem a black day in Pak­istan’s his­tory and de­spite pas­sage of 9 years, the per­pe­tra­tors of the may­hem are still free.

The tragedy de­serves to be looked into by a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion un­der the aegis of a sit­ting Judge of the Supreme Court.

It is also im­per­a­tive that the then dic­ta­tor Pervez Mushar­raf should be held un­der strict ac­count­abil­ity as he had on the day of may­hem showed his fist and said it was the man­i­fest of his pow­ers.

The May 12 is be­ing com­mem­o­rated be­cause on that day, a pack of ter­ror­ist had paral­ysed the en­tire city and the writ of the state had dis­ap­peared from the scene.

The then Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan was not al­lowed to en­ter Karachi as the ter­ror­ist had blocked ev­ery av­enue and ev­ery artery and had gunned down 57 po­lit­i­cal work­ers, who had come out of their homes to wel­come the Chief Jus­tice Iftikahr Muham­mad Chaudhry.

He warned that the lawyers’ fra­ter­nity would have no other op­tion to use ex­cept the protest in case the jus­tice would fur­ther be de­layed and the Dic­ta­tor speared from ac­count­abil­ity.

He de­manded that the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments and law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties should be ques­tioned as why they had failed to main­tain the writ of the state and they should be asked to iden­tify as which po­lit­i­cal party’s ac­tivists were wreak­ing havoc on that day.

Bar­ris­ter Salahud­din de­manded for re­open­ing of the May 12 may­hem case that should also be in­ves­ti­gated by the SC judge.

He said the gov­ern­ment should ac­cept the de­mands of the lawyers fra­ter­nity or else they would move SC un­der ar­ti­cle 184 of the Con­sti­tu­tion while the op­tions for ob­serv­ing strikes and stag­ing protest are also open.

Sindh Chief Min­is­ter’s ad­viser on in­for­ma­tion and archives Moula Bux Chan­dio said that May 12 is one of the black­est days in the his­tory of coun­try.

On that day, Dic­ta­tor demon­strated his power but he could not stay in pow­ers and was elim­i­nated.

The Peo­ple still re­mem­ber in their hearts those who were mar­tyred on that day.

The Dic­ta­tor who abused his au­thor­ity and those who joined him in the mas­sacre should be brought to jus­tice.

He paid trib­ute to those who lost their lives on that un­for­tu­nate day.

He fur­ther said that we al­ways strug­gle for democ­racy and we are strug­gling to save the democ­racy.

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