THE incident that took place in the premises of the Sindh High Court, Sukkur Bench, (April 11), is most shocking and should be an eye-opener for those who believe in the law and order and continuity of democracy.

With due respect to and without casting any aspersion on the legal fraternity as a whole, the photo and the video footage that was put on air by the media was reminiscent of a pack of wolves attacking its prey ferociously.

I am certain that no member of the Bar would have been involved in this ugly and shameful act whereby a senior lawyer and former zonal in charge of an opposite party was so badly thrashed that had he not been rescued in time, his very life would have been put to danger.

Whatever the case, whether those involved in the incident were hired assassins or otherwise, a thorough and immediate investigation must be initiated by all Bar Associations, Bar Councils and also the Pakistan Bar Council in order to save the honour and dignity that this noble and highly regarded profession has.

Strong and stern action should be taken in the matter, otherwise the already tarnished image of the profession will be further discredited, as well as threaten the very blossoming of our nascent democracy.

If such elements are found to be from among the lawyers, they should be weeded out as for the last several months we have been painfully witnessing such acts to our utter dismay and dread.

No bar association would oppose such action as is meant to safeguard their members’ integrity and honour.

ZAHID HUSSAIN BORHANI Karachi

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Rao
April 13, 2013 5:54 pm
They shower flower petals on murderers, so this is not surprising....
Amin Kalimuddin
April 13, 2013 8:20 pm
In brief the lawyers has become hoodlums and to my dismay the chief justice is silent.
Syed A. Zafar (USA)
April 14, 2013 6:08 am
Mr. Borhani! It is time to admit that we created this monster in the name of independence of judiciary. I do not understand why we can't be honest to our selves and our country in admitting that CJ saga and the lawyers movement was nothing to do with independence of judiciary and rule of law. It was all about achieving the political agenda of right wing religious/political parties in the name of independence of judiciary. I bet, there would have been no need of raising CJ and founding lawyers Jiala movement, if Mr. Musharraf had not refused to serve the interest of religious extremists and a war against him was not declared by JI leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed. I am sure if CJ had chosen the right way of fighting the charges against him in a court of law to prove his innocence instead of choosing mob politics under the banners and blessings of political parties and had not been rescued by right wing buddy justices to get away with the charges, today's lawyers and our judiciary would have been a shining example of an independent, civilized, law abiding legal community/fraternity. It is simple. We reap what we sow. This ugly face of lawyers is the constant reflection of what they are inspired raised and trained for. CJ's constant bar addresses and never taking actions against outlawed lawyers/justices, establishing an army of right wing lawyers/ROs is a clear indication of what he is up to and what kind of message he is sending to a new breed of Jialay Lawyers. "Zameer-e-insaan agar sada day to sadaaqatein aankhein kholtee hain, aur QASR-E-INSAAF bhee goonjtaa hai" (Justice takes Conscience) zafarsyed40@yahoo.com
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