PRESS STATEMENT Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Karachi: Senator (R) Iqbal Haider, Secretary General of HRCP, in a Statement issued to the Press has strongly condemned extension of the illegal detention of Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, President of Supreme Court Bar Association as well as of Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, Member of the Pakistan Bar Council and the continued illegal detention of Mr. Justice (R) Tariq Mehmood, Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association. This illegal decision of the present regime is not only without any legal or moral reason or justification but is on account of personal vengeance and vendetta, only because these senior leaders of the lawyers community had successfully pleaded the case of the Chief Justice Mr. Justice Iftekhar Muhammad Chaudhary and have played and are continuing to play a commendable heroic role in the lawyers movement for independence of judiciary, rule of law, freedom of press and restoration of true uncontrolled democracy.
Mr. Haider expressed his shock and dismay that despite repeated requests to the federal and provincial governments as well as to the jail authorities, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsas, who is also a prominent central leader of PPP, Former Federal Minister and MNA was not even allowed, against all norms of decency and ethics, to attend the funeral or soyam or to personally offer condolence to the bereaved family and his party peers on the most condemnable tragic assassination of his leader Mohtarma Banazir Bhutto. This is height of vengeance, vendetta, bias and prejudice of the regime, who is hell bent upon to deny Barrister Ahsan the right to interact with his colleagues in PPP and members of the Bar.
Mr. Haider recalled that one day before Eid-ul-Azha Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan was released for three days to enable him to celebrate Eid but was re-arrested on the same day at Chakri interchange on the motorway and was manhandled by plainclothes policemen. He was then driven around and about Chakri and Chakwal in the middle of the night in an open police van and brought to Lahore in the morning. The reprieve granted to him was also cancelled.
The HRCP Secretary General has demanded forthwith release of Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Mr. Justice (R) Tariq Mahmood, Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd and all other lawyers and warned the Government that at this crucial juncture and worst crises being faced political condition in the country will further aggravate if such illegal and vindictive policy and actions are not forthwith withdrawn by the regime.
Senator (R) Iqbal Haider