PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif on Thursday pledged that within a few days, deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges of the superior courts would resume their offices and the judiciary of November 2, 2007, would be restored.
"Within a few days, we would take the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, upon our shoulders to the Supreme Court and would enable him to take his seat in the apex court,” Nawaz Sharif told a large number of protesting lawyers who gathered some 200 yards away from the official residence of Justice Chaudhry.
Hundreds of lawyers, along with members of civil society, were moving towards the Judges Enclave to meet the deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when they were stopped by large number of law enforcers, who were deputed near the Frontier House.
Addressing the gathering, Mian Nawaz Sharif paid rich tributes to the movement launched by the legal fraternity for the restoration of judiciary and the reinstatement of the deposed judges of the superior courts. "I congratulate the forces as well as the nation for rejecting Pervez Musharraf in the elections and supporting the democratic forces of the country," the PML-N chief said.
He said President Pervez Musharraf was an unconstitutional and illegal president and his reign had come to an end after his aides faced a massive defeat in the general elections. "The nation gave a clear-cut verdict against the unconstitutional and illegal person and now he will have to go," said the former prime minister.
Nawaz Sharif said he would fulfill the promise he made to the people of this country to restore the judiciary of November 2, 2007, and reinstate the deposed judges of the superior judiciary.
The PML-N chief warned the law enforcing agencies deputed at the venue not to support Musharraf or the nation would never forgive them.
Earlier, when the PML-N chief, along with his brother and former Punjab chief minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, arrived there, hundreds of lawyers and members of civil society chanted slogans "Sher Aaya, Sher Aaya", "Adliya ko Bachaney Sher Aaya".
Led by Rawalpindi Bar Association President Asmat Ullah and Supreme Court senior lawyer Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry, the legal fraternity staged a protest demonstration at the Ministers Enclave gate, some 200 yards away from the official residence of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
Addressing the gathering, senior SC lawyer Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry said they would assemble on the Constitution Avenue when newly-elected representatives of the National Assembly would take oath and would ask them to restore the judiciary and the deposed judges. Later, the demonstrators were stopped from meeting Justice Chaudhry.