07 March 2008

Recent News Stories on Black Flag Week...

March 8th:

‘Lawyers will not accept any deal on judges’ reinstatement’ from International News...

From The Post:
Lawyers to start Black Flag Week
LAHORE: The Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and other statutory bodies of the lawyers' community have finalised the programme to observe the Black Flag Week starting from March 9.
Also From The Post:
KARACHI: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has dedicated International Women's Day 2008, being observed on Saturday (today) to party's slain Chairperson Benazir Bhutto.


Munir Malik inaugurates black flag week: The Black Flag Week being observed by all sections of society on the call of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) all over the country from 9th to 16th March to press the demand to restore pre-3rd November judiciary, was inaugurated on Friday in Karachi by Munir A Malik, former President SCBA by hoisting a black flag on Karachi Press Club in the presence of journalists, lawyers and civil society activists.

March 7th:

A tribute blog to the real heroes of Pakistan...

The Emergency Times, An Independent Pakistani Student Information Initiative, posts a video of Aitzaz Ahsan's call for Black Flag Week...

Also from International News:

Lawyers stage sit-in, boycott court proceedings


City Courts’ lawyers staged a sit-in on main MA Jinnah Road on Thursday in connection with their ongoing protest week, demanding for the restoration of Justice Iftikhar and other judges of superior courts.

The lawyers took out a procession from City Courts and marched on MA Jinnah Road in the morning, suspending vehicular traffic for an hour during peak rush time. They were carrying placards and shouting slogans against the government.

They stayed away from the court proceedings for the whole day, however, judges were present in their chambers. Oath commissioners and stamp vendors also kept their businesses partially off.

About 300 under trial prisoners were brought at the court but they had to return without the hearing of their cases owing to the non-appearance of lawyers. [read more]

NaiTazi.com has some suggestions of things one can do to support Black Flag Week... for example, 2) Take a picture of yourself, your friends and/or your family holding a black flag or wearing black clothes and send it to blackflagweek@gmail.com. If you are uncomfortable revealing your identity you can have the picture taken from your backside or cover your face before taking the picture. You can also help us by taking pictures of your friends, family members, relatives and others who may not be able to take pictures.

March 3rd

TPS Supports Black Flag Week

From the Guardian:
[an excerpt]

Pakistani police have fired tear gas at demonstrating lawyers demanding that President Pervez Musharraf reinstate the deposed supreme court chief justice.

Police in riot gear fired several canisters of tear gas at about 200 lawyers and others who were shouting slogans outside the residence of the ousted judge Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudry.

Many of the protesters picked up the canisters and threw them back at policemen, who retreated before regrouping.

The lawyers had gathered outside the house of the deposed judicial figure after hearing unconfirmed television reports that the government had lifted house-arrest restrictions on his wife and three children.

Chaudry, the country's most senior judge, has been under house arrest along with his family since Musharraf briefly declared emergency rule on November 3. [read more]

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