There are never two sets of law: Neither for those within the profession nor those outside it
'It is only in our Country where we see our young aspiring attorneys usually locking horns with the honourable judges', Mian Haroon Masood.
Capital Development Authority just pummeled the illegal construction of certain chambers that have been a source of irritation for the longest period of time. Transgressions on part of the very custodians of law is in contravention with the very spirit of law.
The guardians of law have once again been a source of shemozzle. Is it a norm to undo or upturn any legal order by the esteemed bench? A band of unruly lawyers are on the loose to thwart any such decision when the judge of the IHC has ordered demolition of illegal construction. A nerve wrecking move that shook the motley crew to the core. Unfortunately, it is only in our Country where we see our young aspiring attorneys usually locking horns with the honourable judges.
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Unfortunately, it is only in our Country where we see our young aspiring attorneys usually locking horns with the honourable judges.
The bench and bar in all fairness go hand in hand and they swim and sink together too. Yet we feel there is something wanting in character. A lawyer is expected to be one of a refreshing candour. Naeem Bukhari is a living example. One questions when would this plundering, and pillaging come to an end?
The dastardly act of destruction of the IHC premises in broad light has left certain questions unanswered. It is indeed, drawing a line in the sand kind of a moment. But who will bell the cat? The community is growing and the number of graduating lawyers swelling. The election of lawyers and the winning candidates in the Bar elections is another factor which has eroded the refinement of this institution. Once elected, its like getting a cart Blanche to do the unthinkable. The judges are in awe of those who are influenced by the newly elected office bearers to the Bar. A small trailer we just witnessed recently in Islamabad, the area torn by violence and hooliganism.
The guardians of law have once again taken law in their hands and wreaked havoc in the capital. And been a cause of this unprecedented shemozzle. Why do we as lawful entities become so barbaric? As a law-abiding citizen of this country, I wish the invading posse of these dismaying lawyers could openly go out and fight for the freedom of judiciary, like that in the case of CJP Ch. Iftikhar. That movement has been one of its kind. The coziness, if there is any between bar and bench, could lead to a better world where societal problems could be addressed and life of the have nots could have become relatively more comforting.
As a law-abiding citizen of this country, I wish the invading posse of these dismaying lawyers could openly go out and fight for the freedom of judiciary, like that in the case of CJP Ch. Iftikhar.
Unfortunately, people like to have their gloves on over trifles rather than doing things with the silken glove. To put matters into context, George Shultz who died at the age of 100, was known for employing his tools of diplomacy. He served with Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who made him their secretary of the state. George went up to Gorbachev when the diplomatic relations were sour. He helped bring the cold war to an end.
In one of his famous pieces, he writes “We must have trust in the coin of the realm.” Trust is the coin of the realm. Trust could be in a house, a classroom, a court room. It could be anywhere. When the trust was in that room, whatever that room was, all the good things happened. Once it was gone. Good things stopped happening again.
We are all equal before law. Let me take you back to the days of Saqib Nisar. His orders as a chief justice to bring down all encroachments along the Empress Road in Karachi was met with force. Many small vendors and shop keepers were to be removed from the picture. Much to their chagrin the writ of the state was established. Now we have a clear area where the pedestrians go about their lives in a more comfortable manner. But the order of IHC went to the tatters. The rowdy crowd only smirking with a willful glee. All seems to be wrong in the state of Denmark.
Rather than exchanging barbes in the most vitriolic manner. The young lawyers from the legal fraternity should be dealing matters in a more fraternal way. Lest we lose our bearing. Let it not be said that the light towards the end of this juristic tunnel is way away.
During the impeachment of Bill Clinton after the sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky had caught peoples attention the president tendered his resignation to the High Court Bar. We find our worthy lawyers hurling stones at the very building to which they owe their allegiance and respect.
Its about time we did some soul searching. Rather than exchanging barbes in the most vitriolic manner. The young lawyers from the legal fraternity should be dealing matters in a more fraternal way. Lest we lose our bearing. Let it not be said that the light towards the end of this juristic tunnel is way away. I find there is still a glimmer of hope. The elderly and experienced must devote time to the young ones, reforming them and turning them into more civilized human beings because the decency and humility has always been the hallmark of any such profession. That is the real tool for making a head way in life.
It may take leaders some time to grapple with this unpleasant situation.
Reflecting on my times as a law student in the year 1983, I cherish those moments spent with Mokal Sahib along with other luminaries who were like a petrichor in an otherwise arid and intellectually parched gathering of students of the time.
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