Lawyers, political parties commemorate May 12 carnage

Irfan Aligi

Karachi—The lawyers’ fraternity and political parties commemorated the May 12 mayhem.
The lawyers fraternity especially the Sindh Bar Council gave due importance to this day when dozens of citizens and political workers were slaughtered on streets of Karachi under the regime of Dictator Pervez Musharraf.
In this regard, SBC Vice Chairman Barrister Salahuddin gave a press conference at the SBC office Thursday.
Barrister Salahuddin said that the May 12th mayhem a black day in Pakistan’s history and despite passage of 9 years, the perpetrators of the mayhem are still free.
The tragedy deserves to be looked into by a judicial commission under the aegis of a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court.
It is also imperative that the then dictator Pervez Musharraf should be held under strict accountability as he had on the day of mayhem showed his fist and said it was the manifest of his powers.
The May 12 is being commemorated because on that day, a pack of terrorist had paralysed the entire city and the writ of the state had disappeared from the scene.
The then Chief Justice of Pakistan was not allowed to enter Karachi as the terrorist had blocked every avenue and every artery and had gunned down 57 political workers, who had come out of their homes to welcome the Chief Justice Iftikahr Muhammad Chaudhry.
He warned that the lawyers’ fraternity would have no other option to use except the protest in case the justice would further be delayed and the Dictator speared from accountability.
He demanded that the previous governments and law enforcement authorities should be questioned as why they had failed to maintain the writ of the state and they should be asked to identify as which political party’s activists were wreaking havoc on that day.
Barrister Salahuddin demanded for reopening of the May 12 mayhem case that should also be investigated by the SC judge.
He said the government should accept the demands of the lawyers fraternity or else they would move SC under article 184 of the Constitution while the options for observing strikes and staging protest are also open.
Sindh Chief Minister’s adviser on information and archives Moula Bux Chandio said that May 12 is one of the blackest days in the history of country.
On that day, Dictator demonstrated his power but he could not stay in powers and was eliminated.
The People still remember in their hearts those who were martyred on that day.
The Dictator who abused his authority and those who joined him in the massacre should be brought to justice.
He paid tribute to those who lost their lives on that unfortunate day.
He further said that we always struggle for democracy and we are struggling to save the democracy.

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