It was 15th March 2009. Lawyers’ Long March was not going successful as very few lawyers could have come to Lahore from Sind, Balochistan and Multan due to the blocking of highways from the Federal Government. President, Supreme Court Bar Association Mr. Ali Ahmad Kurd with his fellow lawyers was sent back from the border of Sind-Balochistan to Quetta. Next day he tried to board on a PIA flight for Islamabad, but was off-loaded by the airport management.
Many political leaders and workers got arrested by the Government. On the other side, Islamabad and Rawalpindi were sealed and all entry points were blocked. At this time, PML-N Chief, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, whose residence was also surrounded by too many police officials, showed great courage and came out of his residence taking risk of imprisonment. He got over whelming response from the people of Lahore and thousands of people immediately came out on the roads for supporting their great leader in his fight for the rule of law in this country. Police officials also started supporting Mr. Sharif and gave way to his increasing convoy.
Leader of the lawyers, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan also came out of his residence with a large number of lawyers and joined the rally of Mr. Nawaz Sharif. The convoy got increasing after the joining of people from all the corners of Lahore. People came out on their vehicles and many of them even joined the Long March by walking. They included men, women, old people and children. People of Lahore put a life in the dead Long March. When this rally reached Gujranwala, Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani got clear indication that what in the mind of people was. He appeared on national television and addressed to the nation. He announced the restoration of the deposed judges immediately. After his announcement, people started celebrating their success in a peaceful manner and Nawaz Sharif announced to finish the Long March.
I salute to the people of Lahore on this great achievement. They proved that if there is a will, there is a way. They showed their full support to the lawyers and politicians fighting for the independent judiciary in Pakistan. Lahore is also proud for its sons and daughters like Aitzaz Ahsan, Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Dr. Israr Ahmad, Dr. Javed A. Aziz, Jawad Ahmad, Abrar ul Haq, Asima Jehangeer, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Amjad Islam Amjad, Mustansar Hussain Tarrar, Shoaib Hashmi, Dr. Saleema Hashmi and many more.
Long live Lahore – Long live Pakistan!