Pakistan News : Lawyers across Pakistan are observing Nov. 3 (today) as a black day again imposition of emergency, promulgation of PCO and sacking of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry by former president Pervez Musharraf in 2007.
The ex-president imposed an emergency in the capacity of army chief on November 3 and sacked most of the judges of higher courts and the Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice of Pakistan, and ordered the remaining and newly hired judges to take new oath under Provisional Constitution Order (PCO).
As the emergency was declared, army troops entered the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, arrested the judges, including the CJP, and kept them under detention in homes after they refused to take oath under the 2007 PCO – the law enabled Musharraf to grab all state powers.
Troops were deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels went off air as public protests mounted against Musharraf.
The legal fraternity ran an unprecedented campaign for restoration of judiciary, the movement ended in Musharraf’s ouster. He first quitted office as Chief Executive and later tendered resignation as President of Pakistan on August 18, 2008.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) have been observing Nov 3 as black day every year since 2007. Agencies