They should have realized before contesting the election that lawyers still needed unity as the government’s defiance of the judiciary may lead to another controversy, he said.
Chaudhry Mohammad Khalid, a PLF lawyer, expressed joy over the victory of his group. He said the outgoing office-bearers of the bar belonged to both pro-judiciary and pro-government groups. He said the bar president Chaudhry Mohammad Ashraf was a pro-judiciary lawyer while the general secretary Mohammad Shakeel Abbasi was from the PLF.
According to him, advocate Gardezi would be in a position to force the government for acceptance of lawyers’ demands as he has the backing of some senior PPP leaders.
Advocate Gerdezi had remained the IHC bar president and member Punjab Bar Council during 2008 and he knows the problems and issues being faced by the lawyers.
When contacted, advocate Gardezi said he would try to address the lawyers’ problems as he did in the past.
“Though backing of pro-government groups of lawyers made a crucial role in my victory, I am still loyal to the judiciary,” he said.
The government is implementing the orders of the judiciary in letter and spirit and the day it stops implementing court orders I will not support it against the judiciary, he added.
After the recent victory, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called Gardezi and congratulated him over his success.Chairman Senate and other PPP leaders also congratulated him. Perhaps, the recent election would be a sigh of relief for them as now the IHC bar will not be hostile for them as it always was. In case the relations between the judiciary and government strainedfurther, unlike past, the new officer-bearers are expected to remain neutral in case they opt not to stand with the government.