I salute lawyer’s community for
their role in the restoration of rule of law and democracy. Indeed, during the
long dark nights of tyranny, these are the efforts of the legal community which
illuminated the path to rule of law and democracy. The relentless struggle
against autocracy and suppression in which the advocate participated, hundreds
were arrested, many tortured as an exemplary precedent for the rest of society.
But it was not only during the recent Democratic Martial Law period when law yet
played a historic role. Indeed, if we look at our history, lawyers have played a
vanguard role in the struggle not only for the restoration of democracy but in
the struggle against the colonialism for the founding of a Muslim state based on
parliamentary democracy and constitutional rule. Advocates have always helped
carry high the banner of upholding the rule of law and striving for those
fundamental rights that constitute a civilized society.
In any civilized society, members of legal profession are most respected and
held in high esteem. This is because they are the custodians of the rights and
the liberties of individuals. These are the ones who are the protectors of the
ones who are the protectors of the weak from the strong. Rule of law is the
corner-stone of a civilized society because it aims at striking a balance
between humans in their interactions with one another. Indeed, it is the rule of
law which distinguishes a society of humans from a society of animals. Without
the elements of justice and rule of law, this disappears and the society no
longer remains a truly human society.
The lawyer has struggled for the rights of a common man. Every citizen has the
right to life, liberty and security of person. Every citizen has the right to
work and employment. Every citizen has the right to freedom and expression, the
right to form associations, to participate in the government of the country
directly and through freely chosen representatives.
All are the equal before the law and entitled without discrimination to equal
protection by the law. These all the constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Judiciary is the custodian of constitution. The main focus of lawyer’s struggle
was to restoration of judiciary as well as the constitution.
What is constitutionalism after all? It means an order based on and in
accordance with laws, with exercise of power limited by law. It does not mean a
society where you bring martial law regulation every day and change the law of
yesterday. It does not mean that if a law does not suit you, you change it. The
constitution has become a malleable object, treated with callous sacred to suit
the interests of a self- perpetuating dictatorship. Although the concept of
justice is central to all human societies, it has unique statues in an Islamic
The lawyer’s struggle has resulted in successful struggle to awake the native of
this country. Independent judiciary now can build self-confidence and unity
needed to build institutions. The economy needs reveal, nation unity and the
people is élan need a revival through out nation and a strengthen federation.
Strong and independent judiciary now can build a dynamic and vibrant Pakistan to
take it into 21st century, a Pakistan based on justice and equity, a Pakistan in
which all citizens can take pride, a Pakistan that can take its rightful place
in the Muslim world and the International Community.