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KARACHI: Senator (retd) Iqbal Haider, secretary general of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), has condemned the extension of what he termed illegal detention of Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, member of the Pakistan Bar Council, and the continued illegal detention of Mr. Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood, former president of the SCBA, in a statement issued Wednesday.

The illegal decision of the present regime is not only without any legal or moral reason or justification, but, has been done for reasons of personal vengeance because these senior lawyer leaders had successfully pleaded the case of Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and are continuing to play a commendable role in the lawyers movement for an independent judiciary, the rule of law, freedom of the press and the restoration of true democracy, the statement said.

Haider expressed his shock and dismay that, despite repeated requests to the federal and provincial governments and jail authorities, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, who is also a prominent central leader of the PPP, former federal minister and MNA, was not even allowed to attend the funeral or soyam of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. This is the height of vengeance, bias and prejudice of the regime, which is hell-bent on denying Ahsan the right to interact with his colleagues in the PPP and the Bar, he said.

Haider recalled that one day before Eidul Azha, Ahsan was released for three days to allow him to celebrate Eid, but was arrested on the same day at the Chakri interchange. He was then driven around and about Chakri and Chakwal in the middle of the night in an open police van and brought to Lahore in the morning. The reprieve granted to him was also cancelled.
Source: Daily Times
Date:1/3/2008