LAHORE - Young lawyers the driving force behind the lawyers movement mostly shied away from the weekly rally on Thursday.
The lawyers due to this factor failed to put up an impressive show.
The absence of young lawyers raised many eye-brows in legal as well as political circles who are eager to bring youth back to re-invigorate the movement that has been loosing its impact fast.
Most of the young lawyers belong to Lahore Bar Association but their participation in the rally has been minimised over a month particularly after the Long March.
Only few hundred lawyers rallied on The Mall to press their demand for the reinstatement of deposed judges despite the fact that a considerable number of them were present inside Karachi Shuhada Hall to listen the speech of deposed Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif.
Previously, a huge participation of LBA lawyers snowballed rallies into a mammoth one but now this feature has vanished from weekly protest as only dozens of advocates from LBA joined the rally.
The young lawyers are of the view that the leadership don't take them into confidence before making crucial decision regarding the movement.
"We had been tortured, thrown behind the bars in worst conditions.
We sacrificed blood while many of us gave their lives.
But at the end we were sidelined," said a young lawyer having three years standing in the profession.
Another new entrant to profession cast doubts about the sincerity of his leadership but did not name anyone.
He said he thought leadership had fallen prey to certain compulsions.
The political activities and members of civil society came to rescue for lawyers' face saving as they had been outnumbered black-coats in Thursdays rallies over a month.
Activists of different political parties including PML-N, Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamat-e-Islami, Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party and Tehrik-e-Khaksar while wielding their party flags participated the rally.
The political activists who were three times more than the lawyers, outnumbered them.
Activists of MSF, Judicial Activism Panel and Labour Party were also among the protesters.
The activists of different parties were also holding portraits of their respective leaders and were raising slogans in favour of them.
PML-N and Tehrik-e-Insaf activists chanted slogans against the PPP leadership.
On the other hand, the lawyers also failed to observe complete boycott of PCO judges on Thursday despite all-out efforts made by the office-bearers of the LHCBA.
The plans of imposing boycott of courts on lawyers by some implementation committees has failed long ago but despite that the office bearers of LHCBA appealed lawyers to respect boycott call on Thursday.
But majority of lawyers are out of the pressure of the office bearers of LHCBA and they remained busy in dealing their clients and appearing before the judges of the Lahore High Court fearlessly.
Senior lawyers sat in the Kiyani hall of the Lahore High Court and expressed solidarity with deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other deposed judges who did not take oath under the PCO.
Majority of lawyers remained 'busy' in their routine activities in the courts and meetings with their clients.
Many of them were seen not interested in the boycott of the court due the culminating effects of the Long March on June 13.
  However, despite all warnings and motivations for staying away from the court of the PCO judges for the restoration of deposed judges many lawyers dared to appeared in the courts and held meetings with their clients.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 25-Jul-2008 here.