RAWALPINDI - Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin urged the lawyers to take along all the political parties of the country and members of civil society to make their planned long march fruitful. He said this while addressing the members of District Bar Association (DBA) at Katchehri here on Saturday. On this occasion Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) President Sardar Asmat Ullah Khan, DBA President elect Taufeeq Asif, former Secretary General Intezar Mehdi Shah and a large number of lawyers were also present. Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, while speaking, said that the legal fraternity has been struggling for a great cause "rule of law" and they should forge unity among their ranks. He said that the lawyers' movement had jettisoned a military dictator and restored democracy in the country again. He said that the exile leadership of the country also returned owing to this movement and force the former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf to step down from his office. "PPP-led government should do respect of the heavy public mandate of Feb 18 and should also cut short the problems, being faced by the masses" Wajihuddin added. Commenting on a statement of Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek, Justice (Retd) Wajih contended that if there was no provision of reinstatement of fired judges, there had been no provision in the Constitution about ouster of judges of the Apex Courts. Justice (Retd) Wajhiuddin was of view that the return of the sacked judges including Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, only needed passage of a resolution by Parliament with simple majority. The decision of the leadership of the lawyer about boycotting general elections last year was not wise. There should have been intensive participation of lawyers in the elections defeating the pro-Musharraf voices, the former judge stated. He said that the lawyers' long march is not meant to topple the elected government or against any specific political party rather it is for independence of judiciary and implementation of the Constitution. The former judge, who refused to take oath under PCO introduced by the than dictator General (Retd) Musharraf, stressed the PPP-led government to respect the Charter of Demand (CoD) signed by PPP assassinated Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif seeking non-acceptance of future PCO judges. Earlier, DBA President Taufiq Asif, in his welcome speech, said that the arrangements regarding lawyers' long march are in process and added that DBA has played an important role for the independence of judiciary. "DBA is going to host the marchers once again that will be a honour for us" Taufeeq added. LHCBA President Sardar Asmat Ullah Khan said that lawyers are ready to give every kind of sacrifice for the restoration of superior judiciary including sacked CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He said that no one could create rift among the ranks of lawyers.