KARACHI - The deadline for the reinstatement of deposed judges ended on Wednesday (April 30, 2008) and lawyers' fraternity is waiting for the decision of political parities to be announced after the ongoing talks between the top leadership of PML-N and the PPP in Dubai. Addressing a ceremony held in connection with the memory of renowned poet Habib Jalib at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that lawyers are ready to continue their struggle in case the judges are not reinstated. He paid a glowing tribute to Habib Jalib and said that the late revolutionary poet never surrendered to the military dictators. Habib Jalib Yadgar Committee and the Karachi Press Club had jointly organised the ceremony. Aitzaz Ahsan further said in the history of Pakistan judiciary, from Maulvi Tameezuddin case to Zafar Ali Shah, has always surrendered to the whims of the military rulers but during the last two and a half year the nation witnessed a popular revolution in this discipline when deposed CJP refused to take dictation from the present dictatorship. He said that Pervez Musharraf had illegally and unconstitutionally suspended CJP Ifitkhar on March 9 2007 and November 3 2007. He said that the refusal of CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry had opened new vistas for the legal fraternity to realise the dream of a free and independent judiciary in the country. "Democracy and Parliament can not be strengthened without the freedom of judiciary. It was for the first time in the history of the world that 43 honourable judges were kept in prison under the orders of a military dictator and against that act lawyers had filed a FIR against Pervez Musharraf", Aitzaz added. Speaking on the occasion, Justice (R) Rana Bhagwandas said that Pakistani rulers have attacked the judiciary umpteen times during the last 60 years. He saluted the ongoing lawyers' movement for the reinstatement saying their valuable and heroic struggle would serve as a beacon of light for the people of Pakistan. "Some people object that we had taken oath under PCO but our intention at that time was to protect the constitution. After taking oath under PCO we always work according to the law and constitution and never made any decision contradictory to the constitution. People respect the deposed judges because they refused to prostrate before the dictator", Bhagwandas added. He demanded the people to raise their voice for justice and participate in the ongoing movement of lawyers for the freedom of judiciary. Earlier, Justice Rana Bhagwandas gave away 15th Habib Jalib Award to Baristter Aitzaz Ahsan. President Karachi Press Club Najeeb Ahmed, President Karachi Bar Association Mehmoodul Hassan, Abdul Hameed Chapra and Akhtar Hussain Advocate also addressed the ceremony.