LAHORE - The lawyers' movement that initially started with the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on March 9 last turned into a mass movement after Pervez Musharraf ambushed judiciary on this day of the last year, sacked 43 judges under the PCO, tortured and threw thousands of protesting lawyers behind the bars in a failed attempt to silence their voice. Despite the fact that the lawyers' movement has gone through many ups and downs over one and an half year, there is no denial that many of its supporters had left it in lurch after falling prey to temptations. Above all, it is still going on against all odds to achieve the ultimate goal of independence of judiciary. The country's lawyers spearheaded the movement while other segments of the society including political parties and representatives of civil society also joined them in their struggle and sacked CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry got huge popularity among the masses. November 5 proved to be a turning point in lawyers' movement when police literally launched crackdown against lawyers in the country. The police attacked the Lahore High Court Bar Association as well as other bars of the country. The bar rooms were turned into battlefields. The police indiscriminately baton-charged and tear-gassed the black coats and arrested thousands of them. Making another attempt to gag lawyers' voice, on November 25 the government amended Practitioners and Bar Council Act 1976 taking powers to cancel practice license from bar councils and gave it to courts. This move also sparked countrywide protest among the lawyers. The then LHC's Chief Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry went a step ahead and banned the entry of photographers and TV cameramen inside the LHC after TV channels aired the videos of torture on lawyers.   The lawyers took a sigh of relief on November 19 when Pakistan Election Commission announced schedule of general elections, sensing a victory in their struggle for restoration of democracy and rule of law. November 28 was the landmark day for lawyers as on this day Gen (r) Musharraf doffed his military uniform in the wake of their struggle. The outcome of February 18 elections was a big surprise for everyone including lawyers who had announced to boycott it as it were held under Pervez Musharraf. PPP and PML-N emerged as the largest parties in the National Assembly. The lawyers' welcomed their coalition government, pinning their hopes in it that will soon restore judiciary to its November 2 position. Both PML-N and PPP signed Muree Declaration on march 9 and announced to reinstate judges within 30 days after the formation of government but the same was never fulfilled. After having appointed from government, the lawyers flexed their muscles again and announced a big show of power in the form of long march to Islamabad on June 10. The Peoples Lawyers Forum opposed the long march considering it an attempt to destabilise the PPP government. The lawyers put up a historic long march on June 14 but its inconclusive end without staging sit-in against the will of the participants remained a mystery till date. After this incident, less number of lawyers were seen in the weekly protest rallies. Although the lawyers' leadership in June announced to lock the courtrooms and adopting other ways to speed up their movement, their sincerity with the movement remained suspicious. Resultantly no call for the strike could be implemented. PLF lawyers and PPP activists also parted ways with the movement after formation of the democratic government. Seeing the movement dying down, the PML-N also distanced itself from it and limited it only to the issuance of statements in favour of the lawyers. August 18 was the day of celebration for the lawyers when Pervez Musharraf after his eight years and 10 month rule announced his resignation. Lawyers started criticising not only the PPP government but also the PML-N leaders considering them playing dual game. PBC and Punjab Bar Council after receiving heavy grants from the government started opposing the movement considering it a bid to derail the democracy. However, on October 28, Ali Ahmed Kurd's victory against the government backed candidate with a big margin, made a good for the movement and now the lawyers are claiming to show their strength in Islamabad today (Monday) under the leadership of Kurd.