KARACHI - Prominent leader of the ongoing lawyers' movement Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed has said that former President Pervez Musharraf had offered him lucrative benefits in lieu of the withdrawal from the presidential election and petition against the former dictator filed in the Supreme Court. "Pervez Musharraf had sent his close aide to my home and offered me to meet the former dictator who wanted reconciliation with me" he said while addressing a joint meeting of the Sindh High Court Bar Association and Karachi Bar Association on the eve of 'Black Day' observed across the country. "I rejected Musharraf's offer and said his aide that if he (Musharraf) wanted to meet with me, he should do so openly not secretly", Justice Wajiuddin said. He further disclosed that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had also requested him to withdraw petition against the candidature of Musharraf. "I refused to withdrawn my petition and asked the PPP leadership that why PPP senior vice President Makhdooam Amin Faheem filed a petition against Musharraf in the apex court", he added. He alleged that Pervez Musharraf acted against the pre-November judiciary because judges had refused to accept his illegal and unconstitutional steps. He said that the former President had the sole purpose to prolong his rule rather safeguard the interests of the country. Justice Wajiuddin vowed that the ongoing movement of the legal fraternity would continue till the freedom of judiciary, which is the only tool to steer the country out of present crises and make it a welfare state. He added that dictator Musharraf not only bulldozed the independent judiciary but also curbed freedom of private TV channels. Justice Wajiuddin further said that present movement of the lawyers was actually the struggle of the entire Pakistani nation to make it a welfare state and permanently block military's inroads into politics. Speaking on the occasion, former Justice Baghwan Das said the lawyers' movement was launched for the restoration of independent judiciary rather than the reinstatement of a single person. He applauded the historic struggle of the legal fraternity for enduring hardships and difficulties during the movement. Representatives of civil society, political parties, labour unions and student wings also observed the 'Black Day' and assure their full support to the lawyers. Political workers belonging to PML-N, Jamat-e-Islami, Sunni Tehreek, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, MQM and others were carrying their party flags on the occasion. Earlier, in a general body meeting held at the "Iftikhar Hall" of Sindh High Court Bar Association under the chair of Vice President Z.K Jatoi, some resolutions were approved unanimously. "On the first anniversary of the infamous assault on constitution and judiciary by General Pervez Musharraf on 3rd November 2007, we recalled the ultimate sacrifice of those, including the Shuhda of 12 May and April 9th 2008 who laid down their lives for the cause of democracy and the rule of law in Pakistan and we salute the brave members of the legal fraternity, the civil society, the media and political activists who battled for this cause. We shall not let their sacrifices go in vain vowed". They said that the foundation of democracy could not survive 'without a return to the rule of law, and sovereign parliament. The meeting demanded reversal of the unconstitutional steps of 3rd November 2007. "We resolve and call upon the federal government to perform its obligation under Article 190 of the Constitution and act in aid of the Supreme Court to give effect to the judgment dated 3rd November 2007 pronounced by the 7-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry". "We further resolve to continue our struggle to its logical conclusion and while expressing our profound thanks to the various organisations of civil society, journalists, electronic and print media, students, labourers, peasants, teachers; doctors, political workers, women groups, human rights activists and the common man for their solidarity with the lawyers", said the speakers. Later, the lawyers took out a rally and staged a sit-in on MA Jinnah Raod for one hour.