LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - With a huge participation of civil society, public and the political parties, lawyers all over the country Monday observed Black Day on the completion of one year to the PCO which General Muharraf as Army Chief had brought the same date to sack Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry among sixty judges of the Superior Judiciary round the corner of Supreme Court decision on his eligibility to contest presidential elections in 2007 while holding two offices. Legal fraternity in three provinces (excluding Balochistan for being hit by earthquake) marked the day by holding two hours sit-ins at the important places after holding protest meetings and rallies at the level of their respective bar to press the authorities for the restoration of Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and around half a dozen others left out after the rest have been taken back into the institution either under PCO oath or reappointment. Reports received here from various parts of the country show, lawyers besides observing courts boycott, raised black flags atop every bar premises and wore black armbands besides moving to the sit-in venues in large number while chanting loud slogans against November 3 action of General Musharraf and condemning the sitting government for not abiding by the promises, thrice made in writing to restore Justice Chaudhry and others through an executive order. Besides members of the civil society, professionals, students, traders, and political parties, mainly PML(N), Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, and JI, supporting the lawyers cause took part in the protest. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) also joined the lawyers' protest for the reason, on the same date last year a long ban was slapped on electronic media through amendment to the Pemra Ordinance and the whole lot of the private news channels were taken off the hook. At the rallies lawyers carried banners also demanding restoration of 'independent judiciary' which the community unavoidably links with the reinstatement of Justice Chaudhry. At the rallies in Lahore and other parts, President Zardari also came under scathing criticism of the lawyers in their slogans. Their enthusiasm and number this time round was, much more significant than it was witnessed on August 28 when countrywide sit-ins for the same objective was held. A large number of lawyers carried black flags at the rallies while the bar premises were also dotted with black flags. Reports suggested that lawyers' resentment against the yet not done restoration of Justice Chaudhry, this time was more directed against the sitting government than Musharraf. Former senior judge of the Supreme Court Rana Baghwandas, who was also sacked among sixty sacked judges, addressed the Malir Bar while a complete boycott of courts at Karachi City and Malir Bar Association was held to observe Black Day. In Peshawar, hundreds of lawyers along with PTI and JI workers staged a sit-in in front of the Sessions Court. The Peshawar lawyers who observed a complete boycott of Courts, carried banners and placards, displaying slogans against Pervez Musharraf. Later on the lawyers moved to Rawalpindi to hear the deposed Chief Justice. In the city, Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association after severally holding the General House meeting took out a joint protest rally on the Mall which was largely participated by political workers particularly PML(N). The General House of the LHCBA unanimously carried a resolution, presented by Waseem Butt and endorsed by dozens others, to seek trial of General (r) Pervez Musharraf. The resolution showed a strong exception to the statement made by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani that the government was not interested in trying Musharraf. It said the statement amounts to protecting Musharraf hence was a contempt of court for the reason law did not exonerate anyone who committed the offence of destroying institutions of the state, subverting the constitution, and handing over the citizens to other states for money consideration thus defaming the nation at the international level. The resolution called for trial of Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution. Meanwhile, a large gathering of lawyers' fraternity, political parties workers, students and activists of civil society Monday observed black day amid loud slogans for the restoration of deposed Judges. The rally earlier started from Rawalpindi District Bar where after the speech of deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the participants with their leadership moved towards the Federal Capital. Participants having portraits of the deposed CJ were chanting slogans for the freedom of judiciary and restoration of the deposed CJ.    Welcome camps were established at different points of the route where large gatherings of political workers and lawyers welcomed the participants of the rally while the national anthem remained echoing in the air being played by the camps organizers. PML-N, Pakistan Terik-e-Insaaf and Jamat-e-Islami seemed too much active and participative while political leaders Javaid Hashmi, Raja Hanif, Hanif Abbasi,  Malik Zubair and Haji Pervaiz were also among the participants.    The rally while passing through Murree Road, Faizabad, Zero Point stopped at Aabpara chowk where a warm welcome was given to the participants. Later the participants under the leadership of President Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmad Kurd, Aitzaz Ahsan, and President High Court Bar Sardar Asmatullah reached the parade ground, where after a thorough checking by passing through appointed gates, the lawyers' community and others reached D chowk and staged a sit-in. The peaceful rally came to its end round about 11pm after a sit-in when protestors dispersed from their final destination. However, no incident of clash between the protestors and administration or any untoward situation was reported throughout the day. Meanwhile, special security arrangements were made by the law enforcement agencies. Heavy contingents of Capital Police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary were deputed in the different areas of Federal Capital while special security was arranged for the important buildings and red zone area where security officers were observed standing alert.