LAHORE - Lawyers community observed Judiciary Day on Tuesday in memory of historic 'NO by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on March 9, 2007, when a military dictator General Pervez Musharraf had asked him to resign from his office. Most of the lawyers were seen roaming in the courts and bars dressed in plain clothes. They boycotted the courts proceedings and held meetings in bar premises. The lawyers raised slogans in favour of the bold decision of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that changed the course of history in Pakistan and ousted a military dictator from power. Earlier, Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) had also announced general strike on March 9 to pay tribute to the chief justice of Pakistan. Judges of the Lahore High Court and subordinate courts abandoned judicial work in respect of the lawyers celebration in connection with Judiciary Day and heard only urgent cases. While talking to The Nation the lawyers said now judiciary is independent and it became possible only due to the bold stand taken by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. They said in future no military dictator would dare to derail democracy or ask judges to take oath under the PCO. Muhammad Azhar Siddique Advocate paying tribute to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad said the NO by Chief Justice Iftikhar Ch started lawyers movement for rule of law and independence of judiciary which later become a reality. He said the fate of judiciary was determined on March 9, so the lawyers and judicial circles will always observe March 9 as a Judiciary Day.