Sajid Zia, Amir Riaz and MUHAMMAD IRTAZA  LAHORE/MULTAN-Thousands of lawyers, political workers, human rights activists and people accorded a tumultuous reception to deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Wednesday evening. The CJP, who was scheduled to address lawyers at Lahore High Court Bar Association arrived at the airport from Multan at 6pm. He was given similar red carpet welcome inside and outside LHCBA as he was accorded on his arrival in the City on May 5 last year. The representatives of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), Lahore District Bar (LDB), Punjab Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz , Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), Jamaat-i-Islami, the Joint Action Committee for People's Rights, Judicial Activism Panel and various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had gathered outside the airport chanting anti-govt and pro-CJP slogans until Iftikhar's caravan, consisting of more than 100 cars, left for the LHCBA. They were chanting 'Go Musharraf Go', 'Join us, we have come out to save country'. PML-N leaders Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashud Khan and MNA Mian Marghoob and their supporters accorded a warm reception to the CJ when he came out of the airport. Punjab govt had provided full protocol to the CJ as tight security arrangements were made on the occasion. Security steps were strict in the City. Many NGOs activists had gathered at the intersections on the way to welcome the CJ. The CJP's caravan left for LHCBA from the airport at 6.30 pm and took hours to reach its destination, which normally takes 20 minutes from the airport. The CJP was accompanied by prominent lawyer leaders. Thousands of people including political workers and representatives of civil society gave a warm welcome to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) when his caravan reached The Mall. A large number of citizens, political activists and members of civil society organisations waited for the CJP's convoy at The Mall that was decorated with big posters of CJ and PML-N leaders and banners inscribed with words in favour of deposed judges and against President Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan Bar Council has appealed to traders, political parties, NGOs and general public to accord a historic reception to the CJ. The City was decorated with colorful banners and big portraits of the Chief Justice and PML-N leaders. The LHC building was illuminated on Wednesday night Various political parties minus PPP, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing Islami Jamiat Talaba and various lawyers and civil society groups had set up camps along The Mall to receive the CJ before the main venue - the Lahore High Court Bar Association where the LHCBA had made elaborate arrangements for the CJP's reception. PML-N, PTI and JI had arranged drinking water and food for the participants of CJP rally. Some enthusiastic political workers and lawyers were also dancing on the drum beat in front of CJP's car. The LHCBA arranged 5,000 seats for the participants at the LHC parking area. The Punjab govt, City police and the traffic police had taken special measures for Iftikhar's visit as the roads linking the CJP's convoy route were closed for traffic. A bulletproof vehicle was also provided to CJP. Close circuit cameras were installed on the route of the CJP's caravan. Hundreds of lawyers showered rose petals on him. On arrival at the Lahore High Court Bar, deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and his huge caravan was accorded an exceptionally grand welcome by the lawyers, civil society members, traders, political leaders and workers, professionals and those from other walks of life. Justice Chaudhary inside the premises was fully in the hand of the legal fraternity while others were confined to outside the premises. The welcome was made a big show with the beating of the drums, anthems, and the thundering slogans of Go Musharraf Go, Chief Terey Janisar Beshmar, Beshmar, Hum Mulk Bachaney Nukley Hain Ao Humarey Sath Chalo, so and so for, amid release of hundreds of pigeons, and ecstatic dance by a group of lawyers. Hundreds of banners, portraits, placards, posters of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry inside and outside the venue which was not only many giving a picturesque look to the site but their fluttering was also adding to the jubilations of the lawyers. Extensive sitting arrangements were made at the venue, but hardly anyone was on one's seat as soon as the Chief Justice entered the Bar but they all were giving him a standing ovation. Mounds of rose petals were showered on Justice Chaudhary who took a very long time only to reach to the end point from the main gate. Stringent security arrangements were made inside and outside the venue. Side by side the police and security agencies, lawyers have taken their own security measures around the stage in particular. Deposed judges of Lahore High Court and Sind High Court were also present at the venue to hear sacked Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary. They included Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Sheikth Sayar Ali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Iqbal Hameed u Rehman, Justice Sarmad Bilal Usmani, Justice Musheer Aalam, Justice Ghulzar Ahmed, Justice Maqbool Bakar, Justice Muhammad Azhar Saeed, Justice Muhammad Salman Ansari, Justice Abdul Nasir and Justice Assaq Siraj. Deposed Supreme Court Justice Raja Fiaz Ahmed, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Ch Ijaz Ahmed and Jamshaid Ali Shah were also present. In Multan, the much-awaited lawyers' 'Long March' commenced amid tight security here Wednesday noon. The deposed CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry kicked the march off and led the caravan till Chowk Kumharanwala. The participants of the march will onwards be led by firebrand lawyer leader Ali Ahmad Kurd. Lawyers from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP have assembled at Multan to launch the long march and stage a sit-in outside Parliament house to press the government for reinstatement of all deposed judges. The caravan is likely to reach Islamabad via Lahore on June 13. Besides the lawyers, attorneys, political activists, civil society members, traders, students and common citizens riding dozens of vehicles also joined the long march. They non-lawyer participants of the long march are being led by PML-N senior vice president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. Dozens of pigeons and balloons were released in the air as a good omen before setting off the long march while the lawyers offered special prayers for the success of their drive. Senior Vice President PML-N Makhdoom Javed Hashmi saw off long march at the gate of High Court Bar Multan. He was flanked by provincial minister Haji Ehsan Udden Qureshi, MPA Shahid Mahmood Khan and other local leaders. The long march was also welcomed at different spots including Kalma Chowk, Eidgah Chowk, Rasheedabad and Chowk Kumharanwala. Different political and religious parties as well as civil society organisations including PML-N, JI and Pattan Development Organisation established their camps to welcome the lawyers' caravan. The students of Bahauddin Zakariya University and Bosan Road College sprinkled rose petals on the participants of the long march at Chungi No-9. Earlier, The arrival of caravans of lawyers from different parts of the country continued till launching of long march. Dozens of busses, wagons, cars and jeeps reached Multan from adjoining areas like Layyah, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Lodhran, Kahror Pakka, Pakpattan, Vehari, Burewala and Kabirwala in the morning. An intense fanfare was observed in Multan on this occasion as the citizens, dancing to drum beat, thronged city roads. The deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry miantained on Wednesday that stability was subjected to dispensation of justice in the society. 'If the judiciary works independently the society and democracy will flourish, preventing the country from all dangers', he noted while addressing a big gathering of lawyers, civil society activists and common citizens before kicking off the long march. 'The judiciary is the institution that has to protect the rights of the people and ensure rule of law in the society', he said. Justice Chaudhry affirmed that the judiciary would ensure benefits of those people who hardly make both ends meet. He said the entire society was determined to uphold independent judiciary in the country. 'Why has this mammoth gathering assembled here? Just because they know that justice is their basic right and they have joined hands with you for the sake of independent judiciary in the country', the CJ pointed out. He said the people had to wait for justice for years in case of normal litigation. 'The needs of a common man are fulfilled if you provide him justice at the threshold', he added. He added that the lawyers would reiterate their demand regarding establishment of independent judiciary and rule of law in the country after reaching Islamabad. He lauded the efforts of black coats, media and civil society for the supremacy of Constitution, rule of law and restoration of the judiciary in the country and said they were striving hard for the last 15 months to achieve these goals. 'You have reached many destinations successfully. The people sitting in this Pandal are not only from Punjab rather this gathering also shows strong participation from Sindh and Balochistan', he pointed out. 'Your journey is very tough and long. But I believe that you will not only succeed to achieve your goals but the coming generations will also remember your efforts forever', he asserted. He posed a question before the lawyers, civil society, students, special children and a woman, who had come all the way from Hyderabad along with her four-month-old son. 'I want to ask why has she come here in this scorching heat with her four-month-old son while the child cannot understand the meaning of rule of law and independent judiciary'? The CJ himself replied the question saying the child would proudly remember after growing up that he had participated in movement for rule of law in the country along with his mother. He hailed the passion of special children and traders and said that he covered 10 minute distance from Airport to High Court Bar in almost five hours due to the enthusiastic welcome accorded to him by the public. 'Although they don't have any direct relation with this issue, they're well aware of the fact that the existence of this country lies in supremacy of law and independent judiciary', he added. The deposed CJ said it was his utmost desire to ensure justice to the people at their thresholds when he took the charge of his office on June 30, 2005. 'The only way to get the public rid of lengthy and lethargic legal proceedings was to ensure maximum use of Sub-Article 3 of Article 184 of the Constitution', he apprised the audience. Citing the examples of his action under the aforementioned Article of the Constitution, he said that the prompt action of apex court saved brick kiln workers, women, poor and downtrodden from exploitation. He said that a section of media located a village where entire male population was living on one kidney as they had sold out the other one. 'We took up the case and directed the government to promulgate law for checking kidney trade. Resultantly, an ordinance was released and the kidneys of many people were saved', he quoted another example. Speaking on the occasion, SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan anticipated that President Musharraf would quit in next five or six days. 'But the deposed judges will not be reinstated. That's why I ask you to raise the slogan for restoration of judiciary instead of go Musharraf go, he told the lawyers. He said all packages were unacceptable for the lawyers and they would continue their war till restoration of judges and establishment of independent judiciary. 'It is likely that President Musharraf quits and a new President is elected but yet the judges are not restored. That's why we are marching towards the Parliament', he expressed his reservations. He said the Parliament was reluctant to fulfil its promises made with the public. 'We're told time and again that Parliament is sovereign. But it declined to honour its promises', he lamented and added that if the Parliament is sovereign and independent, it should reinstate the judges. 'I'll see how any one issues stay order against it or presidency hatches a conspiracy'. He said the lawyers were fighting for the future of Pakistan and independent judiciary was must for foreign investment in the country. 'If there is no independent judiciary, there will be no investment too. Even country's own capital will fly out', he warned and added: 'If there is no investment, there will be low production and income, resulting into poverty and unemployment'. He said that only those countries flourished where judiciary was independent. He said that the public saw a dream but looters like Musharraf put a curtain on it. He said that president Musharraf was a past story, 'He (Musharraf) is standing at the exit door and he will fell out with just one blow of air', he added. He said that Musharraf doffed his uniform and made agreements with exiled leadership due to lawyers revolt. Firebrand advocate Ali Ahmad Kurd explained minus formula in his speech, saying entire nation would be with the lawyers except President Musharraf when they would reach Islamabad. He said that the lawyers wanted to remind the parliamentarians their promises.