NEW YORK - Deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhar will be given a warm welcome when he arrives on Sunday to receive honourary membership of the New York City Bar Association. Replying to questions from reporters, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said that deposed CJ would be accorded full protocol when he arrives at New York's JFK airport where an embassy official would receive him. He said Pakistani missions extend welcome to all of the country's noted politicians and officials. The award to the deposed CJ was bestowed in absentia last January, as he was under house arrest after his ouster and the suspension of the Constitution by President Pervez Musharraf in November last year. On November 14, 2007, the City and State Bars, along with several other organisations, organised a rally of some 700 lawyers on the steps of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan in support of Justice Chaudhry and the Pakistan lawyers movement. Chaudhry will formally receive the honourary membership on November 17, a press release of the New York City Bar Association said, which also took note of the fact that despite the emergence of an elected government in Pakistan, he has not been restored to his position. "The award of honorary membership recognises Chief Justice Chaudhry's efforts to uphold Pakistan's independent judiciary, the press release said. Previous recipients include Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the US Supreme Court, Chief Justice Bhagwati of the Indian Supreme Court and Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice. Meanwhile, many Pakistan-Americans are planning to go to the airport to received Justice Chaudhry.