The great English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill had once said, "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant". The recent conflict between a few Young Turks of the lawyers community and media will only benefit those that would not like the rule of law to prevail in Pakistan, or those who desire the judiciary to be a slave of the executive. The fault lies with leaders of the Bar who are slave to the voting power of a small group of lawyers of mediocre capability. These uncouth men in blackcoats have always resorted to brutal tactics to assert political power in Bar politics just as they like to do in their individual matters. Pictures of violence being used in the Punjab High Court Bar premises during the recent controversy following the assumption of vacant President's post by the elected Vice President are before us. It was behavior unbecoming of members of the legal profession, irrespective of the provocation. This violence was orchestrated by a group headed by a man who played an important role in restoration of the judiciary. The nation expects the lawyers to protect their legal rights, submit to law, respect individuals rights including the right of dissent, instead of the irregular and lawless show of physical strength that they tend to resort to these days. -MALIK T ALI, Lahore, via e-mail, August 10.