LAHORE/ISLAMABAD-Pakistan Peoples Party on Tuesday suspended the Central Executive Committee membership of senior party leader Ch Aitzaz Ahsan and in this connection, the show-cause notice was despatched to his residence and e-mail addresses. The leading figure of the lawyers movement Ch Aitzaz Ahsan was charged with violating the party discipline and openly criticising not only the party policies, but President Asif Ali Zardari for not reinstating the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other deposed judges of the higher judiciary. Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson to President Zardari, confirmed that Aitzaz Ahsan's CEC membership had been suspended. PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badr said being the Secretary General of the party, he had suspended the CEC membership of Aitzaz Ahsan and he could appeal against the decision with Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who had powers to restore his membership. Jahangir Badr said the decision of suspending the membership of Aitzaz Ahsan was made by the CEC of the party and only Zardari could revert the decision. He further said Aitzaz Ahsan was informed about the party decision through a show-cause notice despatched to his residential address and the same was also e-mailed to him. Aitzaz Ahsan's wife is said to have received the notice. On the other hand, Aitzaz Ahsan said he had not received the show-cause notice and he could respond to it only after going through the contents of the notice. The party sources disclosed to The Nation that the main reason behind suspension of Aitzaz Ahsan's CEC membership was his active role in the lawyers movement and his scathing criticism of the party Co-Chairman and President Zardari for backing out from what he termed the promise of reinstating the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry made by no other than Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. These sources further disclosed that in days to come a couple of other party leaders, who were defying the party discipline, would be served with similar notices. Naheed Khan's husband Senator Safdar Abbasi could be suspended from the CEC as well. It was further disclosed that there was strong reaction in the party over the way some party leaders were violating the party discipline and a wrong message was going to the rest of the party leaders particularly the young ones who had also started speaking against the party policies in the private meetings. 'The party rules are equal for all, and more notice can be served', confirmed Jehangir Badr. Meanwhile, some senior party leaders on condition of anonymity said that under the party constitution the CEC membership could not be suspended and first the member should be served with show-cause notice and be given proper chance to explain his position before taking such an extreme step. These leaders said the decision was not well taken in the party cadre and there should be some reaction on this extreme step in the party. Aitzaz Ahsan said he would respond to show-cause notice, as he had not received any notice so far. 'My commitment is for the lawyers movement, which I am doing according to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto's will. My reaction to the suspension will be as per my conscience', he opined. Former President SCBA Hamid Khan deeply regretted the PPP action, and said Aitzaz had been victimised for standing to actualise Benazir Bhutto's commitment, which she had made about the independent judiciary and deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, as its head. 'The matter is between the PPP and Barrister Aitzaz, but what I feel is that the PPP has meted out an unfair treatment to its leader. Lawyers are going on with the cause Benazir Bhutto had set for an independent judiciary by restoring Justice Chaudhary. Aitzaz is not wrong at all if he is also helping achieve that goal. The way PPP govt is treating the lawyers and the judiciary, shows no difference between the PPP and the Musharraf government', he said. 'Aitzaz is a man of principles and for that reason he has been targeted', he said adding, what had been done to Aitzaz by his party, the lawyers movement would pick more momentum. It may be recalled that since the present PPP leadership turned its face on accepting lawyers and the public demand for the reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Chaudhry and the others, Aitzaz Ahsan had been under fire for retaining membership of the party. But he never quit the PPP on the plea that he had 40-year old association with it. Aitzaz used to strongly argue that his association was to save party from the bad name that could have come to it if it failed to fulfil the promise made by the Shaheed leader in public. Earning a scathing criticism even at the lawyers convention and the meeting of National Coordination Council (Aitzaz is its Chairman), he stuck to his stance and was never inclined to leave the party.