NEW YORK - A prominent Pakistani lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, has urged the Pakistan government to reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other independent judges, warning that the lawyers struggle would continue until they were back in their respective positions. "We'll not rest content until the pre-November 3, 2007, independent judiciary was restored," he told a large crowd of Pakistanis gathered in a restaurant in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, to welcome justice Chaudhry who began a week's visit to the United States on Sunday. The former chief justice, who is here to receive prestigious awards from two institutions,  did not address the crowd, one of the biggest in New York. The reason, said Ahsan, justice Chaudhry had always upheld the dignity of his office, which allows him to address only the bar associations. Instead, Chaudhry shook hands with most of those jam-packing the hall. As justice Chaudhry entered the hall, the crowd, which included supporters of most of the political parties, gave him a standing ovation with a sustained applause. He acknowledged their greetings with the wave of his hands. Ahsan told the audience that justice Chaudhry has become a symbol of independent judiciary. He had also maintained judicial restraint: Never responding to criticism from some politicians or from those voicing opinions on television talk shows. He said justice Chaudhry's restoration was all the more important because if it was not done, there would never be an independent judiciary in the country. For he and his colleague had refused to to yield to pressures and were sent home under President Pervez Musharraf's illegal imposition of state of emergency. Only an independent judiciary could help fight corruption and other ills in the society, encourage international business leaders to invest in Pakistan and strengthen democracy. The function was arranged by Pakistan-American lawyers led by Ramzan Rana. The organizers repeatedly made appeals to the audience not to raise political slogans. Stlll, sections of the crowd shouted anti-Musharraf slogan as also, "Go, Zardari, Go." At one stage, some people repeatedly called for Ahsan's resignation from the PPP. After ignoring them a couple of times, he shot back, "I will not resign from PPP. I'm the Pakistan People's Party" Ahsan said Pakistan's top political leaders -- Asif Ali Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar Wali and Maulana Fazlur Rehmanhad  made written and oral commitment with the nation for restoration of all deposed judges,  far that promise has not been fulfilled. He urged them to abide by their commitments, made not only with the lawyers but also with whole of the nation. Earlier on arrival at John F. Kennedy airport, justice Chaudhry was given a warm welcome by some 500 Pakistani Americans, considered a huge crowd in this sprawling city. He was received, among others, by Pakistan's Consul General in New York, Mohsin Razi.