Rana Sajjad Ahmad Although the lawyers' movement culminated in the reinstatement of the Chief Justice a few months ago, interest in this movement does not appear to have diminished. This is partly due to the critical matters pending before the Supreme Court. A lot of people inside and outside Pakistan are still intrigued about this historic movement. This is primarily because of the goal of this movement and the tenacity and persistence with which Pakistani lawyers went about achieving that goal. What adds to the intrigue is the fact that this movement was based on the rule of law and the independence of judiciary, principles generally considered the sole preserve of the developed Western countries. I got a sense of the keen interest in this movement at a book-launching event in Chicago. The book, entitled "iftikhar-e-Pakistan", is authored by Rana ljaz Ahmed Khan, a prominent lawyer based in Lahore. This book, as the title suggests, is about the lawyers' struggle for the reinstatement of the Chief Justice, Mr. lftikhar Chaudhry. It traces all the important events starting from the sacking of the Chief Justice in March 2007 till his eventual reinstatement in March 2009. In view of the broad appeal and support of this movement in the U.S., the author decided to organize an event in the U.S. Chicago, one of the major cities in the U.S. and home to a large Pakistani community that actively supported this movement, was chosen as the first city in the U.S. for the book launching. Whether it was writing in the daily newspapers or speaking at seminars or taking part in marches, a wide variety of Pakistanis based in Chicago played a pivotal role in supporting and strengthening this movement. Having this event in Chicago was one of author's ways of acknowledging and appreciating these Pakistanis for their unconditional and unwavering support for the movement. The event started with a brief introduction of the book and the author. Attendees and speakers included journalists, lawyers, politicians and some prominent Pakistani businessmen based in Chicago. Some speakers agreed to speak at a short notice, which showed their keen interest in the subject. In terms of their comments and analysis, the speakers generally praised the author's attempt to make this movement a part of history by writing a comprehensive book on the subject. They were of the view that writing books on important events is not very common in Pakistan. They compared this to a positive feature of the American society where writing and reading books on important issues is a common practice. In this regard, a book on an issue as important as the independence of judiciary is a good initiative, which could hopefully encourage other authors to write books on this subject. Writing books, they remarked, was an effective way of highlighting the importance of a particular event. Considering the significance of the reinstatement, it is only fair that this historic movement is kept alive in discussions and fresh in people's minds. Otherwise, with people's short memories, such events tend to be forgotten and not fully understood and valued. Beyond the Pakistanis, there are a lot of Americans especially lawyers who were fascinated by the perseverance and courage of the Pakistani lawyers. These American lawyers belong to various national and state bar associations and some of them had also taken to the streets in support of their fellow lawyers in Pakistan. A comprehensive book on this movement would definitely be an interesting read for these people who followed and in some cases actively participated in the movement. Finally, in view of the current environment and the anti-Pakistan media propaganda around the world, this book could serve as a tool for projecting Pakistan in a positive light. Finally and most importantly, the attendees and speakers were united in admiring the lawyers movement and in expressing the hope that it would mark the start of a new era in Pakistan's history, an era of supremacy of law and the independence of judiciary. The writer is a Lahore-based lawyer