ADDRESSING the Malir District Bar Association on Saturday, deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry lamented the killings of lawyers, political workers and civil society members on October 18 last year and April 9 this year and expressed the confidence that the day was not far when the struggle for the restoration of the deposed superior judiciary would meet with success. There can be no two opinions that the legal community has suffered a great deal as it has spearheaded the movement and continued to pursue the good cause. The removal of more than 50 judges of the superior courts in utter violation of the constitution electrified the nation that had come to see in the judiciary as a guarantor of human rights and justice, which the military regime was cavalierly disregarding. Once the lawyers had come out in the streets, they found virtually all sections of society joining them in hordes to support their movement. A year-and-a-half down the road, however, the mission remains unfulfilled because of political expediency, the legal community stands badly divided, and, inevitably, the people's enthusiasm has tended to wane, overtaken by other more pressing worries like the rampant terrorist threat and the runaway inflation. At one time, the resolution of the issue appeared to be quite simple: all that was needed was to rescind the unconstitutional order through the procedure originally adopted in issuing that order. One had strong hopes that on the installation of a democratic government there would little hitch in doing so. Unfortunately, the PPP has continued to dillydally, gone back on its commitments and adopted various stratagems to defeat the original intent of the movement. Some judges have been prevailed upon to take a fresh oath, weakening the cause. But these steps have aggravated the tension between the two sides. For instance, the Pakistan Bar Council had to step in to undo the ban on the law minister and attorney general imposed by various bar associations. The sooner the judiciary is restored the better it would be for all concerned. The government would be able to concentrate on addressing other challenges the country faces. In the meantime, it seems, Supreme Court Bar Association President Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan is sailing in two boats. He continues to be a member of the central executive committee of the PPP, at the same time, espousing the deposed judiciary's cause. It would do the lawyers' movement as well as his political career a lot of good if he were to pursue a clear-cut, comprehensible policy on the issue.