LAHORE - The Lawyers National Coordination Council, a body to steer lawyers' movement, on Sunday announced to stage a sit-in at Constitutional Avenue in Islamabad at the conclusion of March 9 long march which will go on till the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and all other deposed judges. After its meeting here at Shuhda -i-Karachi Hall of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, NCC Chairman Aitzaz Ahsan said, "The NCC has endorsed the announcement made by Ali Ahmed Kurd on Saturday and unanimously decided to hold sit-in till restoration of all sacked judges". Flanked by Supreme Court Bar Association President Ali Ahmed Kurd, former SCBA presidents Munir A Malik, Hamid Khan and Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood, and representatives of many other bars of the country, Ahsan said, "After a long discussion in meeting it has been decided that the lawyers after the conclusion of long march would hold sit-in at Sharay-e-Dastoor for indefinite period." The NCC has also constituted a steering committee to chalk out a strategy to make the long march and sit-in successful. Ali Ahmed Kurd, Munir A Malik, Hamid Khan, Justice(r) Tariq Mahmood, Hafiz Abdur Rehman Ansari, Qazi Anwar and Aitzaz Ahsan would be members of the committee. Other members of the committee would be President of all High Court Bar Associations, vice chairman of provincial bar councils and presidents of capital district Bar associations. This steering committee has been given task to plan the route of long march and make all necessary arrangements for the big event after seeking suggestions from other Bar associations. In view of the long march and sit-in, a secretariat has also been set up headed by secretary SCBA Shaukat Umar Pirzada. Office bearers of different bar associations would be it members. Aitzaz said the long march would be bigger and effective than their previous long march as civil society, political parties, trade unions, traders, students and many other segments of society were ensuring their effective cooperation in this regard. It is hoped that the long march would end with happy news of reinstatement of all the judges, he added. He announced that to mobilise the people to participate in the long march on February 7 there would be an oath taking ceremony of 17 office bearers of Rawalpindi division Bars in which Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry would participate. He said the other functions would be held in Peshawar on February 18 in which the CJP would be the chief guest. Responding to a question, Aitzaz said he had offered to resign from chairmanship of NCC after some members criticised him for his affiliation with Pakistan People's Party. He said," My offer is still there. I do not want to create rift in lawyers' ranks. If there are suspicions about my role I am ready to step down. But I will remain the part and parcel of movement because future of our generations is dependent on the outcome of this movement," said emotional Aitzaz. He, however, reiterated that he would keep attending the meetings of his party to remind its leadership to follow Benazir Bhutto's dream as she had vowed to hoist national flag at the residence of Justice Iftikhar. He made it clear that he would not quit party because he had rendered sacrifices for the party along with workers. As Aitzaz was clarifying his position, Kurd took mike from him and said issue of Aitzaz's resignation had been buried once and for all times to come and it would not be discussed again as long as the lawyers' movement is was going on. Aitzaz said second long march would be even bigger and more effective than the last one. The political parties are also wholeheartedly supporting long march while millions of people are expected to attend long march. Answering a question, he said the steering committee would decide the route of long march but it would be almost on the same lines. The NCC also adopted three resolutions wherein they condemned murder of Advocate Abdul Jalil of Dir. The council also disapproved the proposed amendments by Pakistan Bar Council in Legal Practitioner and Bar Council Act, terming it an attempt to grab their powers.