THE scuffle that broke out between two groups of lawyers in the Lahore High Court Bar on Thursday leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Such infighting in their ranks would tarnish the image of the legal fraternity. President LHCBA Munawar Gondal was addressing a group of lawyers when an attempt was made by the opposition groups to interrupt his speech by making calls for a fresh election. This resulted in a row and soon the bar room presented a picture of pandemonium. To all intents and purposes, this is a far cry from the wisdom and maturity they had been showing throughout the movement for the reinstatement of the deposed judges. Notwithstanding the hard feelings that usually prevail between the President of the bar and the opposition in ordinary circumstances, what happened on Thursday is simply reprehensible. It bears repeating that the legal activists on account of the movement they launched for the restoration of an independent judiciary had earned themselves a respectable place in public circles. Civil society and scores of political parties had extended all-out support to the legal activists because they saw in them men of character who could steer the nation deftly out of the judicial crisis. The role of the LHCBA in particular was crucial in the restoration of the judges, as the body was in the vanguard of the whole movement. All this was achieved because of the tremendous amount of discipline that the lawyers had maintained. But, by fighting the way they did, they stand to lose a lot. Divisions in their ranks moreover, would benefit the anti-democratic forces.