PU teachers & IJT join hands to welcome CJP
LAHORE, June 25(Daily Times): The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) and a few
hundred activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) joined hands on Saturday to
welcome Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the city enroute
The Punjab University New Campus Bridge was the CJP's first
stop in the city after he left the Judges' Rest House in the Government Officers
Residence-I (GOR-I). The CJP had arrived in the city by airplane from Islamabad
on Friday night. His caravan, consisting of dozens of vehicles, left for Multan
at 6:30am on Saturday in Advocate Kazim Raza Khan's car.
Hundreds of IJT
activists, who had come from various parts of the city, along with dozens of PU
teachers, lawyers and citizens welcomed the CJP's caravan at the bridge.
However, the IJT activists succeeded in making most of the show with the help of
the PUASA, which is an elected body with overwhelming majority of IJT
The CJP's caravan moved at snail's pace and covered the one
kilometre from New Campus Underpass to the Allama Iqbal Medical College, in more
than an hour because the IJT activists led the vehicles on foot.
PUASA and IJT activists placed large banners, posters and stickers along the
Canal inscribed with slogans for an independent judiciary and democracy in the
country. The IJT also took advantage of the event by chanting slogans against
the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which had allegedly killed IJT nazim Wasif
Aziz in Karachi recently.
The IJT and the PUASA also chanted slogans
against the PU administration for holding music classes in the
The PUASA had made a Chief Justice Coordination Committee
within the campus that set up a stage on a trolley on the Canal Road to receive
the CJP. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaqat Baloch and many other JI leaders
addressed the function on the stage.
PUASA president Prof Mumtaz Salik
received the CJP and told him that the PU teachers would continue to support the
CJP as part of the civil society. He added that this struggle would continue in
all other pro-democracy issues. He also called for appointing a teacher as the
vice chancellor of the PU and also in other varsities. IJT activists presented
the CJP a bouquet and a copy of the Quran. They also showered flower petals on
the CJP's car. The IJT gave the caravan a brief farewell at the Allama Iqbal
Medical College from where the caravan gained speed.
At Thokar Niaz Beg,
Advocate Mian Jahangir and his companions had arranged a reception for the
caravan and offered its members cold drinks and water. The camp also played
Tight security was also observed on the CJP's
route. Traffic wardens placed pickets, blocked roads and diverted traffic to
other substitute roads. The traffic was generally a mess and caused
inconvenience to the commuters.
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|