Law Soc backs Pakistani lawyers’ street protest

Law Soc backs Pakistani lawyers’ street protestThe Law Society has repeated its call for the rule of law to be upheld in Pakistan to protect the country’s lawyers and judges.

The plea comes as thousands of lawyers continue to protest across Pakistan in a bid to have senior judges who were sacked last year, reinstated by President Musharraf (The Lawyer, 10th June)

Law Society president Andrew Holroyd reiterated that the rule of law is a fundamental part of any democratic society.

“We in England and Wales stand strongly behind Pakistan’s lawyers as they strive to support human rights and uphold the rule of law in their country,” said Holroyd.

The Law Society’s campaign to bring the rule of law to Pakistan was reignited more than a year ago. As The Lawyer revealed in May, the representative body had been lobbying Musharraf to push for the independence of the country’s judiciary (The Lawyer, 28th May 2007).

Holroyd, who led hundreds of people protesting outside the UK’s Pakistan Embassy, launched a petition to condemn the lawlessness in Pakistan (The Lawyer, 19 November 2007), while in January it held crisis talks in an attempt to have imprisoned lawyers and judges freed (The Lawyer, 23 January 2007).