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NYB awards life membership to ex-CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

NEW YORK: One of the world's largest bar associations has conferred its Honourary Membership on Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, at a solemn ceremony here. The 23,000-member New York City Bar Association's President, Patricia Hynes, presented the award, a framed citation, to justice Chaudhry on Monday in recognition of...

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 18, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 18, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
NYB awards life membership to ex-CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

NEW YORK: One of the world's largest bar associations has
conferred its Honourary Membership on Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court, at a solemn ceremony here.
The 23,000-member New York City Bar Association's President, Patricia
Hynes, presented the award, a framed citation, to justice Chaudhry on Monday in recognition of his efforts to uphold the rule of law.
“This is a very proud moment for our association,” Ms. Hynes told
Chaudhry as a large gathering of lawyers and other guests gave him a standing ovation.
“We are proud to be your colleagues,” she added as justice Chaudhry
profusely thanked the bar members for the honour done to him.
The former chief justice addressed the gathering after his formal
introduction by a U.S. judge, Jed Rakoff, who praised his courage in upholding rule of law.
He told the audience about some of justice Chaudhry's important
judgments, which went against the establishment, despite the pressures brought on him. He paid tributes to him for standing up to President Pervez Musharraf so that the cause of justice was upheld, a stance that endeared him to the people.
Judge Rakoff also narrated in detail about the harships justice Chaudhry
underwent after being ousted by Musharraf, saying he never gave up.
Addressing the gathering, justice Chaudhry paid tributes to American
lawyers for supporting the lawyers' movement in Pakistan in their struggle to restore an independent judiciary. Pakistani lawyers, especially the young, have been in the forefront of the struggle for the independence of judiciary.
He said he had accepted the high honour bestowed on him in the name of
the people of Pakistan who have struggled against military dictatorships, tyranny and injustice.
“No democracy can survive without an independent judiciary. There can be
no democracy without law. Lack of justice produces inequalities. Only independent judiciary can check-mate extremism.”
“While parliament is sovereign, the court too have a vital function,” he
added.
Chaudhry is the eighth individual to be conferred honorary membership by
the New York City Bar. Prior recipients include former Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati, and Judge Thomas Buergenthal of the International Court of Justice.

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