‘India-Pakistan legal fraternity can bring two nations closer’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2016 08:28 IST
Gathering of legal luminaries from Pakistan and India talk about bridging gaps, taking peace efforts forward. (HT Photo)

The lawyers’ fraternity from India and Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating normalisation of ties between the two nations, was the message at a seminar where a delegation of lawyers from across the border were present.

A team of 40 lawyers from Pakistan, led by the first woman vice-chairperson of Punjab bar council, Lahore, Farah Ejaz attended the seminar held at Law Bhawan, Sector 37.

On the occasion, Ejaz made an appeal, through a poem, to the lawyers to join hands for peace and harmony between the two nations, making it a mass movement. “The border created by politicians is to perpetuate their vested interests, we should bury it” she said. The session was held on ‘Strengthening democracy in Asia-Pacific region’.

Ejaz presented a poem based on revival of peace and harmony between India and Pakistan. She also appealed the lawyer fraternity to join hand for peace and harmony and make it a mass movement giving a burial for the “artificial border” created by politicians for their vested interests.

“I believe it is possible to have a scenario, where there could be frequent exchange programmes between our countries for better ties. We can at least have a provision where India and Pakistan could easily provide visas to the scholars who frequently visit each other,” added Ejaz.

Meanwhile, senior advocate R S Cheema, while addressing a gathering, said that the provisions in Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code of both the countries are same and the issues, like honour killing, dowry, others, afflicting both sides of the border are also same.

He stressed on the need for strengthening of democracy in Pakistan, and to clear misunderstandings between the citizens of both the countries. Efforts should be made to reduce expenses on weapons and army and peaceniks should have a major say in the discourse.

Former chairman of Pakistan Bar Council, Mumtaz Mustafa also shared his experienced in urdu couplets. He said that if lawyers of both the nation come together, the governments of their countries will be forced to come close and settle the disputes peacefully.

Also, senior advocate Anupam Gupta, in his comparative speech over democracy in India and Pakistan, highlighted the recruitment in judiciary and pointed to the sacrifices of Pakistan lawyer fraternity. He also opined that Indian lawyers must be allowed to fight cases in Pakistan courts and vice versa.

Former advocate general of Punjab called for free visa facility for at least 10 years to lawyers of both the countries.

Chief guest, Justice SS Saron, believed that Chandigarh is a replica of Lahore and there are many educational institutions in India that still have an association with Lahore.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Monir Hussain Bhatti, Mumtaz Mustafa, Rajat Gautam, chairman, bar council, PS Ghuman, vice-chairman, bar council, Ashok Aggarwal, advocate general, Punjab, Partap Singh, chariman, external affairs committee, Ashok Singla, member, bar council, gurinder Pal Singh, president, high court bar association, Amit Rana, member, bar council of India, among others present during the seminar.

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