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Judge resigns to protest CJP's suspension

world Updated: Mar 15, 2007 18:42 IST

A Pakistani judge has quit his job to protest the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikar Muhammad Chaudhry and his "humiliation" at the hands of police.

Saeed Khurshid, who was posted in Bahawalpur in Punjab, said on Wednesday he was resigning as the senior members of the judiciary remained silent on the "humiliation heaped on the Chief Justice".

"It was the job of our elders to do. They have not done this. Now I have to do it," Khursheed was quoted as saying by The News.

"As a civil judge, I could have done no more than this. Please pray for the independence of the judiciary," Khursheed said.

Asked if his other colleagues are expected to follow suit, Khursheed said "I have done my duty. Everyone is responsible for his own deeds."

He said it had become unbearable for him to stay in service after seeing the "worst-ever humiliation of Chaudhry and his family by the police on private TV channels."

"The CJ and his family were being beaten by the police and there was no one around to save him from this humiliation," he said.

"It was extremely shameful. Where is the third pillar? It is no more there," he said. The judiciary is called the third pillar of the state.

The Lahore High Court (Bahawalpur Bench) Bar termed the judge's decision "extremely courageous".

Saeed Ejaz, the president of the LHC bar of Bahawalpur Bench, and Naveed Khalil Chaudhry, former secretary-general of the bar, said they hoped that the higher judiciary would follow the precedent set.