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Updated: May 7, 2011 19:08 IST

Lawyers demand resignation of Pakistan’s political, military leadership

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Pakistani children who live in the neighbourhood where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, look from their house in Abbottabad, on Saturday. Photo: AP.
Pakistani children who live in the neighbourhood where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, look from their house in Abbottabad, on Saturday. Photo: AP.

The demand was made in a resolution adopted by the Lahore High Court Bar Association. This was the first time that the body passed such a resolution against army officials.

An influential grouping of lawyers has demanded the resignation of Pakistan’s President, Prime Minister, army chief, heads of military intelligence agencies and Interior Minister for their failure to protect borders and sovereignty during the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The demand was made in a resolution adopted by the Lahore High Court Bar Association. This was the first time that the body passed such a resolution against army officials.

The association strongly condemned the U.S. military operation in the garrison city of Abbottabad that killed bin Laden on Monday and criticised the Pakistan government, military and intelligence agency chiefs for playing the role of a silent spectator during the raid.

It said the U.S. operation near the Pakistan Military Academy was tantamount to an attack on the country’s sovereignty and independence.

The resolution said: “The illegal U.S. raid on Pakistani soil is a challenge for the whole nation.”

The army’s Corps Commanders looked ashamed and helpless in restoring the confidence of the nation, it contended.

“The Pakistan Army is given a huge share in the annual budget so that people of the country could sleep without any fear. But the army has disappointed the whole nation,” it said.

The resolution was moved by a senior bar association member Zafarullah Khan, who said the U.S. raid was went against local and international laws.

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