Karachi: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expressed its gratitude to the lawyers who pleaded their case before the Supreme Court of Pakistan including leading counsel young barrister Salman Akram Raja, senior most lawyer Abid Hasan Manto, Asma Jehangir and Shaukat Siddiqui.
These persons gave their blood and sweat to the cause of journalist community and pleaded the case of workers against the giants in legal field, said PFUJ President Pervaiz Shaukat and Secretary General Amin Yousuf in a statement here on Thursday.
Acknowledging the efforts of Rasheed A razvi, Akhtar Hussain and Faiz Ghangro advocates before High Court of Sindh which rendered a historic judgment which was ultimately held b ythe apex court, PFUJ President and Secretary said that community is short of words to praise the untiring efforts of these lawyers who represented the journalists, news paper workers and other staff before the superior court in their matter of life and death.
Salman Akram Raja was singularly praised for his preparation of the case, meticulous presentation in a very efficient and professional manner thus rendering valuable assistance to the court in reaching a decision.
To pay tributes and to appropriately acknowledge the service by these lawyers, PFUJ shortly would hold a grand reception at Islamabad, he said while thanking the lawyers.
Extending an olive branch to the owners of newspapers and periodicals etc, PFUJ Secretary said that PFUJ respects every one and do not harbour any ill will against person or group of owners and rightly hopes that judgment of the Supreme Court would be implemented in letter and spirit by these publishing houses.
He said that after a painful 10 years and decade long struggle, journalists and newspaper workers are hopeful of getting their due right and no force now could stop payment of due benefits and other emoluments to them.
Secretary General of PFUJ also said that Nisar Usmani award would be conferred upon lawyers and ex presidents of PFUJ including Abdul Hameed Chapra, I.H.Rashid and Ahfaz-ur-Rahman. He said that Adnan Usmani, son of Nisar Usmani would receive life time achievement award in recognition of meritorious services by Nisar Usmani.
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