Pakistani Lawyers Mired in Constitutional Crisis to Relay Experiences at Drexel Forum

Three high-ranking attorneys from Pakistan will discuss the rule of law and a recent constitutional crisis they were involved in at a forum March 1 at Drexel University.The forum is part of the National Lawyers Guild’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, hosted by Drexel Law’s chapter of the guild.Sahibzada Anwar Hamid and Hamid Khan, senior advocates of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Muneer A. Malik, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, will discuss the lawyers’ movement in their homeland and a constitutional crisis that culminated with the jailing of judges and attorneys last year.All three were swept up in a constitutional tug-of-war after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf took steps to seize control of the nation’s courts.Musharraf placed Chief Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhry on inactive status in March 2007, and Khan served on the defense team, which successfully advocated for his reinstatement in July. Malik, a senior lawyer who defied Musharraf’s actions and helped lead an opposition movement, was jailed. After Musharraf declared emergency rule in November, Hamid was arrested and held in detention for 15 days.Editor’s note: The lawyers will address their struggle from 5 to 6 p.m. at Drexel’s College of Law Building, 3320 Market St. (between 33rd and 34th streets)News media contacts: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or Sarah Greenblatt, College of Law communications manager (215) 571-4804