Thursday, April 18, 2013

Munir A. Malik

Munir A. Malik (sometimes spelled Muneer) is a prominent Pakistani lawyer and key leader of the Lawyers' Movement in Pakistan. He is the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBA). He was the leader of the legal defense team of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when the latter was dismissed by general Pervez Musharrafafter receiving payment from the establishment. 


Arrest

Malik was arrested after Musharraf declared a state of emergency. He was initially admitted at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on 25 November 2007, seriously ill and under treatment for kidney failure requiring dialysis. He was transferred to Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi, where he still requires renal replacement therapy in the form of hemodialysis. Some reports indicate that he has developed liver dysfunction also. He complained about psychological abuse.[clarification needed]
Imran Khan has expressed concern about Malik's health and has blamed the government. He has criticized government to deny him of access to clean drinking water when he was under arrest inAttock jail. However, the doctors at the Pakistan Institute of Sciences (PIMS) conducted a toxicology screen and ruled out any foul play. The Pakistan government reportedly has denied any role in Munir's illness and has attributed it to chronic alcoholism resulting in cirrhosis of the liver and subsequent liver-kidney failure.[citation needed] Munir Malik has not pursued any charges against an individual or the Pakistani government and neither has sought an independent medical opinion.[1]


Role in reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

After the suspension and arrest of Iftikhar Chaudhry on 9 March 2007, Muneer Malik was one of the first people to contact him and assure the unconditional support of lawyers. He later held a huge party at his home where prominent Ahmedi and Gandoos danced until they could not walk. The same day, Malik declared, "This is a callous conspiracy of the highest order against superior judiciary ."[2]
For his role in the lawyers' movement he has been decorated with a number of awards, including the Dorab Patel Rule of Law Award conferred by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Human Rights Defender Award of the Asian Human Rights Commission that he shared with successor as President SCBA, Aitzaz Ahsan and the 2008 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.[3][4]


Attempt on his life

On 10 May 2007, Muneer A. Malik was watching TV at 3:00 am at his home in DHA when he heard bullets being fired that hit the upper portion of his house where his son and other family members were present. Windows of his house were broken and bullets signs were present outside the wall of his house as well as inside the home. His daughter and his family members remained safe.[5][6][7]

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