KARACHI - The lawyers' fraternity on Wednesday refused the Supreme Court verdict against the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, and his brother Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. The lawyers' fraternity declined to accept the decision of Supreme Court while considering the decision as a step towards another Martial Law. Talking to The Nation, Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed said that the assigned controversial bench of judges took oath under the PCO, and therefore they should not conduct the hearing of the case or at least avoid giving verdict against the leaders of PML (N). He explained that the proceeding of the said case should be conducted by the less controversial bench comprising on re-appointed judges thus the matter be less controversial. Wajih said that the timing of the verdict was wrong, because the decision fuelled the movement of lawyers in which various political and other forces have already been engaged and chalking out the strategy for the long march to be held on March 16, and in the meantime the court had given said decision. He said that the eligibility case of Sharif brothers could be brought to high court, or election tribunal, but it had been moved to the Supreme Court. He said that such actions of the rulers had created several questions among the people of the country. Wajih said that when the federal government had completed its one-year, than the Punjab government should be allowed to function further. He expressed his serious concerns over the prevailing political situation that could open the doors for military regime. He said that the decision about Sharif brothers was ineligible and was not a good step for the ongoing democratic process. "This verdict has put several questions over the performance of courts. The verdict will destabilise the democracy and it is too early to issue such a verdict." Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Munir A Malik, has criticised the court's decision of disqualification and said that such verdict was expected by the PCO judges, adding that such decisions prove that the judiciary is still under control of the government. Malik said that if the independent judiciary would be there than the situation would not be like this. He said that the long march would not be reshuffled or cancelled after this verdict; however, the lawyers will expedite their movement for independent judiciary and reinstatement of deposed judges including deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. "The independent judiciary will only be restored under the deposed CJ Ifitikhar Chaudhry." Similarly, President of Sindh High Court Bar Association, Rasheed A Rizvi, has refused the court verdict about Sharif brothers' eligibility, and said that this was a totally wrong decision given by the court. He alleged that this decision was taken on the will of the rulers. "After such verdict, the absence of independent judiciary is being felt."