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President Removes the Chief Justice. Why?

Posted on March 9, 2007
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In a rather shocking move, the President, Gen. Perzez Musharraf just dismissed the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry for alleged “misuse of authority.”

According to a breaking news segment at The News:

The president has submitted a case against Chaudhry to the Supreme Judicial Council. Musharraf had received “numerous complaints and serious allegations for misconduct, misuse of authority and actions prejudicial to the dignity of office of the chief justice of Pakistan,” and Chaudhry had been unable to give a satisfactory explanation, sources said. The report did not specify what he was accused of. The council is a panel of top Pakistani judges that adjudicates cases brought against serving judges and will decide whether the charges against Chaudhry merit his formal dismissal and whether he should be prosecuted.

Basing their story on the Associated Press of Pakistan, the BBC reports further:

Mr Chaudhry was summoned to explain himself to Gen Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. His case was then referred to the Supreme Judicial Council which will decide if Mr Chaudhry should be prosecuted.



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The move has shocked many, but signs of its coming can now be identified in hindsight. Mr. Chaudhry had served as the Chief Justice since 2005 and, on occasion, had taken steps that had irked the power structure in Pakistan.

According to a Khaleej Times report, for example:

Last June, the Supreme Court rejected a government move to sell 75 percent of state-owned Pakistan Steel Mills to a Saudi-Russian-Pakistani consortium for 21.7 billion rupees ($362 million). Mill workers claimed it was greatly undervalued. Also, Chaudhry has heard a landmark case brought by relatives of dozens of people believed taken into secret custody by Pakistani intelligence agencies. The chief justice has pressed the government to provide information on the detainees whereabouts. Talat Masood, a political analyst, said the removal of Chaudhry demonstrated the power of the military and suggested that Musharraf’s government wanted to have a “pliable judiciary” ahead of parliamentary elections expected later this year. Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999, is widely expected to seek another five-year term as president from parliament this fall.

Recently, an open letter from Advocate Naeem Bokhari addressed to the Chief Justice and making a number of allegations against him – some personal – has been circulating on the internet extensively. Over the last week, I received probably two dozen emails with that letter in it (many from our readers, and one from my mother!). It seems to have created a stir. Many readers have been writing that we do a post on that letter. I had not done so, just because the letter was a little puzzling to me and its motivations were not clear. I wondered also if there were hints of personal rivalries or issues. On the other hand it was a well-written and seemingly sincere letter from a person of known integrity. In retrospect, the way the letter ended was prophetic:

My Lord, this communication may anger you and you are in any case prone to get angry in a flash, but do reflect upon it. Perhaps you are not cognizant of what your brother judges feel and say about you. My Lord, before a rebellion arises among your brother judges (as in the case of Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah), before the Bar stands up collectively and before the entire matter is placed before the Supreme Judicial Council, there may be time to change and make amends. I hope you have the wisdom and courage to make these amends and restore serenity, calm, compassion, patience and justice tempered with mercy to my Supreme Court. My Lord, we all live in the womb of time and are judged, both by the present and by history. The judgement about you, being rendered in the present, is adverse in the extreme.

In all honesty, one has to wonder, however, whether it was that letter and other recent media focus on the Chief Justice that led to the removal of the Chief Justice, or whether these were merely instruments designed to prepare the way for this removal?

In either case, a removal of the Chief Justice in this way and for such reasons and at this time is a sad, sad development that will be one more blow to the hopes of the development of an independent judiciary in Pakistan.

Note: At various points we have reproduced, in our right-most column, cartoons from Daily Times (and here) and The News.

302 Comments on “President Removes the Chief Justice. Why?”

  1. March 9th, 2007 1:20 pm

    His removal is totally political and indicating upcoming major changes in Pakistan. I think Mr. Iftikhar was a victim of his good deeds and check and balance on government.

  2. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 9th, 2007 1:36 pm

    Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was one of the very few, if not the only one, whom I genuinely respected. I agreed in principal with almost all of his decisions published in the papers. This WILL be a stigma on Musharraf’s record. What in god’s name is he thinking? At the very least pervaiz elahi will now be able to build shops on a college premise in chakwal. Sad development!

  3. king_faisal says:
    March 9th, 2007 1:38 pm

    (i just posted this on karachi metroblogs. i hope you dont mind me pasting this here as well.)

    people who think that our judiciary is not corrupt are smoking dope. check out how quickly judges jumped in aid of their own when shown evidence of rot within:

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C02%5C17%5Cstory_17-2-2007_pg13_3

    Contempt proceedings against ‘Gumnam’: LHC orders Geo to file reply by February 26

    “LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court has directed the management of Geo Television to file a reply by February 26 in contempt of court proceedings against the channel for alleging that Lahore High Court officials were involved in corruption during a telecast of the show ‘Gumnam,’ which aired on January 12, 2007…”

    now this supreme court judge has been in power for a very long time but not once has he done anything to stamp out corruption in the judiciary which is one of the most serious problems facing the people of pak. sure he has talked a good game but what has he done to bring about improvement in the judiciary? moreover press has carried reports insinuating abuse of power by people close to him however there has been no follow ups because of the threat of reporters being hit with contempt of court. also some of the decisions handed out by this court have been completely farcical exhibit 1 being the steel mills case. similarly in the latest judgement on nwfp hisba bill, supreme court has deemed some provisions asun constitutional that were deemed constitutional under the first review.

    also blame for the whole fiasco lies with mush. being a dictator, he had the opportunity to clean the house – get rid of all the bozos once and for all which is exactly what the bangladeshi army is busy doing these days. instead of acting tough which is his job, mush is behaving as if he is in the business to win popularity contest. never thought i would see the day when i would be looking at bangladeshis with admiration.

  4. Farrukh says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:18 pm

    I think your point about teh Naeem Bokhari letter campaign (I also got multiple copies in my in box) is right. It now looks very suspicious as part of soemthing designed to justify what has happened.

  5. Sobaan says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:28 pm

    The only question that arises here is that has any President of Pakistan ever taken so abrupt
    action against any corrupt politician. Those who have made millions and millions are still enjoying the luxuries and even become a part of every Government on regular basis. Their cases are in those files which no one dares to open and file charges.Why can’t those guys be charged and kicked out in the same manner so that there should be some relief in the frustrated and baffled minds of Pakistani Nation that some justice exists.

  6. Farrukh says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:33 pm

    There may be even more to this than meets the eye.

    The new CJ who has been appointed is NOT the next most senior one. I think the next most senior one is Justice Bhagwandas who should have been appointed even if this was the correct thing.

  7. hakim says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:35 pm

    I had read a letter by Advocate Naeem Bokhari a few weeks ago which criticised the Chief Justice’s behaviour towards the Pakistan Bar Association. Was there any truth in it? Or was it part of a planned, staged and smoothly executed, albeit unpleasant, removal?

    The jury is still not out on CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry and he is innocent until proving guilty, but I expect all kinds of excruciating evidence to be found against him. I plead the Supreme Judicial Council to set aside all biases, all pressures and not be coerced into making the incorrect decision. Surprise us! I must add, the Chief Justice is not above the law and if there is substantial evidence then appropriate actiong must be taken against him.

    Though the government has not given a detailed explanation, it seems once again it is the military dictatorship that has abused its power, not the Chief Justice.

    We’ve covered this on our blog at: http://micrpakistan.org/blog/

  8. Farrukh says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:35 pm

    One more thing. IS THIS NOT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPEND WHEN NAWAZ SHARIF APPOINTED A NEW COAS TO REPLACE MUSHARRAF. The reason why he did his coup. Is he not doing exactly the same thing by breaking the rules and precedents to destroy an institution that i even more important than the military, the judicial system!

  9. The Pakistanian says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:53 pm

    From Naeem Bokhari’s letter

    “I am appalled that you announce decisions in Court, while in the written judgment an opposite conclusion is recorded. In the Petition for leave to appeal filed by Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (in which Respondent’s Counsels were Mr. Khalid Anwar and Mr. Qadir Saeed), you refused to grant leave in open Court and yet in the written order, leave was granted to Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi. On 15-2-2007, Mr. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim complained that in open Court you had accepted his appeal but dismissed the same in the judgement, subsequently recorded”

    If the Cheif Justice of the Supreme Court himself is rendering judgements like alleged in the letter above, I don’t think he qualifies to head the SC bench.

    After reading the entire letter the only conclusion I can come up with is that this guy was on a major ego trip. Oh well…so is Justice Bhagwandas gonna be the CJ now, seems like no one wants to comment on this yet.

    **Yeh drama dekhaa’ay ga kya scene
    Purdah uthnay ki muntazir hai nigah!

  10. The Pakistanian says:
    March 9th, 2007 2:56 pm

    BTW Adil Bhai, I really laughed at your selection of Maula Jat banner for this piece! :)

  11. Bhindigosht says:
    March 9th, 2007 3:04 pm

    The point is not whether the CJ was corrupt or not, but the fact that there is absence of any due process. Mush and his two-bit cohorts are treating the whole country like a sultanat. I would like Mush and co. to do the same to the thugs ensconsed in the Lal Masjid…Fat chance of that happening!
    Is this the beginning of the End Game?

  12. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 9th, 2007 3:07 pm

    Farrukh, I agree with you. This is terrible. About Naeem Bukhari, I met him a couple of times ages ago, he was and, I see from this letter, remains, a showman looking for any opportunity for that purpose. I wouldn’t mind calling him ansar bernie of pakistan tv. I feel very skeptical about the letter and its contents even if some of them are true. I wonder how much of this propaganda was done by people directly affected by the CJ. We are talking about big parties here including the chaudries of gujrat and people with pockets deep enough to buy steel mills.

  13. Roshan says:
    March 9th, 2007 3:13 pm

    The credibility of judiciary once again got a great blow from our ruling elite. I think Chief Justice of Pakistan is not an individual but an institution and its an attack on the institution. Though CJ has given some bold decisions against government policies like that of steel mills and current hearing on illegal arrest by the agencies. Similarly, lot of legal experts argue that the government was more afraid of his future role as important issues such as uniform, upcoming elections, dual nationality and education qualification of MMA are supposed to be argued in the apex court.

    On his personal life, of course there are some areas where one find irregularities. A channel is facing litigation which ran the story of his doctor son who failed in CSS exams. He joined federal government on deputation got police training and later on got appointment in FIA. Some of the lawyers also believe that he was more into judicial activism rather than interpretation of law which is the primary objective of apex court.

    Personally, I am very sad and disappointed about this controversy which once again has hammered our respectable institution. We are on square one again!

  14. Sobaan says:
    March 9th, 2007 3:28 pm

    Its me once again, honestly, news like these are very disturbing for me and for all the patriot Pakistanis living abroad. I just came back from Nimaz-e-Juma and during whole time this story was on my head. “Ya Allah Pakistan ko bacha and hum sab per apna reham kar”, were the prayers floating in my mind all the time.

    I don’t know when we’ll hear real good news from our country that will make me and all others feel proud in a true sense.

  15. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:01 pm

    He was making too much trouble for Mushi and allies. He overturned Steel Mills deal involving Arif Habib, a friend of Shaukat Aziz. A case against Stock Exchange fraud is also pending. But his worst mistake was to summon army agencies on account of illegal detention. Aren’t these “crimes” enough for his removal?
    Although unlikely, the only chance of judiciary to revive its supremacy is to reject case against him.

  16. Sridhar says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:02 pm

    Question: what is the procedure to remove the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court. I looked in the section on the judiciary in the Constitution, but could not find any procedure for removal. Typically, most countries have a procedure like impeachment to remove a high judicial functionary like the Chief Justice – this is a way to separate the judiciary from the legislature and executive, while still retaining some checks and balances.

    I also find it somewhat irregular that a Chief Justice can be summoned by the Prime Minister to explain himself. Does the Constitution allow that? Even a Presidential summons would be highly unusual in most countries, though not necessarily irregular.

    Here’s a link to the Pakistan Constitution
    [url]http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/[/url]

  17. Sridhar says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:12 pm

    A follow up comment to my earlier comment on the Constitutional procedures…

    Article 209 of the Constitution lays down the procedure for the removal of a judge, including the Chief Justice. Here is a quote from the article

    [quote](5) If, on information [231A] [from any source, the Council or] the President is of the opinion that a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court,
    (a) may be incapable of properly performing the duties of his office by reason of physical or mental incapacity; or
    (b) may have been guilty of misconduct,
    the President shall direct the Council to [231B] [, or the Council may, on its own motion,] inquire into the matter.

    (6) If, after inquiring into the matter, the Council reports to the President that it is of the opinion,
    (a) that the Judge is incapable of performing the duties of his office or has been guilty of misconduct, and
    (b) that he should be removed from office,
    the President may remove the Judge from office.[/quote]

    [url]http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/part7.ch4.html[/url]

    It seems to be an unusual procedure to remove a judge. An impeachment is not fool proof, but at least the proceedings are held in full public view, instead of behind closed doors. And at least indirectly, the people are deciding on this, through their representatives. A procedure like the above seems to be designed to give the ability to misuse it. Was it in the original 1973 constitution, or was it the result of a subsequent amendment during the Zia years or afterwards?

  18. MB says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:32 pm

    @Adil :
    Please change the link to KMB it is this one now.
    http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/2007/03/karachiites_the_1.phtml

    Also, congrats on the ARY ONE WORLD program. I am impressed by your views & I have asked our Doctor (Teeth Maestro) to contact you and get its video. If you read this please respond.

    @Others
    Well I shall repeat what Soban said: “has any President of Pakistan ever taken so abrupt
    action against any corrupt politician. “.

    I ask the same question from all pro-Mush : The allegations that have been made if you consider them technically then this gov. all its ministers except few along with the man at the top Musharraf himself have no right to sit and must leave. What about that?

    @The Pakistanian
    The one you read is just an accusation & as per previous CJ on TV. The CJ can do it with consultations. Please keep your info proper. As for Bhagwandas, well can anyone tell me how many years would it take to bring him back in emergency from INDIA?. The way this is all done within hours its like thieves plundering a house in a hurry

    @Roshan
    “the story of his doctor son who failed in CSS exams. He joined federal government on deputation got police training and later on got appointment in FIA “
    I am glad you pointed this out. Thanks to the journalist who appeared on GEO today he has got all the documents which show that not only the gov. itself was involved in his son’s transfer (who interested came on TV himself last month & had confidently defended it )but the IG Punjab had signed it leads to Shaukat Aziz. How come the CJ become so powerful that he started forcing the PM to do his work. And for arguments sake suppose he did then all those police officials + IG Punjab + Shaukat Aziz are equally responsible so what about that?

    The honest truth is this: The Army & ISI consider themselves as GOD on earth & don’t want anyone to raise voice against them. They along with the wadera’s of Punjab & Sindh + corrupt 21 grade officials and all those were unhappy that there is one man in this country at the top who is not letting them sleep properly.

  19. Sobaan says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:37 pm

    [quote comment="37178"]Question: what is the procedure to remove the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court. I looked in the section on the judiciary in the Constitution, but could not find any procedure for removal. Typically, most countries have a procedure like impeachment to remove a high judicial functionary like the Chief Justice – this is a way to separate the judiciary from the legislature and executive, while still retaining some checks and balances.

    I also find it somewhat irregular that a Chief Justice can be summoned by the Prime Minister to explain himself.

    Does the Constitution allow that? Even a Presidential summons would be highly unusual in most countries, though not necessarily irregular.

    Here’s a link to the Pakistan Constitution
    [url]http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/constitution/[/url][/quote]

    There is no procedure for these kind of actions. The rule of jungle unfortunately applies in Pakistan. The person who has the power enjoys all rights.

  20. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:51 pm

    News: Justice Jawed Iqbal has been appointed as acting chief justice of Pakistan

  21. MB says:
    March 9th, 2007 4:55 pm

    Adnan has this interesting page from the famous ZERO POINT, a must read book for all Paki’s

    http://express.com.pk/epaper/Article.aspx?newsID=1100141736&Date=20070308&Issue=NP_LHE

  22. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 9th, 2007 5:05 pm

    The 1973 constitution, both in its present and original form, is a pathetic document that has been praised way out of proportions. It neither has adequate provisions for making the judiciary independent, nor for vital institutions like the election commission. There is a reason why this constitution is so popular with the ruling elite, it is a convenient document for masking authoritarian rule behind a facade of democracy. By that I don’t just mean the military, it is equally true of PPP and PML-N. It is possible for the government to abuse the judiciary while apparently staying within the constitution.

  23. Neena says:
    March 9th, 2007 6:21 pm

    I agree the letter by Naeem Bhokari sounds fishy and some content is out of context. There is a talk that Justice Rana Bhagwandass might be a next Chief Justice. I have a hunch Musharraf appoint him to divert the attention from the real issue. If I were him I would reject this position as how could one perform their duties well when the Army general violating every law.

    Sridar,

    I completely agree with your opinion on this.

    This link might help you find an answer.

    http://www.pakistanconstitution-law.com/

  24. BD says:
    March 9th, 2007 7:31 pm

    Whatever might be the reason, did you see how easily it was done though?

    Let me quote a part of Article 209 of the Pakistani constitution:

    (5) If, on information received from the Council or from any other source, the President is of the opinion that a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court,

    (a) may be incapable of properly performing the duties of his office by reason of physical or mental incapacity; or
    (b) may have been guilty of misconduct, the President shall direct the Council to inquire into the matter.

    http://www.nrb.gov.pk/constitutional_and_legal/constitution/part7.ch4.html

    I’m not sure if these sweeping powers were introduced in the 17th constitutional amendment(introduced by Mushy). But if it indeed was, then it’s quite ironic because Mushy had this to say about the amendments:

    He also executed constitutional changes that were met with international criticism. Musharraf said those constitutional changes are “designed to ensure checks and balances on all ‘power brokers’ – the President, the Prime Minister and the army chief.”

    http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/news/news/2002/musharraf_090802.htm
    yeah right Mushy!

  25. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 9th, 2007 7:53 pm

    Decisions that irked the govt:
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20073\10\story_10-3-2007_pg1_6

  26. bhitai says:
    March 9th, 2007 10:05 pm

    where’s a disgruntled airman when you need one?

    seriously, this could be mushy’s final year in power, or may be this world..

  27. bhindigosht says:
    March 9th, 2007 10:08 pm

    Can anyone comment on how the electronic media in Pakistan is treating this? Thanks

  28. Shaji says:
    March 9th, 2007 10:19 pm

    I don’t know about the former CJ or most of his decisions as I frankly never came about to read most of the decisions that were taken under his tenure, but I know one thing… if we are ever to become a democratic country, and if any of this was true, actions should have come from within the SC and the so-called ‘brothers’ who should have taken notice of these allegations as pointed out by NB (if any of this is true).

    Everybody knows nothing in the Pakistan is corruption free, so i can only assume the rest of the ‘brothers’ might also have some dirt hanging around preventing them from taking such an action. Or they just don’t care.

    If it is the first, then its a sad day for us, knowing fully well that none of the people appointed to uphold justice are worthy of being there.

    If it is the later, its even worse. Like Iqbal says :) in the other post in ATP… those who should speak up, say nothing.

  29. Daktar says:
    March 9th, 2007 10:22 pm

    @bhindigosht
    It is al over the television in Pakistan. The story has caught fire and all sorts of people – journalists, ex judges, pundits – are being interviewed. This is now in teh court of public opinion like nothing else has been.

    I think this is no longer about the Chief Justice. This is about Musharraf.

  30. bhindigosht says:
    March 9th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Thanks Daktar. Do you think the media frenzy will follow the same arc as after Bugti’s murder i.e. frenzy followed by complete apathy? Or is there something different this time around?

  31. Daktar says:
    March 9th, 2007 11:30 pm

    @bhindigosht
    That I do not know. ALthough I suspect it may be so. Or at least that is what Mush would like. Lets wait and see.

  32. March 9th, 2007 11:36 pm

    By way of update and some clarity (especially on whether the CJ was ‘removed’ or has been ‘suspended’) here is the blow by blow from DAWN today:

    ————————–

    (BTW, the headline says its all:
    “CJ suspended, escorted home: • Justice Iftikhar summoned by SJC on 13th for reference hearing • Ex-judges call it a blow to judiciary’s independence; minister defends decision • Whither judicial activism?”)

    ISLAMABAD, March 9: In a highly dramatic move that has the potential to change the course of judicial activism in the country, President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday virtually suspended the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, and appointed the available senior-most judge, Justice Javed Iqbal, as the acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The move to make Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry ‘non functional’ was immediately followed by yet another decision by the president to send a reference under Article 209 of the Constitution to the Supreme Judicial Council to investigate allegations of misconduct against him. Notwithstanding the intense debate that soon started within the legal fraternity on the question of the president’s authority to make the Supreme Court chief justice ‘non-functional’, it was being said that if the newly constituted judicial council found him guilty of the charges, he would be removed from office.

    Although the country’s judicial history has been a chequered one all along, and judges have been removed by various methods, this is the first time that the chief justice of Pakistan has been made, in the words of the official handout, ‘non-functional’ and his case has been sent to the Supreme Judicial Council for action.

    The president’s orders came in the afternoon, and within minutes took the country by storm. Many in the legal fraternity were shocked by the way the country’s top adjudicator had been treated. Among them was the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Munir A. Malik, who described it as a ‘blatant attack on the independence of the judiciary’, and former chief justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui.

    Still, a few thought it was bound to happen as, according to them, the chief justice’s style of judicial activism, and his personal conduct on some issues, was a bit too unsettling for the government. The most vocal defender of the move was the minister of state for information, who said the president had no choice but to take action after serious allegations of misconduct and misuse of authority had been levelled against the chief justice.

    But as the debate continued to rage, with private televisions having a field day in covering the story, most legal and constitutional experts were of the view that the move was likely to create a new crisis rather than resolving it.

    As speculations started to grip bar rooms and political circles about the fate of the judiciary, and the impact of the move on other key issues, the acting chief justice was sworn in by a brother judge, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, in an ‘uncharacteristically simple ceremony’. The traditional fanfare that has been the highlight of such ceremonies was missing and instead of the main hall of the Supreme Court, a small room on the third floor of the judges’ block was chosen for the occasion.

    The media persons and the accompanying cameras clearly outnumbered the officers of the court at the ceremony as most of the brother judges (as they are mostly referred to by their colleagues) were conspicuous by their absence. So was the Attorney General Makhdoom Ali Khan, even though he was seen in precincts of the court house, and also the veteran lawyer and Prime Minister’s adviser, Sharifuddin Pirzada.

    Along with a handful of lawyers, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi witnessed the ceremony as Justice Hameed Dogar administered oath from the acting chief justice. Later on it was explained to the media that the senior-most judge after chief justice was Justice Bhagwandas, but since he was away from the country, so Justice Javed Iqbal being the second in line was made the acting head of the apex court.

    Lawyers and other staff at the Supreme Court said the day started with the usual routine, with even the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry handing cases in the courtroom. However, events started to take a dramatic turn around noon when the country’s chief adjudicator was summoned to the President’s Camp Office, located in the annexe of the army chief’s official residence in Rawalpindi. There in the presence of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, President Musharraf informed him of the allegations that had been taking rounds in the country, particularly his alleged misconduct in handling matters within and outside the court. According to an official handout, when confronted, the chief justice had no answer.

    The President also informed the chief justice that he was being made “non-functional”, an acting chief justice was being appointed, and a reference against him was being sent to the Supreme Judicial Council, comprising senior judges of the Supreme Court and the chief justices of the four provinces.

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s reaction was not known as since his “suspension” or being made “non-functional” he had remained incommunicado. After his meeting with President Musharraf, he remained inside the President camp office for a few hours, and was later prevented from going to the Supreme Court by the security officials. Informed sources told Dawn that when late in the afternoon Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was returning from the President’s camp office he tried to go to the apex court, but a strong police posse chased his car which was blocked near Serena hotel. In the meantime senior superintendent of police Tariq Yasin rushed to the spot, and escorted the chief justice to his official residence. The security outside his residence had already been increased, and it was not possible to even contact him on telephone.

    By this time security had also been stepped up outside the Supreme Court building where only lawyers and journalists were being allowed after proving their identity. As the oath taking ceremony ended, a beaming acting chief justice hugged his brother judge, Justice Dogar who had administered the oath, and started to walk towards his chamber. He was repeatedly asked for comments by a battery of reporters, but understandably he constantly parried the questions. “It’s premature to say anything right now,” he observed on being asked about the likely outcome of the reference sent against the chief justice.

    Soon after the oath taking ceremony, the Supreme Judicial Council went into a session and decided to call Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on March 13 to answer the allegations of misconduct levelled against him. Presided over by Acting Chief Justice Javed Iqbal, the SJC also ordered the chief justice not to perform functions as judge of the Supreme Court or as the chief justice till the reference was decided by the council.

    The SJC meeting was also attended by apex court judges namely Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry and Chief Justice Sindh High Court Sabihuddin Ahmad, who had flown into Islamabad earlier in the day.

    Although the events during the day had moved at a fast pace, the action against the chief justice was not entirely unexpected. Stories about favours given to his son had already been taking rounds, and his desire to remain in the news through his court decision was becoming a source of annoyance for some in the government. But it was most his judicial activism, which on the one hand had made him popular in the eyes of ordinary people seeking justice but on the other had also irked a few in the establishment. Some of his decisions had started to appear like an open challenge to the government, and in recent weeks cases of missing persons had been a cause of embarrassment for a few in high places.

    But members of the legal fraternity point out that the turning point came with the appearance of a so-called “open letter” by a lawyer-cum-television personality, Naeem Bokhari in which Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was accused of a series of doing favours and violating judicial norms and practices. He was accused by Mr Bokhari of running a “slaughter house” in the name of courtroom, and warned of a “rebellion” if he did not change his style and behaviour.

    Since then it was widely believed in the legal and political circles that there was more to the “open letter” then a simple attempt by an officer of the court to challenge the highest adjudicator of the country. Whether the president’s action was a direct result of this letter is not clear, but the minister of state for information. Tariq Azeem, while taking part in a discussion on a local television, said after the serious allegations levelled by Mr Naeem Bokhari it was not possible for the President to sit idle and not take any action.

  33. MB says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:30 am

    TODAY IS A BLACK DAY in the history of PAKISTAN.

    ONE man , trying to save his Generals, the thugs, the ISI ruined the justice & judiciary under his feet.

    He planned & designed & framed a drama, starting with the notorious PTV then moving onto newspapers spreading one only-accusations-filled letter.

    Then all of a sudden, just like the dogs & wolves do, seeing the opportunity good & knowing that second senior Judge is out of country thrashed the pieces of judiciary left & right.

    He tried to threat him by calling him to Aewan-e-saddar & kept him there till eve & offering a safe exit by resignation & failing to which he has now kept him in siege.

    JUSTICE has been murdered not a CHIEF JUSTICE

  34. MB says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:39 am

    @bhindigosht

    The electronic media started an all over assault but soon the order came and the channels started to be silent and only GEO was there. It too had CAPITAL TALK going out of HAMID MIR’s hands so it was winded up and KAMRAN KHAN came. Its also a great test to the commitment of MEDIA.

    @ TO Musharraf Spoons :

    What you have to say about this charge sheet?

    The Lahore high court , in 2003 was being overwhelmed by complaints of military corruption involving the highest ranking generals.

    The petition includes claims that:

    * Air Chief Marshal Abbas Khattak (retired) received Rs180 million as kickbacks in the purchase of 40 old Mirage fighters.
    * Air Chief Marshal Farooq Feroz Khan was suspected of receiving a 5 per cent commission in the purchase of 40 F-7 planes worth $271 million.
    * In 1996, the Pakistan Army bought 1,047 GS-90 Jeeps at a cost of $20,889 per unit. The market value of the vehicle then was only $13,000. According to the National Accountability Bureau, some senior army officers made Rs 510 million in the deal.
    * One hundred and eleven army men got 400 plots in Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan districts at throwaway prices –Rs 47.50 per kanal (1/8th of an acre) as against the market rate of Rs15,000-20,000. Six respondents got 400 kanals in Punjab, while former NAB chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Amjad was allotted a two-kanal plot on Sarwar Road in Lahore for just Rs 8,00,000, payable in instalments over 20 years. The market value of this plot was Rs 2 crore.
    * Gen Pervez Musharraf acquired a commercial plot worth Rs 2 crore at the Defence Housing Authority in Lahore for just Rs 1,00,000, payable in 20 years. “As mentioned in the report of defence services director-general, a loss of Rs 5 billion was incurred due to such allotments,” the petition says.
    * The army awarded a contract for the purchase of 1,000 Hino trucks at $40,000 a unit when the local Gandhara Industries had offered trucks of the same specification for $25,000 a piece.
    * In the purchase of 3,000 Land Rovers in 1995, army officials allegedly received around Rs20,00,000 as kickbacks.
    * The army management at the Water and Power Development Authority purchased electric meters at Rs 1,050 a piece against the market price of Rs 456, causing a loss of Rs 165 crore to the national exchequer.
    * A former military regime sold the Pak-Saudi Fertilizers for Rs 700 crore and earned a Rs 200 crore commission on the deal.
    * In 1996, the Pakistan Navy spent Rs 1.3 crore on installing air-conditioners at the Islamabad Golf Club without any justification.

    Read more at
    http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/sep/16pak3.htm

  35. Mubarak says:
    March 10th, 2007 3:28 am

    IS CJ THE ONLY CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?????. CHEAP POLITICS!

  36. PatExpat says:
    March 10th, 2007 4:22 am

    Adil,

    I think Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhain Gay’ will also be a befitting song for this event.

  37. Naveed says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:02 am

    I absolutely agree with Shaji; the CJ and his former and current colleagues had ample opportunity to get the rulers in check; the LFO fiasco and taking oath to pledge allegience to the new military rulers; the judiciary’s death did not come yesterday, it came with the judgement that sent ZAB to the gallows; and before that judgements which provided tacit approvals of military rule under the garb of “doctrine of necessity”

  38. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:35 am

    The maula jutt header is funny but appropiate. :-)

    What I feel that Iftikhar Ch will be forced to leave office and say SORRY on TV infront of Public. He would also be offended like AQ Khan and will be forced to admit the sins which he has not done.

    I am glad to know that all elements of Judiciary system,common people[regardles of their relgious,culture belief] are protesting this act of dictator. Hope this demonstration of unity brings something fruitful.

    It would also be good if bloggers express protest by puting some banner or text like they did against blogspot censorship.Dr. alvi can be expected to make some image in this regard.

  39. Saad says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:49 am

    Musharraf has not taken this step out of love for justice, fairness and to end corruption etc. Otherwise he would not have been holding on to all those corrupt PML-Q & PPP-P people for the last so many years in order to strengthen and perpetuate his hold on power.

    Thanks to the journalist who appeared on GEO yesterday, and clarified that the documents regarding CJ’s son’s transfer to the FIA show that not only the Govt. itself was involved in this act but that it bore signatures of officials all the way from IG Punjab to the PM of Pakistan as well. Now after going through the entire act Govt. had a sudden revelation that it’s considered corruption?

    And I’ve a few questions pertaining to this piece of information.

    1. If CJ did in fact apply force to get this done, why did the government submit to it? If the motive behind his removal now is to curb corruption in the judiciary, why wasn’t his case referred to the Supreme Judicial Council right there and then? What took the government this long?

    2. And if they knowingly submitted to an illegal direction of the CJ of Pakistan then they are as much responsible for the act as the CJ himself and should be sacked along with him (that includes the PM of Pakistan as well)

    (B) Government of Pakistan says that he was asking for too much protocol. I’m sure that whatever he was asking for couldn’t possibly have been more than what Musharraf gets. I’m positive that almost all of you have suffered when he moves around in Lahore and Karachi. I remember being caged in my home for hours because the police and paramilitary forces won’t let us out even on foot when the Presidential motorcade was supposed to pass in front of our place in Lahore. Heck, a young girl died of a ruptured appendix in Karachi last year since her folks couldn’t take her to the hospital in time, reason being them stuck in traffic waiting for the Presidential motorcade to pass. Now compare what the CJ got to what Musharraf asks for and tell us as to who deserves eviction from his seat of power more?

  40. MQ says:
    March 10th, 2007 7:25 am

    The TV image of Chief Justice of Supreme Court sitting like an erring child in front of General Musharraf, dressed in military uniform, glowering at the judge was more eloquent a commentary on the state of affairs in Pakistan than any I have seen so far.

  41. Jawaad Qureshi says:
    March 10th, 2007 7:42 am

    To me this is a disgrace for the entire nation. It highlights us as a ‘dead’ nation.

    Churchill was asked after the London bombings during WW2, what he thought would become of the country. He replied ‘Are the courts functioning?’. ‘Yes’, he was told. ‘Are they dispensing justice?’ he asked. ‘Yes’ was the reply. Winston S.Churchill stated that ‘Then I have no doubt that England shall prevail, and I’m as sure of this as I am about the sun rising tomorrow.’

  42. Disciple says:
    March 10th, 2007 7:48 am

    This image had me burning since yesterday. How dare a military dictator and an illegal so-called president question a legitimate CJ? …and how dare he declares that CJ could not reply satisfactorily. What a joke. Anyone who questions the CJ needs to be on better legal ground than CJ and not much worst as is the case with Musharraf. A shameful day for us all. Still commendable that CJ stuck to his ground and did not resign. Rare these days to not succumb to fauji pressure.

    Here is the image btw; http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/mar2007-daily/10-03-2007/topst/main-01.jpg

  43. Shaji says:
    March 10th, 2007 9:28 am

    When will the day come when the nation rises against the Raj(Fauj) and show them their place in society? Do we have enough courage to make such a commitment? What will it take for a nation like ours to stand up and say something?

  44. Ramla A. says:
    March 10th, 2007 9:55 am

    I forgot what I wanted to say when I read the warning sign for comment posting! :)

    Well, here is a link that lists some Justice Iftikhar’s “decisions that irked the government,” according to Munaeem.

    http://www.munaeem.org/archive/2007/3/173651.html

    I am covering the story and views here: http://nextbyramla.blogspot.com Readers will find lots of references to Just. Iftikhar’s cases and other background material.

  45. king_faisal says:
    March 10th, 2007 10:05 am

    pakistan is a free country and people are free to oppose musharraf. does not mean that everything musharraf does is to the detriment of pakistan and that people who opposes musharraf automatically have the right solutions for pak or have no personal reasons for opposing musharraf.

    like akbar bugti, chief justice is being held as a poster boy for all that is good and holy. reason for deification for chief justice is that he has apparently exposed dirty dealings inside the government by the steel mills decision. well, that decision was completely b.s. because the judgement is riddled with factual errors besides indicating a complete lack of understanding of basics of fianace. note that supreme court justices are not divine human beings and are known to get decisions wrong even in advanced industrial societies like u.s. and u.k. the 5-4 ruling by u.s. supreme court that handed election to bush is a good example of fallibility of judges. moreover the decision also indicates that judges are not beyond taking partisan viewpoint.

    pakistani judicial system is a cesspool where law breakers, criminals and terrorists get all the protection and where no provisions are made to protect the interest of larger society. every major criminal in karachi is out on bail and terrorist like the killer of zille huma and akram lahori are set free to spread mayhem. until the judiciary gets its act together and starts looking out for the awam, i have no sympathy for any misfortune that might fall on the judges. given that pakistani judges are no different from folks who run pia or wapda, i dont hold much hope. moreover i support anyone who shakes things up and given the job musharraf has done in other areas, i am going to reserve my judgement on this incident.

  46. Disciple says:
    March 10th, 2007 10:15 am

    Here is some background info

  47. PatExpat says:
    March 10th, 2007 11:01 am

    As Faiz said it

    nisaar mein teri galyon peh aye watan keh
    jahan chali hai rasm koi na sar utha ke chaley

  48. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 10th, 2007 11:32 am

    There are some decisions (mistakes) that have a lasting impact on a ruler’s tenure. I am afraid this was one such decision Musharraf made.

    Increasingly people are getting the notion that he has surrounded himself with the wrong people who are slowly taking him down. He should have known, he must have, about the magnitude of this decision.

    Very briefly.. about steel mills, arif habib and shortcut aziz, … during all that saga, the mills chief, also an armyman, kept on pleading that he should be given the chance to revive the mills. Instead he was fired. Something was terribly wrong and the general seemed just not interested.

    I wonder if someone has given him a flute as a gift and he has started enjoying it. His announcement of 1947 feet high building in karachi also goes well with my assumption.

  49. yasser latif hamdani says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:04 pm

    I am surprised at people being surprised. As a lawyer here in Islamabad I don’t really see what the hoopla is about … Breaking news: country is ruled by a man in uniform … So what constitution… That sad excuse of a document which is used to persecute minorities? Pakistan does not have constitutional intent and it is the absence of that which makes Pakistani political scene a free for all dog eat dog world … The so called constitution of Pakistan is worth less than toilet paper … It has to rank amongst the most contrived and hypocritical documents in the world … A document which any militarised theocratic regime can take advantage but one which fails miserably to protect the fundamental rights of ordinary Pakistanis.

    That said under the present constitution the president has the power to send Cj to supreme judicial council … Self styled constitutional scholars please read 209 and 180 together and you will see the complete picture.

  50. Disciple says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:10 pm

    عامر رانا Ù†Û’ بتایا Ú©Û

  51. zamanov says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:20 pm

    @king faisal

    I don’t think Pakistan is as “free” a country as you state. The problem with Musharraf is he seems to think he is above any check and balance in his absolute hold over Pakistan. That is the crux of the issue. I agree with you that the judicial and criminal prosecution system is terrible in Pakistan, but the bigger reason for so much hoopla over this latest Musharrafian action is that there seems to be no end to what “he” thinks he can do in his personally defined “national” interest.

    Let’s face it, the only reason he is in power is because all his hand picked Corps Commanders support him and anyone who starts making the wrong noises is summarily dismissed. Personally he may be the most enlightened person in Pakistan but it means jack if all his actions are either influenced by the image created in the foreign press or uncontrolled hubris.

    I believe it’s useless trying to compare the Pakistani Supreme Court to the US or UK. The issue is adherence to rule of law not intrepretation of the law by justices. The way I read Article 209 it seems the Judicial Council would have to initiate any action against its own CJ. The President should show some respect for the highest judicial officer in the country and not make a mockery of the office and the CJ by placing him under house arrest without a hearing from his own peers.

    The irony is that all the present justices took oath under the Musharrafian LFO and a large number of principled justices (should there be any other kind!) were illegaly removed when he came to power because they refused to take a new oath under the draconian LFO!

    The earlier Musharraf realizes that this show can’t go on forever and even the US President has to leave after 8 years, the better it will be for him and for Pakistan.

  52. cyrus says:
    March 10th, 2007 12:50 pm

    Oh where are those crates of Mangoes when we need them?!?!?

  53. Disciple says:
    March 10th, 2007 2:21 pm

    Where is Justice Bhagwandas the senior most judge? Isn’t it his responsibility to come back from whatever he is doing and see what role he can play?

  54. Daktar says:
    March 10th, 2007 5:16 pm

    Was just forwarded this news item from The Nation.
    http://nation.com.pk/daily/mar-2007/11/index8.php

    CJ family’s ordeal in SMSs

    IMAN HASAN
    ISLAMABADâ€

  55. Malik says:
    March 10th, 2007 5:55 pm

    I think another aspect of this sad episode is that Justice Bhagwandas should have been the next CJ. But dur the fact he is considered a a minority in Pakistan and mainly this was not going to fly well with our Islamic religious parties whose support Musharaf needs in upcoming election.

    To me this would be have a postive outcome of this very very negative action but i guess we might have just missed that opertunity.

  56. Roshan says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:06 pm

    It just came in my mind and sharing with ATP friends.

    Payam e Musharraf bhee anokhay johr dikhlayay
    Nawaz ko high jacker aur Bugtee ko dehshat gard banayay
    Yeh wardee hai keh jadoo kee charee hai
    Lamha bhar main qazee khud ko mutqazee payay

    This may be roughly translated as:

    Musharraf message brings charismas
    Which declares nawaz a highjacker and bugti a terrorist
    Is it a uniform or magic stick?
    Which immediately transforms dispenser of justice seeker of justice

  57. Malik says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:14 pm

    I think its time to do something about it and stop blogging.

    I don’t see anyone on the streets,

    ARE WE A DEAD NATION???

  58. Fawad says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:18 pm

    The Pakistani political scene provides a steady stream of discouraging news. This is a terrible development for the establishment of the rule of law in Pakistan. I have been genuinely angry and sad since this news came out about the direction of the Pakistani polity and the damage being done to it by Musharraf’s junta. Rather than being repetitive here I did a post on this on my own blog if anybody is interested here at http://writtenencounters.blogspot.com/.

  59. Neena says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:20 pm

    cyrus :-D.

    MB,

    Thanks for the link. It’s not only in Lahore everywhere they are looting the public money and I hear they demand kickbacks quite openly these days. Nice one for a general and his entourage who removed an elected PM on corruption charges. When there is no accountability these things happen that’s the people who are responsible for the border security are indeed inept running it. I don’t have anything against Army but abusive power need to be checked they (Mushy too) should resign from Army and then takeover civilian position. Believe me people will love them as most of them are very good administrators by training.

  60. Roshan says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:22 pm

    Sorry folks its “hijacker” rather than “high jacker” :)

  61. bhitai says:
    March 10th, 2007 6:34 pm

    May be this is mushy’s 29th may moment. Hope he’ll see his 17th august sooner than later.

  62. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 10th, 2007 7:07 pm
  63. March 10th, 2007 7:41 pm

    @PatExpat: This is what u asked for…Faiz’s work resampled with audio video, edited by ATP’s famous Adil Najam:

  64. March 10th, 2007 7:41 pm
  65. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 10th, 2007 10:52 pm

    Landmark judgments of Justice Iftikhar:
    http://www.dawn.com/2007/03/10/nat3.htm

  66. Moeen Bhatti says:
    March 10th, 2007 11:23 pm

    I do not agree with the heading of this post…”President removes…..” We should have the guts to say right thing. Musharaf is not a President, he is a dictator and a general. So whats the big deal if a dictator has removed a Chief Justice???When a genaral breaks the law, he is the most currupt person, how can you throw stones if you, yourself,live in a glass house??We might not be able to change whatever is going on in Pakistan for so many years, atleast, we should have a good insight!!

  67. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 10th, 2007 11:56 pm

    Daktar, Those sms messages were sent to ch. nisar’s daughter who is a class mate and a friend of CJ’s daughter. He revealed this along with imran khan in a press conference today. This is what is happening to CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN. Another news clip quotes Sindh’s chief minister saying that chief minister had it coming because he was very rude to us (“USS” ka ruwuyya bohot huttuk amaiz thaa). Forget you mr. chief minister. I guess the chief judge of the country is expected to suck up on these asses. A politician in the west would pee in his pants before even raising a finger to any supreme court judge.

    Within a span of 36 hours musharraf has become a dictator I never wanted him to be.

    tum ne kaha thaa ab na chalain gey
    mehloan ke dustoor
    qaanoon bunay ga wo
    jo ho gaa humein manzoor

    laikin hum ko baich raha he
    ikk jaabir sultan

    Qaid-e-Azam daikh rahay ho
    apna pakistan?

    jalib wrote this for zia but it applies here today!

  68. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:00 am

    quote correction above.. chief justice had it coming not chief minister.

  69. True Patriot says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:47 am

    JUST A MINUTE GUYZ.

    SO YOU ARE SAYING YOU PREFER A CORRUPT CHIEF JUSTICE FOR PAKISTAN.

    SHOUDL WE NOT BE THANKFUL TO THE PRESIDENT THAT HE HAS LISTENED TO PUBLIC OPINION AND REMOVED A CORRUPT JUDGE THAT PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT?

  70. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:15 am

    http://dawn.com/2007/03/11/top8.htm
    dawn’s front page article. I quote a portion below:

    “One wonders if Mr Bokhari really wrote this letter. Firstly, why would he write an open letter rather than a personal letter addressed to the CJ; secondly, whatever happened to the law of contempt vis-à-vis this letter; and thirdly, does Mr Bokhari believe that the CJ is the only soul in the whole judicial set-up of Pakistan who may be engaged in conduct unbecoming? There are some nearer home whom many talk about.

    Many wonder how Mr Bokhari was able to get all this information, and in such detail. It would be even more intriguing if any of it is correct as that would prove that he has access to an authentic source of information which even the Council may be interested in identifying.

    Mr Bokhari found the CJ’s Court Number One to be a “media circusâ€

  71. Samdani says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:44 am

    A few questions that I canot seem toget answers to:

    1) What is the story with Justice Bhagwandas and why was he not made CJ since he is teh second most senior?

    2) Have we heard any words of condemnation on thsi from USA and EU? Since they are always lecturing Pakistan on freedom of judiciary shodul we not expect them to react?

    3) Since I do not live in Pakistan I wonder if my sense from teh newspapres is correct: Is teh media and people in reacting to this differently and more seriously than they have to other recent excesses like the Bugti killing?

  72. Shaji says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:19 am

    So we have a CJ who has taken stand on serious issues and suo motu action against the government many a times. Then allegations surface of his misconduct and misuse of powers as CJ. What should have happened in this situation?

    Normally, and by that I mean in a democratic country, the SC bench would have (or should have) taken note of these allegations and started an inquiry into these allegations. Had they found something, they would have removed the CJ from his post and the next senior most judge would take his place. Simple.

    The more I read about it the more clear it becomes. Mush has to go. We as a nation are doomed for another era (not that we haven’t already had one). I just hope when I go back to Pakistan, I won’t end up struggling against the government like my friends and family did back in Zia’s time.

    Thing is, from the tales I’ve heard from them, it just seems so poetic to do something for the betterment of the country, that deep down I wish he stays for as long as I’m out here. Cause later I can go back and fight the same battles.

    Sad but true.

  73. Daktar says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:31 am

    This will not last long so enjoy it while it does.

    If you click on the link at the beginning of this story on the name of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry it will take you to the page that used to be on teh Supremem Court website for Iftikhar Chaudhry.

    Now go to the Supreme COurt’s page directly and in the menu click on ABOUT US and then Chief Justice. It will take you to a new and diferent page for Justice Javed Iqbal (by teh way, this is NOT the Javed Iqbal who si Allama Iqbal’s son).
    http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk//profile-hj(2).htm

    Now, to have even more fun, go to the menu and click first ABOUT US and then on Hon’able Judges. This wil take you to a list of teh Judges by senority. Note that now Justice Bhagwandas is at teh top of the list. Justice Iqbal is second. And Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is no where on the list!

  74. Daktar says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:32 am

    an afterthought.

    For a government that is usualy banning websites, this change of information on teh Supremem Court website seems very fast!

    But not very intelgent since the old page for Chif Justice Chaudhry is still available if you click from thsi ATP story:
    http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk//profile-hcj.htm

  75. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:36 am

    To add one more to the above questions: I was wondering if Yaser can update us a bit more about the reaction of the lawyer community? What is the significance of their protests and actions like cancelling the licence of Naeem Bukhari and what kind of impact is all this likely to have?

    Also, any ideas on what those of us abroad can do?

    Samdani: my understanding is that Bhagwandas is on leave these days (perhaps deliberate timing by the govt), so Javed Iqbal, the next in line becomes the acting CJ.

  76. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:37 am

    Hi

    Hey Samdani, the reason we have not heard any condemnation from the US or EU is because the CJP’s action regarding the missing persons were not in their interest and I am quite sure they are quite happy with removal of CJP.

    Also, intersting is the news item which said that Government offered that if the CJP resigns that he would be allowed to have pension and title but not otherwise.

    Truly sad day…

  77. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 2:43 am

    It seems that no new news item is coming out on the issue. Probably major news establishments have been muzzled.

  78. yasser latif hamdani says:
    March 11th, 2007 3:20 am

    Dear Malik,

    Bhagwandas has been appointed acting chief justice several times … However he was out of the country … It is quite probable that he will indeed be the next chief justice … However that is unrelated to the issues at hand…

  79. March 11th, 2007 3:26 am

    From Jang Today


    Chief Justice houN ya sadr-e-zi-qadr houN
    haiN humaray lee-aye mohtaram, kiya kahaiN
    kuoN karaiN ikhtiaraat par tabsara
    hai baRouN ki baRi baat, hum kiya kahaiN

    (P.S. cartoon on right column today from Daily Times)

  80. Mujtaba Qadir says:
    March 11th, 2007 3:40 am

    The ongoing debate on controversy of removal of CJ is missing the most important aspect of the process of elevation of Judges of superior courts. Article 193 of the constitution gives complete discretion to the Executive or Government of Pakistan to make a choice of an advocate to be elevated who trues suites to the requirements of the Establishment, certainly a person having status quo tendency. This article needs amendment to put in place a transparent and independent mechanism of selection of persons to be elevated . Truly independent having professional acumen with known reputation of high quality are intensionally not given chances and only pygmies in the legal professionals are elevated. And there after their weaknesses and incompetencies are ridiculed by the executive only to divert attention from their blunders.
    In fact Executive including Army is responsible for the judicial mess because independent strong and competent judges do not suit them.

  81. omar r. quraishi says:
    March 11th, 2007 3:43 am

    Editorial, The News, March 11, 2007

    Beware the ideas of March
    To say that the ‘suspension’ of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, upon the filing of a reference by President Pervez Musharraf under Article 209 of the Constitution is a controversial move would be an understatement. The chain of events set in motion on Friday by the filing of the reference is only going to further exacerbate the rocky relationship between the executive and the judiciary. First the facts as they stand: the president does have the constitutional right to file a reference under Article 209 with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) if he receives “information” that a judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court “may be incapable of properly performing the duties of his office by reason of physical or mental incapacity or may have been guilty of misconduct”. The chief justice was, according to several news reports, summoned to meet the president at the latter’s camp office where he was asked to explain the allegations in the letter. According to the official APP news agency, he failed to give a satisfactory defence and was told that a reference was being sent to the SJC against him on the grounds contained in the letter (this was also corroborated by the minister of state for information in his appearance on a TV show). The SJC comprises the chief justice of the Supreme Court, the next two most senior judges of the Court and the two most senior chief justices of the high courts. Since Justice Chaudhry himself would be heading the SJC in normal circumstances, his place will be taken by the Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Javed Iqbal. However, it is unclear whether Justice Rana Bhagwandas, next in seniority after Justice Chaudhry and reported to be presently on leave abroad, will be included in the SJC when it takes up the presidential reference this coming week. Of course, all this may come to naught — the hearing of the reference by the SJC, that is — if Justice Chaudhry chooses to resign.

    The facts, however, do not end there. The basis of the reference, according to the minister of state for information who said this to a private television channel on Friday, seems to be a letter written by a Supreme Court advocate and otherwise well-known personality which contained allegations that Justice Chaudhry had turned his courtroom into a “slaughterhouse”, that he was seeking protocol over and above that due to someone holding his post, that he used his influence to get his son posted in the police after he failed to qualify and that he would announce short orders but would change the verdict in the written judgement. There were other allegations as well but these seemed the more substantive ones. However, no allegations of financial impropriety have been laid in the letter (the text of the reference, though, has not been made public). As far as the issue of appointment of the acting CJ is concerned, the ministers of the government have been saying that the next most senior judge, Justice Rana Bhagwandas, who should have been appointed according to the Constitution, was on leave and outside the country. Given this peculiar situation with a reference filed against the chief justice himself, if the reference is indeed heard by the SJC there may arise the possibility that one of its members benefits from its eventual outcome.

    It would be fair to assume that many people will see this run of events with suspicion. In fact, some have linked it to a statement made by a leading politician recently linking a possible declaration of a state of emergency as a justification for extending the National Assembly by one year. Many will also link the action taken by the government with the fact that the chief justice was a strong proponent of judicial activism and that some of this may have stepped on powerful toes. For example, the Supreme Court struck down the Pakistan Steel Mills privatisation deal which was an embarrassment for the government, took strong note of the New Murree project which had strong vested interests backing it, and of late had been regularly hearing petitions filed by relatives of citizens claiming that the latter had been detained incommunicado by government intelligence agencies. During the course of these hearings, revelations came to light which again caused some embarrassment for the government because some of the disturbing allegations seemed to have been correct.

    As already pointed out earlier, the Supreme Judicial Council is to meet this coming week and has invited Justice Chaudhry to present his side of the story. Pending that hearing and pending the SJC’s examination of the said reference, and upon receipt of its recommendations by the president, Justice Chaudhry will not perform his duties as Chief Justice of Pakistan. Because this hearing is yet to take place, it is premature to comment on this aspect of the matter. However, questions are bound to (and should) be asked, especially about the manner in which the chief justice was summoned and the reference against him filed on the basis of a single letter (so far we have been made to understand that this is the case). Some jurists, among them former Supreme Court judges and lawyers of considerable standing, have questioned the government’s decision to suspend the chief justice: they say that while the filing of the reference is very much within the president’s powers under Article 209, the matter of suspending the highest judicial officer in the land is not. The argument — a cogent one — runs along the following lines: it is a canon of justice that no one should be condemned unheard and that suspension is not something envisaged under the said article. Of course, common sense would require that any judge against whom a reference has been filed with the SJC and if he is eligible to be a member of the SJC should himself step aside. However, so the argument goes, this is not something that Article 209 is categorical about. Of course, there is also the general observation — being made across the board — that the allegations mentioned in the letter may be difficult to prove other than the posting of Justice Chaudhry’s son for which there may well be documentary evidence (such evidence, however, may well implicate the government itself, since it would show that it acquiesced to the request). Further, should a request for protocol be held against any particular government officer given that it is now the norm for senior state functionaries to expect such treatment? These arguments and counter-arguments are bound to go on and may well intensify in the coming days but one thing is for sure: what happened in Friday is certainly not a red letter day as far as the state and its relationship with the judiciary is concerned. One now waits anxiously for the SJC’s meeting scheduled for this Tuesday — provided nothing further happens before that.

  82. Saad says:
    March 11th, 2007 4:33 am

    I’ve ripped and uploaded the Kamran Khan show that contained an interview of the Chief Justice’s son as well, regarding his transfer to the FIA.

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGebI74dEzE
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4GNiuiMD9c
    Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgntWjI5Ksk
    Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrV-odEvMjs

    Meray Mutabiq – Dr. Shahid Masood’s take on the same event.

    Part1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCWVi8XzQTU
    Part2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA9i3FwRQsU
    Part3:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s5_6Dj6Ch4
    Part4:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppmXrVZprEU

  83. omar r. quraishi says:
    March 11th, 2007 4:33 am

    An excellent article — From The News, March 11, 2007

    The intrigue of justice

    By Babar Sattar

    The independence and integrity of the Judicature has been gravely tarnished with General Musharraf suspending the Chief Justice of Pakistan in violation of Article 209 of the constitution. In theory, independence of the judiciary is a grundnorm of Pakistan’s constitution, ensured in part by the constitutional security of tenure afforded to superior court judges. The constitution states that no judge of the High Court or Supreme Court can be removed (temporarily or permanently) from office except in accordance with the constitution. Article 209 then provides the mechanism wherein the president can remove a judge on the Supreme Judicial Counsel’s recommendation if, after conducting an enquiry, the counsel finds that the judge is (i) incapable of performing the duties of his office or (ii) is guilty of misconduct.

    The Supreme Judicial Council comprises the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the two most senior judges of the Supreme Court, and the two most senior Chief Justices of the High Courts. In the event that an inquiry is being conducted against a judge of the Supreme Court, who is also a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, the next judge in the order of seniority is included in the council in place of such judge under inquiry. Under the constitutional system of checks and balances, the president only has limited discretion with regard to removal of a judge in terms of (i) directing the council to conduct an inquiry against a judge, and (ii) removing the judge if found culpable by the council. Neither Article 209 nor any other article of the constitution authorises the president or any other institution or individual to suspend any judge or declare his judicial office dysfunctional pending the Supreme Judicial Council’s inquiry.

    The suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary is extremely disturbing, not just for the disgraceful way in which it was done or being questionable under law, but also for its long-term implications on the already distressed credibility of our justice system.

    First, the fundamental principles of law that no man can be condemned unheard (audi alterm partem) and that a man is innocent unless proven guilty has been breached by the Musharraf Regime. The chief justice is not a petty state official who can be suspended pending inquiry. No judge can be condemned without being judged for misconduct and found wanting by the Supreme Judicial Counsel. If the judicial office or a judge under inquiry was required to be temporarily suspended by implication, the constitution should have explicitly provided for such suspension just like it provides a mechanism for a the replacement of a member of the Supreme Judicial Council under inquiry. If a president subject to impeachment proceedings can continue to hold office, there is no reason why the chief justice cannot, so long as he is not found guilty of misconduct by his peers and removed by the president. It would be within the discretion of a judge to refuse to discharge judicial responsibilities pending inquiry, just as it is within his discretion to determine numerous other conflicts of interests that might inhibit a judicious performance of his duties.

    Second, the chief justice stands indicted due to his suspension and is unlikely to get a fair inquiry by the Supreme Judicial Council. The appointment of Justice Javed Iqbal as the acting chief justice is a violation of Article 180 of the constitution, which states that an acting chief justice can only be appointed when the Chief Justice of Pakistan is absent or unable to perform the functions of his office. None of the circumstances that necessitate the appointment of an acting chief justice existed. Also, the inclusion of Justice Javed Iqbal in the Supreme Judicial Council creates a conflict of interest. Only finding the chief justice guilty of misconduct would enable Justice Javed Iqbal to become the Chief Justice of Pakistan as otherwise he would retire prior to expiry of the term of the current chief justice. There is scant possibility of a fair enquiry being conducted by a council of peers led by a judge who has a personal interest in the outcome of the inquiry. Further, his appointment as acting chief, if made permanent, will also be a violation of the principle of seniority as Justice Rana Bhagwandas is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court after the chief justice.

    Third, the prima facie evidence of the alleged misconduct and the manner and timing of the media trial conducted to bring the chief justice into disrepute makes the whole exercise suspect. Mr Naeem Bokhari wrote an exceedingly incriminating letter to the chief justice making insinuations regarding nepotism and abuse of office for pomp, apart from charging him with breach of dignity of judges and lawyers and blemished dispensation of justice. Many of Mr Bokhari’s allegations found resonance in the legal fraternity due to the gruff conduct of the chief justice as well as his fascination with cars and media that is considered unbecoming of a judge. But the letter also got appreciated and widely circulated for being seen as a truthful account of a lawyer, written in the interest of justice at the peril of being penalised for candour. While the suspicious saw the missive as part of a larger conspiratorial design, it was only after the chief justice was suspended that the Musharraf Regime’s strategy became obvious.

    It is not hard to fathom why the chief justice is being banished: he began to take the constitutional guarantee of judicial independence too seriously and began to poke the judicial finger into holy waters. The chief justice’s judicial activism in the matter of missing people did not sit well with the military. The military regards determination of all security issues as falling within its exclusive domain and discretion. The chief justice’s notion of judicial autonomy and his campaign against the indiscriminate retention of citizens by security agencies were interfering with the military’s notion of operational autonomy. Further, in 2007 the Supreme Court will be called upon to take significant constitutional decisions, including (i) the issue of legality of General Musharraf’s simultaneous holding of the offices of president and chief of army staff, and (ii) whether the present assemblies are competent to elect General Musharraf for another term. Public responses of the chief justice on the judicial outcome of such legal controversies were not reassuring and he could not be relied upon to continue to mould the constitution to keep the general indefinitely in power.

    The personal conduct and mannerism of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary has been unbecoming of an exemplary judge. He also seems to lack the vision, charisma and temperament fitting of a leader likely to inspire confidence and transform the judicature into an emblem of public trust. But such critique is no ground for the chief justice to be removed from office. It took eight years after the unceremonious (yet honourable) dismissal of Chief Justice Seed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui along with other esteemed judges for the apex court to acquire a modicum of independence. If the Supreme Judicial Council removes Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary from office out of fear or intimidation or pique, the credibility and integrity of the judiciary, already in scant supply, will suffer grievously. Palace intrigues belong to chambers of power and not to the house of justice. The guardians of the constitution should not get their hands further sullied.

    The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has an LL.M from Harvard Law School. Email: sattar@post.harvard.edu

  84. Mubashir Hussain says:
    March 11th, 2007 4:15 pm

    Has anyone noticed how press reports in Pakistani media have started using the words “non-functional Chief Justice” to describe teh Chief Justice. As if that was a real title. What a joke we make of everything. Remember how until so recently we had a ‘Chief Executive’ instead of a President or Prime Minister. And how quickly everyone falls into like and starts using these ridiculous descriptions and treating them as real!

    Example from The News: http://thenews.jang.com.pk/updates.asp#19225

  85. Saad says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:18 pm

    I’ve ripped and uploaded the Kamran Khan show that contained an interview of the Chief Justice’s son as well, regarding his transfer to the FIA.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    And Dr. Shahid Masood’s take on the same event

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

  86. Bushra says:
    March 11th, 2007 6:12 pm

    Prof. Najam, if you ever want a case study n how to mess up a political situation even more than it already is, you could use this report from NATION on where things are now on this case. It makes shocking reading.
    ———————-

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Sunday demanded an open trial of charges levelled against him in the presidential reference, as he stayed under house arrest for a consecutive third day.

    Chief Justice said this to Tehrik-I-Istiqlal Chief Air Marshal (Retd) Asghar Khan who managed to meet him at his residence this evening after a struggle of 48 hours.

    Earlier, during the day, a PML-N delegation led by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan failed to meet the Chief Justice as the security personnel did not allow them to enter the CJ’s residence.

    Following Asghar Khan’s meeting, four judges of the Supreme Court namely Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Syed Jamshaid Ali, Justice Raja Fiaz Ahmed and Justice Nasirulmulk were also allowed to meet the Chief Justice.

    At the same time, the government sources claimed that the justices tried to find a way out of the crisis but it was learnt that the suspended chief justice was not ready to change his principled stand.

    However, the senior judges of the Supreme Court who met the suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at his residence remained totally tight-lipped over the objective and outcome of their meeting.

    When contacted by TheNation Asghar Khan said, “He (CJ) has sought an open trial of the reference filed against him so that the masses could know the factual realities. I remained with him for half an hour and nobody forced me to leave.â€

  87. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:08 am

    Name of Shareefuddin Peerzada is being mentioned as well. Is this the same guy who was with Mr.Jinnah[not sure] as well?

  88. mazhar butt says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:13 am

    The removal of the Chief Justice in such a ghastly manner seems to be purely a consequence of clash of interests. The allegations raised against him are propostrous. i cant believe from the suo moto actions he was taking that he was insane and devoid of good conduct or honest conviction. I regret to say that it’s most of the lawyers in Pakistan who are acting unscrupulously in their profession and toward their clients. They are fleecing people yet not fulfilling their bound duties for the work they charge for. There is no accountability for such rogue lawyers and I never saw any lawyer being sued for bad conduct and professional dishonesty either by the Bar Council or any other forum. I have also seen some of the rogue lawyers reaching to higher positions in the judiciary. The more a lawyer lies the higher he gets on the rung of success. If such lawyers are allowed to climb up to the heights of power how can one expect justice to come to our country?
    As for the removal of the CJ, I think his removal is apprently outrageous in so much as the modus operandi adopted.

    I suggest some stricter law and simple procedure be formulated to control the conduct of the ”rogue lawyers” , the Bar Council not being an independent body cannot be relied upon for fairness.

    a victim of rogue lawyers

  89. king_faisal says:
    March 11th, 2007 9:18 am

    so its no big deal if the head of the institution responsible for upholding a nation’s law gets his son appointed in the institution responsible for enforcing the law? i guess then its perfectly acceptable for musharraf to appoint his son in the army or the defense ministry and for shaukat aziz to appoint his son in the privatisation division? and how about bringing back zardari as the minister of investment? did work brilliantly the first time.

    i think this judge has shown a very serious lack of judgement and complete lack of ethics in pushing for his son’s appointment. i wonder what else is hidden in that closet? and sure the govt did oblige the judge but that was to be expected because the government would want to have a judge who would be dependent on it for favours. the judge surely cant be stupid enough to think that on one hand he can demand favours from govt and not do anything in return? he made his bed. he must now lie on it. good riddance.

  90. Disciple says:
    March 11th, 2007 9:33 am

    Still not sure why Justice Bhagwan Das prefers to remain away from all this. At least he should return to the country.

  91. Saad says:
    March 11th, 2007 9:58 am

    Further revelations are currently being made by Air Marshal (R.) Asghar Khan who has met (with the nod from the Govt.) with the now deposed Chief Justice (Supreme Court) of Pakistan, at Kamran Khan show. According to him, the Chief Justice has no access to telephone, tv, newspapers and no one is currently being allowed to meet with him. In addition, the Chief Justice has asked the Retd. Air Marshal to let the media and the people of Pakistan know, that he wants an ‘Open’ trial and wants the people of Pakistan to know what he is being charged with and what does he have to say about it.

  92. Rohail says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:04 am

    I think the President acted constitutionally under Article 207. Everyone should be accountable and there should be Checks & Balances!

    One important thing to be determined is “WHICH OPPOSITION PARTY is behind the scene Using & Manipulating the CJP Iftikhar Choudhry against the present Governmentâ€

  93. Disciple says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:14 am

    Rohail which planet have you come from? When you say everyone should be accountable do you included so-called president but in reality the dictator and the imported so-called prime minister who does nothing but present every god damn asset of the country to his friends in gold platters? What rules apply to them?

  94. Disciple says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:15 am

    PS: Are you sure your real name is not Gen Musharaf?

  95. cyrus says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:19 am

    Oh Please Rohail….. spare us. First of all, I am sure we all agree that there should be accountability. But it should be ACROSS THE BOARD. Mush has some of the most corrupt people surrounding him as his ministers and advisers.What about them? What about the sugar scandal, Stock exchange, steel Mills, real estates scandals. Did any heads roll?

    And what about his law minister, slapper Wasi Zafar,and his son, who goes around beating up people? What happened to them? Anything?

    And if by any strech of the imagination, if what was done to the CJ is above board, then is this the way to hold him? Incommunicado??? Why? Is he Osama? What nonsense!

    I think it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. The country is under a jackboot! May we have our August 17th soon (amen)

  96. March 11th, 2007 11:52 am


    I think it is time to wake up and smell the coffee

    I rather smell another Martial Law. CM of Sind has been called to Islamabad. Few days back Babar ghori of MQM requested President to postpond the election. Ejazul Haq talked about “Emergency” and now CJ has been removed.

    The thing which is intresting that How activists of last martial law PPP,WAF etc will come forward against Musharraf because unlike last dictator they can’t use religion factor to run any movement against Musharraf because they and Mush think alike.

  97. Disciple says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:11 pm

    کجھ Ø´Û

  98. Daktar says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:11 pm

    Someone just brought about our great LAW MINISTER Mr. Wasi and his antics. Why was he never refused for all the thingshe did?

    By the way, there was a very good post on him (Mr. Wasi and his abuse of power as Law Minister) here, can’t find it. Can someone point me to it please?

  99. NB says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:38 pm

    Those who may not have seen it yet, here is the full letter from Naeem Bokhari:

    Naeem Bokhari’s letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan
    Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
    Chief Justice
    Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Islamabad, Pakistan

    My Lord:

    I write this letter as an Officer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; as an Advocate enrolled in the apex Court since 1984 and in the High Courts since 1972; as an Attorney who has paid more income tax from his earnings in the legal profession than many of my friends, colleagues and seniors elevated to the Bench; and as a stake-holder in the dispensation of justice, intimately and vitally interested in the functioning of the Supreme Court.

    Many judges who adorn the Bench in the Supreme Court and the High Court know me over decades, as a person endowed by nature with a pleasant disposition and acceptance of human failings. Towards the courts, my approach has always been of consistent and continuous display of respect and humility. I bow out of conviction, not compulsion. I use the words “My Lords”, because I want to, not because I have to. As an Attorney, I look up to the Court and want to see it on a high pedestal of dignity, compassion and justice, tempered with mercy.
    I have seen my Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Hamood-ur-Rahman, Chief Justice Muhammad Yaqub Ali, Chief Justice S. Anwar-ul-Haq, Chief Justice Mohammad Haleem and how the Court functioned under them in the 1970s/1980s.

    I witnessed the proceedings for the ouster of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, became aware that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, had ‘worked’ on some judges of the Supreme Court and saw the physical assault on the Court.

    I was appalled at the manner in which Chief Justice Irshad Hasan Khan led the Supreme Court and pained at the insinuations against Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmad, when he was the Chief Justice.

    I was horrified by the establishment of a Bench of five judges constituted by Chief Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui to determine whether reduction in the retirement age for judges was constitutional or not. This was clearly designed to block your appointment. I was against the idea of Mr. Amirul Mulk Mengal being made the Chief Justice before you. Within the limits of my influence (which I readily admit to be very limited), I was totally for you to become the Chief Justice. Justice Javed Buttar is aware of my position, as is the Attorney General of Pakistan. The accelerated issue of the notification appointing you the Chief Justice put Justice Siddiqui’s move to rest.

    I believed that you were vigorous, capable of lifting up the Supreme Court, creating an espirit-de-corps among your brother judges, restoring the dignity and grandeur of the apex Court, particularly considering the long tenure before you.

    Alas this has not come about.

    I am not perturbed by your insistence on protocol (despite my belief that the Chief Justice would rise in the eyes of everybody if he walked from his residence to the Supreme Court and hooters, police escort, flags is just fluff, not the substance of an office).

    I am mildly amused at your desire to be presented a guard of honour in Peshawar. I am titillated by the appropriation of Mercedes-Benz car or is it cars, the use of the Government of the Punjab’s airplane to offer Fateha in Multan, to Sheikhupura for Fateha on a Government of the Punjab helicopter, to Hyderabad on a Government of the Sind’s plane for attending a High Court function, the huge amount spent in refurbishing the chamber and residence of the Chief Justice, the reservation for yourself of a wing in Supreme Court Judges guest house in Lahore, the permanent occupation by the Supreme Court of the official residence of the Chief Justice of Sind, who per force lives in the basement of his father’s house. As his class fellow in the Government College, Lahore, I can vouch that living in the basement will do him no harm.

    I am not perturbed that Dr. Arsalaan (your son) secured 16/100 in the English paper for the Civil Services Examination, that there is a case against him in some court in Baluchistan, that from the Health Department in Baluchistan he has shifted to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), that he has obtained training in the Police Academy, that he reportedly drives a BMW 7-Series car, that there is a complaint against him with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

    My grievances and protests are different.
    I am perturbed that the Supreme Court should issue a clarificatory statement on his behalf. I am perturbed that Justice (Retd.) Wajihuddin Ahmed should be constrained to advise you on television that “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others”. I am perturbed that the Chief Justice should summon Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to his chambers on Dr. Arsalaan’s account.

    I am appalled that you announce decisions in Court, while in the written judgment an opposite conclusion is recorded.

    In the Petition for leave to appeal filed by Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (in which Respondent’s Counsels were Mr. Khalid Anwar and Mr. Qadir Saeed), you refused to grant leave in open Court and yet in the written order, leave was granted to Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi.

    On 15-2-2007, Mr. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim complained that in open Court you had accepted his appeal but dismissed the same in the judgement, subsequently recorded.

    If Mr. Khalid Anwar, a former Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, and Mr Fakrhuddin, Senior Counsel, are treated in this manner, the fate of lesser known lawyers would certainly be far worse.
    My grievances also concern the manner in which the last and highest court of appeal is dispensing justice, under your leadership.

    My Lord, the dignity of lawyers is consistently being violated by you. We are treated harshly, rudely, brusquely and nastily. We are not heard. We are not allowed to present our case. There is little scope for advocacy. The words used in the Bar Room for Court No. 1 are “the slaughter house”. We are cowed down by aggression from the Bench, led by you. All we receive from you is arrogance, aggression and belligerence. You also throw away the file, while contemptuously announcing: “This is dismissed”.

    Yet this aggression is not for everyone. When Mr. Sharifuddin Pirzada appears, your Lordship’s demeanour and appearance is not just sugar and honey. You are obsequious to the point of meekness. So apart from violating our dignity, which the Constitution commands to be inviolable, we suffer discrimination in your Court.
    I am not raising the issue of verbal onslaughts and threats to Police Officers and other Civil Servants, who have the misfortune to be summoned, degraded and reminded that “This is the Supreme Court”.

    The way in which My Lord conducts proceedings is not conducive to the process of justice. In fact, it obstructs due process and constitutes contempt of the Supreme Court itself.

    I am pained at the wide publicity to cases taken up by My Lord in the Supreme Court under the banner of Fundamental Rights. The proceedings before the Supreme Court can conveniently and easily be referred to the District and Sessions Judges. I am further pained by the media coverage of the Supreme Court on the recovery of a female. In the bar room, this is referred to as a “Media Circus”.

    My Lord, this communication may anger you and you are in any case prone to get angry in a flash, but do reflect upon it. Perhaps you are not cognizant of what your brother judges feel and say about you.

    My Lord, before a rebellion arises among your brother judges (as in the case of Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah), before the Bar stands up collectively and before the entire matter is placed before the Supreme Judicial Council, there may be time to change and make amends.

    I hope you have the wisdom and courage to make these amends and restore serenity, calm, compassion, patience and justice tempered with mercy to my Supreme Court.

    My Lord, we all live in the womb of time and are judged, both by the present and by history. The judgement about you, being rendered in the present, is adverse in the extreme.

    Yours faithfully,

    NAEEM BOKHARI
    Advocate
    Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Islamabad, Pakistan

  100. Pak Law says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:47 pm

    this is a highly outrageous event and its developments are being charted regularly over at http://paklaw.wordpress.com

    can someone confirm can you access this web site in Pakistan

    Thanks

  101. Asad Khan says:
    March 11th, 2007 12:52 pm

    This is Parvez Musharraf gone of control. Justice Chaudary was targeted by the state machinery for two reasons, which have been talked about some in the media but not insisted upon enough.
    - One, Justice Chaudary’s insistence on getting the state agencies to explain the disappearance of individuals, thus embarrassing the government in its efforts to placate its masters in their war against terror.
    - Two, very strong indications coming that Supreme court could get in the way of Musharraf getting re-elected by the same house for a second term. This may not come to happen if the state machinery can rig the elections to their satisfaction, thereby ensuring that Musharraf’s reelection would be guaranteed; a very strong possibility now that the Judicial system is made impotent by targeting its most visible symbol.
    The letter and the rest is just a media circus to prepare grounds for this move. A president who pardons a killer because of pressure from the west, in total disregard of the victim’s family and the justice system, when it had run its due course, has disqualified himself of the moral authority to take action against any member of the same judiciary, let alone its highest and most visible symbol, especially when he himself will be the direct beneficiary of this move.

  102. Sajjad says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:25 pm

    What a funny thing Musharaf did

    you are using your rights wrongly and you abuse your rights . who has appointed Musharaf to become president of country he was general and should
    remain Generals other than every other day they use to invade Assembly

    He has gun and he is saying you dont have right
    to live in this house

    such a funny creature Musharaf

    He is all in all , Badsha salamat jo cheay kerain

    unhaain khuda kay elawa koe nahi rook suktaa

    Is any General in history of Pakistan being hanged due to corruption or due to what they

    have don in Dhakka in 1971

    any Punshiment for the dirty Generals including
    current president for the greatest misplanning
    in Kargil

    no Generels are not accountable for any thing

    they are free to kill any one and they are in Pakistan to make money kill people and
    do whatever they want to do ,

    thats why

    Jumariat ka eik din Amreat kay soo saloon say bathar hai

    Pakistan is still better with corrupt politions then these Generals

    Regards

    Sajjad

  103. PatExpat says:
    March 11th, 2007 1:56 pm

    From NYTIMES, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/weekinreview/11mazzetti.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

    For decades, the military has been the most dominant institution in Pakistan. If Mr. Musharraf were to fall to an assassin’s bullet, American diplomatic and intelligence officials say, it is unlikely that there would be mass uprisings in Lahore and Karachi, or that a religious leader in the Taliban mold would rise to power.

    “I am not particularly worried about an extremist government coming to power and getting hold of nuclear weapons,â€

  104. March 11th, 2007 2:47 pm

    [...] The recent sacking of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Chaudhry, has ignited passions all over the Pakistani blogistan. That is not surprising. What is remarkable is the consensus in opinion and outrage that seems to be universal (including in the results of our ATP Quick Poll). [...]

  105. saleem says:
    March 11th, 2007 4:50 pm

    Thats just ‘Musharaff being Musharaff’, he is flexing his muscle and being the ‘guardian and father of the Nation’. He has not insentive to change his ways, after all its worked for him this far. I don’t have much hope from the public of Pakistan either, because they have never been part of any decisions making in the history of Pakistan.

    Adil Sahab, if you can do a blog on what it would take for the Pakistan public to start demanding justice, I think that would spark much debate and be very interesting.

  106. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 11th, 2007 5:46 pm

    Agencies normally install equipments for monitoring. I am sure everything is monitored and reported to Mushy.

    As somebody wrote in article, lets see if judiciary has courage to save its head like the Army did when Nawaz fired its head. Also this time, action by Mushy is unanimously criticized by advocates in particular and people of pakistan in general. Lets see if five members of judiciary reject the case otherwise history will add few more names to category of Justice Munir.

  107. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 6:00 pm

    I don’t think the Pakistani nation should settle for anything less than the reinstatement of the CJP.

    Also, it is interesting the major Pakistani news and media sites haven’t given any significant updates in last 12-16 hours.

  108. king_faisal says:
    March 11th, 2007 7:36 pm

    people can pretend that pakistan is sweden and that musharraf’s actions have no precedent. reality though is slightly different. here is little summary of the interaction of democratically elected leaders with higher judiciary:

    bhutto

    i. passed the fifth amendment which reduced the time judges could serve on the superior courts. aim was to get rid of serving judges who were non-compliant

    ii. passed the sixth amendment which again changed the serving period – this time increasing the term of chief justice. aim was to reward the stooge chief justice

    benazir

    defied specific supreme orders in the “judges case”. against precedence and against supreme court recommendation appointed sajjad ali shah as chief justice over two senior judges. sajjad ali shah was to later uphold benazir’s dismissal by leghari

    nawaz sharif

    got in dispute with sajjad ali shah who requested president and coas to provide protection to the supreme court against supporters of nawaz. both the president and coas refused after which supreme court was stormed. supreme court of quetta removed sajjad ali shah much in the same manner that current chief justice has been removed. farooq leghari resigned to protest the dismissal of sajjad ali shah.

    all the information presented above can be verified from the web. people who are claiming that musharraf’s action is without precedent are simply lying. and if you think things are bad now, multiply whats happening today by 100 and you will get an indication of what things were like during the whole of the 90′s. cowasjee in the following article has good summary. enjoy:

    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/991017.htm

  109. king_faisal says:
    March 11th, 2007 7:54 pm

    apologies for hogging this board. however this is important since people are not getting information from the electronic media. people are free to make up their mind but they should try to get a bit more colour to form a reasonable opinion. and no i am not an isi jasoos being paid to flood cyberspace:

    below is column by cowasjee on this very issue:

    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/2001/apr2101.html

    …In 1996, whilst waiting for the verdict in the Judges Case, Benazir was sitting with me anticipating the Supreme Court order. When it came she called her legal advisers, Yahya Bakhtiar being one, and asked for advice. She then told me that I must denotify the Chief Justice [Sajjad Ali Shah]. When I said ‘no’, she then said I must send his case to the Supreme Judicial Council. I said
    ‘no’ again…

    “She came to the presidency and was very distraught and on the verge of weeping. ‘Farooq Bhai, you are throwing me to the wolves.

    …”Exactly one year and three months later [October 16, 1997] there was almost a repeat performance on the same issue. The demand was identical. Denotify the Chief Justice of Pakistan [Sajjad Ali Shah]. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to see me …

  110. Daktar says:
    March 11th, 2007 7:59 pm

    @king_faisal
    OK. Yes, there is precedent.
    So does that mean that therefore it is OK for Musharraf to do what he did.
    If so, then why did he kick out earlier people, if he and his folowers are going to justify their actions by saying that “BB and Nawaz Sharif did the same,” then – since there is no difference now between them and Mush – why not just get them back?

  111. Cyrus says:
    March 11th, 2007 7:59 pm

    I just hope that the CJ has the courage to withstand the pressure. If only he could know that the nation stands behind him. Also, has anyone noticed the lack of reaction from the MQM?

  112. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:13 pm

    Just read the “The News”, Interesting as there is not a single editorial or opinion in the 12th March “The News” which mentions or condemns the issue.

    Also the story regarding the Asghar Khan interview in “The News” is a much abridged and watered down version of the story.

    So much for the freedom of press and media integrity.

  113. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:39 pm

    I think the stay of Iftikhar Muhammad as CJP till 2013 is critical for Pakistan.

  114. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:52 pm

    Looking at the media coverage, especially the Jang group, something is clearly fishy.

    The News does not have a single editorial or opinion piece on the story.

    I also watched the programs by Kamran Khan and Shahid Masood, and they spent most of the time talking about peripheral issues and were very guarded while asking the pertinent questions about the real motives of the government behind the move. Shahid Masood was especially awkward, he would ask one question about procedures and technicalities, then he would say that technicalities aside, what’s the real issue/story, then he would interupt the speaker in the middle by asking just another question about procedures etc.

    I think the Jang group must be under tremendous pressure from the government right now. They are also facing contempt of court proceedings and have been forced to broadcast repeated apologies. I believe the next court hearing on that contempt case is on monday.

  115. Critic says:
    March 11th, 2007 8:59 pm

    Not only is there a lack of reaction from MQM but also a lack of reaction from PPP.

  116. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 11th, 2007 9:02 pm

    They still squeezed in the following piece somewhere. A bit courageous perhaps.

    Do SJC members have impeccable credentials?

    Three judges face various charges

    By Ansar Abbasi

    ISLAMABAD: Three members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), which is all set to try Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry following
    a presidential reference, themselves find the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

    Reliable sources told The News that some government authorities in knowledge of these facts are reviewing the situation to see if the judges facing allegations
    themselves could sit in the SJC.

    These sources said that two of the three judges are already faced with references pending before the SJC. A third judge is said to have had his two daughters
    admitted to a medical college on the basis of special seats offered by a chief minister. A son-in-law of the same judge was also appointed deputy secretary
    in the provincial secretariat of the same province on deputation.

    The pending references against the two judges, who along with three other members of the Supreme Judicial Council will decide the fate of the recently rendered
    “inactiveâ€

  117. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 11th, 2007 9:16 pm

    According to various news reports, the lawyers are planning to protest outside the hearing by encircling the building. The real crux of the matter is whether other people are going to join the protests with a turn out in tens of thousands or whether they are just going to confine themselves to drawing room condemnation and hope for others to do the activism for them. The hearing will start at 1330 on monday in case anyone is interested.

    I am in the US right now, I really wish I were in Isb and could participate in the protest.

  118. March 11th, 2007 10:35 pm

    Readers, we have a news ticker on this story in the extreme right corner – and people seem to be following every twist and turn anyhow – so we will not update every development here. However, we thought this particular item (from Daily Times) deserved mention here, since the role of Naeem Bokhari and his letter seems to have become a key issue for many:

    Naeem Bokhari says CJP’s ‘arrogance’ angered him

    LAHORE: Advocate Naeem Bokhari – who has been widely criticised by lawyers for levelling allegations against suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in an open letter – said on Sunday that he had no regrets, and “I own every word of my letterâ€

  119. TURAB says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:39 pm

    IN MUSHI WE TRUST!!

  120. TURAB says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:48 pm

    one thing i don’t get is that CJ apparantly tried to bharti his son as an officer on sifarish…
    he intefered in the steel mills which is almost a scrap unit but comes with prime value real estate… the CJ never hired a consultant for a third party review …… he used to issue statements day in day out… wht for?? he is a judge and should do his job and keep his mouth shut….. and yet long behold everyone is against mushi… who has done (atleast tried to) everything right … the economy is on the rise cities are transforming… media is free … foriegn investment is pouring in…. are very really that naive to NOT notice the changes??
    comon guys………

  121. Ahmed says:
    March 11th, 2007 11:49 pm

    Few days ago when discoursing on idnia’s prgress and its recent recognation in international fronts as an intelligent hard working nation my colleagues and I infered that in india the corruption and poverty are as bad as they are here in pakistan but the root cause of thier emergance as a developing nation is the respect for institution. The successive democratic process in india has done one good thing and that is strengthening of institutions which is a great acheivement. No single person good or bad, mighty or weak should ever have the right to similate an institution at will. This is exactly what is wrong with us. Here we have persons stroger than instution resulting in a complete chaos. We need to strengthen our institution so that people learn to be confident of their system knowing that system will not change with overturning regime.
    No respect of instutions or democracy could ever be expected of mushy He is a DICTATOR and he has just reaffirmed his unrightful position.
    LONG live the king!!

  122. bhindigosht says:
    March 12th, 2007 12:08 am

    Maybe Mush can be COAS, president and CJ-all rolled in one. Maybe then we will achieve real democracy.

  123. Daktar says:
    March 12th, 2007 1:49 am

    I hear that Islamabad is buzzing with rumors that there is a push from WITHIN the Generals in the Army to ask Musharraf to leave the country.

    Is this the usual Islamabad rumor mill at work, or have others heard anything also?

  124. Eidee Man says:
    March 12th, 2007 3:27 am

    “I hear that Islamabad is buzzing with rumors that there is a push from WITHIN the Generals in the Army to ask Musharraf to leave the country.”

    @Daktar: I don’t know, but that seems very unlikely. I mean, sure, the army messes up every institution but they are pretty disciplined in maintaining their own.

    As everyone has said repeatedly, one of the main issues is that Musharraf wants to get elected by the current electoral college. Also, it’s interesting that PPP has not really made a big deal out of this chief justice issue….maybe this action is part of some sort of preparation for some kind of PPP-Musharraf alliance..

  125. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 12th, 2007 3:30 am

    aqil sajjad and critic — one should never comment or judge when one’s facts are not correct — on mar 11, The News had a full editorial on the issue and an article by Babar Sattar on its op-ed pages — IN FACT BOTH THESE ARTICLES WERE CUT AND PASTED and posted in this very thread — scroll up and read them —

    This the first post that I made — it has the editorial in full:
    omar r. quraishi
    Mar 11th, 2007 at 3:43 am
    Editorial, The News, March 11, 2007

    Beware the ideas of March
    To say that the ’suspension’ of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, upon the filing of a reference by President Pervez Musharraf under Article 209 of the Constitution is a controversial move would be an understatement. The chain of events set in motion on Friday by the filing of the reference is only going to further exacerbate the rocky relationship between the executive and the judiciary. First the facts as they stand: the president does have the constitutional right to file a reference under Article 209 with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) if he receives “informationâ€

  126. YLH says:
    March 12th, 2007 3:54 am

    tum ne kaha thaa ab na chalain gey
    mehloan ke dustoor
    qaanoon bunay ga wo
    jo ho gaa humein manzoor

    laikin hum ko baich raha he
    ikk jaabir sultan

    Qaid-e-Azam daikh rahay ho
    apna pakistan?

    (Habib Jalib)

    Brilliant…

  127. Critic says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:04 am

    Mr Omar R. Quraishi if you had read my comment carefully you would have seen that I explicitly mentioned March 12 not March 11.

    So please first YOU get YOUR facts right.

  128. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:14 am

    march 12 there is a very explosive story by Ansar Abbasi on the front page of The News — Also critic, the bulk of my remarks are addressed to Mr Aqil Sajjad — who mentioned both March 11 and 12 —

    Also, this is your post — please note the time and what you said in it — you are clearly referring to March 11 as well

    the post is:


    Critic
    Mar 11th, 2007 at 6:00 pm
    I don’t think the Pakistani nation should settle for anything less than the reinstatement of the CJP.

    Also, it is interesting the major Pakistani news and media sites haven’t given any significant updates in last 12-16 hours. “

  129. Saad says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:33 am

    @ Omer – Rightly said. I’ve been waiting for an update to the special section covering the ouster of the CJ at Geo’s website. Any ideas as to what is holding the TV channels back from updating their websites?

  130. Saad says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:39 am

    Capital Talk – Imran Khan, Justice Qayyum and M. A. Durani discuss the removal of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

    Part 1

    Part 2

  131. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:55 am

    Omar:

    1. I did read the editorial and opinion piece by Babar Sattar that you are referring to; I was commenting on today’s newspaper in which the editorial page indeed does not have anything. But I admit, I should have included the word ‘today’ to be precise, I apologize for that mistake.

    2. I also called the Ansar Abbass story courageous, which means that I was actually praising your newspaper for it. In fact, I think that piece is probably more courageous than anything else on the story that I have read so far.

    3. In light of the apology being repeatedly broadcast by Geo, I am naturally worried that your newspaper and TV channel may be facing harrassment, would you like people to stop being concerned about that?

    4. On Kamran Khan’s show, I felt that more time was spent talking about technicalities, so I was just expressing my opinion, I don’t think that is such a blasfemy.

    By the way, when I said something is fishy, I did not mean to be critical of Jang-group, my criticism was directed at the government. Being in Pakistan, and having just been forced to apologize by a court, it must be very hard, so being a bit guarded is only a sensible thing to do. However, your readers and viewers do need to point out when they think such a thing is happening so that there is more pressure on the govt to let you do your job more freely. But if you want to tell us that there is no pressure, than I would love to hear such positive news.

  132. GenreX says:
    March 12th, 2007 5:27 am

    Well…. whats a dictator for? To do what is to be done in favor of the country. Musharraf did the right thing for once. He needs to be firm against these corrupt people. If he had not done this, the opponents would have said “Musharraf has his own corrupt person as a CJP! He is an American Agent!”. Musharraf did the right thing. You kids have not even tasted the previous governments I guess. The level of corruption was insane! This regime may not be the best, but I know for sure its better than BB (Bayzameer), NS  or the Islamic Mullahs.

  133. masood says:
    March 12th, 2007 5:51 am

    asalaam o alikum!
    well this is yet another event that shows the pervais musharafs intentions. whell if you people analyse the pervaiz ere you will see that he is a self centered person, he has been trying to tell the world and specially pakistani people that he is the only one right in this worlf and any one who doesnt like this is ripped of the sciene, look into history he first tryied to mis leed the pakistani people against the political parties of pakistan thenhe disturbed the people by pointing KALA BAGH DAM that he will make it he took the poor by increasing all time high the prices of the daily rutine accessories,then he took the police torn the police system then he took religious people and now he had taken the beeting to the juctice system.i believe he has plan to stay in power doesnt matter what it costs. may allah protect the islami republic of pakistan,i believe islami jamhoriya pakistan has faced many anti pakistani forces but i believe this one is the most powerful then ever faced!

  134. Critic says:
    March 12th, 2007 5:52 am

    Hey Omar Quraishi

    Just a clarification on my earlier comments. My comment that you refered to earlier is related to “updates” on the 11th.

    My other previous comment (@”Just read the The News, Interesting as there is not a single editorial or opinion in the 12th March The News which mentions or condemns the issue.”) mentions the editorial and opinion section on 12th.

    Again, please don’t take it the wrong way The News is a great paper probably the best one is Pakistan, that is why as Aqil also mentioned your readers were expecting much more frequent updates on the issue.

    And sorry for the way I bit off your head in my last comment.

  135. Critic says:
    March 12th, 2007 6:08 am

    Correction in previous comment

    … probably the best one *in* Pakistan …

  136. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 12th, 2007 6:18 am

    Latest: there has been lathi charge in Lahore. Several Lawyers have been injured and some have also been arrested.

  137. Disciple says:
    March 12th, 2007 8:11 am

    کراچی بار Ú©Û’ صدر اÙ

  138. Imtiaz Kibriya says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:57 am

    I know this will not be popular here. But let me be totally honest.

    I have lost all sympathy for Musharraf and the government after all of this, but frankly I do not think that Iftkhar Chaudhry is such a hero either. His record is not clean and he was a political appointment and played politics. It is just that the current politics has placed him in this situation. But I really do not think that he is such a great hero and man of principles. And some of his actions now are also a little too much drama.

    Sorry to say this, but I think it is true.

    Sadly, we have to real heroes. Just men of clay like Musharraf and Iftikhar Chaudhry.

  139. omar r. quraishi says:
    March 12th, 2007 8:47 am

    aqil – u should know i didnt take it personally as in jang group — i was speaking on behalf of the whole press — and i also told you the reason why the monday papers’ op-ed pages didnt have too much stuff on it

  140. bhitai says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:26 am

    Pir Pagara has been predicting all along that Pakistan is headed for an emergency/martial law situation. Even today Chaudry Shujaat proposed putting off elections in case iran gets attacked. This silly excuse is being repeated over and over, seems like Mushy’s cronies are sure they are going to lose miserably if the elections were held.

  141. Daktar says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:30 am

    The fact that even Ch. Shujaat is distancing himself from this and not saying anything striaght suggests to me that there coudl be soemthing brewing. When he hedges his bets you know there is something in the air.

  142. bhitai says:
    March 12th, 2007 12:28 pm

    ^Ch Shujaat was equally uninvolved/clueless during the AQ saga. In fact he was almost chastised publically by Mushy for poking his nose in that affair. It’s extremely pathetic when the leader of the ruling coalition advertises his impotence so brazenly.

  143. HUM DAIKHAIN GAY says:
    March 12th, 2007 1:22 pm

    people, open your television and see what is happening…the battle is on…. the government seems to have given an ultimatum to the private channels to shut up…. some of them are not…. and the type of discussion is just phenomenal … it shows just how angry the nation is at what is happening… tthis will really put the Musharraf people in a bind and I predict they will clamp down even more… but, maybe it is already too late for them….. just take a look… especially if you have ARY…..

  144. Disciple says:
    March 12th, 2007 12:40 pm

    I have been asking this question for the last three days; where is Justice Bhagwan Das and why does he not come forward? Now this question is being taken up more and more. Even BBC is now asking it even though their site link is currently not working. I think this is an important question as to what role the second senior most judge should have/could have taken in this situation. Has he been barred by the government from coming back? Is he working with the Government? What does he have to say in any case? Does anyone know? Sure he is in India but is not unreachable.

  145. Disciple says:
    March 12th, 2007 1:03 pm

    What a pathetic and shameful level Musharraf has stooped to. The CJ is not even being allowed a lawyer and so far no lawyer has been allowed to get in touch with CJ. Not to mention the psychological and emotional pressure the CJ has been put to.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2007/03/070312_ibad_advocate_sc_zb.shtml

    A shameful day.

  146. Disciple says:
    March 12th, 2007 2:17 pm
  147. Sacha Pakistani says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:27 pm

    Janab, mein Urdu main likh raha houn, kyoun kay ghar ki baat ghar mein hi rakhni chahiaye.

    Musharraf sahib say aap ki jo bhi khalish hai woh apni jagah, laikin yeh tou sochiaye keh inn saari baatoun say Pakistan aur Pakistan kay naam aur Pakistan kay image ka kiya haal ho raha hai.

    Kuch uss ka hi khiyal keejiaye aur chup rehiaye.

  148. Farrukh says:
    March 12th, 2007 2:30 pm

    Here is my prediction.
    Tomorrow we have first world cup match. Most of this will be forgotten by then. Especially if Pakistan wins.

  149. hakim says:
    March 12th, 2007 2:30 pm
  150. Disciple says:
    March 12th, 2007 2:45 pm

    I like this comment from BBC Urdu;

    گمشدÛ

  151. PAKISTANI says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:51 pm

    Don’t you guys have any shame.

    DOn’t you know how much your are hurting Pakistan’s image by putting up these pictures and writing these comments.

    Think about it. How will someone from outside look at Pakistan after seeing and reading this.

    Sometimes its just better to remain quiet, for the good of your country.

  152. Lahori says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:56 pm

    I agree, the people rally giving Pakistan and its image a bad name here is the government by their actions. I say this as someone who used to be a strong Musharraf supporter until the Bugti killing. Now, I think he has lost all focus and sense of right and wrong. I say that with a heavy heart because I still will not support either Benazir or Nawaz Sharif. But nor can I support Musharraf any longer.

  153. Saad says:
    March 12th, 2007 4:29 pm

    A 2 min report by Geo TV, covering the clash between the lawyers of Lahore High Court and the Punjab Police.

    Baton Charge by Punjab Police on Lawyers – Geo Tv Report

  154. ASADULLAH says:
    March 13th, 2007 11:31 pm

    I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GREAT SERVICE BY PROVIDING THIS FORUM FOR PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR OPINIONS.

    I WAS A FAN ADN SUPPORTER OF MUSHARRAF UNTIL A FEW MONTHS AGO, BUT EVER SINCE HIS TOUR OF THE USA AND HIS TRYING TO SELL HIS BOOK OVER COUNTRY’S INTERESTS I HAVE LOST ALL LIKING FOR HIM.  I THINK THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW.

  155. Rehan says:
    March 12th, 2007 5:16 pm

    If the letter by Mr. Naeem Bokhari is indeed true, I feel that Musharraf had grounds for his dismissal.

  156. Bhindigosht says:
    March 12th, 2007 5:29 pm

    This in the BBC news report today.

    >>>>>> Iftikhar Chaudhry told trainee military officers in February that, in his opinion, General Musharraf could not continue as army chief beyond his present term as president.

    Observers say there can be no better reason for his suspension last Friday than these remarks.

  157. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 12th, 2007 6:25 pm
  158. SS says:
    March 12th, 2007 8:53 pm

    Feeling very concerned about this:

    The News – Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    LHC moved to cancel licences of private TV channels

    By our correspondent

    LAHORE: Justice Hamid Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought reply from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) over the operations of two private television channels.

    The judge directed the Pemra to submit a report whether or not two of the private television channels were telecasting their transmission in accordance with the rules and regulations. The court issued this direction while taking up a petition filed by a local lawyer Muhammad Arshad and also referred the petition to the chief justice of the LHC to constitute a larger bench for further hearing of the petition.

    The petitioner-advocate has submitted that the respondents’ television channels were telecasting derogatory information about current national issues especially in relation to the reference filed by President Pervez Musharraf against Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

    The petitioner said that almost all the private television channels were trying to outpace each other in maligning the Army and the judiciary, which are the two highly placed and esteemed institutions of our homeland. He submitted that while issuing licences to the TV channels their owners are being bound by certain terms and conditions including observance of respect of sovereignty, security and integrity of Pakistan.

    The television channels are bound to ensure that their programmes do not encourage violence, terrorism, extremism, militancy or hatred to comply with the rules framed under the Pemra Ordinance, 2002, he added.

    He said that according to the rules of the Pemra, no programme would be aired or distributed which passes derogatory remarks about any community. Muhammad Arshad advocate submitted in his petition that almost all the TV channels including the respondent channels were indulging in all aforementioned illegal activities these days tending to undermine the integrity and solidarity of the country. He prayed the court that the government and Pemra be directed to initiate punitive action against both respondent TV channels and such other channels and to cancel their licences.

  159. March 12th, 2007 9:52 pm

    [...] The Chief Justice removed. Media being muzzled. Lawyers protesting beaten up. [...]

  160. omar r. quraishi says:
    March 12th, 2007 10:17 pm

    Editorial, The News, March 13, 2007

    All the makings of a police state

    The events since Friday make extremely depressing reading for anyone remotely concerned about the state of the nation. The continued virtual house arrest of the suspended chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, is a black spot on this government that will be difficult — one would say, almost impossible — to erase from public memory. As if the humiliation of Justice Chaudhry being summoned to Army House and being asked to explain to the president (wearing army fatigues) the allegations contained in a now-controversial letter was not enough, one now learns that since Friday the suspended chief justice of Pakistan and his family have had their telephone lines disconnected, their mobile phones taken away and have been prohibited from watching television or reading newspapers. According to several reports, most quoting Justice Chaudhry’s family members, the house of the suspended chief justice is swarming with officials of the intelligence agencies and no one is allowed to enter the premises, though retired air force chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan did manage to argue and walk past the guards and meet Justice Chaudhry.

    In doing all of this, the government has clearly overstepped its authority. Justice Chaudhry, if Article 209 has been followed and read properly, has had a reference filed against him for misconduct and abuse of office. However, preventing him from meeting people and restricting his and his family’s movement, and not letting him establish contact with anyone outside his residence gives the impression as if the government considers him a dangerous criminal who is a clear and present danger to society. What the government has been doing since Friday is only going to exacerbate the crisis and lower its credibility — already quite low — in the eyes of (it can be safely said) most Pakistanis because they will think that if this can happen to a chief justice of the Supreme Court then ordinary citizens might just as well forget about receiving their constitutionally guaranteed right to due process and a fair hearing.

    By denying the suspended chief justice the right to move around freely, to meet whoever he wishes or even to talk to the media, the government is in violation of the Constitution, and specifically of the constitutional process by which a member of the Supreme Court is to be removed from office. Surely, the president, the prime minister, members of the federal cabinet and even the brother judges of Justice Chaudhry would agree that his is a case of convicting without even being given a fair hearing. Surely, it can be seen that Article 209 does not authorise the president, or anyone for that matter, with the power to restrict the physical movement of a judge against whom a reference has been filed and to bar him from using any link to the outside world. A lot of damage has already been done by this full frontal assault on the judiciary of the country.

    Of course, no one should defend a judge, no matter how august he may be, if he indulges in conduct unbecoming of his office and misuses his official powers. But allegations should not be equated with proof and conviction — something that the government’s actions suggest is the case — and the method and process outlined in the Constitution need to be followed. This constitutional method does not have any provision for physically restricting a judge under investigation from moving about freely and stripping away his officially entitled privileges — the latter can be done only after the investigation has been carried out and a recommendation for removal made by the Supreme Judicial Council and acted upon by the president. Even in that eventuality, the action should not be seen as high-handed and vindictive — which seems to be the case now, despite the fact that the charges against Justice Chaudhry remain mere allegations. As has been reported widely, on the day of his suspension following the filing of the presidential reference, Justice Chaudhry was stopped from entering the premises of the Supreme Court building and escorted to his house by a senior police official. Even now, with a reference filed against him but none of the charges proved, the suspended chief justice should be free to visit his office if he so wishes because there is nothing in the Constitution that prevents any judge of the Supreme or High Courts, and against whom a reference has been filed with the Supreme Judicial Council, from attending his office.

    There is one other point as well: ministers should not consider the people of this country to be bumpkins who cannot see what is going on. When told that Air Marshal Asghar Khan had met Justice Chaudhry who told him that he (Justice Chaudhry) had no access to the phone, TV or newspapers, one member of the federal cabinet expressed surprise and then went on to say that this itself was proof that the chief justice was free to meet people. Surely, the hordes of journalists, politicians and well-wishers standing outside the gates of Justice Chaudhry’s official residence and denied entry by the security staff posted there speak of an entirely contrary situation, one that really puts official claims that he is free to meet anyone to shame. The government needs to extricate itself from this ugly situation before it spirals out of control. Any delay in repairing the damage can only convince most Pakistanis that they live in a country that has all the makings of a police state. Also, equally importantly, the government needs to understand that for the sake of its own credibility this farce needs to come to an end.

  161. bhindigosht says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:38 pm

    Sacha Pakistani sahib/sahiba, kya aap apna yeh qeemti mushwara hukoomat ko nahin dey saktey? Un key kaalay qartooton ki wajah sey yeh haal hai.

  162. bhindigosht says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:39 pm

    Omar, I have to say that your colleague reporter Ansar Abbasi has guts. The guy is relentless! Hats off to him.

  163. Ahmed says:
    March 12th, 2007 11:58 pm

    Sacha Paksitani

    app jantey hain kay terrorist or jehadiyon ki sanaat mein pakistan saf-e-awal ka naam hey. pakistan ka naam hi jihadi label kay liye kaafi hay, aur yahan per hum sab jihad key nichlay tareen darjey pe karband hain yaa’ni zuban se jihad kar rahey hain. Zulm per ihtajaaj karna bhi jihaad hay aur hum zubaan se woh husher machain gay key dictator apni wardi mein kaanp jayen gay.
    bol kay lab azad hain teray!!

  164. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 13th, 2007 12:28 am

    The Jang group and Aaj TV have done some very courageous reporting and commentary, which seems to have made the government really angry. The following report in Dawn is about these two channels being made to go off air for some time.

    http://www.dawn.com/2007/03/13/top3.htm

    There has also been a statement from the supreme court with a vailed threat of contempt proceedings for continuing with open coverage.

    In light of this, I think it’s important to collect some videos and put them on the internet. May be ATP should make a whole thread specifically for utube videos on this story.

  165. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 13th, 2007 12:34 am

    What happened to the video link in post 148?

    Yes Bhindigosht, I couldn’t agree with you more about Ansar Abbassi. I also think today’s editorial in the news and yesterday’s Kamran Khan show were excellent. The media is showing a lot of guts here.

  166. omar r. quraishi says:
    March 13th, 2007 3:27 am

    yes bhindi – also dont forget the editors who place his stories and take them prominently

  167. Pakistani says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:23 am

    Good Day Everyone,

    At least this was not a surprize that a CJ was sack (the way he was sacked). Unfortunately I am a Pakistani and know exactly what is going on behind closed doors in Pakistan.

    A country where Army runs the best Reat Estate Companies, Banks, Fertilizer Companies and number of other Business Entities, it definitely is not a surprize.

    A country where an Army General (or even a MAJOR) becomes Multi-millionaire in US $) is definitely not a surprize.

    A country where an ex banker can become a Prime Minister from a place (where he has NEVER BEEN in his LIFE) ….

    A place where a Head Constable’s children rules the PUNJAB and become Multi-Billionaires.

    A country where there is not safety and no traffic laws, no clean water and no proper electricity and Power and Money are the only GODS…

    HOW on earth we can expect a Gentlemen’s behaviour from a DICTATOR when it comes to something which he DOES not LIke.

    And a Dictator which is Directly paid by US and enjoys whatever he wishes to do..

    GOD BLESS our poor people and god bless those who are less priviliaged

    A Pakistani – who is ashmed to be a Pakistani

  168. Ahmed says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:35 am

    بستی والوں Ú©Û’ ليے ÙˆÛ

  169. Lahori says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:48 pm

    I agree, the most important place right now is the corps commanders and the question really is, how long will they stand for this. Those who know the structure of the Army know that this is the real power base. Once teh corps commanders lose faith in Musharraf, then he is doomed.

    I am not sure, however, if that has happened yet. They are themselves more and more int the ‘game’ now.

  170. Disciple says:
    March 13th, 2007 3:35 pm
  171. Disciple says:
    March 13th, 2007 6:14 pm
  172. Hamza says:
    March 13th, 2007 10:44 pm

    It seems like the lust for power finally gone to Gen. Musharraf’s head. In his autobiography, the great general listed Nawaz Sharif’s shambolic treatment of the Judiciary as one the main reasons for his coup. Eight years later, his disdainful treatment of the judiciary is no different from that of Mr. Sharif. Ironic, isn’t it?

    Given enought time in power; the military becomes indistinguishable from the elected politicians they throw out of office.

  173. Critic says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:36 am

    I think the behavior of government functionaries on this issue has been despicable. Durrani, Arbab and Wasi have made a mockery of the oath they took when they were sworn in. It reminds me of a funny poem about politics.

    Yeh sayasatton ka khail hai.
    Yeh munafiqqon ki jail hai.
    Yahan Bhonkta koi our hai.
    Yahan Kat ta koi our hai.

    Same here, Durrani, Arbab and Wasi are barking and Musharraf is biting.

    And hats off to Ansar Abbasi. He is a true and honest journalist.

    By the way I think any thing less than the reinstatement of the CJP should be unacceptable to Pakistanis.

  174. Critic says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:07 am

    Mr Imtiaz,

    Whatever his (the CJP’s) political standing or affiliations the fact of the matter is that the CJP was courageous enough to take on issues which no one else was willing to take on. Specifically, the steel mills and missing persons.

    Every one has faults but that does not mean that we ignore the positive things they have done. His courage in resisting the full weight of the government machinery which was trying to convince him to retire shows that the CJP has the moral fibre which is unfortunately lacking in our Commando General.

  175. March 14th, 2007 2:14 am

    What has been done with Supreme Court of Pakistan and how does our image has been damaged, being a Pakistani i suggest that Gen. Musharraf should be hanged as he has violated country law and constitution as well. Actual culprit is Gen Musharraf!!

  176. Purana Fauji says:
    March 14th, 2007 11:58 am

    I think this is now about the President, not the Chief Justice. Just from comments here it is clear that the President is beginning to lose his supporters and people (also me) who once liked him can no longer defend him. Thsi is now probably the worst crisis that Musharraf has faced. The interesting thing is what other Army generals are thinking and whether they are putting any pressure on him

  177. Angel says:
    March 14th, 2007 9:19 am

    Naeem Bukhari letter is a preplanned drama just to undermine the judiciary in order to get the political benefits. Who says judiciary is independent. I wonder wht would happen to pakistan at the end…..Asian tiger!! or something else.

  178. Bhindigosht says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:39 pm

    The Pakistani physicians in the US are planning to take out ads in the newspapers in Pakistan condemning the military and the current fiasco.

  179. bhindigosht says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:08 pm

    Pakistani, with due respect, what image are you talking about? Don’t tell me you are buying into Mush’s delusional rantings. Pakistan’s image abroad is crap, and lying apathetically like a dead fish during this fresh outrage by the military and ISI is not going to improve it. If anything, beacuse of these protests Pakistan will gain respect as a country whose citizens are willing to protest for the rule of law.

  180. Ahmed says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:09 pm

    Research has proved that repetitive injury to brain by activity like Marching injurs irreversibly the brain so that has happened to BUSHARAF

    Ahmed

  181. March 15th, 2007 12:50 am

    [...] I was watching the dramatic developments regarding Chief Justice of Pakistan’s case on GEO news today and wondering how much more we have to see after seeing police misbehaving with Chief Justice and his family. [...]

  182. March 15th, 2007 8:41 pm

    [...] It seems now that the Government of Pakistan has banned Kamran Khan Show as yet another casualty in teh ongoing saga of the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s (CJP) removal from office. Geo has just made it public and Kamran Khan appeared on Geo News just a few moments ago and apologized to viewers that he would not be able to present his show due to this ban. [...]

  183. March 16th, 2007 1:44 am

    [...] The last week has been a whirlwind of disturbing development. Starting with the removal of Chief Justice Chaudhry Mohammad Iftikhar by the President, things just kept going from bad to worse. Protesting lawyers were mistreated, as was the Chief Justice, Minister Wasi Zafar embarrassed himself as well as the nation yet again, and most recently we saw that not just the judiciary but also the press is under stress as private TV channels are told to cool off and the GEO TV news show by Kamran Khan was banned. [...]

  184. March 16th, 2007 2:05 am

    Intresting thing guys. It made me laugh.

    Govt in talks with CJ as way out of crisis

    KARACHI, March 15: Shaken by spontaneous outpourings of public support for the chief justice, the government has nervously initiated talks with Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry for a mutually acceptable resolution of what has been described as the country’s most bitter judicial crisis, it emerged on Thursday

    Source: dawn.com/2007/03/16/top1.htm

  185. March 16th, 2007 2:10 am
  186. Bulbul khan says:
    March 16th, 2007 9:30 am

    It is distressing to see such a crises created by General Musharaf and his associates.The frustration and anger of the people of Pakistan is now bieng displayed.They have had enough of his misuse of power.I commend and salute C J for standing up to Musharaf and not fading into the shodows,as so many have done in the past.I was appauld to see the media coverage of this events today,it high lights the bully tactics of the dictatorship and proves that there is no freedom for the expression and the pakistani people have no rights to protest.Police and miltary were the one craeting the voilance,they were shear thugs.It is now time for the people of pakistan to stand up to this resigm.(long live pakistan)

  187. a malik says:
    March 17th, 2007 3:56 pm

    Open letter to Lord Justice Javed Iqbal

    Thursday, March 15, 2007
    Your FCO Ref: FCO Pro Bono Panel/suo moto/larger bench /2007

    Private and strictly confidential and for the addressee only

    Lord Justice Javed Iqbal
    Acting Lord Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
    Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Islamabad
    Pakistan
    Section Lines # 9220581-9220600
    Fax # 9213452
    Email: scp2000@isb.paknet.com.pk

    Dear Honourable Lord Justice Mr. Iqbal, the Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan

    Re: Chief Justice of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

    We at the Association of Pakistani Lawyers (APL) along with fellow English Judges & Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales as well as members of respective regional Bars and ex pat members of APL refer to above and we jointly express our deep sorrow and dismay at the ‘ill treatment’ of current Chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary at the hands of local police on the 13th March 2007 as well as his continuous detention of which your Lordship took a suo moto notice yesterday and we appreciate and welcome this gesture of good will towards your fellow brother Judge.

    We all jointly appreciate in the highest terms of the Lord Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary’s unprecedented determination to face allegations against him at SJC and not to resign from his constitutional position. English media declared it a ‘Judicial Error’ as was the editorial in The Times newspaper (London) on 14 March 2007 at the following link:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article1511796.ece

    We all are agreed on one point and are in favour of judicial activism when government of the day fails to deliver truly the relief people deserves, however, unconstitutional means follow when constitution fails to address the real issues and we foresee and fear a trail of further unconstitutional action(s) which may be in the offing and can trigger any time due to foreign interest in our country and request the Acting Judge to be ready to face the challenge to preserve rule of law and superiority of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973.

    We jointly request your Lordship’s intervention and consideration in order to initiate a full scrutiny of the above matter by forming a full bench consisting of all Apex judges in SC within a limited time frame to ensure proper scrutiny of Article, 209 and ensuring justice with the sitting Chief Justice of Pakistan. We are assured by your court as always and by previous incidents that ‘Justice will be done in this matter as was in the case of Mukhtara Maee, Sonia Naz, victims of Basant and missing people, trial of which are pending.

    My Lord, We all jointly request your worship to consider the following:

    • Kindly Consider to meet the Chief Justice ‘one to one’ to assure him that he will get a fair hearing against the reference filed with ‘Supreme Judicial Council’ by the President of Pakistan on the 9th of March 2007.
    • Kindly Consider to call a full court of all Apex judges to consider this important constitutional elaboration in the light of the reference and Executive’s insistence to make CJ ‘non functional’ contrary to the letter and Spirit of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 (Art 209) as there is no precedent of CJ ever being made non functional in any country in the World unless charged with a criminal offence or treason.
    • Kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to restore Chief’s administrative position as CJ because Art. 209 is silent on the ‘non functional’ status of CJ and there is no provision of non functional Chief justice as would be the case if President is impeached and or Prime Minster awaits the outcome of a no confidence motion. To our consolidated view CJ may not take legal cases due to future application of ‘miscarriage of Justice’ allegation against the judgments he delivers whist he awaits the outcome of his reference, however we feel that he still remain functional and may not leave Supreme Court un administered.
    • Kindly Consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to restore all privileges of the CJ and bring him out of said ‘house arrest’ and allow him to meet his lawyers and whosoever the Honourable CJ desires, CJ also must be provided with the local necessities such as newspapers, telephone facility, and medication as he desires and CJ must be allowed to use his chamber and staff at SC.
    • Furthermore, kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to restore order to restore normalcy around CJ’s private life as we learnt with shame that his daughter is not allowed to attend school, as well as his family is restrained to entertain their worried relatives and they are unable to communicate independently to convey their well being and are unable to meet them.
    • Kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to order full restoration of Chief Justice’s protocol and privileges less his judicial duties.
    • Kindly consider as an issue to resolve by full court reference to consider hearing the submissions of Attorney General as to prima facie allegations to prove that there is a reference to answer as there is several references and complaints already pending and not always all complaints are just and equitable, and before making him non functional if that is the desire of Apex Court a prima facie case must be made with regard to reference.
    • Kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference an option of Govt. withdrawing the said reference if the Government is willing to request the President in the supreme national interest as the media trial of CJ and remarks of two CM’s and media minister as well as wide circulation of the letter of Advocate cum TV star Naeem Bukhari has already put CJ in a very compromised position and he may not get a fair hearing if the media trial continues.
    • Kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to order to ensure that the chief justice at least to have a fair hearing against this reference. Chief Justice deserves a due respect and proper treatment to have his legal team for consultation and advice and unless Council decides otherwise all the privileges he deserves in the remit of constitution.
    • Kindly consider an issue to resolve by full court reference to invite and appoint the senior most judges in the SC as the Acting Chief Justice. In current case Mr. Justice Rana Bhagwan Das has done this job twice in the past when current CJ was on foreign tour to China and for pilgrimage and we do not see any reason why he can not redo it again. I hope he will be happy to do it again though reluctantly if the matter proceeds. There are rumors circulating about his presence in the country, therefore, in this ‘national constitutional crisis’ the prolonged leave and absence of Justice Bhagwan Das is adding more suspense to this mystery, and your Lordship is kindly invited to consider giving Mr. Justice Das a courtesy call to invite him to return to his homeland and if already in country to attend SC to perform his constitutional duty.

    If your Lordship ensures that, we assure you that the working of Supreme Court will resume as normal. We will just mention here a lesson of history though we tend not to learn the lesson(s) of history and forget it quickly. Around the year of 1616 The Queen Elizabeth the First of England tried to subdue her Chief Justice Mr. Justice Edward Coke who gave decisions against the realm and people resented and took to street and made him a living legend, its still time to hold the last assault on CJ which may prove disastrous for the judiciary as well as the interest of Pakistan.

    We expect your speedy action on this issue and request to consider this letter as a request to call a full court reference to decide the following:

    • Appointment of Senior Most judge as Acting CJ under Art 180.
    • True elaboration of Art 209 and legal position of CJ whether he can be made ‘non functional’ or not.
    • Construction of SJC to maximize fairness and how this can be guaranteed addressing prima facie reservations of CJ.

    We are sure when the Apex judges will sit and ponder this most controversial reference in the Judicial history of Pakistan, they will come to an understanding how to proceed in the best interest of the country preserving rule of law and ensuring individual’s interest to guarantee fairness and due process of law. History is in the making if today Lord Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhary is removed unconstitutionally as he is restrained at his house, what guarantee lies ahead that any Chief Justice in future including your Lordship who tend to hear any controversial case against the Govt. may not be removed and detained by announcing and filing merely a plain reference before SJC challenging his conduct.

    It’s a dangerous tendency and only Supreme Court itself from its own internal mechanism can address and challenge it and may save this institution by due consultation, wisdom, patience and honour and we wish you all the best in your endeavours to bring us all out of this constitutional quagmire. We agree that personalities are not higher than national interest and sometimes, one ought to sacrifice personal pride and interest upon supreme national interest, may be same must apply to our rulers too. Once again I am grateful for your access to us. Please do not hesitate to contact the Association at 01706-346011 if we can be of any assistance and we look forward to hearing from your Lordship a statement which has become a public demand a surety of ‘justice’.

    Yours faithfully,

    Amjad Malik, MA, LLM
    Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
    Life Member SCBA (Pakistan)
    Chair Association of Pakistani Lawyers (UK)

    http://www.prideofpakistan.com:8080/maincontroller?requestId=26&id=126

  188. March 18th, 2007 12:27 am

    Interesting editorial in the Daily Times today. Some excerpts:

    …who jumped the gun and ordered the police attack on the offices of Geo TV and The News, compelling President Musharraf to apologise? Why are Khurshid Kasuri and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed distancing themselves from the events and suggesting that the prime minister and the cabinet were bypassed on these issues by hidden and more powerful forces? So we are forced to ask the question again: who is giving the orders, if it is neither President Musharraf nor Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz?

    President Musharraf is fully aware of the freedom of expression he has allowed in Pakistan and the great goodwill this has generated for him across the world. Therefore it stands to reason that those who ordered the attack on the media are out to discredit and undermine him.

    Fortunately for President Musharraf, the opposition is still undecided about how united a front it should present when it finally joins the public unrest and exploits it to bend the will of the government about his re-election in his dual capacity and holding the 2007 general elections under the old Election Commission. He says he will accept the SJC’s decision on the fate of the chief justice. But if the SJC retreats in the face of public agitation and restores the CJP it would be a blow to the legitimacy of the president that he might find difficult to survive without taking the country to an even bigger next crisis.

    Now may be the time for President Musharraf to consider an early announcement of his plans to be constitutionally more coherent and upfront in the next general elections. As soon as the current crisis subsides and before another one builds up â€

  189. G HUSSAIN AGHA says:
    March 20th, 2007 7:00 am

    it is another game of “iktdar ko tol do” of this Pesedent mushuraf regime,i don’t think that what will be effect of this act,but one thing is clear that “insaf milna assan nahee” that may be for common man or may be for cheif justice.

  190. CJ Reference says:
    March 20th, 2007 5:34 pm

    Here are the 35 charges against CJP. BBC has published a copy of reference.

    In my view, these are stupid kind of charges and looks like a joke to me. I can’t believe Mushy is getting such poor legal advice.

  191. Roshan says:
    March 20th, 2007 8:24 pm

    Another wonderful story by Ansar Abbasi about CJ and General Musharraf’s discussion in the news today:

    Sifting facts from fiction
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=6644

  192. March 21st, 2007 12:31 am

    The News published today the full reference filed agianst the Chief Justice, Chaudhry Iftikhar.

    HERE

  193. March 21st, 2007 1:16 am

    As expected, This is a replica of Naeem Bukhari’s Letter but Musharraf claimed that Shareefuddin Peerzada was the first person who was reason for such reference? I dont get it because he has stepped back now due to some weird reason.

  194. Ismail Hussein says:
    March 21st, 2007 12:47 pm

    Does the postponing of the hearing mean that they are negotiating and want this whole affair to somehow go away!

  195. Kamran Qamar says:
    March 21st, 2007 8:30 am

    Respected Dr Shahid.

    this is kamran qamar.main ap k program rozana dekhta hoon aur us se bohat sari information hasil karta hoon.jab ap ko 1st time GEO per dekha phelay to heran hua aur us k bad pershan hua k apna itna bara network koin chor diya.kafi din thak to is per sochta raha aur mujahy is k koi jawab nahi mil raha tha. pher mujhay kisis na batay k ARY per pressure tha jo jis ki waja se apko chorna par gia tha.lakin pher b dil nahi manta tha.last week jab ap k programe suna aur apne jo fact bataye woh meray khyal main sub k liye heran kun thay.agar main musaraf ki jagha hota to istifa day dayta.

    aj main ap se kuch discuss karna chahta hoon.main is bare main bohat zida to nahi janta hoon, haan itna zaror hai k jannay ki try karta hoon.basically main na sociology main master kia hua hai aur job ki talash kar raha hoon aur basically humara km observation karna hota hai k isa koin ho raha hai.lakain yeh bat main manta hoon apki observation k samnay mari observation to kuch b nahi hai.main na socha k main apk sath yeh bat discuss karoon may b ap mari is bat k koi acha sa jawab day dain.

    ap na aksar dekha ho ga k agar ek kawa (crow)mar jaye to sare kaway ekhate ho jate hain.isi trhan agar kisi community per koi bat aye to saray log jo un community k hote hain sath ho jate hain chahe un k kitnay b ikhtalf koin na hoon. is bat ki examples humare mulk main b kafi milti hain. ap teacher ko lay lain, ap students ko lay lain, ap business man ko lay lain, ap factory owners ko lay lain.

    lakin hum jab siyasat danoon ki bat karte hain to yeh cheez bilkul b dekhanay ko nahi milti.mujhay nahi samjh ati k yeh koun se jins hain is ki kia pehchan hai? is ki kia zarorat hai? is ki kia soch hai.ap ne hamesha dekha ho ga k agar kisi siyasat dan k sath kuch bura hota hai to us k sabab b sarif aur sarif siyasat dan he hota hai.

    agar ek janwar par koi muskil aye to us jins k sare janwar sath kahre ho jate hain jab thak k woh pershani khatam na ho jaye.

    ap mujh se zida achi trhan jante hain k sare k sare siysat dan ek dosre k kuch na kuch lagte hain pher yeh log isa koin karte hain?sara din ek dosre k sath beth kar chaye pite hain aur rat main jab yeh log media par ate hain to us ki isi ki tisi kar dayte hain.apne khud dekha ho ga jalsoo main jaloson main ek siyasat dan ko mar par rahi hoti hai us ko police ghaseet k lay ja rahi hoti hai,us ko danday mar rahi hoti hai to us k pechay betha hua b ek aur siyasat dan hota hai.

    khada k liya mujahy bataye k yah log akhar koun se jins hain in ko kia naam diya jaye, in ki zat kia hai in k mazhab kia hai in ki zaroat kia hi?

    agar kabhi mumkin ho to ek bar is par apna progame zaror karna. kam sa kam logon ko b to pata chale k yeh koun log hain aur kia chahte hain?

    ek aur bat b main na pochni thi ap se aur woh yeh k aj kal media par sare Ministers yeh keh rahay hain k CH IFTAKHAR na yeh kia woh kia authorties ko miss use kia.kuch din phlay jang main siyasat danon ki property ki detail ayi thi aur un ko perh k mera demag karab ho gia.

    meray baap b 2 karor se zida ki property hai aur aj thak main na un ko nahi dekha k unhoon na kabhi achay hotel main khana khaya ho (holiday inn, PC, etc). aj thak meray baap k pass car nahi hai.sari zindagi wagan par safar kia.yeh log kisay bare hotels main khana kha layte hain. bari bari gharyun main kisay ghumtay hain, her month Other counties k kisay chakar lagte hain? agar ho sake to is k bare main b kuch bataye ga

    Do take a very very good care of yourself

    Regard,

    KAMRAN QAMAR

  196. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 21st, 2007 9:18 am

    If you pick any advisor or minister [heck even secretaries] among the hundreds roaming around in islamabad you would find a lot worse crimes than the ones written in this charge sheet. My point being “WAS IT WORTH RIPPING APART JUDICIARY” for these charges, General? I clearly see that Shaukat Aziz has a hand in it and for reasons many have been talking about for months.

  197. Ayesha Khan says:
    March 21st, 2007 3:42 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Iftikhar_chaudhry_agencies.jpg
    Adil have the courage to put this picture on the front page not Faryal Gauher’s!

  198. Bhindigosht says:
    March 21st, 2007 3:51 pm

    The latest from Durr Fitte (alias Mohd. Durrani, alias GOP mouthpiece not-yet-run-amok-like-partner in delusional-nirvana-Wasi Duffer): Durrani says rejecting protest call is nation’s trust on govt.
    Iss bechare ka bura haal honay wala hai, when the wheel turns.

  199. farrukh says:
    March 21st, 2007 3:55 pm

    Adil, I just don’t understand how you can suffer people like ‘Ayesha’ without your blood boiling over.

    At least look around before you shout. The picture was on the front column for a whole day – that is how I saw it first. And is still at ATP here.

  200. Disciple says:
    March 21st, 2007 4:04 pm

    Is there a copy of the pic without the text somewhere? Thanks.

  201. Akif Nizam says:
    March 21st, 2007 5:25 pm

    HAZARA: President Jamiat-e-Uleema Islam-S (JUI-S) Senator Maulana Samiul Haq Wednesday expressed concern over appointment of a non- Muslim chief justice of a highest court of the Islamic country.

    While talking to mediamen at Khanpur, Hazara, he said that no non-Muslim judge has ever been appointed as chief justice of a Muslim state in the Islamic history.

    He termed Bhagwandas expected appointment for CJ of an Islamic state as against Shariah.

  202. farrukh says:
    March 21st, 2007 5:50 pm

    As usual, the maulana ha no idea of what he is taling about.

    Justice A.R. Cornelius wasthe Chief Justice of Pakistan and probably amonsg the most respected jurists of Pakistan’s history.

    When Ghulam Mohammad dismissed the Assembly, Cornelius was one of the Justices who wrote teh dissenting opinion (the then Chief Justice, Munir, unfortuanetly did what most chief justices have done… succumb to government pressure).

  203. Disciple says:
    March 21st, 2007 6:31 pm

    Is it the same JUI which opposed creation of Pakistan? If their aspiration had come true i.e. no Pakistan how many Hindu Chief Justices would they have had to contend with? Almost all.

    These Mullahs are simply trouble and should be kicked out of the country as soon as possible.

  204. Rana says:
    March 22nd, 2007 3:25 pm

    I would like to inform all the country peoples that now time has arrived when this disgusting Mushraf will try to run America to save his soul so this is my humble request to all of you please for the sake of Allah don’t allow him for this act even any of his companion so he had to face what had he sow .

  205. Rana says:
    March 22nd, 2007 3:51 pm

    مشرÙ

  206. Lal Salaam says:
    March 22nd, 2007 5:38 pm

    Adil, can you please have a new post for the CJ saga? It will keep the issue fresh (since it is fresh).Thanks so much.

  207. khalid niazi says:
    March 27th, 2007 5:19 am

    I think all pakistani nation should salute to honorable chief justice of suprime court mr.IFTIKHAR MOHAMMAD CHAUDRY,he is a beacon of light in this dark period of gen.musharraf,we are very proud on chief justice,may ALLAH help him.

  208. wasif says:
    March 27th, 2007 2:14 pm

    The cycle of absurdity will continue with the Military at the realm. … Look at the country; Where ever you go you either find; defense Societies, General Colonies, Golf Courses etc… They have usurped the entire prime land of Pakistan. They spread rumors and misinformation about civilians where as in reality the military junta is the MOST CORRUPT INSTITUTION that exists in Pakistan.

    This 23rd march or 14 august or any other national day, Let the three heads of Army, Navy and Air force stand in line on national TV and salute the people of Pakistan for the misery they have had to live under because all they did was sacrifice and sacrifice for last 50 years. 60% of national budget is sucked by these vultures!!

  209. KAWA1 says:
    March 27th, 2007 5:58 pm

    {PAKISTANI; YOU WROTE…}

    PAKISTANI Mar 14th, 2007 at 4:51 pm Quote

    Don’t you guys have any shame.
    DOn’t you know how much your are hurting Pakistan’s image by putting up these pictures and writing these comments.
    Think about it. How will someone from outside look at Pakistan after seeing and reading this.
    Sometimes its just better to remain quiet, for the good of your country.
    ____________________________________________________

    IT IS NEVER A SHAME TO SPEAK THE TRUTH. THE PROPHET SPOKE THE TRUTH WHEN COMMANDED BY GOD. HE BELONGED TO A WEALTHY FAMILY AND ALL PROMINENT LEADERS IN MACCA AND MADINA PLEADED WITH HIM NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH….

    SHAME IS WHEN YOU HIDE THE TRUTH… WE STAND PROUD AS A NATION WHEN CITIZENS HAVE THE GUTS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH AND DEFY FORCES OF OPPRESSION…

    SHAME ON YOU FOR POSTING THOSE COMMENTS. YOU ARE A TRUE PAKISTANI, ONE WHO BROUGHT PAKISTAN TO THIS POINT.

  210. Umer says:
    March 29th, 2007 1:59 am

    CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry has become teh new hero of Pakistan. Read in today NEWS:
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=6813

    See:
    “It took Justice Chaudhry more than three hours to reach the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) from his home. More than 500 lawyers accorded him a warm welcome near Kutcheri Chowk. They accompanied the convoy of Justice Chaudhry from Kutcheri Chowk to the HCBA building, covering the four-kilometer distance on foot. Throughout the way Justice Chaudhry remained in the Land Cruiser which was being driven by his counsel Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan. More than 2,500 lawyers welcomed Justice Chaudhry at the high court bar”

  211. babbi says:
    March 28th, 2007 1:37 am

    Finally, the Army has found the only corrupt person in Pakistan, ITS CJ.

    Corruption always trickle from the top. Who on the earth is going to put reference against these brigadiers and generals having lots and lots of property and bulging bank accounts.

    You can ask the people involved in Military supplies, the percentage of comission that is demanded by these Army officials.

  212. KAWA1 says:
    March 28th, 2007 4:36 am

    babbi, a relative of ours did business with defense Purchase (DGDP). He was so tired of Generals/Brig/Col’s demands and commissions. Most of the top brass demands their commissions overseas in Western banks. The money was mostly used by the generals wife’s and children traveling and buying properties abroad.

    The guy ultimately died of heart failure. He lived in absolute pressure all his life and cursed the day he started this line of business. He died at age 48

  213. Imran Bhatt says:
    March 28th, 2007 8:11 am

    After trampling down every democratic institution in Pakistan under his military boots, General Pervaiz Musharif turned his guns towards the last bastion of civil liberties in Pakistan i.e. Supreme Court of Pakistan. After failing to intimidate Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Choudary to resign he then suspended him on false and flimsy accusations. We need to remember he is the same Chief Justice who ruled privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills as illegal. He is the same Chief Justice who directed the government trace disappearance of people by secret agencies of Pakistan.

    This could be very important juncture in the political history of Pakistan where judiciary has a dark history of following military orders by providing military rulers ‘legal justifications’ for their unconstitutional acts by legal creativeness of “doctrine of necessityâ€

  214. Wakeel says:
    March 30th, 2007 2:50 am

    We cannot keep going from one judicial crisis to another. SOme way has to be found to make the judiciary really independent. Once that happens a lot of others things will get fixed themselves.

  215. KAWA1 says:
    March 28th, 2007 11:48 pm

    The Link Newspaper March 23

    Text from Qur’an;

    “Oyou who have attained unto faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding justice; bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own self or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person be rich or poor. God’s claim takes precedence over the claims of either of them. Do not then follow your desires lest you swerve from justice for, if you distort the truth, behold God is indeed aware of all that you do” {4:135), and Justice God will definitely do “even if it were an atom’s weight”

  216. babbi says:
    March 29th, 2007 12:56 am

    kawa1, I feel sad for your friend and this country.

    I am totally depressed and lost any kind of hope that anything good will happen in our lifetime.

    It is absolute chaos which is not likely to end as all the pakistanis now have compromised to live in it.

  217. KAWA1 says:
    March 29th, 2007 4:53 am

    babbi, I feel your frustration but trust me my friend, this will end. We thought Zia ul Haq was there forever…what happened!

    The tyrants ultimately fade away..Umer brings encouraging news of CJ reception by 2500 lawyers… someone in President House must be worried!!

  218. babbi says:
    March 30th, 2007 8:43 am

    Thanks KAWA1 for your optimism. Yes, you are right we should not let the hope fade away.

  219. hakkim says:
    March 31st, 2007 4:37 pm

    ADVOCATE NAEEM BOKHARI’S 2ND LETTER – TO THE CHAIRMAN CENTRAL BOARD OF REVENUE, ISLAMABAD.

    Update: I just read it. Please do read it in its entirety as it is the 2nd brilliant eye opening letter by the Advocate Naeem Bokhari, which might also have some unforeseen happenings attached to it. My comments follow the post.

    Mr. Abdullah Yousaf
    Chairman
    Central Board of Revenue
    Islamabad
    Pakistan

    Dear sir:
    I write this letter as an Officer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; as an Advocate of the apex Court and the High Courts; as an Attorney who has paid more income tax from his earnings than many of my friends and colleagues, and as a patriot who has a stake in the dispensation of economic justice, intimately and vitally interested in the efficient functioning of Central Board of Revenue, Pakistan.

    Many Commissioners of Income Tax and Collectors of Customs know me for decades, as a person endowed by nature with a pleasant disposition and acceptance of human failings. As a true patriot and well wisher of the Country, I gave my sincere observations to Mr Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan which proved beneficial for him as well as the Country and saved both from a bigger disaster. In same manner, I submit myself with these sincere facts towards the Central Board of Revenue as I also want to see it on a high pedestal of dignity, compassion and justice, tempered with mercy.
    I have seen Central Board of Revenue headed by Mueen-uddin Khan, Syed Mohsin Asad, Miyan Iqbal Fareed, Syed Riyaz Naqvi and Riyaz Malik and how the CBR functioned under them in the 1980s/1990s.
    I was appalled at the manner in which the Central Board of Revenue remained under the reins of mismanagement and corruption. I was horrified by the move of former Chairman CBR, Riyaz Malik, who got extended the serving contract periods of all the CBR Members hired from the private sector, on the pretext of Tax Reforms. This was clearly designed to block your posting as the Chairman CBR by getting extended his own tenure in the name of Tax Reforms. The accelerated issue of the notification transferring and posting you as the Chairman CBR put Riyaz Malik’s move to rest.
    I believed that you were vigorous, capable of lifting up the Central Board of Revenue, creating an espirit-de-corps among your officers, restoring the dignity and grandeur of the Central Board of Revenue, particularly considering the long tenure before you.
    Alas this has not come about!!!
    I am not perturbed by your strategy of single-outing yourself from the department you head through harsh and contemptuous attitude towards the staff and officers (despite my belief that it’s the mutual respect and morale boosting through providing a sense of belonging that would have improved the working of the CBR and raised its image in the eyes of everybody. Over reaction by blaming officers to be corrupt, superseding tens of officers on charges of corruption without any justification or even instancing a single case for the corruption and portraying yourself to be someone alien – on a different planet despite using all the benefits of that planet is just fluff, not the substance of an office).
    I am mildly amused at your desire to be present on every TV Channel by sacrificing already set important official meetings and engagements, disregarding the awaiting officers and staff. I am titillated by your being so close to the some selected ‘Business Community’ that a tax consultant, Mr. Shabbar Zaidi, a Chartered Accountant of A.F Fargusons claims that all his budget proposals have been incorporated and passed to make Law, without a single exception, since you took the office as the Chairman, CBR. It’s like asking India to devise a strategy to resolve Kashmir dispute, and then implementing that strategy in letter and spirit without pointing a finger on any point.
    I am not perturbed that Mr. Abdul Razzak has been appointed by you as Member Audit who does not even know the ABC of tax management and his only credit is that he is related to you and has the reputation of being someone with “magical handsâ€

  220. Samdani says:
    March 31st, 2007 5:07 pm

    I must confess that after the last letter from Naeem Bokhari, I have very little to no faith in him or his motivations. I wonder if this is a blackmail attempt by him becaue he has an Income Tax case or something against him. I don’t know Abdullah Yousuf but from what I do know he is supposed to be one of the competent people. On teh otehr hand, Naeem Bokhari has already proved himself to be a tool of powers by his last letter. So, I will wait for someone more credible to say something. Sorry!

  221. KAWA1 says:
    March 31st, 2007 8:08 pm

    Well said, Hamdani. I concur..

  222. KAWA1 says:
    April 1st, 2007 1:43 pm

    Interesting; Anyone who missed reading DAWN.

    Supreme Judicial Council

    AS one who was partly responsible for the creation and introduction of the Supreme Judicial Council in the 1960 Constitution of Field Marshal Ayub Khan and which was not part of the 1956 Constitution and was incorporated in the 1973 Constitution , it is necessary to mention the facts as they then were:

    The then president Ayub Khan had called me to Rawalpindi primarily to advise him on law reform. However, due to my developing a close relationship with Mr Manzur Qadir, the chairman of the Constitution Committee, I started giving him my ideas on constitution-making also.

    One day I received a call from the Army House to come the very next day at 4pm to meet the president. When I asked Mr Manzur Qadir about what he would talk to me, he said it might be anything and everything, and suggested not to take my files with me, as the president hates files. So before going to the Army House I wrote down on the palms of my hand important points on law reform and constitution-making.

    President Ayub Khan suggested that I should consider introducing in the draft constitution â€

  223. perturbed says:
    April 3rd, 2007 3:34 am

    ISLAMABAD: Abdullah Yousaf, chairman CBR and a renowned and respected bureaucrat, has categorically refuted the claim of a letter-sender that he has received any mail from Advocate Naeem Bukhari, who had also mailed a letter full of allegations against Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

    Talking to The News here late Saturday night, Yousaf said that he came to know about such a letter purportedly mailed by Naeem Bukhari to him about a couple of days ago. “Someone showed me the letter, I read the contents . . . everything written there was rubbish,â€

  224. perturbed says:
    April 4th, 2007 1:04 am

    The 2nd letter by Naeem bukhari seems to be written by some one within the CBR who knows things and is letting the cat out of the bagunder a fictitious name. A lot goes on in the background in these organisations than what appears to be known. Question is ….Will this letter also be subject to the same scrutiny / attention by the karta dhartas in power as was the case with the previous letter ???????????because definately the accusations here are definately of a more severe nature and some of these accusations are common knowledge. Also will this lead to further letters apearing from other departments in Mr bukhari’s name highlighting othe aspects of the dark side of the force.
    I give full credit to Mr Bukhari for bringing to the fore front somthing which was under the carpet. No matter what the outcome of the recent events and no matter how you look at it …eventually it will be the People of Pakistan who will benefit from these letters. Actually we need more letters from Mr Bukhari

  225. perturbed says:
    April 4th, 2007 1:10 am

    VC FPCCI sales tax body

    By our correspondent

    KARACHI: Chairman Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed has nominated Raja Mohammad Zaraat as Vice Chairman on FPCCI standing committee on sales tax for the term 2005-06. Raja Zaraat is the chairman of Bawan Shah Group of Companies and an expert of tax and customs related issues.

    comment: Mr zarrat (qoute:an expert of tax and customs related issues) is the same gentleman qouted in the 2nd letter written by Mr Bukhari. I rest my case

  226. oh yeah says:
    April 4th, 2007 1:34 am

    so what will bethe closure on the CJ case any opinions?

  227. oh yeah says:
    April 9th, 2007 2:25 am

    On the issue of missuse of official vehicles by the chief justice please read below from the daily news (One wonder where the buck stops) :
    EAD tampered with vehicles record sent to parliament

    By Umar Cheema

    ISLAMABAD: The Economic Affairs Division (EAD) has allegedly tampered with the record of expensive UN vehicles which are under the unauthorised use of a minister of state and a federal secretary.

    An investigation into the misuse of vehicles conducted by The News, had revealed that the top officials of the ministry have tried to ‘befool’ the members of the National Assembly standing committee on the EAD by dispatching forged record to them.

    Although the official record shows that the top officials are using a number of vehicles even though they are not entitled to do so, the document sent to the standing committee says that the said vehicles are used for protocol purposes only.

    The record has been tampered with. Whitener (correcting fluid) has been used to replace the words ‘MoS’ and ‘Secretary’ with ‘protocol’. For example the list of operational vehicles say a Prado (2800cc) registration number UN-67-70 is, at present, being used by the MoS, Hina Rabbani Khar. The word ‘MoS’ has been removed by using correcting fluid and has been replaced with the word ‘protocol’.

    Similarly, the EAD secretary Akram Malik, has two vehicles under his use. Again false information has been conveyed to the standing committee, in this regard. The MoS and federal secretary are entitled to one Toyota Corolla (1300) car each. But both vehicles have been ruthlessly misused.

    In addition to the entitled corolla car (GE-990), Hina Rabbani Khar is also using Prado (UN-67-70), a vehicle meant for a UN project. A Suzuki Carry van (IDN-473) is also at the disposal of the MoS office.

    Federal secretary, Malik Akram, has two unauthorised vehicles (shown as protocol vehicles in the record sent to the standing committee) at his disposal apart from the entitled Corolla (IDN-826). Besides this, there is another Corolla car (IDN-9574) and a Prado jeep (UN-67-71) in his personal use. His private secretary is using a Suzuki Alto (IDG-6166), the vehicle meant for general duty. A Mercedes Jeep, which was once the bone of contention among top officials, is missing from the EAD pool.

    There is a Toyota Land Cruiser (IDM-3461) in the unauthorised use of a deputy secretary. In the record sent to the standing committee, the cruiser has been shown as a protocol vehicle. This correspondent contacted the EAD spokesperson for comments. He said he was unaware of the developments and would check the facts on Monday (today). He said the record sent to the standing committee was furnished by the admin section. As far as the admin section is oncerned, its section officer, Saifullah Butt, too has been using an unauthorised Toyota car 1300cc (X-68-1893). It is a project vehicle meant for general duty.

    According to insiders, the section officer of the admin section has managed to retain his post for more than five years now, whereas under the rules the rotation should take place after every three years. Butt, whose parent department is the Social Welfare Ministry, was brought to the EAD on deputation.

    A senior official said he is a favourite of a senior bureaucrat at present posted in the PM Secretariat who has stopped Butt’s transfer until now. He is believed to have strong nexus of interests with another deputationist, Mazhar Gondal, section officer (General and Japan Section). He has a double-cabin Toyota Hi-Lux (AD-22-474) in his unauthorised use. This double-cabin is a project vehicle and is meant for general duty

  228. May 10th, 2007 3:39 am

    Mutahida’s Ghunda Gardi in action:

    tinyurl.com/2mur29

  229. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    May 10th, 2007 8:00 am

    Fowarded by Saad,

    chadha wardi londa kio nai :-)

    Sorry if I misnterpetated some punjabi word as I don’t know it at all.

  230. Saad says:
    May 10th, 2007 8:16 am

    It’s Chacha :D

  231. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    May 10th, 2007 5:12 pm

    saad, yeah I know but there is no ‘Edit’ facility provided by WordPress.

  232. mazhar butt says:
    May 10th, 2007 5:32 pm

    A Tale Of Two Rallies

    On the coming 12th of this month two rallies are going to take place in Karachi simultaneously. The lawyers rally is said to be held in favor of the deposed Chief Justice whereas the Muttahida (MQM) rally would be held to protest against the political support the lawyers cause is supposed to back it up. In my humble view, the simultaneous conduction of two rallies in the city is by no means a good omen for the citizens or the national integrity of the country. Being a Political party does not mean that it has the blanket to act as it will. It should consider the situation and not adopt any such strategy which may lead to disturbance of peace or disruption of someone elses programme announced in advance. Without questioning the fact that the MQM has a strong hold in Karachi, it may not be desirable that it demonstrate show of power by staging a protest when other group is scheduled to stage its protest or the alleged ‘welcome hoax’’. Obviously, the other political parties are trying to cash on the present judicial crisis and consequently support the lawyers. If MQM wanted to neutralize the effect of their adversary’s clout it may be suggested that they give them a chance and put off their protest rally to some different date. First in time ought to be given the chance and the public should be allowed to see the difference between two differing groups. This is also most important for eliminating the eminent risk of terrorism and severe breach of peace during the opposing rallies at the hands of the hidden enemies of both the factions who may be preparing to take advantage of the situation and bring bad name to MQM as well as the lawyers. Also, it would thus be possible to relieve the local administration led by the governing MQM from unnecessary hardship and extra ordinary expenditure of national wealth on security arrangements.

    Mazhar Butt

  233. May 10th, 2007 6:50 pm

    I hear that Karachiites are quite distressed by CJ’s arrival in the city – not that the electricity loadshedding wasn’t enough to bug them in this hot weather. I have been told city’s lawyers seem to have stopped working their day jobs, or at least a large number of them, which is not only delaying important business transactions such as loan paper stec, but is also delaying hearings of people who are stuck inside the jail for one accusation/crime or another.
    It is not good that this important moment in history is also starting to hurt people in ways that can alienate them. It relaly should not. Maybe a way can be found to continue to make people believe in this movement and to support it.

  234. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    May 11th, 2007 12:52 am

    I personally think that CJ should postpond the rally till the next day. It would be a big slap on face of MQM guys. CJ should demonstrate a bit “Bara pan”[dignity] here.

  235. Qayoom says:
    May 11th, 2007 3:26 pm

    It is clear this is heading for a violent showdown tomorrow… Allah help us all

  236. mazhar butt says:
    May 11th, 2007 5:27 am

    Adnan, I think the MQM should step back on its unfair decision in taking out rally in defiance of the lawyers. As the English proverb goes.”every dog ha its day” MQM should not forget that time doesnt remain ever the same. They experiences this in 1991 during Benazir’s regime. In a way the MQM is trying to commit the same high handedness and atrocities which they committed against it opponents such as MQM(muhajir group) It rightly goes to prove that power corrupts ,,,,,,,,,,and the MQM is by no means ”angellic”

  237. Adnan Siddiqi says:
    May 11th, 2007 8:16 am

    KU & NED points kidnapped. MQM in action!

  238. Tajamal Haq Satti says:
    May 14th, 2007 3:13 am

    Asslam o Likum
    A message heartedly congratulation for the Great Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudary
    In Musharaf meeting mostly persons from Pakistan Military because a lot of people hair cutting matching with Pakistan army soldier but they were in private dress all schools teachers were there, because teachers attendance was in camp of areas they participated with compels I know they not appreciating to cruel Musharaf ,
    Fortunately I was visit to in Regional Transport Authority Rawalpindi for a work, but all staff not in Office when I confirm from a peon he told me that all staff have gone to catch Public Vehicles by force.
    And a painful situation in city of Rawalpindi/Islamabad when I was visit to Public bus Stops there was heavy crowd of people waiting Public Vans but cruel Musharaf is a Problem..
    If Musharaf Say of his success then it would be Shameful.
    Please convey My Best Wishes to Great to Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudary
    ALLAH bless you brother Chief Justice Iftikhar

  239. mazhar butt says:
    May 27th, 2007 8:18 pm

    Under the prevailing political and judicial crises, the following words of Lord Macaulay may perhaps serve as a source of good advice for the different organs of the country.

    Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest.

  240. Saqib says:
    June 9th, 2007 10:42 am

    Public opinion has started shifting against the Chief Justice after three affidavits were filed by government officials:

    http://www.app.com.pk/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10336&Itemid=2
    http://www.app.com.pk/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10333&Itemid=2
    http://www.app.com.pk/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10330&Itemid=2

    Most, people I talked to recently said that he is as bad or worse than the current leadership.

    The majority opinion was that there are issues in the government affidavits but with all the proof provided almost everyone has concluded that the Chief Justice had lied in his affidavit.

    People have lost faith in the revolution that the media and political parties were promising.

    I think we should be more careful declaring people as heroes.

  241. MQ says:
    June 9th, 2007 12:18 pm

    Saqib Sahib,

    The links you have provided are those of APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), a government owned news agency. It’s credibility in the eyes of any news-aware Pakistani is no more than that of Mohammad Ali Ghalat Bayani or PTV.

  242. Saad says:
    June 9th, 2007 2:31 pm

    The links that he has posted are those of the affidavits file by the Gov. of Pakistan. Another one of the government’s lovers.

  243. Saqib says:
    June 9th, 2007 4:25 pm

    I think the government made many mistakes with this entire CJ episode. For a good bit of time I was strongly apposed to the government and a supporter of the CJ but now I am saddened to be fooled.

    I will say it as it is. What’s wrong is wrong. You do it, I do it, President does it or CJ does it.

    If you reimburse false bills, get plots wrongly alloted in your name, lie in a sworn statement about being cut of from the world while you are making 100s of phone calls, maintain contacts with the intelligence agencies as a judge discussing cases, spy on judges, etc. its wrong.

    And if you have everything backed by proof at least a good percentage of it has to be true.

    A few of us might say that everyone does it or that the government ppl do it more. To me that still makes what the CJ did wrong.

    Also given below are links from “The News” which happens to be a private newspaper:

    CoS to President Musharraf Affidavit
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=59683

    Chief of Military Intelligence (MI)
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=59684

    Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB)
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=59678

  244. Kruman says:
    June 10th, 2007 2:54 am

    Saqib if you think these 3 affidavits are credible just watch Aitzaz Ahsan or Kamran Abbasi expexposing the lies and forgeries in them (posted on youtube).

    If you think these are viable legal docs hear what Mr Fakhruddin G Ibrahim has to say about them.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=5Dp9X9LXeV4

    I think these docs will be thrown in the dustbin for the following reasons:
    1) The lies and forgeries are not defendible. Aitzaz Ahsan will have a field day with them.
    2) The affidavits offer little substance on the original reference. The are just shooting darts left and right.
    3) They don’t counter the main allegations in CJP’s affidavit that the president had no reference from PM on March 9, just hand written notes. And that the president asked CJP to resign in a hostile environment where 3 generals and the president ganged up on the CJP in the GHQ.

  245. Saqib says:
    June 11th, 2007 8:42 am

    Kruman,

    I saw the video you posted and I have been following the case closely. I had already seen the show that Talat Hussain did in entirety and there was a lot said by the other side as well.

    I am not sure if you are aware of the evidence attached to the affidavits (phone records, affidavits of many ppl, even an affidavit of the CJ regarding the plot, etc.)

    You know whatever Aitzaz Ahsan or Kamran Abbasi say, the evidence is overwhelming. 2-3 documents can be forged but its a lot of evidence. There are also claims that a portion is supported by audio/video evidence.

    And lets assume the generals have ganged up on the CJ (well what about the other 15-20 ppl, who’s affidavits are also there?).

    Also, the government is going to be submitting another reference (Wasi Zafar said that).

    I too am very distressed about the whole situation. If only the CJ had been honest.

    Anyway there is a lot still in this story. Let’s see how it plays out.

  246. MUHAMMAD ADEEL says:
    June 15th, 2007 6:48 am

    Todays report of Ansar Abbassi in ‘The News’ clearly confirms that those officials who gave affidavits against CJ were given clear benefits (promotions etc) and it shows that government is bribing its own employees to give false affidavits against the CJ. i have closely studied the details reports on the affidavit submitted and anyone can judge that these affidavits have many mistakes. The government’s action on 9th March also gives clear indication that they wanted to remove CJ at any cost which is why they overlooked many government’s official protocols in this matter. i have no reason to believe that SC will give decision in favor of CJ as government has exposed it self very badly on this whole issue.

  247. Raza Ali Agha says:
    July 1st, 2007 10:09 am

    Pakistan is unbelievable. What people forget is that this is the same Iftikhar Chaudry who swore allegiance to Musharraf under the Judges Order of 2000 and the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), when other judges chose to resign. He is the same Iftikhar Chaudry who was appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice by Musharraf; who also administered his oath.

    Justice Iftikar is a member of the same Supreme Court which validated past coups, and has indeed participated in them (during martial laws, senior provincial judges have been nominated Governors). Iftikhar is being supported by the very same legal community, which in Pakistan is notorious for being corrupt, slow, inefficient, and biased.

    He is also supported by opposition parties, including those who themselves physically attacked the Supreme Court (PML-N), pressurized judges into submission (PML-N), set up parallel judicial networks (PML-N), and been involved in extra-judicial killings (PPP; especially Ahmed Ahsan who was the PPP’s Law Minister when many were killed in Karachi) to name but a few things.

    Iftikhar Chaudry continues his public appearances, where he highlights the importance of division of power and an independent judiciary; If he had faith in his support in the legal fraternity, would he be appealing ‘in the court of public opinion’? If he stood for justice, and was not political, would his legal team be headed by a senior member of the Pakistan People’s Party, an organization that is reportedly in talks with the current government?

  248. MQ says:
    July 2nd, 2007 3:36 pm

    In an interesting an ominous development, the Supreme Court, while hearing the ongoing CJ’s case, observed on Monday that some of the evidence (including some pictures) produced by the government was such that only the “lowest of the lowly

  249. Kruman says:
    July 2nd, 2007 5:17 pm

    Good observation MQ!

    This coupled with CEC’s comments on Musharraf’s addresses to politicl rallies are growing indications of the intent of the judiciary keen to break the shackles in the aftermath of the march 9 events.

    The sages in Pakistan like Roedad Khan, Tanveer Ahmad Khan have already stated the obvious that the generals and intelligence goons refuse to accept. Mr Tanveer Ahmad Khan said it best, “Pakistan has simply outgrown the era of civilian and military dictatorships.”

    Question: CEC is a judge, I am not sure if he is a retired judge though. Can anyone clarify his status.

  250. MQ says:
    July 2nd, 2007 5:30 pm

    CEC is a retired judge. But in matters related to elections his decision is binding on all parties.

  251. JAWAD says:
    July 3rd, 2007 4:52 am

    I cant understand why the CEC did this aafter meeting MMA leaders. Is he an MMA person?

  252. July 4th, 2007 6:43 am

    Rushdie: Old Book with New Cover (a critical analysis)
    By: Amjad Malik, MA, LLM

    The law of blasphemy finds its roots in the Ten commandments, If we see Exodus, Chapter 20 Verse 7, The Holy Bible, (Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, London 1952) namely that: …”you shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain

  253. Democrat says:
    July 8th, 2007 1:31 am

    The truth has finally come out. Speaking at APC, Maulana Fazlur Rahman was critical of the Chief Justice and the movement in his support. So, now the maulvis have joined MQM in being against the Lawyers movement!!!!!

  254. Kruman says:
    July 8th, 2007 4:53 am

    Mull Diesal is showing his true colors. He is even worse than MQM, atleast MQM is open and candid about whom they support. Mulla diesal is a hypocrite who never shows his true colors and tries to sabotage the opposition from within.

  255. CJP_is_#1 says:
    July 14th, 2007 1:09 am

    http://free-pakistan.blogspot.com/
    A must read article for all patriotic Pakistanis:

    Constitutional Amendments Required to Ensure Pakistan’s Progress as A Democratic State
    ======================================================

    Nations gain strength by holding steadfast to their founding principles. Pakistan was formed through a democratic process, by the power of the vote. It was the civil society that built this nation under the leadership of Quaid-i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    In betrayal of the vision of our founding fathers and the generation that built Pakistan, 32 out 60 years since independence have been atrophied under military dictatorships. Today Pakistan is at the crossroads. The nation needs a fresh start to embark on the path laid forth by the Quaid. In this article, the root cause for the destruction of democracy in Pakistan is investigated and then constitutional amendments are proposed to stem and eliminate army’s interference in affairs of state. The proposed amendments, coupled with an independent judiciary and a public cognizant of it’s rights, can provide the bedrock for a strong, stable and a democratic welfare state.

    Read the whole article at:
    http://free-pakistan.blogspot.com/

  256. Arif says:
    July 15th, 2007 3:03 am

    This will be remembered as tghe beginning of the end of Musharraf

  257. Kruman says:
    July 15th, 2007 2:34 pm

    CJP’s visit to Lahore:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Be8-ICFSNBI

  258. Abdul says:
    July 16th, 2007 1:41 pm

    The hearing restarted in the Supreme Court today, I think a verdict is expected soon.

  259. Kruman says:
    July 19th, 2007 3:07 pm

    Justice Ramday Set to Write a New Chapter in Pakistan’s Judicial History
    =============================================

    Justice Khalilur Rahman Ramday asked Aitzaz Ahsan some interesting questions today. He asked Aitzaz if there were bathroom facilities in his car. He also (jokingly) asked Aitzaz to get ready to take him on tours throughout the country. Hearing this Aitzaz remarked that I’ll buy a new car for you.

    Justice Ramday’s intentions are clear. The only question is that will the bench also rule on arguments by Fakhruddin G Ibrahim in which he declared the president unconstitutional. Pakistanis are hoping that the SC castrates Musharraf by declaring him unconsitutional, or that they nullify the 17th amendment.

    That will solve the mess in Pakistan as the chairman senate will take over as the president. The only way forward for pakistan is for the SC to rule in favor of the forces of enlightenemnt and moderation i.e., the legal fraternity headed by CJP. The forces of darkness, spearheaded by rabid mullas and a tyrant general must be defeated.

  260. July 21st, 2007 1:11 am

    I really perturbed that Govt of Pakistan does scare with Hon’ble Mr. Chief Justice I.M. Chaudhary. How Naeem Bhokari has dared to allegate to CJP coz President Pervez Mushrraf is also involved in this.

    Concluded, Pakistan President and his aide scare to breath in the presence of CJP Honble Mr. Chief Justice I.M Chaudhary.

  261. Kruman says:
    July 27th, 2007 2:07 am

    Is something simmering in the GHQ? General Rashid Quereshi has denied that Mush has been asked by the core commanders to step down.

    Read more at :
    http://free-pakistan.blogspot.com/2007/07/are-core-commanders-asking-musharraf-to.html

  262. Adnan Ahmad says:
    July 27th, 2007 10:24 am

    A few lines worth pasting here from Ayaz Amir’s latest column.

    “”In the process a new iconography has been born. Pakistan’s new heroes are Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Rana Bhagwandas (to whom we owe a lot), Justice Ramday and his fellow judges, their lordships of the Sindh, Peshawar and Lahore High Courts who rallied to the CJ’s defence, judges who resigned in protest, the CJ’s lawyers, Munir Malik, Kurd et al, and Aitzaz. This is the new aristocracy ennobled in the eyes of the Pakistani nation.

    Aitzaz, always well known, has risen so much in stature because of his advocacy in this case that his party leader, Benazir Bhutto, is finding it difficult to pronounce his name. Newspaper rumour has it that she is even in two minds about awarding him a party ticket for the forthcoming elections. Oh dear. Apart from women scorned, hell, it seems, also hath no fury like a Mohtarma caught in the coils of envy.

    …..And Benazir Bhutto? The one overriding passion ruling her seems to be to somehow get rid of the money-laundering cases hanging over her head, to achieve which aim she seems ready for anything, even a bargain with the devil, which is what a deal with the powers-that-be in these circumstances amounts to. Does she want this perception to grow? The legacy of Bhutto reduced to this. What a pity.”"

  263. Kruman says:
    August 17th, 2007 3:53 am

    Pakistan’s Judicial Revolution – As Covered In the Media in Photos and Videos:
    http://free-pakistan.blogspot.com/2007/08/pakistans-judicial-revolution-as.html

  264. KAWA1 says:
    August 17th, 2007 10:21 pm

    Mush Bhai appears on national TV yesterday August 16th to state that he respects the judiciary so much that he NOW plans to open up a “RESIDENTIAL COLONY” for Superior Judiciary on the same lines as D.H.A’s!!!

    It is amazing how low this man can fall to continue in power? Never in Pakistan’s history has there been a General with such low self esteem as this man.

    Hats off to CJ for refusing to attend the Independence day dinner at Awan-e-Sadar. Subsequently all members of the bench refused the invitation as well!

  265. A.Iftikhar says:
    September 5th, 2007 5:16 am

    No Army can stop the march of an idea for which the time has come…. this quotation is enough for Musharraf Govt. to leave the place for Democracy… let the judiciary work freely and protect the boundaries of pakistan because the time has said it all to the dictators…
    the way Musharraf treat Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan is because there is a thought behind… “every country has army but our army has a country” and this is the rule, these uniform personnel are following.

    anybody can help me and can give me chief justice of pakistan’s email address?if it’s possible.
    because if justice is for all then Chief Justice is also for all.
    thanx

    a.iftikhar
    karachi

  266. adil says:
    September 14th, 2007 9:37 am

    i like chif justic i WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT SOME POLITICAL LEADER DOING CRUPCTION DISST JHELUM DISST NAZIM DOING MORE CRUOCTION PLEASE REPLY ME

  267. Former Justice Syed Shahidur Rahman, from Bangladesh says:
    October 23rd, 2007 1:51 am

    I am sorry that I am not in a position of writing any comments at this stage. But I wanted to request to help me, out to get a copy of the Judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan, reinstatement of his Lordship, as the Chief Justice of Pakistan

  268. MQ says:
    October 23rd, 2007 10:13 am

    Syed Shahidur Rahman:

    To my knowledge there is no full judgment written in this case yet. There was only a short order reinstating the chief justice. You being a former judge would know that writing a judgment, or writing in general, is hard work. Therefore, it is avoided by our judges as much as they can. It’s like not-too-bright a school child postponing to do his/her homework.

    Incidentally, what happened eventually in your case? Weren’t you acquitted?

  269. Saleem Toor says:
    November 3rd, 2007 9:02 am

    All Pakistani news channels have been blocked.

    Emergency to be announced in a short while probably…

    Another twist in the drama that started March 9, 2007.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2007/11/071103_pak_emergency.shtml

  270. Saleem Toor says:
    November 3rd, 2007 9:13 am

    Imposition of emergency in Pakistan:

    http://www.dawn.com/2007/11/03/welcome.htm

  271. Saleem Toor says:
    November 3rd, 2007 9:14 am

    The chief of Army staff has declared Emergency in the country and has issue a Provisional Constitutional Order.

    “PTV NEWS – 6:14PM”

  272. November 3rd, 2007 6:05 pm

    accrding to my point of view the CJ has been removed by the unfavourable decisions against musraf,there is no any other major cause as president addresse nation that some sort of suside bombers,and judiciary and media play the vital role against PMLQ,which will affect mushraf and his leading party,
    Every one knows how much he resist i dont think so he will survive in the US pressure and EUP uninon,

  273. karim says:
    November 19th, 2007 7:06 am

    WE LOVE OUR JUSTIVCES HEROES /INSHALLAH THEY WILL BACK SOON

  274. Richard says:
    November 23rd, 2007 12:48 am

    If the government is not recognise, stopped paying taxes and bills to them.

  275. Adnan Muhammad Chaudhary says:
    December 5th, 2007 4:19 am

    Slam to my chief Justice Honourable Respectable Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary He is the man who always live in the heart of pakistanies and we are proud of having this man as the third piler of Pakistan. May allah give him a great source of pleasure in the both in the world and after world

  276. Rai Abdul Jalil says:
    December 16th, 2007 5:14 am

    Hi, well I am not very proud to be a Pakistani, because of the way of Protests of Pakistans Lawyers. Well Lawyers are the cream of a country the most adjukated ones and the way they behaved on the streats an throwed stones and other things they did was discusting. It fullfilled me with shame when my fellows in Germany asked me about the things happening in Pakistan. For the first time in my life i was feeling to understand Musharaf that people like thease are not worth to be held in power. Justice Iftikhar did the same and so he do not deserve the position he was holding.

  277. zia m says:
    December 16th, 2007 9:23 am

    Mr Jalil,
    Please tell your friends in Germany if their civil society had the courage to speak against Hitler they could have saved millions of lives.
    You should be proud of our lawyers and judges.

  278. December 21st, 2007 1:04 pm

    Sir the only way to eliminate corruption from country is that at once there should be heavily fine against the companies and the shopkeepers who made or sell under specification daily utility goods and fine should be given to police people so that police should not take bribe rather they prefer to catch bad people .if police catch fraud against property then police force should be given some land from criminal share. Same should be in rent problem like this in all fraud basic benefits should be given to police. And if any one would not be satisfy then one should go in courts and in all courts there should be minimum period for all trials.

  279. December 26th, 2007 2:57 am

    FIRST OF ALL I WOULD SAY SALAM TO OUR NATIONAL HERO FROM ME AND MY NATION
    HONARABALE C.J OF PK IS A FIRST HERO OR FOUNDER OF PAKISTAN AFTER QUAIDE AZAM BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE IN A GOVERNMENT OR JUDITIARY , HE TAKES CARE ALL THE HUMUNITY SO THATS WHY HE LIVES IN THE HEART OF PAKISTANIS FOREVER
    FROM ; ENGR.SAAD RASHEED KHAWAJA

  280. whatever says:
    December 26th, 2007 1:32 pm

    President Removes the Chief Justice. Why?

    Beacuse he apointed him chief justice, its so simple.

  281. Daktar says:
    December 26th, 2007 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, ‘whatever.’
    I guess that means that Nawaz Sharif was right in removing Pervez Musharraf as COAS, since Sharif had appointed Musharraf as COAS.
    (Actually, the latter was legal, the former was not; since the Consititution does give the right to the Prime Minister to remove COAS but does not give the right to the President to remove the CJ).

  282. Aik Aur Dewana says:
    February 2nd, 2008 10:39 am

    An article by Maulana Ihtesham ul Haq Thanvi sheds light on historic reasons for our current mess. Especially relevant in the context of coming elections.

    Part I
    http://jang.com.pk/jang/jan2008-daily/31-01-2008/col10.htm

    Part II
    http://jang.com.pk/jang/feb2008-daily/01-02-2008/col12.htm

  283. Sami Ullah Khan says:
    March 25th, 2008 1:58 am

    CHIEF JUSTICE OF PAKISTAN ARMY
    All the Pakistanis are fascinated by daring decision by the Army Chief to redefine the role of Army thus pulling it away from its controversial connections with politics and governance. Such a courageous step combined with other professional and welfare measures reflects his new visionary outlook for this great institution as its chief executive. It is equally if not more important if the General also asserts himself as Chief Justice of Pakistan Army. While he does internal legislation for future, he has to display the audacity and capacity to undo the injustices done to the members of army in the recent past as a result of political expediency. Certain arbitrary policy decisions based on personal whims are believed to have long term adverse effects on the Army in general and the under command in particular. The Army Chief has three hats of executive, legislative and judiciary and the Army, contrary to the civil services and Indian Army sharing same British traditions does not allow its officers to question his decisions, if they feel to be wronged. Such an autocratic approach betrays the concept of basic human rights and social justice to those who pledge to lay their lives on the orders of their superiors.
    Should that mean that the decision makers in the armed forces are angels or perfect human beings? Certainly not; that is why some wise men introduced the term REVIEW in the promotion board results. However, this clause had been omitted for brigadiers sometimes back for unknown reasons thus denying the possibility of reviewing the decision of a promotion board. A specimen of blatant violation of established policy was witnessed during last promotion board from brigadier to major general resulting in unprecedented supersession of officers with admirable profile. This board as a convention considers two long courses for promotion to maintain a balanced relationship between induction and promotion as two courses join PMA every year. This time, however, a decision was taken by Military Secretary to include an other PMA Long course on the pretext of non availability of qualified officers in armoured corps. It required no genius to conclude that this decision would lead to unnecessary competition in certain arms, as the vacancies remained generally unchanged and arms specific. Later some vested interests were able to get two more graduate courses included to ensure early promotion of some crony thus forcing the staff to find justifications for enlarging the scope of the board. Such innovative arrangements minimized competition in armoured corps in the next board aimed at benefiting some more cronies, while the results revealed that only infantry officers suffered as the ratio of qualified infantry officers became exponentially higher to the number of vacancies available, resulting in massive superseding of officers with comparable profile. It is assumed that infantry was used as a

  284. Laeeq says:
    March 28th, 2008 6:06 pm

    The list of posts on the CJ you have on the top of the main page today is really very interesting. A full year of a mans and a nation’s life was wasted because of the arrogance and thirst of power of another man – Musharraf!

  285. mian owais says:
    April 11th, 2008 12:46 am

    CHEIF JUSTICE KO BAHAL KARO

  286. zia m says:
    April 15th, 2008 9:19 pm

    Looks like the deposed judges are going to be restored within a few days.

  287. zafar says:
    April 30th, 2008 12:10 pm

    the chief justice should voluntarily retire to end this mess and chaos because there are a lot more pressing matters to be settled than judicial issue , not to forget lack of electricity, flour,lack of Govt. writ specially in FATA.
    the issue of judiciary should be put on back burner,and laws be made that this doesnt happen again.

  288. Ghulam Abbas says:
    May 1st, 2008 11:44 am

    chief justice of pakistaan is suitabale for afthikar chaudhary. he is very good man .All the nation wanted to restoration of aftikhar chaudhry . he is very very very very very very very good man and good chief justice of pakistan God gave him long life
    chiefjustice tere azmat ko salam
    03216786904

  289. Ahmed says:
    May 3rd, 2008 4:58 am

    I think that if CJ Iftikhar was innocent he should have asked for an investigation rather than politicizing the issue. Once he became political, I felt that something was wrong. Being the CJ, if he was innocent he would have had nothing to fear, instead he took shelter in political rallies. A CJ cannot take sides, yet he took support of opposing political parties. A CJ cannot take national decisions for the Government yet he seemed to be doing so after his reinstatement. A CJ has to be bipartisan yet he was making biased judgments on many cases. If these points are indeed valid, his removal was justified.

  290. A. Jan says:
    May 17th, 2008 3:04 am

    No one in the WORLD supported Musharraf’s unconstituional, illegal and unethical decisions except MQM. I am unable to understand as to why MQM people are against Chief Justice of Pakistan and why do they support Musharraf’s all actions, either it is killing of innocent students of Lal Masjid, Missing Persons, selling of steel mill or his so- called war on terror etc. etc. Musharraf suspended the constitution more than one time, who gave him the right to do so?

    Pakistan was not meant or achieved to fulfill Military Generals wishes. Mohammad Ali Jinnah was aLawyer not a General.

    We are first Muslims and then Pakistanis and then something else. We should think and act whatever is in the best interest of our religion and country. May Allah Almighty guide us to the right path. Ameen

  291. May 20th, 2008 7:20 am

    Na Tera Pakistan Ha Na Mera Pakistan ha
    Uss ka Pakistan Ha jo Sadar e Pakistan Ha.

    Might is always right therefore expect the Unexpected.

  292. tayyaba Baig says:
    June 23rd, 2008 1:56 pm

    hello guys i think so CJ Iftakhar sahib great person ALLAH iNSHALLAH solved his all Problems
    Ameen

  293. tayyab says:
    October 22nd, 2008 5:19 am

    AOA…..
    I`M TAYYAB FROM LAHORE.I PRAY THAT MAY GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY.

  294. Aamir Ali says:
    October 27th, 2008 3:44 pm

    Where is the CJ now eh? Pakistanis got played by politicians like a flute! hahahah

  295. Sherpao says:
    January 4th, 2009 1:11 pm

    “Churchill was asked after the London bombings during WW2, what he thought would become of the country. He replied

  296. March 28th, 2009 4:06 am

    Lawyers’ Movement-The other side of the story (Must Read)… at…
    http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/article_detail.php?id=630

  297. October 2nd, 2009 3:53 am

    today that president is ran away from country.

  298. Games says:
    October 19th, 2009 10:11 am

    now chief have good chance to bring equality in country.

  299. November 8th, 2009 1:02 pm

    we hope present supreme court will end nro and corruption from our Pakistan.

  300. November 13th, 2009 1:36 pm

    we will consider judges independent when the will end nro.

  301. January 15th, 2010 6:24 am

    justed must take action on nro .

  302. Nihari says:
    February 13th, 2010 1:48 pm

    abhi film baqi hai meray doost

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