Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Reinstated

Posted on March 15, 2009
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In what is clearly a historic development, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani addressed the nation to announce the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The address, which was supposed to be at 2AM Pakistan Time, was late by many hours but the subtext was true to the rumors that had been circulating in Pakistan all day:

Here is the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech:

My dear countrymen Assalam-o-Alaikum,

I am speaking to you at a time when our country is standing at a critical moment. No country can make progress without political tolerance and the PPP and lawyers have been together in struggle for upholding democracy in Pakistan. Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto actively participated in the struggle of restoration of judiciary was launched by lawyers. Benazir Bhutto wanted free judiciary and supremacy of the constitution.

The lawyers’ movement for restoring of judges was their democratic right. The PPP was shoulder to shoulder with the lawyers in the cause for the independent judiciary.

The slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto also wanted to reinstate the deposed chief justice.

I have taken all his coalition partners and the President into confidence about the reinstatement of the deposed chief justice once the current chief justice retires on March 21.

The deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will assume charges on March 21.

Benazir Bhutto wanted free judiciary and supremacy of the constitution.

I order all the provincial government to abolish Section 144 at once.

After consultations with all political forces of the country and President Asif Ali Zardari, we have decided to restore all deposed judges including Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan who will assume charge on March 21. The current Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar retires on March 21. I urge all the political forces and lawyers to work for the solidarity and welfare of the country.

Pakistan Paindabad.

Just over two years after he was first unceremoniously removed by Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf, and having once been restored by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has now been ‘restored’ yet again as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The road from there has been tumultuous. The movement that gathered around him was always bigger than the CJ and it was bigger than those around him. The vindication today is not simply of Chief Justice Chaudhry, it is a vindication of Pakistan’s civil society.

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ATP has covered the ups and down of this story. For some reason one has a sense that this story is not over yet. We have celebrated a reinstatement once before too. And from the PM’s speech it is not clear at all what the terms of the decision really are. But right now one wishes simply to bask in the joyousness of the moment, in the vindication of justice, in the goodness of the news. There is much analysis that is needed, but let us leave that for just a little later.

85 Comments on “Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry Reinstated”

  1. ASAD says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:24 pm


  2. E-Genius says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:35 pm


    Nope. He’s not restored. Wrong title Mr.

    PPP == Pakistan Promises Pull-Backers

  3. jk says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:39 pm


    I am very impressed by the people who organized, protested, and made democracy work!

  4. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:47 pm

    Watan kee rait zara aeydhriyaa

  5. Aamir Ali says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:51 pm

    One judge returns via mob agitation. Democracy is a loser and Nawaz Sharif the winner.

  6. Farooq says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:54 pm

    The victory today is of the people of Pakistan.

    The civil society movement has demonstrated that Pakistanis not only want democracy, but real democracy.

    Those who think this is about one person do not know Pakistan or Pakistanis. As Adil says, this movement was – AND IS – bigger than any one person. Bugger than Iftikhar Chaudhry, bigger than Musharraf and bigger than Zardari.

    It is not only for the letter but the spirit of democracy.

    This is a victory for democracy.


  7. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 15th, 2009 9:57 pm

    Congratualtions to the lawyers, civil society, members of the Paksitani middle society.

    Justice Munir’s ghost will not be quite banished until the act of Nov 3, 2007 is completely and expressly rescinded.

    If now Chaudhry can show magnanimity, in the interest of national unity and the removal of even an ‘appearance’ of bias (in the best judicial tradition), and bow out after having his honour restored.

    In return, all the jayalas recently appointed as judges must be kicked out. New appointments must be strictly as per CoD.

    It’s interesting that Gillani ended his speech ‘congratulating’ Bilawal and not his dad.

    The PPP ‘old guard’, Safdar Abbassi, Naheed Khan (old guard?), even Aitzaz (and Sherry, Raza Rabbani??) might have made a stand against Zardari… but what about PPP’s Sindhi old guard? There have already been complaints of anti-sindh slogans being raised during the long march (with MQM threatening to resign from govt within 48 hours if there isn’t an apology). Zardari, humiliated himself, has left ANP and MQM in an embarrassing situation.

    PPP has got a huge task recovering from this. They would rather (reluctantly) hold on to Zardari as President. Will Zardari make amends with the PPP colleagues for letting down the party by leading it down the cul-de-sac of imposing Governor Rule in Punjab? Or will he remain defiant and bemoan this, privately, as a concession he had no choice but to make to Gen. Kayani, representing the wishes to him of the Punjabi generals?

    Will PPP make the important purging gesture of getting rid of the Musharraf-appointed Taseer? Will they still rely on the types of Manzoor Wattoo? Otherwise, horse trading will go on in Lahore.

    Any hopes for a vibrant democracy needs no less than two popular, national political parties.

    When will NS go to Quetta? Meet with Mengal? When will he go to Peshawar? Tell us what he really thinks of the Taliban? His silence leaves him open to suspicions of being an approver, appeaser or, ideolgocially speaking, a criminal accomplice.

    When will the Pak Army, the state and the Pakistani nation deliver the hundreds of thousands of girls of Swat from a life sentence of imprisonment in their own homes?

  8. Nostalgic says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:01 pm

    Like Adnan said, the PPP has stupidly handed this victory on a platter to the rightwing alliance that hijacked the lawyers’ movement… remember that the PPP bore the brunt of the suicide attacks on lawyers’ gatherings, it is the PPP’s leading intellectual light (Aitzaz Ahsan) that was the heart and soul of the movement…

    Yet here we have a moral victory to the people who attacked the Supreme Court, who have tried more than once to create parallel systems of “justice” and the people who presented the notorious so-called Shariat Bill in parliament… add to this mullahs of all hues in particular the JI and Imran Khan thumping their chests on a victory that should never have been theirs…

    When will the PPP learn? Every failure of theirs pushes us one step closer to the apocalypse that will be this unified rightwing’s complete reign over Pakistan…

  9. Aamir Ali says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:04 pm

    Thee beneficiaries of this victory are 2 people: Iftikhar Chaudhry and Nawaz Sharif. It should not be portrayed as anything more than that.

  10. zia m says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:06 pm

    Had to wait long time for some good news.
    It is indeed a historic day for Pakistan.Hopefully dawn of a new era.
    Congratulations to …
    Lawyers movement
    Civil society
    Members of media
    Political workers
    and abvove all to ordinary Pakistanies who made numerous sacrifices.

  11. Sohaib says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:25 pm

    Ranking the best days of Pakistan’s history:
    1. Cricket World Cup win, 1992
    2. Today. :)

  12. Mohsin says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:30 pm

    Well done Lawyers , media and youngsters of Pakistan! You have achieved something that is to reverse the decisions of some dictator . This is the first time some massive public gathering were held without any political motive. ……. WE HAVE BRIGHT FUTURE NOW !

  13. jk says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Nostalgic > And the PPP has been hijacked by Mr. Zardari. PPP was at the forefront of this issue of restoring the judges and removing military rule but then Mr.Zardari stopped all of it. You have only him to blame.

  14. Umar Shah says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:35 pm

    Could this be the beginning of a new dawn for our country (not sure because Zardari and PPP are still in power)? Or do we need another lawyer type movement to rid us of the Zardari’s, Sharif’s, Fazlur Rehman’s, Chaudhries, etc? What united the lawyers to rise against two successive corrupt and despotic governments? Does the common person have the courage to ask for his/her basic rights like health, clean water, food education, justice? or are we still hostages to special interest groups lurking in our midst? May Jinnah’s Pakistan be free one day!

  15. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:41 pm

    The only winners might be Iftikhar Chaudhry and NS, if it were true that a mass movement does not have a momentum and rejuvinating effect of its own. Let alone one that has been sustained, one way or the other, for two years. The test will be if tomorrow NS starts acting like Zardari.. and these same lawyers and middle classes fail to stand up to him too.

    Mass movements are of necessity single-issue affairs. They do not have the luxury of detailed analysis. Yet they include painful experiences like 12 May 2007, and the euphoria of the morning of March 16, 2009. These remain part of not only of the national memory but also become part of the national psyche and spirit. Standing shoulder to shoulder at the picket line is in itself a democratic and empowering experience, regardless of the issue(s) being raised.

    Having counted the winners, it might be interesting to identify the losers and the loss each might have made.

    Will there now be a continuing movement for action against Mush under Article 6? Will Gen Kayani be told by the people to kick Mush out of his annexe in Army House?

    Instead of trying to predict the future, I’ll restrict myself to carrying out my friend the colonel’s order for this “not be portrayed as anything more than” what it is. ;-)

  16. zakoota says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:47 pm

    Good news after a long time for my beloved country!
    Pakistan Zindabad Hamehsa!

  17. Nostalgic says:
    March 15th, 2009 10:59 pm

    @ jk

    I agree… what we are seeing is the third breed of PPP leaders… the leftist intellectuals and students were shunted aside in the 70′s, to be replaced with landlords, and now that old guard has been replaced with Zardari’s buddies… each generation has been worse than its predecessor…

    They’ve already got defenders of honor killings, and Tauqir Zia in their ranks… they might as well start inducting maulvis…

    How the mighty have fallen…

  18. coldrain says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:03 pm

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. jk says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:15 pm

    Nostalgic > Very true and very sad :( There is lots to be nostalgic about.

  20. ATP Administrator says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:21 pm

    A video of the Prime Minister’s speech has been added to this post.

  21. Pure Indian says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:34 pm

    Congratulations Pakistan and Pakistanis.

    Well done.

  22. Malik Mushtaq says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:35 pm

    Will CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry stand up to Mullah Mafia??
    Time will tell!!!

    Good news. And congratuilation to every Pakistani on news of CJ reinstatement.

    I pray CJ Iftikhar Ch can allow retrial of 1974 Ahmadis case in an open court, or at the very least order to make 1974 National Assembly proceedings that declared Ahmadis “non-Muslim” to be made public, especially when more than 30 years have passed. Unlike 1971 warand defeat Hamud Ur Rehman inquiry report that had national security issues and has been made public few years ago, 1974 Ahmadies trial has no national security issues. I hope those proceedings can be made public.

  23. Jusathot says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:37 pm

    Like most Pakistanis, at this moment and even if for the moment only

  24. ASAD says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:38 pm

    It is not clear at all from the speech about what will unfold. So, Dogar runs out his tenure. And Zardari stays. But what will CJ Chaudhry do in his decisions and how long can that last. And what about Nawaz Sharif.

  25. sidhas says:
    March 15th, 2009 11:38 pm

    Pakistan Zindabad. Best news heard after a long long while.

    March 15th, 2009 11:41 pm

    Just heard that Nawaz Sharif is “calling off the Long March.”

    But who is he to do so. It is the lawyers march, not his. I hope the lawyers will continue the March as a celebration of their victory and also as a show that this is their victory and not highjacked by NS.

  27. ATP Administrator says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:28 am

    Here is the full text of the PM’s speech:

    My dear countrymen Assalam-o-Alaikum,

    I am speaking to you at a time when our country is standing at a critical moment. No country can make progress without political tolerance and the PPP and lawyers have been together in struggle for upholding democracy in Pakistan. Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto actively participated in the struggle of restoration of judiciary was launched by lawyers. Benazir Bhutto wanted free judiciary and supremacy of the constitution.

    The lawyers

  28. ali qureshi says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:43 am

    Congratulations. I am so glad to have lived to see this happen.

  29. adeel says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:53 am

    We will see the underlying repercussions of this twist soon enough. But for the moment congrats everyone. Let’s hope and pray that it gets better from here on.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  30. Gorki says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:59 am

    Today is a day Pakistan and Pakistanis won BIG time!
    Although Prime Minister Gilani

  31. nashus says:
    March 16th, 2009 1:05 am

    What next?

  32. Hassan says:
    March 16th, 2009 1:27 am

    “In the End, WE WILL REMEMBER not the WORDS of our enemies, but the silence of our FRIENDS”
    Dr. Martin Luther King




  33. WORLD CITIZEN says:
    March 16th, 2009 1:47 am






  34. March 16th, 2009 2:01 am

    The real question is: What is on Iftikhar Chaudhry’s mind?

    What kind of Supreme Court are we going to see after his reinstatement on March 21?
    Would Chaudhry’s old suo-moto style of judiciary now burgeon, or would it dwindle in favor of pragmatism?
    And whatever style the Supreme Court adopts would determine if future candidates for Pakistan’s top government positions would still salivate over the few perks those jobs offer, or would they shiver over the responsibility of looking after the well-being of 170 million mostly impoverished people.

  35. Kasim Mahmood says:
    March 16th, 2009 2:29 am

    So what’s next for Pakistan ?

  36. banjara286 says:
    March 16th, 2009 2:51 am

    From Ejaz Haider’s column in the Daily Times:

    “Memory transported me to 1992 when Mian Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister and the PPP had decided to hold a Long March. We were supposed to take a van from the old Press Club in Lahore to Rawalpindi

  37. faisal says:
    March 16th, 2009 3:12 am

    Pandora Box is open. Street might is right. If you have an issue, bring the crowd on the street, block the elected civilian govt., until they agree with you. You are enlightened, you are righteous and you are right, the rest, deserves to be mocked, called names.

    Anarchy and chaos is the name of the game.

    Even animals have more order in their societies.

  38. Tahir Anjum says:
    March 16th, 2009 3:19 am

    At least for the time being the crises is over. It certainly gives time to our Leadership to contemplate and for the others to bow down before Allah Almighty and pray for the Nation

  39. Uneeb Walayat says:
    March 16th, 2009 3:30 am

    The question is: Have the two Chaudhry – Iftikhar and Aitzaz

  40. March 16th, 2009 4:57 am

    really an historical move. Beyshak Batil Mitna k liye hay.

    Iftikhar was on righteous path thus he won and he defeated Musharraf and Zardari’s dictatorship.

    What about Taseer and NRO? no news about it

  41. Jalal HB says:
    March 16th, 2009 4:59 am

    I quite agree with A.H. Cemendtaur. After the jubilation is over and the term of office sets in, let us see whether those countless poor people who suffered from lock outs and processions would truely get justice?

    Or their life continues to be the same that of oppression in the hands of big ones, duly protected by law and the same lawyers who came out on the streets for the restoration of one man and independence of judiciary?

    Let us wait and see that instead of personal vindictivism and settling of old scores, the new era speaks of true justice and hope for the poor and the middle class which continues live in misery despite so many sue motos.

    Smile O poor people of Pakistan as another era is about to usher (smile for how long?? – that is the question).

  42. Joe the plumber says:
    March 16th, 2009 5:45 am

    Can we now focus on petty issues like the economy, education, security and health care?

  43. March 16th, 2009 7:51 am

    Joyous newsc indeed Adil bhai. I am so ecstatic, Im over the moon that the Chief Justice is restored, see post below:

    Feimanallah Pakistan


  44. March 16th, 2009 8:05 am

    ATP Friends,

    Its not dharna time its BHANGRA TIME Let us smile today, hug your loved ones as this is a victory for Pakistan and Adil note a victory for PAKISTANIAT.

    We are witnessing the dawn of a new Pakistan, let us celebrate together as we have had too many bad days, too many tragedies. Let us stand tall again as one and rise to our challenges as one, let us build a new Pakistan as one. See Other Pakistan to help achieve this dream:


  45. Darwaish says:
    March 16th, 2009 8:17 am

    Thank God it all ended well and peacefully. Great victory for People of Pakistan :-). But now greater responsibility is on the shoulders of CJ and lawyers to restore judiciary’s credibility which has been severely damaged and ensure the access of justice to common man.

    I think the next Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Lawyers Movement in Pakistan and Chief Justice of Pakistan. They have really given us hope. Lets make our case heard :)

  46. Blofeld says:
    March 16th, 2009 9:30 am

    Will Justice Ifthekar continue with his tradition of taking suo moto notices and take any action against any of the following individuals:

    1. Mr. 10%: Charges against him are definitely too long to list here.

    2. Nawaz Sharif: Again a long list of corruption and kick back charges against him also, dating all the way back to Motorway & Yellow Cab scheme days. Qarza utaro, mulk sanawaro. Where did all that money go? and in more recent history, the plane hijacking case.

    3. Musharraf: For breaking the constitution and that wonderful piece of ordinance called ‘NRO’. All charges against the dacoits of Pakistan are dropped and they all are welcome back to Paksitan as long as i get to keep my presidency. What the heck was that?

    4. Justice Doger: Whatever happened to his daughter’s marks case?

  47. Arif says:
    March 16th, 2009 9:53 am

    Kudos to Pakistan. Mia sahab zindabad, please make our great country to the highest echons and spit the u.s. taxpayers money.
    Let us tell the world that we being the most successful democracy in the world and will be in the future. Please make this nation to respectable place that we don’t have to rely on the foreign aid for the survival as we say the pakistaniat.
    As we all beleive that we are the biggest economy in the world because of the great brain and dedication to our country we have.

  48. Arif says:
    March 16th, 2009 9:58 am

    Yes it is a bhangra time. Let’s all celebrate as we alltogether have conquered the world and showed them that day will come when we surely going to return their aid and loan back with interest. Yes today we need your money to survive but still we are the greatest and much much higher to your capabilities. kudos

  49. Hameed says:
    March 16th, 2009 10:11 am

    It is a good day for the people of Pakistan. This is not about the Chief Justice or Nawaz Sharif and we shoudl always remember not to make it about them. This was about Pakistanis saying “enough is enough” and showing politicial persistence to get institutions right.

    Bad day for enemies of Pakistan who are all sad today.


  50. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 16th, 2009 10:21 am

    Sufi Muhammad has said that “Nizam-e-Adl” is now in force and does not require the President’s signature. He has told Judges to stay away from the courts which will now be run by Qazis appointed by him! Sounds familiar? Think… Nov 3, 2007. Are we going to have another Long March? Or, are these just a bunch of backward Pathans in the mountains… who cares!??

    Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that “we had waited 61 years for ‘Nizam-e-Adl’ to finally be established in Pakistan”. He said this while celebrating with the lawyers, civil society and political workers (i.e. religious fascists of all ilk (just check the flags and banners being waved), and their appeasers the TI and PML(N)) this morning. This from the leader of a party that opposed Jinnah. Has Jinnah really won? Have we really done anything to ensure that Jinnah’s vision as expressed by him on 11th August 1947 is any closer to becoming a reality?

    Have we forgotten how these guys treat Asma Jehangir, Tahira Abdullah and will do Ghazala Minallah? Akhtar Hameed Khan? Imran Khan and even Nawaz Sharif are gravely mistaken if they think the likes of Sufi Muhammad will be happy to stay ‘junior partners’. They have the guns, the hate, the nihilism and the will.

    The Taliban in Swat will not be disarmed, according to the deal. They will merely ‘lay down’ their arms.. but keep them close at hand. That is what allows Sufi Muhammad to declare the President of Pakistan’s signature irrelevant. This is what we have capitulated to.

    This cannot be called the Swatis’ free choice. How can you make a free choice when the Taliban hold a gun to your head and the state and it’s army have clearly abdicated all legal and moral repsonsibility and abandoned you!

    Now it’d be free choice if Sharia were imposed in Zaman Park, or Raiwind farms/Model Town H block, or Defence Housing Society, or E7. Do that, and I’ll have more respect for these guys’ motives, even if none for their views. Dwellers of Mansura at least are not dishonest.. respectably determined, dangerous fascists.

    How many in the media speak up against this? How many condone it? How many accept it as invetibale? We have hailed a largely blinkered media and its virtual black out of the ‘other’ opinion, for its almost blanket support of CJ Chaudhry. Now will we take control and show the media that we will not be led by it? A free media is a great and precious thing. Do we have the capability and will to now force this free media to start becoming more objective… and professional?

    If we think that the country can go forward while at the same time ignoring the girls of Swat being pushed back to the dark ages.. we are very gravely mistaken. Are those girls not Pakistani? Are they not human?

  51. Riaz Haq says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:13 am

    The humiliating retreat by the deeply unpopular President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, on the question of restoring Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is reminiscent of a similar debacle by his equally unpopular predecessor, former President Musharraf, in 2007. Both leaders seriously miscalculated the public outrage against their actions. In addition to mass protests on the streets, both men had to face tremendous pressures by foreign powers, including Americans and Saudis, as well as strong private rebuke by the ultimate arbiters of power in Pakistani military. As the events unfold further, it seems that Mr. Zardari has been so badly weakened that he will be forced to resign in not too distant a future. Until that happens, Pakistan will continue to face significant instability and continuing and serious security threats from within and outside.

  52. PakWatcher says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:38 am

    This was a good day for Pak, as far as correcting the illigal acts of Army dictator Musharraf.

    It can set a healthy precedent and future dictators ( Military or civilian ) may think twice before committing such acts.

    Now the groups that had assembled under the ‘Justice banner’ – have their own agendas and include obscrutinist elements who would dump the chief justice in garbage dump if he ventured in Swat.

    How this all eventually plays out, will remain to be seen.

  53. Aik Pakistani Singing ..... says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:59 am

    ” Hum Zinda Quam Hain Painda Quam Hain
    Hum sab ki hai Pehchan, Hum sab ka Pakistan
    Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan
    Hum sab ka Pakistan ”

    “We are an alive Nation — We are a Resilient Nation”

  54. Jigabo says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:36 pm

    Restoration of a judge may diffuse the situation for a while however fact remains that corrupt politicians will continue to rip the country by all means. Mr Zardari is a feudal lord he knows well where to place which servant. He will be manouvered to end up as a total failure. One can clearly see that his restoration and relief to common Pakistani person has no connection. He is no masiah which these poor people think of him. I can see same cheer leaders will be out protesting again.

  55. Lil Jhony says:
    March 16th, 2009 12:39 pm

    Restoration of a judge may diffuse the situation for a while however fact remains that corrupt politicians will continue to rip the country by all means. Mr Zardari is a feudal lord he knows well where to place which servant. He will be manouvered to end up as a total failure. One can clearly see that his restoration and relief to common Pakistani person has no connection. He is no masiah which these poor people think of him. I can see same cheer leaders will be out protesting again.

  56. banjara286 says:
    March 16th, 2009 2:21 pm

    Aitezaz Ahsan has expressed the hope that Justice Chaudhry will not hear any petition against the NRO in the supreme court.

    One hope that Mian sahib agrees also.

    Welcome to the ‘independent’ judiciary.

  57. PakWatcher says:
    March 16th, 2009 3:20 pm

    On a lighter note, Let all political parties have their own judgedes and courts.

    So Nawaz can have his own supreme court judges and PPP its own set. All cases pertaining to them can be only heard by judges appointed by them.
    Tateban have already established their supreme court in Swat, so no issue there.

  58. D_a_n says:
    March 16th, 2009 3:35 pm

    the bearded hounds from hell have congratulated the Pakistani people in their regular fashion….by spilling innocent Muslim Pakistani blood…

    so much for the happiness of a battered Pakistani people…

    cant you Mullahs leavs ue be just for a few days????? for a few days allow us to be happy in what we have achieved here….a few days for the tears to dry up… took 18 lives today…and no one will blame you..

    I guess who cannot bring themselves to even question their brothers killers deserve nothing better than to be in eternal subjgation to the Mullah….

  59. Farooq says:
    March 16th, 2009 4:52 pm

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis on the historic victory of the power of the people.

    Congratulations also to Adil Najam and Owais Mughal and the ATP team. They have stuck with this issue and reported on it with honesty and fairness, even calling out this mistakes. The list of their coverage of the issue on the right columns is very very impressive.

    Thank you ATP for being the voice of all our conscience.

  60. Nadeem Chaudhry says:
    March 16th, 2009 5:08 pm

    How long will the circus last?

    Pity the Nation

    Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
    Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
    Pity the nation that acclaims the bull as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
    Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
    Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

    Khalil Gibran
    The Garden of the Prophet (1934)

  61. readinglord says:
    March 16th, 2009 8:12 pm


    Well said! That is what in fact we all want. They have even turned the constitution into a ‘Fatwa’ and the Supreme Court into a Dogar Court. This state, the society and the judiciary are rotten to the core. Nothing short of a revolution can change it.

  62. Danish says:
    March 16th, 2009 10:21 pm

    Pakistan may have the worst politicians, but the people of Pakistan are great. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  63. March 17th, 2009 1:49 am

    Let’s see whats happens next, being a Pakistani we are so much curious about the upcoming situation which seems to be more critical in future. There seems to be very big responsibilities over shoulders of lawyers. May Allah keep our country in peace.(Aamin)

  64. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 17th, 2009 9:10 am

    “Nothing short of a revolution can change it.” Why don’t you start one, seeing that all the rest of us are “rotten to the core”. Will you kill as many of us as the Taliban are, or fewer.. or more? Since if we are “rotten to the core”.. there can be no hope of reform. You’ll have to start with a new population, Pol Pot style. What do revolutionaries think of little inconveniences like the Constitution, the Supreme Court and the law? Kindly, remind me. How are they any different from the original subverters?

    You might do better to develop the patience and have the courage and forebearance to join the people in their two-steps-forward-one-step-back struggle, now that we have started, yet again, after yet another period of military dictatorship, and both criticise and encourage honestly, but magnanimously. Or, you could go ahead with your revolution against all of us who are “rotten to the core”. Pragmatic optimism not cynical pessimism is the way forward. Nobody is asking you to forgive and forget.

  65. Yaseen says:
    March 18th, 2009 12:12 am

    It feels good to get some good news ….. feels great

  66. Athar Saeed says:
    March 18th, 2009 3:17 am

    Congratulations! Pakistan.
    We have made a History.
    The people around the world will use/mention/remeber this as example.
    Tribute to all the heroes whose efforts have made this possible.
    Pakistan Zindabad.


  67. Talha says:
    March 18th, 2009 3:37 pm

    The secular, liberal forces of Pakistan have proved that they can bring about change without riverting to violence nad bloodshed like the Taliban. That is the moral of the story.

  68. March 21st, 2009 5:07 am


  69. ATP Administrator says:
    March 22nd, 2009 12:03 am

    The Supreme Court website now lists Iftikhar Chaudhry as the “Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan”:

    Thanks to TeethMaestro for alerting us to this.

  70. Rafique says:
    March 28th, 2009 4:43 pm

    I am glad that CJ Iftikhar Ch. has been reinstated. The test now is to see how he dispenses justice. He has a great opportunity to demonstrate what a really independent judiciary should be like. TO ACT FOR JUSTICE AND NOT WITH VENGENCE.

  71. sania says:
    April 26th, 2009 12:03 am


    I had read about the death incident of Miss. Faiza I was much disturbed by such death. The reason that had been written seems to be true here I will discuss the reasons and how they should be avoided next time.
    NED does not have enough buses for its students government responsibility is to provide the essential assistance to them. Vc of university should protest it should are protesting against it we can not bring back Faiza to life but we can save many othe lives by taking steps. These students are future of Pakistan if we lost them what will be the future of Pakistan.
    On 18th of April this incident occurred bus was at full of it capacity she was standing on the foot rest of the bus suddenly her feet slipped from the foot rest and she was crushed by rear wheels of the bus then she was taken to the nearest private hospital at that time she was alive but hospital doctor refused to take a police case. At that students took her to another hospital on the way her soul left this world.
    We to analyze why such incident occurred why we lost Faiza why this happening on in Pakistan. Her I will suggest some solution and causes of it.

    1. if bus was overcrowded why it was not checked by traffic police it was no happening only on that day it was from the start that the bus was always overcrowded. Why the management of the university was closing its eyes on the matter.
    2. why we have made such rules that could not save the lives of human being in any other country laws are made to service and facilitate but here we lost many lives because of such laws. Any private hospital can not take police case.
    3. we should be combine in saving human lives.

    Here I request to all authorities to take initiative to avoid such incident here I openly say that University management , traffic police and Pakistan law is responsible for the death of Miss. Faiza. I have only that I can make you realize that where we have to improve now its up to you what to you and how you do. Please save human lives we can save them with little care and responsibility I hope my mail will make you to think.

    July 21st, 2009 11:11 pm

    hi anyone can please provide me email address of CJ Iftikhar Ch. Thanks

  73. annie says:
    December 27th, 2009 12:57 pm

    AOA. hounerable sir MR, IFTIKHAR M CHUADHARY, Sir i m true lover of my beloved homeland great PAKISTAN. but some bad polititions damage our country’s pride.evry thing is going out the public of pakistan. Our homeland is spoil by them plzzzzzzzz plz sir it is humbly request to you do something, For Exe. there is sugar prices again going highliy again. No one solve the condition poor people of PAK are going misrable ,poor n poor , And riches r top of the highly aproaches. My request plz save our country sir. MAY LORD MIGHTY ALLAH KEEP OUR PAKISTAN SAVE EVER N EVER ,,, AMEEN SUMH AMEEN.A DUAGHTER OF PAK

  74. January 1st, 2010 1:42 am

    AOA. hounerable sir IFTIKHAR M CHUADHARY, Sir i m true lover of my beloved homeland great PAKISTAN. but some bad polititions damage our country’s pride.evry thing is going out the public of pakistan. Our homeland is spoil by them plzzzzzzzz plz sir it is humbly request to you do something, For Exe. ELECTRICITY is increasing every month and why our govt not buying from china.. which is offering lower price??? why we cannot bycot this electricty company. many mills are ready to give cheap electricty. why Govt not compromising them. …poor people of PAK are going misrable ,poor n poor , And riches r top of the highly aproaches. My request plz save our country sir. MAY LORD MIGHTY ALLAH KEEP OUR PAKISTAN SAVE EVER N EVER ,,, AMEEN SUMH AMEEN.A DUAGHTER OF PAK

  75. January 11th, 2010 8:41 am

    CJP is an honest person. He is working to make Pakistan safe and clean day and night. Good Job.

    I Love Mr. Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary CJP

  76. March 12th, 2010 3:50 am

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
    Dear Sir !
    With all respected it is stated that I , Mr. Dilawar Gill S/O George.
    usethe workinSaudiArabia in the company Al-GHARBIAH CEMENT FACTORY, P.O Box No. 14322, JEDDAH 21424. I have the agreement with the company for working without time limits. But my Kafeel ( Sponsor) Kamal Mustafa Yashar break that agreement.
    Sir, I got mentally tortured and humiliated by the company and they did not gave me my passport travel toPakistan . When I humbly request for vacation which is due according to the agreement, I am mentally tortured by them and not given my rights. So I apply against him in the Labor Court of jeddah. The court gave an unfair decision that if I want to go I can leave as final exit ( Kharooj) and company will pay me all the remaining dues. I protest that decision but they did not listen to me. I also request please give me copy of final decision but he is also ignore me. The company gave me Cheque of Al-Riyad Bank of 3774/- Saudi Riyal but did not give me the chance to cash the Cheque and exit me from Saudia Arabia .on jul-5-2005 and still painding taht Cheque.
    I have( 5 )children. I not
    have any job. He is fall my future. I knocked every door for justice but not got me any response from Govt. of Pakistan .and saudi arabia Labour Court jeddah
    i. Information to Human Rights and Justice Govt. of Pakistan
    ii. Ministry of Religious and Manority .
    iii Ministtry of labour Men Power .O.P.F
    iv. Prime Minister Govt. of pakistan
    v. President of Pakistan .
    vi. United nation International Information Center Islamabad(PAK)
    Now Sir, I want justice. i challenge to that decision in the I C J.
    So my request is to kindly help me in that matter so I can get money. I want to claim one million US dollar$ for that mental, moral and financial torture and insult which happens to me without any cause
    Thanking you,
    Dilawar Gill S/O George
    Village Bhano Pindi
    P.O. Jamke Cheema
    Teh .Daska.Distt.Sialkot
    Cel #0092 3065243536
    article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justic
    International labour law is one category of international law.
    International law is the body of legal rules that apply between sovereign states and such other entities as have been granted international personality by sovereign states. Concerning labour law, the most important entity is International Labour Organization.

    The rules of international law are of a normative character; that is, they prescribe standards of conduct. They distinguish themselves, however, from moral rules by being, at least potentially, designed for authoritative interpretation by an independent judicial authority and by being capable of enforcement by the application of external sanctions. These characteristics make them legal rules.

    The law-creating processes of international law are the forms in which rules of international law come into existence; i.e., treaties, rules of international customary law, and general principles of law recognized by civilized nations. It is the merit of article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice that this exclusive list of primary law-creating processes has received almost universal consent.

    International law means public international law as distinct from private international law or the conflict of laws, which deals with the differences between the municipal laws of different countries.

    International law forms a contrast to national law. While international law applies only between entities that can claim international personality, national law is the internal law of states that regulates the conduct of individuals and other legal entities within their jurisdiction.

    International law can be universal, regional or bilateral. Although there is some duplication between universal and regional labour law, the practical value of regional law lies mainly in the possibility it offers to establish standards which are more progressive than worldwide standards for dealing with the special problems of the region concerned; to secure greater uniformity of law within a region; or to provide more extensive reciprocal advantages. Bilateral law has a different purpose. Mainly, it determines the conditions of entry and of employment in each contracting country for the nationals of the other. This chapter deals only with universal and regional labour law.

    The sources – instruments by which states and other subjects of international law, such as certain international organizations – of international law are international agreements. The agreements assume a variety of form and style, but they are all governed by the law of treaties, which is part of customary international law.

    A treaty, the typical instrument of international relations, is defined by the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties as an “agreement concluded between States in written form and governed by international law, whether embodied in a single instrument or in two or more related instruments and whatever its particular designation”.

    Some multilateral agreements set up an international organization for a specific purpose or a variety of purposes. They may therefore be referred to as constituent agreements. The United Nations Charter (1945) is both a multilateral treaty and the constituent agreement of the United Nations. An example of a regional agreement that operates as a constituent agreement is the charter of the Organization of American States (Charter of Bogot�), which established the organization in 1948. The constitution of an international organization may be part of a wider multilateral treaty. The Treaty of Versailles (1919), for example, contained in Part I the Covenant of the League of Nations and in Part XIII the constitution of the International Labour Organization.

    The term supranational is of recent origin and is used to describe the type of treaty structure developed originally by six western European states: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The first treaty was that of Paris, signed in 1951, establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC); the second, the Rome treaty, signed in 1957, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC); the third, the Rome treaty of the same date establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). A clause in the ECSC treaty provides for the complete independence of the members of the executive organ from the governments that appoint them.

    Treaties, however, are not the only instruments by which international agreements are concluded. There are single instruments that lack the formality of a treaty called agreed minute, memorandum of agreement, or modus vivendi; there are formal single instruments called convention, agreement, protocol, declaration, charter, covenant, pact, statute, final act, general act, and concordat; finally there are less formal agreements consisting of two or more instruments, such as “exchange of notes” or “exchange of letters.” (See United Nations, Definition of Key Terms Used in the UN Treaty Collection)

    Main sources of this section are British Encyclopaedia, International Law, British Encyclopaedia International Agreement and International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Supplement 163.

    Helpful tools when reading international agreements is UN, Glossary of Terms Relating to Treaty Actions and the Glossary of European Union

  77. March 12th, 2010 1:16 pm

    sir meri ap se guzarish ha ke ap sirf jo bi program kare america or in begerto ke khalaf kare jo muslim ko marwa rahe ha.
    khuda ke lie in darido se jan chura da.
    kutta to betha ha use ko kia kehana kici ne.
    koi tanzeem accept nae karti.rehman mulk khud karwa raha ha kutta.
    ap khud soche ke allha pak ne khud quran me farma dia ke kafir musliman ke dost kabi nae ho sakte.
    inho ne quran ko chor dia sirf anjeel or yahood ki book parte ha.
    ye umat me nae ha.
    khuda ke lia ap se request ha in ke khlaf awam ko khara kara da.


  78. Tahir Mahmood says:
    March 30th, 2010 1:45 am

    Honorable Sir,
    We are working as scientific Assistants in a scientific research department. We ,scientific employees improved our qualification to M.Sc. with the permission of our competent authorieties but in our departments no any promotion or increments are given to us on the basis of our improved qualification.
    Sir! we humbly request that we should be encourged.
    Sir! Lower qualified employees are promoted to next scales on the basis of service(length of service) but we are not prefered on the basis of qualification.
    Sir! Our research experience is neglected for new appointment as Scientist.
    Sir! it is our request to u please old promotion policies should be changed.
    Sir! old qualified (M.Sc.) staff employees of research departments should be promoted in scale 16/17 like teachers in schools and colleges.
    our all prayers are wit u

    Senior staff M.Sc. employees of Scientific research Department of Federal Govt.

    HOnorable Sir,
    We are working as scientific Assistants in scientific research departments. We ,scientific employees improved our qualification to M.Sc. with the permission of our competent authorieties but in our departments no any promotion or increments are given to us on the basis of our improved qualification.
    Sir! we humbly request that we should be encourged.
    Sir! Lower qualified employees are promoted to next scales on the basis of service(length of service) but we are not prefered on the basis of qualification.
    Sir, our length of service is more than 15 years
    Sir,We have improved our qualification in 2000, 2001,2003, 2004………2010.
    Sir! Our research experience is neglected for new appointment as Scientist.
    Sir! it is our request to
    u that our cases for higher grades should be considered sympathitically for higher grades.
    Sir! We, old qualified (M.Sc.) staff employees of research departments should be promoted in scale 16/17 like teachers in schools and colleges.
    our all prayers are wit u

  79. Humaira Muhsin says:
    April 1st, 2010 12:36 pm

    honorable sir,
    Respected sheweth:
    Dear i am post graduate student having qualification of MSC Economics.
    i apply for the national internship programme,and i was selected for current year but the concerned DCO mardan not informe me nor paid my monthly stipend of Rs :10000. now i asked about my right but they not help me. it is my right. i am a single person to bear the burdan of my home and my studies. so kindly sir, help me and asked from the concerned sanctioning authority for having deprived me of availing the facilities.
    Sir you are my last hope. i shall be very thankful to you.
    thanking you
    Habib gul houses. street bari cham MARDAN

  80. April 4th, 2010 3:32 pm

    i love pakistan , i love islam , i want to say a lot but the words are so short , i beleieve in,,,, jo ALLAH se darta ha , ALLAH, us ke dil se ghair ALLAH , ka dar – khouf- khatam kar deta ha ,, democracy ka matlab ? > islomic point of viwe se ,,, qanoon aor insaaf aor islami asoloon ki baladasti ha , mager zara socheay pakistan mein es ka theek matlab samajhney waley afraad kitney hein ,,, aor hamare aaj ke hukmaraan apni dunyavi hawas ko poora karney ke leay democracy ka ghalat estemaal kar rahey hein sirf chand aik ke , en halaat mein sirf islami qanoon-o- insaaf hi pakistani awaam ki falah ka hal ha , aor mera dil ch iftikhar mhd ko aik umeed ki shakal mein nazar ataa ha umeed ha wo hamein ALLAH se dartey howe mayoos nahein karein ge ,, mein aik govt servent hoon , aor mein nein khud deekha ha ke pakistan mein curruption itni barh chki ha , k yahaan emaan daari se kaam karney waloon ko saza ,,,aor be emaani se kaam karney waloon ko jaza ( shabaash) milti ha ,, aor inqelaab hameesha fard-e- wahid se shuroo hota ha afraad baad mein bantey hein youe are my hope respected chouhdri iftkhar sahb ,, may ALLAH bless u and all of us…

  81. kalim says:
    April 15th, 2010 9:04 am

    The honourable and venerated Chief Justice Muahammad Iftikhar Chohdary
    Respected Sir,
    I articulate it with due reverence and veneration.My case number 593 is pending for five years in the court of honourable civil judge SYED ZAIGHAM ABBAS.The other party has not yet appeared in front of the judge for the last five years.I need justice and at lickety split and quick manner.Please earnestly make it possible.Thanking you in anticipation.

    Yours truly,
    Muhammad Kalim
    case number 593
    Dherri hassanabad rawalpindi

  82. MUJTABA says:
    June 14th, 2010 9:16 pm




    MY CELL NO :- 00447529998137



  83. Muhammad Furqan says:
    July 2nd, 2010 7:47 am

    Dear Sir,
    Mera naam Muhammad Furqan ha aur main Lahore kaa rehashi ho. Mera bhai 35 saal say mecloar road per kaam kerta tha uss ma aik mulazim tha nasir. sir pechlay 3 saal say meray bhai kay business mukamil khatam hoo gia aur uss per karz char gia meray bhai nay her aik sath saath hath joor ker iltaja kii kay mujhay dobara kaam ka kernay dain main saab ko day doo ga lakin kissi nay aik naa mani sir meray bhai ka jo mulazim tha nasir wo meray bhai kay sign ker sakta tha iss baat ka ilam uss waqat howa jaab meray bhai nay saab kuch sale ker dia lakin jo cheque khatam nahi hoya her admi meray bhai per fir katwata jaa raha ha aur kuch ko paymer ker bhi di ha lakin uss kay paas cheque kahatam nahi hoo rahay sir mera bhai bakasoor ha uss kay duplicate sign howay hain aur nasir kay paay chque hain jo wo market main kuch pasoo kay leay sale ker raha ha uss kay admi haim dhamki datay hain kay ager fir katwai to saab ko goli maar dain gay jaab iss waqat bhi mera bhai cheque kay cases main arrest ha aur uss kay paas kuch nahi ha danay kay leay wo kehata ha kay mera paas kuch nahi ha mujhay time doo main saab kii 1 pai utaar doo ga hum bohat majboor ha sir ALLAH kay wasatya meray bhai ka sath insaf ker kay rehai dilwai jay iss kay meray paas gawah bhi hain meri walda issi waja say hospital main admit thi abb kuch din howay gher ai hain janab mujhay umeed ha kay aap hamari iss case main help karain gay aur meray bhai koo insaf dilwain gay.Kuch ko hum nay payment ker dii ha lakin unho nay jalsazi say apnay paas aur cheque rakhay howay thay abb un per phir unho nay fir katwa dii ha janab main aur meri walda aap say insaf kay mutazar hain.
    1 aur araz ha kay is 479/f main kuch radobadal kii jay ku kay her kissi nay iss ko aik khail bana lia ha ager 1 dafa cheque clear nahi howa aur dosary nay time manga ha to nahi datay balkay fir katwa datay hain aur phir police gher per jaa ker ladies ko balkay saab ko tang kerti ha. sir plzzzzzz is 479/f main kuch narmi kii jay jiss per cheque walay apna kuch defend ker kay insaf hasal ker sakain iss rule say koi corruption khatam nahi hoi balkay 40% loaag najayez iss main inwolve hain. aap ager books dakhain jiss 10000 dana ha wo bhi jiss nay50000 danay ha wo bhi fir main andar ha jaab wo andar ha topayment kasay karay ga bahar hoo ga to payment day ga.
    sir mujhay umeed ha kay aap iss fir 479/f ko yaa to khatam kernay per ghoor karain yaa to iss main kuch asi tarmeem karain kay defend karay ka mauqa milay. aur meri walda ki faryad hay kay meray bhai ko insfa aur rehai dilwai jay taa kay wo baher aa ker kuch ker sakay.

    app kii madad ka talib muhammad furqan
    mujhay umeed ha kay aap meri iss e-mail ko zaroor read karain gay aur iss kay positive jawab aur action lay gay.

    Mera number ha +923328454983
    Muhammad Furqan

  84. July 19th, 2010 3:34 pm

    Respected Sir! With due reverene I was falsely allegated in case 593 civil court rawalpindi that wasted my five years.
    it was proven to be a false and counterfeit application.Under the any clause of pakistani law i need a redemption by allegating the other party now so that they compensate my losses of time studies and business. Necessary action should be taken against the other party so that injustice doesn’t prevail.
    yours faithfully
    Arshad Salamat and Others
    house 180 near post office bazar
    Dheri Hassanabad Rawalpindi

  85. waleed says:
    October 11th, 2011 12:52 am

    Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Ifthikhar Muhammad Chaudry,Assalam o alaikum,with the highest level of respect i would like to bring your attention to the recent death sentence awarded to Malik Mumtaz Qadri in the case of murder of ex governor of Punjab Salman Taseer. Sir,Islamic Scholars throughout Pakistan have condemned this,because of the fact that Malik Mumtaz Qadri is innocent to them and has done the righteous thing.Sir, i do know that the decision was made by the highest level of expert judges but, with all due respect,they are not as good experts of the Qur’an and Sun nah like the religious Scholars are. Sir,i would like to request you to take “SUE MOTTO” action over this and please also consider the opinion of Ulemas so a decision can be made as per the teachings and Laws of Islam.
    Sir, whenever we fell ill we take the advice of a Doctor,for making investments an opinion of Investment Banker is taken,similarly it is a matter having a religious aspect of utmost critique and advice of Islamic Experts is required to be listened too.Sir,you know things better than me,you have always stood for the justice and righteousness,and i hope that Allah Almighty shall help you in standing for this one as well.
    In the end i would like to apologize for anything that i might have said wrong,i hope you will forgive me,as this is the first time that i have written to a person of such high rank.

    Thank You

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