Tuesday September 06, 2016
A Note for Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Pakistani ruling elite is sicker beyond anyone’s imagination. This sickness of ruling elite is not limited to usurpers in uniform who illegally take over the country it is also very much part of the mind-set of so-called democrats who protect criminals in the name of reconciliation, national interest, or deteriorating economic situation in the country. This sickness of the ruling elite is the root cause of all the problems and ills of Pakistan as a state and Pakistanis as a nation.
People of Pakistan hoped PPP will put Pakistan in the right direction. It will restore judges, review policies on war against terrorism, set aside IMF and World Bank instructions to deal with the issue of runaway prices of essential commodities and re-establish the writ of the constitution in the country. However, PPP has chosen to embark on the same old beaten track.
Like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, his son in law, Mr. Asif Zardari, has chosen to protect criminals who violated the constitution, destroyed national institutions and made peoples’ lives miserable for 9 long years.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry took upon himself to break the tradition and fix the country through judicial activism. It was the right course. If he had remained Chief Justice and continued judicial activism, the country would have started moving on the right track.
Unfortunately, the sick ruling elite did not like CJ’s judicial activism. Instead of accepting judicial activism as a bitter medicine, the sick ruling elite wrapped up the judiciary and sent all judges involved in judicial activism home.
That sick ruling elite is still well and alive in Pakistan. Criminals are free, their assets are intact, their interests are protected, their operatives are still busy in threatening and torturing hundreds of so-called missing but in reality abducted Pakistanis in illegally built detention centers in various cantonments throughout the country.
While this all goes on Mr. Zardari is focused on consolidating his and his family’s political power in the country. He has already assured his presidency. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, like Prince of Wales, is being groomed to be the future ruler of Pakistan. What is this all? Where is Pakistan heading?
Common Pakistani folks are watching all these shenanigans with despair and helplessness. The have lost the hope February 18th elections gave them. Their energies are dissipating while Farooq Naik and Sherry Rehman are repeating statements of Wasi Zaffar and Mohammad Ali Durrani. They are also watching the tactics newly appointed attorney general Latif Khosa is using to divide judiciary and weakening the lawyers’ movement.
Under these grim circumstances there is a remote possibility the sick Pakistani ruling elite will allow the continuation of reformation process Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry started by taking so moto notices and saying ‘No’ to general Musharraf.
The question is what should be done under these circumstances? Give up and compromise with whatever is happening under the able leadership of Mr. Zardari and wait for the Prince of the Wales Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari?
Pakistan does not have that much time. If someone thinks it does he is definitely out of his mind.
We suggest Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and his supporter attorneys should declare a political agenda and start mass movement. The agenda should be more than restoration and independence of judiciary. The agenda should be complete change and overhaul of sick Pakistan ruling elite, social, economic and political justice, equitable relationship among federal units, and rebuilding of Pakistan with everyone’s interests served and protected under the constitution of Pakistan.
If Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and lawyers start such movement the people of Pakistan will overwhelmingly respond. They are sick and tired of continuity of general Musharraf’s policies. They will gladly participate in CJ’s movement and transform Pakistan into a country of their and their forefathers’ dreams.
Reluctant warrior Aitzaz Ahsan also has to change his lackluster approach towards PPP and reorganize the lawyers’ movement for a significant and meaningful change in the country. Pakistan cannot sit back and watch its destruction and dismemberment. It is a matter of survival for Pakistan.
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