- Posted December 7, 2013 by
One should not make tall promises and give rise to people's expectations to goals which one cannot deliver.
The majority of lawyers in Punjab are going to celebrate salvation day on 11 December 2013 when the Chief Justice of Pakistan lays down his robes. He was still only week ago being projected as a hero, champion of independence of judiciary, the iconoclast and greatest challenge to forces who act against rule of law. Was this all a ruse and the real face emerges when the robes are put off and there is no apprehension of the person ever returning to the post he relinquishes? If so then what was the medium behind his projection after he was made not to function as a judge and face a reference before the Supreme Judicial Council. These orders were made by Pervez Musharraf and ultimately the same led to his destiny which meant disgrace and now prosecution under high treason charges.
It remains a fact hard to contradict that his conduct in code prior to Pervez Musharraf’s measures alluded to above were least commensurate to the highest office he was holding. He would always in those days use harsh vocabulary some time amounting to language not acceptable even for a suspect under investigation by a police head constable. It was often that equivalent phrases were exchanged between his lordship and the lawyers facing him. It was in these circumstances that Naeeem Bukhari a senior advocate of Supreme Court made complain against him which rather form the basic reason for the presidential reference.
It remains a gossip among lawyers that the day Pervez Musharraf had confrontation with him, he gave out that he will resign but on his way from President house to his own house he received a telephone call telling him to resist Pervez Musharraf and not to resign. Now again there is a news item in the press that references are being made against him by the Lahore High Court Bar Association and some other people too.
The scandal of his son Arsalan which had created a storm in the country and there were demands and expectations that he must resign. Though he always quoted a tradition of the Holy Prophet that if his daughter committed a theft her hand would be chopped off. This tradition whatever its authenticity will confront him always that what did he do when felony of his son was brought to his notice. May be his frequent quotation of this tradition rebounded on him in Arsalan case and it exposed him.
Weakness of PPP government was well exploited by him and they could not stand his so called judicial activism. But when it came to Nawaz Sharif who knows how to interact with the Supreme Court it became impossible for the chief justice to convict Nawaz Sharif as he had done with Yousaf Raza Gillani. Moreover he could not take Asghar Khan’s case to its logical conclusion because it involved among others Nawaz Sharif for corrupt practices in elections. Most probably the lawyers of five divisions Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi khan, Sargodha and Faisalabad who were promised by him that if he is restored he will establish high court benches in these divisions, were shocked by the nonfulfillment of his promise to them by the chief justice and for this reason they have announced that they will celebrate salvation day on 11th December when the Chief Justice lays down his robes.
Today on 7th December a development which may be very shocking to the chief Justice has taken place. As reflected in a Message issued by Supreme Court Bar Association’s executive committee and its president. The message is verbatim reproduced here. “Dear Colleagues executive committee under the leader ship of President SCBA Mr. Kamran Murtaza has decided not to hold any farewell for CJP due to brutal torture on Lawyers in Supreme Court premises and also condemn the effort to undermine institution of SCBA by the cronies of CJP.” This message is circulated to all the members of SCBA by Mr. Asif Cheema secretary SCBA. Earlier to this yet another message was circulated by Rana Naeem Sarwar Vice President SCBA saying “I strongly condemn the dirty politics by certain agents of foreign state actors who are adamant to disgrace the lawyers community. The executive committee including me is in favor of circuit/ division benches and stress to the government to make necessary arrangements in this regard.” Preceding this message yet another message was circulated among members of SCBA by the lawyers of five divisions saying they condemn “The traitor Rana Nadeem Sarwar VPSCBA for sending message individual invitation to CJP Iftikhar against decision of executive of SCBA and demand his suspension as per Rule 37 of SCBA rules. His entry is banned in all bars.”
This is the legacy of Chaudary Iftikhar. The rapid decline in his popularity is the harvest of his deeds and he is now to reap what he has been sowing.