Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar: An unsung hero
Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar played a historical role in the removal of Musharraf when he refused to cooperate with Musharraf’s intention to dissolve the parliament by using 58-2-B.
According to Hamid Mir (writing in Daily Star, 20 Aug 2008):
“Musharraf was happy on his “safe exit”, but he shared his disappointment about some “ungrateful” people who left him in the last days of his presidency. One of them was the sitting Chief Justice, Abdul Hameed Dogar. He became chief justice on Nov 3, 2007 after the imposition of emergency by Musharraf. Dogar also validated the extra-constitutional acts of Musharraf after Nov 3. Musharraf contacted Dogar through a very prominent lawyer in the first week of August 2008. Musharraf wanted a stay order from the Supreme Court against the impeachment motion announced by the ruling coalition to oust him. Dogar disappointed Musharraf. “
First day of Musharraf without office
Hamid Mir, From Pakistan
Musharraf contacted Dogar through a prominent lawyer in the first week of August 2008. He wanted a stay order from the Supreme Court against the impeachment motion announced by the ruling coalition to oust him. Dogar regretted and disappointed Musharraf.
According to one of the visitors, Musharraf said: “You know some PML-Q leaders suggested to me to cancel the National Reconciliation Ordinance and restore the deposed judges before tendering my resignation as they were sure that deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will become a big problem for Zardari.
I decided not to do that. I know Zardari will not restore Justice Iftikhar and Nawaz Sharif will fight him on this issue. Even if Iftikhar is restored, he will not spare Zardari. Let the enemies fight with each other.”
Musharraf was also hopeful that a situation would be created in the coming weeks when he would “get a chance to play a political role.”
He indicated that he wanted to prove that he could play a role even without a uniform.
And while he was happy on his “safe exit”, Musharraf shared his disappointment about some “ungrateful” people who left him in the last days of his presidency. One of them was Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, who was appointed to the post by Musharraf during last year’s emergency.
Musharraf reportedly contacted Dogar as he wanted a stay order from the Supreme Court against the impeachment motion, but Dogar declined.
Ansar Abbasi with his venom against Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar….
It is interesting to note that in November 2008, conscience of the Editorial Board of the Jang Group made them to publish a concocted, maligning story against Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar, however, in 2006, the same Editorial Board of the Jang Group decided to censor a story against the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
Read details here by clicking on the following link:
Ansar Abbasi’s story against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s corruption in 2006:
There are a few questions:
1. Why double standards by the Jang Group to publish one story while censoring another story (of a corruption case of a higher order) filed by the same correspondent.
2. It seems that Ansar Abbasi, the notorious Jamaat-e-Islami stooge, yellow journalist, could not find any substantial case of corruption against Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar. Therefore, in breach of all moral and ethical principles, he used an ordinary application of rechecking of papers by a school girl for mud-slinging against Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar.
3. Is the Jang Group being blackmailed by enemies of democracy, the supporters of Mullah, the Jamaat-e-Islami lobby? Or have they been bribed to be selective and biased in their reporting of events?
4. Whose payroll is Ansar Abbasi on? He is a notorious right-winger, a supporter of Taliban and Al Qaeda. It is not hard to believe that his sources of funding lie outside Pakistan.
Shame on you Ansar Abbasi. Shame on you Jang Group.
Our special daughters
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
WHEN the Editorial Board of the Jang Group decided after long and very intense discussions that we should publish the story of the special daughter, it was a difficult decision as there was immense pressure coming from all sides, including the movers and shakers of the God-gifted Republic of Pakistan and even some elements within our own house. That the people, at all levels, got involved in an otherwise straight story exposing blatant misuse of authority and position, was surprising. It was argued at senior and powerful levels that this story should not be published because it involved the career of a daughter, a young student who was trying to improve her chances of making her life more meaningful and productive. It was hammered on us that publication of one such case would not change the destiny or the prevalent system in the country. We were repeatedly reminded that authority is always used in the developing and the Third World countries in a similar manner and not much would change with this one episode, even if it is splashed on the pages of the print media. Attempts were made to emotionally blackmail us as it would ruin the life and career of a young and innocent lady.
We considered all these arguments before we decided to go ahead with the story. Our Editorial Board did not agree with most of these arguments, except the one that such misuse of authority is common in Banana Republics. We weighed the pros and cons and when it was clear to us that by unduly favouring the career of one young Pakistani, we would, by design, be ruining the careers of thousands of other similarly placed young boys and girls, not linked to powerful and mighty high-ups in our political or judicial systems, the verdict was unanimous: we must do our best to stop this injustice, we must throw the first stone and we must show the mirror to those who sit in judgment, deciding life and death matters every day, but when it comes to the future and careers of their own kith and kin, they behave like men of straw.
We believe that this one case of extraordinary favour to the special daughter of a top judicial person will make the rest of us feel belittled and slighted. We believe that the injustice done to hundreds and thousands of others who could not get such special treatment will be undone. We believe that someone somewhere will feel the guilt and come clean with the nation. We hope someone somewhere will resign and reinforce our belief that we can become a nation of honest people where justice can prevail. We hope all our daughters will become special.
CJ’s daughter has a head start over thousands
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: In what could become a mass denial of rights of thousands of students throughout the country, the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Islamabad has illegally awarded extra marks and upgraded the examination results of the daughter of the country’s top judge.
In indecent haste and under direct written orders of the chairman FBISE, relaxing and violating all rules and even some judgments of the Supreme Court, the FSc result of student Farah Hameed Dogar was jacked up from 640 marks in Grade ‘C’ to 661 marks in Grade ‘B’, thus making her eligible to apply for admission into any medical college in the country.
Documentary evidence available with The News, background interviews and on the record discussions with concerned officials of the FBISE establish that the Islamabad Board went out of its way in the case of Farah Hameed Dogar by fast forwarding the entire process of re-checking, re-assessing and even re-marking her examination papers to her advantage and superceding thousands of other candidates who had obtained marks between 642 and 660.
Sources close to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, however, insisted that no influence was used by the chief justice in his daughter’s case and if the Board had taken some action, they must have done it under the rules or under powers vested with the Board’s chairman….
FBISE refutes Ansar Abbasi’s false allegations
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (The News)
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Tuesday clarified that the marks of Farah Hameed Dogar, the daughter of the chief justice of Pakistan, were revised along with 200 other candidates.
In a brief press release issued by the controller of examinations after the case exploded in the media, the board said: “The application of rechecking of result is covered by the rules of the board. After declaration of the HSSC Part-II annual examination 2008 result, 1,093 candidates applied for rechecking of their papers. Resultantly, there was no discrepancy in cases of 892 candidates and whereas certain discrepancies were found in the cases of 201 candidates. The case of Miss Farah Hameed Dogar, d/o Abdul Hameed Dogar, was also one of the 201 cases where the results were revised, and revised marks sheets were issued to all students.”
Ansar Abbasi (the notorious right wing journalist) is still adamant about the ‘truthfulness’ of his story. Shame on you Ghaddar Abbasi.
Jamaat Islami demands resignation of CJ Dogar
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
By Our Correspondent (The News)
JAMAAT-I-ISLAMI secretary general Syed Munawar Hasan has expressed strong concerns over the reported violations of rules and regulations to award extra marks and change examination results of the daughter of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar by federal board of intermediate education.
In a statement on Tuesday, Munawar Hasan said the chief justice had lost moral justifications to hold his office and he must resign. Munawar called the chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar as a controversial chief justice of Pakistan, saying he held this office unconstitutionally and illegally by taking oath under PCO of military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf in lieu of issuing orders to legitimise the unconstitutional measures of Nov 3, 2007 and his unconstitutional candidature for the presidency for the second time.
Munawar Hasan also said that the chief justice was also allegedly involved in financial corruption since he was given financial privileges in return for legitimising the unconstitutional measures of Gen Musharraf. He said after emerging of the latest scandal, the chief justice should resign immediately.
Meanwhile, JI Deputy Secretary General Dr Farid Paracha also demanded that Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar should immediately resign and his case should be referred to supreme judicial council.
He said the nation has been demanding independent judiciary so that the practice of protecting the crimes and corruption of the elite should be stopped and rule of law should be established indiscriminately.
Case of CJP’s daughter
The media has taken note of the investigative report by a paper that the daughter of the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Abdul Hameed Dogar, has obtained admission in a medical college through unfair means. It is alleged that she was short of some marks needed to gain admission on merit under a special “judges’ quota”, after which the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education was approached for scrutiny of her answer books. The Board scrutinised them and gave her additional marks enabling her to gain admission. The “judges’ quota” in the said medical college is supposed to have materialised after it rented a building — in which it is housed — belonging to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Be that as it may, the case has become front page news after it was ascertained that the additional marks were unfairly awarded by the Board. The Chief Justice has said that he is unaware of the incident, but the political fallout of this case will be lethal. He is not accepted as legal by an entire lawyers’ community and the leaders of the mainstream party dominant in Punjab, the PMLN. There are “rejectionist” parties whose leaders have staked their careers on pulling down his Court. The case is not “normal” given the full glare of media publicity and amnesia of the past. Earlier judges too had scandals worse than this one to hide even after they were revealed. Two chief justices had their unfairly promoted sons to protect and an earlier chief justice had got an official plot in Karachi for his own residence but had sold it on getting possession of it against terms earlier agreed. The political fallout of the case for the ruling government will be more lethal than it would have been in the past. The charges in this case are credible. Favouritism has been shown and strings were pulled. (Daily Times, 28 Nov 2008)
November 25th, 2008
Don’t get too excited, there is not going to be a press release from Dogar as my dear friends are naively expecting. This kind of nepotism is not new is it? And we have somewhat have become to accept it….
No disrespect to Iftikhar Ch but he did the same thing for his son as well…
Samad Khurram Says:
November 25th, 2008
Dogar’s daughter’s marksheet is here:
1) The allegation was sifarish, and not tampering with education system of Pakistan in case of Iftikhar Chaudhry.
2) The government’s prosecution team dropped the charges before the SC because they could not substantiate this. However the news did detailed analysis of this before publishing it.
November 25th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
@samad: In the case of AH Dogar also, Charges are the same i.e. Sifarish. As, under law, one can apply for the re-checking of his/her papers, and the checking authority can increase the marks if he/she considers so. And here in this case, the undersigned authority is the Controller of Exams, which is a lawful authority. Therefore it is not the case of tampering.
It is very difficult to prove the allegations of Sifarish in the court of law, as mostly sifarish is done through verbal means.
CJ Iftikhar’s son later requested to send him back to his original department, which means that he accepted there was something ‘unsual’ in his case.
P.S. I fully support independence of judiciary movement.
Re-checking means re-assessment (& everything that chairman FBISE orders) under relaxation of rules (vol II).
Supreme Court verdict means the interpretation of law in view of specific parameters.
In July 20 historic judgment, SC verdict was against the article 209, but that doesn’t mean article 209 is out of the constitution.
Nabeel Khan Says:
November 25th, 2008
i was sure that u must have this issue here…just wanna add something in this story….the same reporter…..the same post…the very same issue…..but u never post that particular story on this site, u wan t me u disclose the name of the person…..HIS EXCELLENCY JUSTICE IFTIKHAR CHODHRY, u post his USA story in bold words…u better tell the truth abt him….the same reporter ansar abbasi wrote the same kind of report for his SON too….so wat u guys think of it ?
November 25th, 2008 at 5:30 pm
Justice Iftikhar Chaudary alloted his son POlice Group ion Pakistan civil services without his son ever appearring in competetive examinations!
This showcase of influnce by Justice Dogar is a very miniscule one. There is hundreds and thousands of such cases every year where favors are exchanged at the behest of influencial people (generals, civil servants, politicians, business tycoons) in educational institutes and professional spheres and extra marks, favors and job oppertunities are doled out to the kith and kin of all such.
Iftikhar Choudary flunated his power and Doger did also. Mostly every judge, civil servant, politician and judge do.
The fools who are protesting here which are (>40) as per posts, are either innocent fools or biased bigots who are part and prcel of this very system, but for others like to see principles ruling mighty.
This biased story is hilarious and the fools who are reacting are understandably bigot charlatans.
November 25th, 2008 at 10:09 pm
“0″ Zero 2 Hero…..Its NOT a Big Deal 4 Our Media, they just want to fill the GAP.
One day they prove someone Zero, and the other day Title page Hero.
they were backing the story of Chief Justice Iftikhar Ch. son matter,and after that, they were running behind his rally.Now they are proving “DOG”ar as corrupt, tomorrow maybe they gave them a medal of honesty.We are simply “FOLLOWERS” with No Hope.as these media BOSSEs have their own interests.
Dr.Shahid Masood was agent of agencies,intruder ,Today WATCH again “MERAY MUTABIK”
WHY? ? Meray Mutabik…who you are ?
why we listen these Bhashans.
November 26th, 2008 at 5:26 am
“Don’t get too excited, there is not going to be a press release from Dogar as my dear friends are naively expecting. This kind of nepotism is not new is it? And we have somewhat have become to accept it….
No disrespect to Iftikhar Ch but he did the same thing for his son as well…”
Hey! How dare you say anything bad about Chaudhry ‘One Eyed’ Iftikhar (recently honored for being ‘Mosssht Shuper Duper CJ’). Lets face it, the Pakistani superior courts system is dysfunctional, and the people here who believe the idiot before CJ Dogar was any better need immediate psychological help. Time will reveal all about what has happened in our courts. Thank God Iftikhar was sent packing before he was able to completely ruin the country with his idiotic sentimental activist BS. If Dogar is to go as well, let it be so. No one is above the law. Except me. 🙂