Related post: Not-So-International Jurist Award for CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry – by Mohsin Shaharyar
London, 28 May 2012: At a dubious ceremony in London in which Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry awarded himself the International Jurist Award by the International Council of Jurists (ICJ), of which he is a vice chairman, CJ Chaudhry claimed that Pakistan’s Supreme Court (under his leadership) has played a major role in restoration of human rights in the country.
His tall claims notwithstanding, Supreme Court and lower courts under his leadership in the last several years have routinely released dangerous Jihadi-sectarian terrorists including but not limited to Qari Saifullah Akhtar, Hafiz Saeed, Malik Ishaq, Molvi Abdul Aziz (of Laal Masjid), Aurangzeb Farooqi etc.
His own cousin, Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister of his favourite party PML-N in the Punjab province, played a key role in the acquittal of Malik Ishaq of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (aka Sipah-e-Sahaba or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) last year.
At the same time, CJ and his SCP have failed to take notice of ongoing Shia genocide and persecution and massacres of Baloch, Pashtun and other oppressed groups at the hands of Pakistan army and its various proxies. If by restoring human rights, he meant that he and his colleagues at the SCP and Lahore High Court have been safeguarding and promoting human rights of army generals, Jihadi-sectarian terrorists and Islamo-fascist politicians, then such claim may be wholeheartedly accepted.
انساني حقوق کي بحالي ميں سپريم کورٹ نے اہم کردار ادا کيا، چيف جسٹس
Date : 5/28/2012 4:50:00 PM Updated at 16:50 PST
لندن … چيف جسٹس پاکستان جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدري نے کہا ہے کہ پاکستان ميں انساني حقوق کي بحالي ميں سپريم کورٹ نے اہم کردار ادا کيا ہے. لندن ميں انٹرنيشنل کورٹ آف جيورسٹس کے افتتاحي اجلاس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدري کا کہنا تھا کہ 1973ء کے آئين ميں شہري آزادي اور انساني حقوق کو خصوصي اہميت دي گئي ہے، اگر ملک ميں کہيں بھي انساني حقوق پامال کيے جاتے ہيں تو ان کي حفاظت کي ضامن سپريم کورٹ ہے. ان کا کہنا تھا کہ سپريم کورٹ کے جوڈيشل ريويو کا اختيار استعمال کرنے سے ملک ميں جرائم ميں کمي واقع ہوئي ہے.
In view of CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry’s ongoing support to the military establishment and Islamo-fascist parties and militants, he has become most controversial and most detested Chief Justice in Pakistan’s history. He and his misogynist colleagues at the Supreme Court have routinely released criminals who have raped and kidnapped women. He has also encouraged forced conversion of Hindu and Christian women by forcing the kidnapped women to live with their kidnappers.
According to Pakistan Christian Post, Pakistanis in Britain boycotted the CJ of Pakistan award ceremony in London on forced conversion of Hindu girls case.
Hyderabad: May 28, 2012. (Abbas Kassar) Sindhis living in UK including International Sindhi Women Organization and World Sindhi Congress has announced boycott of award ceremony which has been arranged in London to give award to chief justice Pakistan Iftikhar Muahammad Chowdhry on the grounds that chief justice Pakistan had handed over Hindu girl Rinkel Kumari Kumari two months back to a local politician Pir Mian Mithoo who had married her forcibly to one of his relatives after kidnapping her. The girl when presented before supreme court was crying to be handed to her parents and had loudly said that she was forcibly married to a Muslim boy but chief justice did not listen to her cries and handed her to Muslim boy who had kidnapped her on behest of MNA of ruling PPP Mian Mithoo and then married. It may be mentioned here that kidnapping Hindu girls and then marrying them to Muslims after forcible conversion is common in Sindh but neither government nor judiciary has taken any step to stop such atrocities with minorities in Pakistan.
1. Is it ethical for a Chief Justice to receive award from an organization of which he himself is a vice chairman? Is it not an issue of conflict of interest?
2. Is not the Chief Justice aware of the fact that the so called International Court of Justice is an Indian NGO, presided by a man who visited Kargil to boost the morale of Indian soldiers against Pakistan?
3. Who paid for CJ’s trip to the UK? Who is taking care of his accommodation and other expenses?
Let’s hope the government and independent media (not the ISI’s Jinnah Institute) asks these questions.