Around eleven o clock this morning I turned on TV and started watching yesterday’s replay of Pakistani journalist taken to task by a lone woman from US, Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state. I had the stomach to watch only few minutes then I turned off TV just before I was to throw up. She was being asked questions by three female and three male journalist and one host Dr. Pirzada from Dunya Propaganda news. Mr. Pirzada who looks in the mirror and pats his back as he is the only man to have ever graduated from Columbia University.
No question of substance was asked by questioners. The female journalist came dressed as if it is a fashion show. Sana Bacha was acting like a mentally disabled person. The Sama TV anchor person Bokhari asked such a stupid question that Punjab government’s checks were dishonored to effected people of Data Drabar incident and this is because of non payment of CSF funds, Hillary quickly replied to reform your Tax system. Mazhar Abbass a big honcho a cowboy of journalist federation, he was introduced to the guest as if it is a big deal to
be a general secretary of journalist unions. Dr. Moeed who himself claims to be a graduate of Columbia University should know that these posts dont matter and dont impress anybody in the west any idiot loud mouth can become a general secretary of unions . Mazhar Abbass’s question was ignored and he didnt get to ask follow up question. His second question about comparison of Iran, kashmir and Israel was thoroughly tackled by Hillary. It was revolting presentation by Pakistani journalist. I think any two year old from US could tackle such in-experienced journalist let alone an experienced Hillary Clinton. And mind you she is by no means the smartest Secretary of State US has produced.
Now coming to Supreme Court: Another joke I read on the breaking news ticker and it said Shahid Orakzai slammed Pakistani Constitution and it hurt the feelings of the judges who were hearing 18th amendment petitions. Justice Khilji Arif, Justuise Saqib Nisar and my own beloved Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry got upset and passed following remarks ” We have respect for the constitution and we have taken oath to defend it”. Everybody knows how much SC respects the constitution of Pakistan and how many times they have taken oath and how many times they have actually defended it. That statement made me burst into a huge laughter.
Same judges who have stated themselves that they have provided temporary endorsement to dictators and it was parliamentarians who have provided permanent endorsements. So Mr. Justice Sahib you took oath to defend the constitution then why did you provide temporary endorsement to Musharraf and for your knowledge it was not temporary by any long shot and no matter how you re-write history and twist the facts you gave Musharraf three years to rule and single handidly amend the constitution as he seemed it fit. My Lordships you are
disillusioned to make such remarks. SC is sole institution to be blamed for the dictators to stay in power. The one semi-democratically elected government of Junejo and four democratic governments of 90’s could serve maximum of three years each and my Lordships you provided almost equal time to Musharraf. This is what you call temporary endorsement to dictator which led to nine years of cruel rule. You didnt speak against his any of illegal acts. You served him with obedience and provided relief from October 12th action to his uniform, his dual office and even totally destroying what ever was left of democratic institutions. He issued hundreds and hundreds of illegal Ordinances but have you took any step against any one of them.
Further, you only checked NRO because it helped bring democracy to Pakistan. You never objected to his amendments, you never asked to bring objective’s resolution of the constitution in short you provided relief to any illegal act he did that was challenged in your courts. How many Suo Moto you took prior to getting your comfy jobs back. You let Musharraf rule Pakistan unchecked for nine years. You only spoke when he stepped on your tail. You were heard loud and clear when his illegality hit your comfy jobs. Musharraf had done similar things to many during his nine year illegal rule but you never said a word, you didnt take any suo moto. I think you didn’t even know you had suo moto power. Your suo moto powers were taken by GHQ but you never said anything. He threw democratically elected leaders out of the country, you kept quiet, he stopped democratic leaders from entering Pakistan, you kept quiet. He prosecuted the democratic leaders with the help of NAB (Establishment worked through NAB at that time and is still trying to work through same channel and you are providing them opportunity) and you obeyed him, your work was so questionable that you couldnt even grant bail to political leaders with out the approval of GHQ. You sent Javed Hashmi to jail for five years, you never said a word. You ignored his daughters petitions.
Another question comes to my mind if you can give temporary endorsement to dictator then you should honor the people’s choice and provide same to democratic government unless you have some ulterior motives behind not doing so. You are so kind to democratic government that you admit any looney bin insane petitions just to put stumbling block in the working of democratic government. It will be kind of you to decide on the millions of petitions in your courts which are pending for years rather than providing blessing to non-democratic
elements of the society. My lord, this fake degree issue could have been put aside easily as this law has become defunct and you could have provided some temporary relief to the government on the basis of that. You decided to get even with the government for not restoring you to your job earlier. You could have even forced those parliamentarians to attend some crash courses specially designed for parliamentarians by some respected university or could have asked them to do some social work or could have imposed heavy fines but you
couldnt do so because it was not in your genes to provide relief to them you were just out to get them and I tell you you got them right.
Mr Chief Justice, you have succeeded in your agenda to bring down democracy or weaken it. The stone you have cast will go a long way. Similarly it is like saying it was not SC judge which hung Bhutto it was Tara Masih who actually hung Bhutto, it doesnt mean that SC and Zia are not to be blamed for his murder. You cant walk away from your wrong doings of past unless you apologize to the nation. If your colleagues can make political statements you can do the same and beg for forgiveness from people of Pakistan. Judges of superior judiciary are highly politicized and there is not even iota of doubt in that.