ay khuda mere abbu salamat rahen – by Nazir Naji and Asma Jahangir

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Leading human rights lawyer and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir on Monday (3 Sep 2012) said that the officer (Shoaib Suddle) tasked by the SC to investigate the Arsalan Iftikhar case has close ties with the chief justice’s son and cannot be trusted to conduct a transparent investigation.

It may be recalled that Shoaib Suddle is also one of the main suspects in Shaheed Murtaza Bhutto’s murder in Karachi on 20 September 1996. He had been tasked by the then Army chief (General Jahnagir Karamat) to eliminate yet another member of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s family.

Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court premises, Asma alleged the Supreme Court was not meeting the requirements of delivering justice in the case against Arsalan in the Bahria Town scandal. She also rejected the appointment of Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Mohammad Shoaib Suddle, the officer tasked by the apex court to investigate the case, after it barred the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from investigating the matter. She alleged that the apex court wanted to influence the investigations, as Suddle is said to have close links with Arsalan.

“The Supreme Court should ask the Scotland Yard to conduct the investigation into Arsalan Iftikhar’s case, if it has no confidence in the national institutions,” she said. Asma pointed out that Suddle also regularly accompanied Arsalan at various events. Therefore, he could not be expected to conduct a transparent investigation into the case.

Jahangir reiterated that everyone should be treated equally under the law. She alleged that Shoaib Suddle, the investigating officer, is also known to regularly attend Arsalan Iftikhar’s personal events, adding that he could not be expected to conduct a transparent investigation into the case.

Criticising the court’s decision, Jahangir said that if there were any questions over the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigating team, then the team could have been changed instead of changing the whole verdict.

Jahangir expressed her wish that the Supreme Court achieve its exalted status by providing the public with justice, however, she added that there were numerous reservations and question in regard to the Arsalan Iftikhar case. (Source)

سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کی سابق صدر عاصمہ جہانگیر نے کہا ہے کہ چیف جسٹس پاکستان کے بیٹے ارسلان افتخار کیس میں قومی اداروں پر اعتماد نہیں ہے تو پھر اس معاملے کی چھان بین غیر ملکی تحقیقاتی ادارے سے کرالی جائیں۔

عاصمہ جہانگیر نے یہ بات ارسلان افتخار کیس کی تحقیقات کے لیے ایک رکنی کمیشن تشکیل دینے کے فیصلے پر نکتہ چینی کرتے ہوئے کہی۔

لاہور ہائی کورٹ بار میں صحافیوں سے بات کرتے ہوئے عاصمہ جہانگیر نے کہا کہ اگر سپریم کورٹ کو قومی احتساب بیورو یعنی نیب اور ایف آئی اے کی تحقیقات پر اعتماد نہیں ہے تو پھر سکاٹ لینڈ یارڈ کی ٹیم سے تحقیقاتی کرالی جائیں۔

جمعرات کو سپریم کورٹ کے دو رکنی بینچ نے چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری کے بیٹے ڈاکٹر ارسلان افتخار اور نجی تعمیراتی کمپنی کے سابق سربراہ ملک ریاض کے درمیان بتیس کروڑ روپے سے زائد رقم کی مبینہ لین دین کی تحقیقات نیب سے واپس لے کر ڈاکٹر شعیب سڈل کو تحقیقات کرنے کا حکم دیا تھا۔

سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے سابق صدر عاصمہ نے کہا کہ شعیب سڈل کے چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چودھری کی فیملی کے ساتھ قریبی مراسم ہیں اور بقول ان کے ڈاکٹر شعیب سڈل ارسلان افتخار کی شادی کی تمام تقریبات میں شریک تھے۔
عاصمہ جہانگیر نے اعتراض اٹھایا کہ اگر نیب کی تحقیقاتی ٹیم پر اعتماد نہیں تھا تو ٹیم تبدیل کی جاسکتی تھی لیکن پورے کا پورا فیصلہ تبدیل کرنا درست نہیں ہے۔

(Source: BBC)


Nazir Naji’s column: ay khuda mere abbu salamat rahen

Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani has said had his father been a judge, his brother Ali Musa Gilani would have been “out of jail on bail”. Qadir Gilani passed these remarks while talking to the media outside the Parliament on Monday. He said “My brother, Ali Musa Gilani has not been granted bail because my father is not a judge.”

He took oath amid slogans of Jiye Bhutto in the Lower House of the Parliament. Speaking on a point of order after signing national assembly member roll‚ the newly elected member of National Assembly lauded the role of his father as former Prime Minister, saying he struggled for the supremacy of the parliament.

He also called upon the members of the Parliament to get united for supremacy of the Parliament. He said that he has been sent to the House after decision of the “people’s court” through ballot after disqualification of the unanimously elected Prime Minister by the apex court. (Source)

ay khuda mere abbu salamat rahen,
mere abbu ne li ik bima policy…




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