Treason: Let us apply Article 6 on CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry

Article 6 is waiting to be applied to CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry (who is still sleeping (in his quilt - see picture) after the 11pm full-bench session last night)

Sacked Pakistan judges fear repeat performance: Jokers in the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Apparently, it was disinformation spread by Geo TV and made judges fool. They overreacted on rumours and got trapped in the Geo TV’s game to improve its quickly falling ratings.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday warned the government against firing pro-Taliban and pro-military establishment judges amid fears of a repeat of what was done to them by Pakistan’s former military President Pervez Musharraf. Pro-establishment TV channels (Geo News, ARY News) on Thursday said the democratic government of the Pakistan People’s Party was planning to dismiss judges hearing an appeal against overturning a constitutional clause that gave amnesty to the President of Pakistan from legal proceedings.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani denied the media reports but the court (which is notorious for its hyperactivity against politicians but has always upheld abrogation of the constitution by military dictators) summoned the attorney-general to explain the government’s position, saying similar rumours were spread when Musharraf sacked them in 2007.

“Any step (to sack judges) would be tantamount to the toppling of an important pillar of state and subverting the constitution,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said, citing constitutional provisions which describe such moves as “high treason”.

The sacking of Chaudhry and scores of senior judges by Musharraf in 2007 was cancelled through an executive order by the PPP Government.

Speculation has been rife in Pakistan for weeks that the Supreme Court might abrogate the constitution and bereave the democratically elected President of the constitutional immunity. Zardari’s supporters say he cannot be prosecuted because of presidential immunity, even if the government’s appeal is rejected. (Adapted from Source)

Let’s start charity at home. Here is a most glaring example of the abrogation of national constitution. Let us apply article 6 on CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry.

jo aaieen ka ghaddar hai, woh qanooni taur per phaansi ka haqdaar hai

Let us apply Article 6 on a PCO Judge Iftikhar Chaudhry


President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Ali Ahmad Kurd on Friday said he believed yesterday’s events were a war of nerves and it would have been better for everyone if the judges waited till morning, instead of meeting at the Supreme Court at night. (Source: Express Tribune)

These four yellow journalists of Geo TV, ARY TV gave the judges a sleepless night by spreading a false rumour

’رات کو بیٹھنا نہیں چاہیے تھا‘

پاکستانی میڈیا میں جمعرات کی شب خبریں آئی تھیں جن کے مطابق حکومت ججوں کی بحالی کا نوٹیفیکیشن واپس لینے پر غور کر رہی ہے۔ ان خبروں کے بعد چیف جسٹس نے دیگر ججوں کے ساتھ سپریم کورٹ میں طویل مشاورت کے بعداس معاملے کی فوری سماعت اعلان کرتے ہوئے اٹارنی جنرل کو جمعہ کی صبح عدالت کےسامنے پیش ہونے کا حکم جاری کیا تھا۔

جمعہ کو سپریم کورٹ نے حکومت کا موقف مانگا ہے جس پر حکومتی انتظامیہ کی اعلیٰ ترین شخصیت کے دستخط ہوں۔

اس نئے بحران پر وکلاء برادری اور آئینی ماہرین کی کیا رائے ہے۔

علی احمد کرد، سابق صدر سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن

ایگزیکٹو آرڈر جس کے تحت جج صاحبان فعال کیے گئے اس آرڈر کو واپس نہیں لیا جا سکتا۔ مگر ایک بات میں ہمیشہ سے کہتا رہا ہوں اور آج دوبارہ کہوں گا کہ مجھے اس بات پر بڑا افسوس ہوتا ہے کہ ہماری اعلیٰ عدلیہ، پارلیمان اور حکومت ایک دوسرے کے سامنے آ کر ٹکراؤ کی صورت میں موجود ہو جاتے ہیں۔ یہ بات میں نے پہلی بھی کہی تھی اور کل رات یہ ٹکراؤ اپنے عروج پر پہنچا تھا۔ یہ کہنا کہ اب اس ٹکراؤ کی صورت میں میں حکومت کے ساتھ ہوں گا یا عدلیہ کے ساتھ تو جب ججوں کی بحالی کی تحریک چلی تھی تو اس وقت اتفاق سے میں وکلاء کا نمائندہ تھا اور اب جب وقت آئے گا تو دیکھا جائے گا۔

میں ججوں کا احترام کرتا ہوں لیکن میری رائے یہ ہے کہ جج صاحبان کو رات کو نہیں بیٹھنا چاہیے تھا۔ میرے خیال میں یہ اعصاب کی جنگ تھی اور ججوں کو رات کو بیٹھنا نہیں چاہیے تھا جو بھی ہوتا صبح معلوم ہو جاتا۔ ججوں کو گھر بھیجنا اتنا آسان نہیں ہے۔ تین نومبر دو ہزار سات کو ایک آمر بیٹھا تھا جس کے لیے قانون اور آئین کی کوئی وقعت نہیں تھی۔

اطہر من اللہ، وکیل رہنما

تین نومبر دو ہزار تین کے اقدام پر سپریم کورٹ نے جو جولائی دو ہزار نو میں فیصلہ دیا تھا اس کے بعد ایگزیکٹو آرڈر کے ذریعے ججوں کی بحالی کا معاملہ طے پا گیا ہے۔ اگر کوئی شخص یا حکومت سابق صدر جنرل مشرف کے عبرتناک انجام سے بھی نہ سیکھے اور اس قسم کا قدم اٹھانے کا سوچے تو میں صرف یہ کہہ سکتا ہوں کہ وہ کوئی خودکش بمبار ہی ہو سکتا ہے۔ لیکن اس سارے معاملے سے اہم بات یہ ہے کہ اگر خبروں ہی پر بحران پیدا ہوجائے تو ہمیں بہت احتیاط کی ضرورت ہے۔

Source: BBC Urdu

Even though the Attorney-General repeatedly informed the apex court judges that no such move was being contemplated by the government, and the hype was unnecessarily created by a section of the media, the Chief Justice asked for a written assurance by the Prime Minister. When the court reassembled after the break, it was informed by the Attorney-General that the Prime Minister was not available but the message had been conveyed to him through his staff. On that the judges expressed their extreme annoyance, prompting them to issue the “restraining order”.

The government was also asked through this order to come up with a satisfactory reply by October 18.

The high-drama revolving round the possible government move started late last night with a couple of television channels broadcasting news that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was planning to revoke the earlier notification. And even though Prime Minister Gilani and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had denied such reports, the apex court judges assembled in the court in the night, and in a post-midnight decision, set up a larger bench of 17 judges to take up the matter on Friday.

(Source: Dawn)

A comment:

If judges can only be removed by procedure mentioned in Article 209 then how our honourable CJ removed 110 judges in 31st July 2009 judgement with a single stroke of pen.

I believe double standards should not be followed. In addition there is no provision in the constitution to restore judges, therefore that reinstatement executive order is illegal and unconstitutional; and it must be withdrawn, sooner the better. (Shahzad Khan)



Finally this article from none other than Ahmed Qureshi’s (Pak Nationalist) website:

While this article has been removed by cunning Mr Qureshi (General Musharraf’s boot-licker from his website, its cache is still available via Google. Also accessible at the following blog:

If Musharraf Committed Treason, The Chief Justice ‘Abetted’ Him, Will He Order To Hang Himself Too?

If former President Pervez Musharraf is charged with treason, he will not be alone. So should be the politicians who supported him and the Supreme Court judges who endorsed his coup in the year 2000. Almost all of the top judges in Pakistan today fall into this category. This is why the Supreme Court did not even mention the 1999 coup and restricted itself to condemning Musharraf for his 2007 emergency rule. The incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan was among the judges who endorsed Mr. Musharraf’s coup. The Article 6 of the Constitution charges with treason not only violators like Musharraf but also the ‘abettors’ like the honorable judges who endorsed the violator. What a predicament.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009.

Is this a crime or not? If not, why the judges of 2007 are criminals but not the judges of 2000?

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan—Is Mr. Ansar Abbasi right about invoking Article 6 of the Constitution against former President Pervez Musharraf?
A dispassionate analysis of the said article of the Constitution proves that he is not right.

Article 6 states in clause 2 that “any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause 1 shall likewise be guilty of high treason”.

Article 6 cannot be applied selectively on President Musharraf alone but will have to be applied equally on all those who ‘abetted’ him.

Musharraf abrogated the Constitution twice. First in October 1999. It was a coup against an elected prime minister. Very few judges objected to the takeover and a majority of the judges took oath under the PCO, Parliament was dissolved and remained suspended for more than three years (endorsed by the Supreme Court) until it was reinstated in November 2002. The second was in November 2007 when the so called emergency rule was imposed. Interestingly, this was not a coup. The move targeted the judiciary. The government and the Parliament remained intact and the emergency lasted for six weeks.

Once Mr. Musharraf is charged for treason, justice cannot be selectively applied only on the action of 3 November 2007 while ignoring the more serious action of October 1999. It will therefore be imperative to try Musharraf and his abettors both for October 1999 and November 2007.

Now comes the one million dollar question: Will Article 6 be applied on the abettors of the two arrogations?

The ‘abettors’ in the Article 6 include senior members of the present Supreme Court who abetted the coup in 1999. All members of the present Supreme Court of Pakistan had pledged their allegiance to Musharraf by taking the PCO oath in 2000.

The abettors of the coups led by generals Ayub, Yahya, and Zia ul Haq can be set aside because they and most of their abettors are no longer alive. But the ‘abettors’ of General Musharraf’s coup are around. All of them will have to be charged for treason along with Gen. Musharraf. That is the only that across-the-board justice will be done.

Do Ansar Abbasi and Hamid Mir want to proceed with this mass trial?

My advice is this: Let’s get out of the Musharraf-phobia and move on with life and the more important issues that the Nation is facing.

The writer is a Pakistani commentator who lives in Rawalpindi. He can be reached at

Video report: Iftikhar Chaudhry taking oath under PCO – 30 June 2005



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