By Omar Khattab in Lahore
Yesterday Pakistan’s People’s Party once again gave evidence of its unflinching faith in democracy and peaceful co-existence. Despite the fact that egged on by the likes of Nawaz Sharif, the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and his fellow judges have been flouting one constitution provision after another, the People’s Party showed immense maturity by deciding not to take on the Supreme Court even if it had all the legal and constitution justification to do so. Why?
It appeared that Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry et al were hell-bent upon destroying the democratic set-up in Pakistan for whose restoration the People’s Party has made countless sacrifices. Many legalistic minds will not be happy with the People’s Party because it has given in to the blackmail and bullying of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and his fellow judicial goons. But the point is that the People’s Party wanted the system to continue and decided to pay some price, a price which will affect it adversely but will save democracy from destruction. It is not for the first time that the People’s Party has made a sacrifice for democracy and the people of Pakistan; for sure, it will not be the last time either. This is why, the People’s Party is the only party which can be regarded as the party of the masses.
In 1997, the then government headed by Nawaz Sharif had a disagreement with Justice Shah, then the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, over the establishment of special judges by Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz Sharif who champions the Supreme Court today asked his party workers to invade the Supreme Court. He also bribed some of Supreme Court judges to rebel against Justice Shah. Justice Shah had to run away to save his life. He was forcibly removed from his office. To this day, Justice Shah has been asking for justice for himself, but he remains unheard. Nawaz Sharif and his scoundrels were never even tried.
But it took the People’s Party’s prime minister to go uninvited to Justice Chaudhry’s home and resolve the matter. Pakistan’s corrupt Urdu media is not willing to appreciate the People’s Party over this great respect for law and democracy.
The Pakistan Army and Nawaz Sharif are trying to destroy the People’s Party. Justice Chaudhry should realize that he cannot continue to play in their hands. If the People’s Part is destroyed, Pakistan will cease to exist because it is People’s Party which in the past has saved this unfortunate country from destruction just like it has done now. Without the People’s Party, Pakistan will lose it raison d’etre.