Big successes often turn into monumental failures and this is one such case. It does not matter whether CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (IMC) was hand in glove with Kyani in order to get rid of Pervez Musharraf, the point is people started putting faith in him. In my observation, CJ IMC is probably the biggest failure in the history of Pakistan, from Bhutto , to Junejo , to BB, to NS and AZ every single Pakistani person whom people even trusted remotely have always proved that they were capable of upholding that trust by taking on the dictators and generals without fear.
It is my pet theory that once a Pakistani earns the trust of the people and knows people are behind him, he/she can take on any force and any dictator, and once a person have earned people’s trust, he never betrays them , all of the above ZAB , BB, NS and AZ and even Junejo they looked into the eyes of dictators even if they had, at some early stage of their career, worked with dictators. But after the realization that the people of Pakistan are behind them they have become a different person once and forever.
IMC is the most unfortunate person in the history of Pakistan , he probably earned biggest trust in Pakistan’s political history, with that trust he could have easily made his name remembered as the greatest founding father of democratic Pakistan. After his restoration he could have easily brought Kyani / Pasha to the court, ensured that the missing people are recovered and Kyani/Pasha and his associates get exemplary punishments. There was no one who could have stopped him from making history after his restoration. From centre-right NS to PPP and from Swat to Baluchistan people would have supported him just as they supported when he was sitting in his home.
He forgot that the people power is bigger than the power of gun. The simple thing that all his fellow countrymen (ZAB, BB, NS) learnt easily. It was not difficult for him to make the history. All routes were open for him. In November 3rd case he could have easily brought both Kyani and Pasha and all their accomplice generals in the court, would have given them sentence under article 6, nobody could have stopped him.
In missing people case all ISI criminal could have easily been put in jails and given capital punishments in some instances. No one was there to stop him except of course the army, there is no question this time he might have ended up in adiala jail instead of his home but he could have easily become immortal after choosing that path. People have seen how ZAB, BB, NS took on the generals when they were in power, albeit they ended up in jails, gallows and out of country. IMC could have easily done the same but decided to squander the opportunity.
Instead he choose the path that was easier but led to anonymity in the history. After his restoration IMC turned out to be worse than Abdul Hameed Dogar in many ways. He decided to play to the gallery (a gallery where the generals were sitting in audience), he preferred “Fake Degree” case over the “Missing People” case, and NRO over “November 3rd” and “Firing” his fellow judges instead of “Firing” the generals. He never looked to be a person of character in the absence of people like Aitzaz Ahsan/Munir Malik. His observations in the court even when they were rhetorical looked devoid of substance. He looked weaker than Hameed Dogar when he formed a 5-member bench for PCO judges case. He looked sinister than Pervez Musharraf when passed judgments like NRO against the politicians. In short IMC is the story of disappointment to the people of Pakistan. He also proved to be an exception to my theory, it is not only the trust of people that makes a person powerful but also the character of that person to uphold that trust.