President, Supreme League of Pakistan
Justice delayed is justice denied. On 30th March, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the Rental Power projects as illegal. A two-member bench comprising of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain was hearing the suo motu case whose verdict had been reserved on 14th December, 2011. Oh, what was that? Verdict reserved on 14th December and Verdict delivered on 30th March. That’s a gap of 107 days. If the Rental Power Plants were a cause of losses of billions to the national exchequer and our all seeing and all-mighty CJ had realized how grave a mistake the RPPs were, why did he wait for 107 days? Off course, he had thought on 14th December, that the “Memogate” was in full steam, the President was not in Pakistan due to his health and it was anticipated that the government would be wrapped up. That dream, unfortunately, didn’t come true. 3 months later, the CJ thought, “let me hit back”.
It may be noted that this case was kind of a personal feud between Faisal Saleh Hayat who was targeting Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and the application of Faisal Saleh Hayat was pending with the SC for some time (September 2009). It was only after the PML-Q joined federal government and Faisal Saleh Hayat became a federal minister, the Supreme Court found it an opportune time to embarrass the government. It would make for great headlines: “Supreme Court delivers verdict on a petition of a federal minister against the federal government”. Not only a suo moto notice was taken but also PML-N’s Khawaja Asif’s petition was entertained and clubbed together.
We are not sure, how many hearings took place, but the fact that the verdict was delivered after 107 days of being reached, shows the lack of interest of our apex judge in providing justice or to safeguard “billions of the national exchequer”.
While everyone has been quick to lambast the government and term it corrupt, one cannot see Faisal Saleh Hayat anywhere enjoying the limelight. PML-Q is all but quiet. But it is the PML-N and its paid media persons who have cashed in on this opportunity to make political gains.
This brings us to wonder, what the CJ has in his plans. We are sure, he will just delay his judgments till the time of elections and unleash his wisdom and delayed verdicts. Afterall, he is not heading the Supreme Court, he leads the Supreme League of Pakistan.