Arsalan-gate: Time to be patient! – by Saad Mansoor

The implication of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son is being considered by the political class of Pakistan in general and the supporters of Pakistan Peoples Party in particular to be a divine gift descended from heavens. In talk shows, in press conferences and in rallies most PPP leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to suppress their grins: the satisfaction that I and most jiyalas feel is truly a treat: stated simply; we can’t stop gloating: yet this is exactly what we should do!

The government has been wise not to box the judiciary despite the allegations leveled by Malik Riaz. After the great deception of lawyers movement which resulted in considerable confusion tinged with resentment between jiyalas and the PPP leadership it is only befitting that we pay heed to the calls for silence.

Arsalan-gate scandal is just too good to be true. The Chief Justice allegedly caught taking bribes through his son dealing through the Supreme Court registrar is possible. The timing of the scandal is however, curious. Despite the verdict against the Prime Minister: PPP is strongest it has been during the past four years. The slumping oil prices are poised to give it more space to manage fiscal policy and a general consensus with or without grudge is emerging about a looming electoral victory and return to power. For the government to encourage the scandal does not make sense.

The question remains if not government who started feeding the stories of this alleged affair between Malik Riaz and Arsalan Iftikhar to media sources? Of course many are innocently jumping to the conclusion that it is definitely the agencies. My take: it is the agencies but not for Balochistan case or veiled threats about summoning the army chief. Anyone who thinks Supreme Court which has not been able to issue contempt orders for IG Frontier Constabulary’s failure to appear before Court is going to summon General Kayani deserves two slaps. One to forget that similar so called summons were made right before the whole act of 9th March 2007 and trumpeted in our faces and the second to think that the Chief Justice actually gives a damn about the missing persons of Balochistan (curiously he does consider the illegal arrests of Hizb ut Tahrir activists and other militant and non militant pan Islamists to be important). In this reasoning lies the answer to continued democracy in Pakistan, as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani said a plot to derail the democratic system is underway.

With elections less than a year away and the PPP poised to win another term in office, the Deep State is getting restless and so are the two citadels of status quo in Pakistan: the generals and the judges. With the turn of events following 9th March 2007 though the establishment finds itself in a difficult position. The troika of three ‘jeems’ has disintegrated as the judiciary has become increasingly powerful to lead rather than follow like it has been doing for past six decades.

In 1977 the judiciary cut to its size by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto lined up behind the armed forces with no unease. The same episode was repeated in 1999 and the same is something which establishment intends to pull over during coming elections. With its stooges the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and Jamat e Islami wielding considerable street power in urban areas a mass campaign to fill the television screens could at least be started. Once started, the unrest could easily be used to annul or postpone elections and derail the democratic system. The problem is: who gets to be the driver?!

The judges have had it enough: they have the support of the public, sections of media and strangely enough powerful individuals within military who seek a more ‘Islamic’ system (read Khilafat). Why then play second fiddle to the generals when you can grab the throne for yourself? After all the game of thrones must be played to win.

The generals on the other hand have the big guns. They have the ISI and the MI and their own lot of media men. Yet the judges were simply not giving in under the leadership of Iftikhar Chaudhry who has been running the Supreme Court akin to a trade union. Something had to be done so the generals started whispering in the right corners. This was followed by a more direct action with Malik Riaz who make no mistake is friendly with all but friends only with the khakis calling Aitzaz Ahsan. The news reached the ears of ruling coalition but to their dismay Zardari did not use it to his advantage. Desperate times call for desperate measures Malik Riaz was ordered to invite the likes of Kamran Khan and Hamid Mir and lay evidence before them. The Chief Justice reacted and took a suo moto notice of the whole affair. The rest is history.

The situation is simple: the generals want judges to bend a knee before they go for the kill during coming elections: the judges want to go for the kill themselves this time. Should the Supreme Court fall the PPP will be not reach parliament despite an electoral victory. The next Chief Justice maybe honest but it’s a fat chance that he will not surrender to the army by way of resignation if not a PCO.

Thus by a bizarre turn of events the PPP’s best bet to return to power is to ensure that Iftikhar Chaudhry stays in office at all costs. His any attempt to impose a Bangladesh model will not find many takers in the army. The PPP meanwhile can muster enough street power to force such a government to hold elections and any misadventure by generals is only going to end them cornered from both sides. All pointers of establishment’s clock should not be allowed to align as they briefly did during the Memo-gate scandal. For entirely wrong reasons, Iftikhar Chaudhry has indeed become the key to continuance of democracy in Pakistan!

8 responses to “Arsalan-gate: Time to be patient! – by Saad Mansoor”

  1. Excellent and very thought provoking piece. This should be submitted to the newspapers as well. I check LUBP atleast twice a day and briefly in the middle, they were active in the social media (twitter) in distributing their articles. But lately they seem to have vanished except for the Abdul Nishapuri chap. and sometimes Qaiser bhai.

    May I please request LUBP to step up and be more aggressive in spreading your articles. This article and there are many on the current page that deserve to be spread. However, I have also heard the rumours that anyone supporting LUBP is targetted and harassed and told to stop their association with this bold blog. Is this true?

  2. So ultimate beneficiary of all this sh*t is again PPP. And still your leaders say this conspiracy is not invented by PPP. We all have heard Musa Gilani called Malik Riaz. Your leaders too are in contact with Malik. God knows better who else is in contact, but one thing is sure, the respect for PPP is vanished in my eyes. I am sorry, but your awesome leaders’ visionary leadership is forcing the citizen of Pakistan with no light / electricity (even in Islamabad / Pindi). Daily PM/Zardari took notice and nothing happens. I am really sorry. For all this shitty stuff of your democratic government, my vote will be for PTI. You guys are jjust busy defending your leaders for their S-hole decisions and way of governing the country.

  3. In response to Rehan!

    This is not a Facebook or Twitter comment page where anything so foolish is order of the day. The fact is Arsalan is hooked up with documentary unshakable evidence. The rest you are talking about is million ordinary users are saying. If one asks for proof, they would go north pole, they would south pole, but would never come on equator. Supreme court could not prove anything against PPP in four years or so, now the tide is turning so people like you are shouting in despair. but in Arsalan case it is an open and shut case. This thread is for Arsalan case. If you have to say in Arsalan defense you are more than welcome so that I could give you a befitting reply.

    About your PTI, first get even with PML-N which is uprooting you in Punjab. A jewish party has no place in Pakistan. Cheers.

  4. Imran khan and some lawyers is trying to hide the corruption of ‘Cheap Justice’ and his ‘Shatan son’ .’and journalists have no guts to talk about the family gate of mr Choudry’s family. They are scare to talk about the corruption of Ibne Iftikhar(don).

  5. پہلے چوری میں پکڑا گیا تھا جو کل

    کیسے عادت یہ اب اُس کی جاتی بدل

    شان و شوکت، عیاشی و اُونچے محل

    کیوں نہ باپو نے پوچھا کہ کیا ہے شُغل؟

    پسرِ بدنام کو ، پَدرِ ناکام کو

    میں نہیں مانتا ، میں نہیں جانتا۔۔۔۔

  6. Sorry Guys my all sympathies are with Doctor then FIA officer Ibne Iftikhar. He is not a DON but he is son of a Justice World DON. This clean boy was used by CJ while he got marks to enter in College then a government servant and than an officer in FIA. Then original DON instructed him to resign and to join Malik Riaz. Ibne Iftikhar is innocent because first meeting with Malik Riaz was arranged by the original DON.

    Pity the Nation whose Supreme Chiefs of Justice watch Mujras with business tycoons.

  7. For khalid humayun..

    Still you didn’t answered me for any thing I questioned sir. You know If I put aside all conspiracy, still you dont have the answer for the f*cking load-shedding, increased burden on economy by creating fake unnecessary employments, The famous watan card, printing of excess currency notes (I doubt, except few, no body could understand whats the impact of printing notes on economy).

    This forum never gave answer to most common questions being asked by a common person. Ye batain aik thailay walay, aik pathan, aik mazdoor se pooch lo (who makes 100m pakistani aka the majority) so that u will get the clear picture. Her koi galiyan q dey raah hai? kiya logo mai sense nahi hai? sirf PPP k jiyalon mai he sense bacha hai is pooray Pakistan mai>???
    What I meant to say was always that PPP has more qualified members who can run Pakistan better then these a-holes. And Im not from Punjab Sir. But I do watch TV, aik martaba zaroor sochna chaheye in sub mai govt barabar ki qusurwar hai.

    Roti Kapra Makan, in mai se logo ko kuch nahi mila (remember 180m population, I am sure in mai se atleast 100m ko kuch nahi mila.)