This picture in daily Jang (8 July 2012) caught my attention. What an audience! Only a publicity hungry guy could get such an audience snapped. No wonder Pakistan’s increasingly self-obsessed top judge Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is commonly known as Iftikhar Mental (#IftikharMental) in view of his mentally deranged behaviour.
In certain ways, CJ Chaudhry’s self-obsession, affection to (mostly Punjabi) Islamists (Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Hafiz Saeed, Malik Ishaq) and hatred of progressive political class resemble that of another (equally vile) top bureaucrat in Pakistan’s history, Ghulam Muhammad, whose role in undermining democracy and conspiring with military generals is well documented.
On a related note, the above picture is taken from CJ Chaudhry’s address at a roll signing ceremony of a few newly enrolled advocates for the Supreme Court in Karachi. In the same address, he deemed it fit to make a strange declaration that a country’s constitution, not its elected parliament, was supreme, and that the Supreme Court (read Iftikhar Chaudhry) had the power to kill any illegal law and unconstitutional amendment approved by the parliament.
KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the constitution, not parliament, was the supreme entity in Pakistan and that Article 8 of the constitution empowered the Supreme Court to strike down any legislation. The chief justice said this while speaking at a roll signing ceremony of 16 newly enrolled advocates for the Supreme Court on Saturday at the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.
He advised the advocates to come well-prepared for their cases as they were to protect the rights of their clients [e.g., showering of rose petals on Mumtaz Qadri, Hafiz Saeed etc, banning Shezan and other products made by Ahmadis, and imposing restrictions on entry of lawyers remotely critical of Chief Justice] also and at the same time, as officers of the court, they were to render assistance to the court as well and the decisions based on their arguments were to become precedents for the future.
The chief justice referred to a “misconception in the minds of people regarding supremacy of parliament”. It was the constitution which expressed and embodied the will of the people, he said, adding that the constitution empowered the apex court to strike down any legislation which encroached upon the basic rights of the citizens.
He further said that the Supreme Court was fully empowered to strike down any law which was in conflict with the constitution. He stated that even in the United Kingdom, the doctrine of supremacy of parliament was now seen to be out of place and emphasised that it was time, after 65 years of independence, that “we free ourselves from the shackles of obsequious intellectual servility to colonial paradigms and start adhering to our constitution”. Source: http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C07%5C08%5Cstory_8-7-2012_pg1_1
Previously Iftikhar Chaudhry had declared that the Supreme Court represents the will of the people of Pakistan and that only the SC has the powers to interpret the constitution. He also stated that SC had the power to kill any amendment in national constitution which is against constitution, and that SC could kill any illegal legislation.
In other words, only Iftikahr Chaudhry and other members of his gang of pro-Taliban judges are supreme in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. What else could we expect from a mentally deranged person?