BREAKING NEWS: The News reports that the President Pervez Musharraf has just filed a reference against the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed under section 209 and has replaced him with Justice Javed iqbal who has already taken oat as an acting Chief Justice of Pakistan, the oath was administered by Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar.
The President is claiming to have taken this action after numerous complaints received against the chief justice. He defends this action under the constitutional requirement. The official statement as published by Dawn said Musharraf acted “after receiving numerous complaints and serious allegations for misconduct, misuse of authority and actions prejudicial to the dignity of office of the Chief Justice of PakistanEarlier on the chief justice was called by the president and the prime minister and confronted with the allegations, in answer to which he could not give any satisfactory reply.
The Constitution of Pakistan was amended in 2002 by Pervaiz Musharraf just precisely to ensure he can fully control the CJP at any time, the clause that is being invoked against Iftikhar Ahmed is Article 209(5) (b) was amended by the Legal Framework Order 2002 (Chief Executive Order No. 24) in 2002
(b) may have been guilty of misconduct, the President shall direct the Council to [, or the Council may, on its own motion,] (231B) inquire into the matter.
I have no idea if Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed is guilty on any or all charges, but if it is only on the accusation of misuse of his position of Power then a lot many heads better start rolling, including the person illegally occupying the seat of the President for the past many years.
Rumors have been circulating that the letter written by Naeem Bokhari could very well be done in under a carefully orchestrated plan with the President, I could be utterly wrong and do no challenge the reputation of any person by posing this question, but it is surely a strange coincidence to have Musharraf react so quickly to Bokhari’s letter, had the Army intelligence gone to sleep that Musharraf had no clue was was going on with Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed’s son to warrant an immediate expulsion. Definitely something is fishy
The grapevine also reads that this is yet another ploy to delay elections, he intends to manipulate the present assembly to grant him yet another extension as he simply cannot depend on the new elections which had the inkling of an impending disaster for Musharraf if he goes through with it.
I await the public reaction to see what could be the motive behind all this. It is undoubtedly yet another sad day for Pakistan where even the judicial system is left at the whims of the all powerful Pakistani Martial Law
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