Restoration of an Independent Judiciary: Truth, Myths and Realities

Peoples' ResistanceThe Peoples Resistence invites you to a seminar on Movement for Restoration of an Independent Judiciary: Truth, Myths and Realities


Date: Monday, 23rd February, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: PMA House
Speakers: Muneer Malik, Rasheed Rizvi, Qazi Faez Essa, Samina Noman

When former President General Musharraf removed Chief Justice Ifthikar Chaudhry in 2007, declared emergency and implemented the PCO, few would have guessed the hundreds of lawyers, citizens, civil society activists who came out in the street to in support of rule of law in Pakistan and demand Justice. With its successes, the movement and the cause has had its critics, even a few draw backs, yet we still see hundreds of people from every province, every class come out and stand up for the restoration of the judiciary and the rule of law.

Now that A LONG MARCH HAS BEEN CALLED for March 12th, 2008, over 30,000 people are expected to show up to Islamabad, to recognize their rights as citizens and raise their voice for the rule of law in what is termed to be the most significant event in Pakistan’s history. Come listen to the people who have been at the forefront on the movment as they talk about the successes, the myths, realities of the last two years.



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6 responses to “Restoration of an Independent Judiciary: Truth, Myths and Realities”

  1. farrah, k.raja Avatar
    farrah, k.raja

    no comment ,means nobody believes in it

  2. Syed Avatar

    It is the turning point in the history of Pakistan. We now know with our experience of watching the state of affairs (courtesy electronic media) that it is a deal between zardari and the dictator musharraf that has put zardari into power.Many things are are eminent out of the whole episode. It appears to be part of the deal that zardari would ensure that no sincere effort is initiated to investigate BB's murder. Secondly, Mr. Iftekhar Choudhry would not be reinstated becasue he may take the dictator to the gallows for breaking the constitution. Besides he can also declare illegal the famous NRO that actually enabled PPP Zardari Gp to come into power. The share of the deal with the dogar is that he was made the chief justice. He is faithfully playing his role in this whole affair.

    Look the case of Farah Doger is an eye opener for all of us. With theives sitting in the superior courts, who can have real justice? If the elites are dealt with different sets of rules and the common Pkaitanis are dealt with different rules, then what is the future of our children in this country? Justice is the most immediate and first right of a ny person, and we Pakistanis are being denied this right. Why? Are we being made a third class citizens of in our own country?

    We should rise to the occasion and if we want justice in our country and an end to filthy behind the door deals, we must protest. with struggle nations can really change their fortunes. History has proven this time and again.

    So support by all means the dummy characterless judges sittting in the supreme courts who are loyal to the rulers and not to the country.

    Allah Loves those who struggle for their legitimate rights and do not surrender.

    May Allah SWT Bless us common Pakistanis.

    Be there to protest and mark your presence on constitution avenue.


  3. Danial Burki Avatar
    Danial Burki

    Iftikhar Chaudhry would take the dictator to the gallows?

    Of course! Iftikhar Chaudhry would never do something corrupt like Dogar by wrongfully getting perks and privileges for his son, and he would most definitely not validate a dictator's coup!

    Oh, wait…

  4. Syed Avatar

    Try it Danial. Why then do ou think these collaborators in crime are fearing his restoration?

    If he had done some thing wrong in his son's case then why could not musharraf the filthy coward dictator using all the intelligence agencies at his private services find any thing wrong in it? And in the mean time when the dictator kept the agencies busy serving his personnal interests, India in the meanwhile played havouc in Swat and built dams upon our rivers.

    Besides if he did get some favour for his son from the Govt, try him and give him examplary punishment allong with those who bribed him. I have personnaly no objection to it. But first thing first. The dictator should be tried for his crimes comitted against people of Pakistan. First find out those behind May 12 havouc in Karachi. First find out who ordered the killing of the innocent children of Jamea Hafsa. even if one does not agree to their ideology and way of thinking yet how could some one tackle them so fiercely so as to kill hundreds of women and children? Who plotted BB's assasination and for what gains? Who benifitted from her killing? after what deal the dictator left the presidency after about 10 years of illegal occupation with guard of honour? Why zardari is forced to retain the disgraced doger? Why zardari cannot even initiate investigation so as to find out those responsible for BB's assasination? Why the filthy coward dictator is still living in the Army House? Does he have any right to keep living there?

    Will doger do it? He himself is the part of the deal? Or thsoe judges who are these days being disgraced in court rooom every day in Mian brothers's eligibility case, are going to find the answers to above questions?

    "Its your choice and to whom Allah SWT Misguides, therre is no guidance for him."

    People of Pkaistan wish these

  5. Danial Burki Avatar
    Danial Burki

    Don't get me wrong, Syed, I'd like nothing more than an independent judiciary, and indeed have been participating in the movement.

    However, my concern is the overall judiciary of Pakistan, not Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

    And if Justice Chaudhry is returned to his post, many problems will arise that will further malign the judicial branch. Consider the level of politicisation in the movement, especially with Iftikhar Chaudhry's joint rallies with Nawaz Sharif. Would Chaudhry, or anyone from the batch restored with him, be competent to hear the Sharif brothers' cases or any related issues? Of course not.

    My solution, therefore, is simple: restore all judges. And then, in the greater interest of the judiciary for the reasons cited above, Chaudhry should resign honourably with full retirement and benefits. Win-Win.

  6. Aamir Mughal Avatar

    Selective Provisional Constitution Order and Judiciary