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Ansar Abbasi to the Rescue of Khwaja Sharif

 

Do we need to say more? Read the article’s contemptuous tone towards the PPP, Asif Zardari and support for Khwaja Sharif. “Mayn Sadqay Jaawaan aisee masoomiat par” that is being opinionated by Pakistan’s apex investigative journalist.

 Justice Sharif erred, but was he trapped and provoked?

The News, Friday, July 02, 2010

By Ansar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khwaja Sharif apparently fell in a trap laid by the Presidency. Incited by loud mouthed and contemptuous presidential aides, the CJ reacted in an unguarded manner thus giving Asif Ali Zardari and his sycophants really a God-gifted and desperately needed opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the judiciary.

For the past few weeks, the frowning flunkies of the president were publicly making concerted efforts to provoke Justice Sharif by tossing wild accusations against him. What they have been saying in private against this noted judge was at times horrendous, even for saner elements. But their outbursts clearly conveyed the contempt that their boss has for Justice Sharif.

Whatever was the context of his talk and no matter what was the background of his utterance about the Sharifs of Pakistani politics or his suggestion to the PPP to leave the coalition in Punjab, Justice Sharif stumbled at the wrong time and this slip by one of the country’s top judges and a leading hero of the judicial movement dented the reputation of the already vulnerable and under-attack independent judiciary.

The centre-forwards of the Presidency, Faisal Raza Abidi and Fauzia Wahab, were really excited and are going for the goal, ever more aggressive against the judiciary than before. Even the likes of Raja Riaz and Rana Aftab of Punjab have started fuelling the fire to please their master, whose acrimony against independent judiciary is well known. In the days to come several other tongues would wag in the fashion Presidency wants them to.

President Zardari, who is facing serious corruption charges and after the quashment of the NRO is in confrontation mode with the judiciary to survive from accountability, had laid a trap to politicise the judiciary. Justice Sharif, known for his integrity, has been maligned on frivolous grounds by the presidential pawns for months.

An aggressive propaganda on media was launched to portray the top Punjab judge as Sharifs’ man. His sons were also charged with allegations of having been involved in dubious deals. Justice Sharif was also criticised for having been photographed, in an official function, with controversial retired police officer Rana Maqbool, who is hated by Zardari and is very close to the Sharifs.

The judiciary never reacted to these allegations and even ignored those attacks by the frustrated PPP riff-raff, who even wanted to infuriate the honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The judges continued to show maximum restraint, but this time Justice Sharif lost his cool. Previously too though he has been making statements or making observations that created stirs but his latest remarks, according to many including even by the likes of Hamid Khan and Justice (R) Tariq Mehmood, crossed the red-line.

It may be a slip of the tongue by a judge, who was at the receiving end of the PPP’s vilification campaign, but still even the diehard supporters of the present independent judiciary would not welcome what Justice Sharif said. People of Pakistan have attached high expectations with the judiciary. They know that the vested interest — the corrupt, the plunderers, the law breakers and the mafia — whether it is in the guise of a very small number of politicians or journalists, businessmen or government servants, generals or human rights activists, lawyers or civil society members, are unhappy with independent judiciary. They desire and conspire to demolish and demean the respected judiciary to pave the way for bringing back the era of Dogar courts where judges and justice could be put on sale yet again.

The judges’ code of conduct clearly says that a judge should not engage in any public controversy, least of all on a political question. Such questions whether relating to the judges’ code of conduct or to their behaviour whether in public or within the courtroom, are to be adjudged by the judges themselves and by the Supreme Judicial Council. However, what is really important is that the judges need to be extra-careful in their conduct. They must be cool, calculated and patient. They must avoid reacting in haste or instantly. These are of course difficult times for the independent judiciary, which is faced with such a band of crooked political breed which has no respect for law and institutions including the courts and apparently looks like on a suicide mission.

For them people’s vote allow them to do anything whether lawful or unlawful. The people’s vote, according to their interpretation, allows them to make mistakes, to challenge and even ridicule the courts, engage into corrupt practices time and again, and make illegal money. However, the judges belonging to the post-March 16, 2009 judiciary have no room to make any mistake, get into corrupt practices or get politicised. Not because of any other reason but for this mere fact that the people of Pakistan do not want them to waver even a little bit.

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  • what ever the CJ LHC said is shameful and Ansar Abbasi rescued him is more shame full. is it our impartial and neutral judiciary. one must read the books by khawaja sharif chief justice LHC in which he praise sharif brothers. can they do justice? can they be impartial??
    no never…………..

  • ‘Reference of misconduct against LHC CJ’ By Wajih Ahmad Sheikh Saturday, 03 Jul, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/lahore/reference-of-misconduct-against-lhc-cj-370

    LAHORE, July 2: A Lahore-based lawyer has sent a “reference of misconduct” to President Asif Ali Zardari against Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif for ‘violating’ code of conduct.

    The reference was sent on Friday through a courier service, requesting the president to forward it to the Supreme Judicial Council for further action, Advocate Muhammad Zubair Bulqan Rana told Dawn.

    The lawyer filed the reference (under article 209 of the constitution) on the basis of the chief justice’s ‘political’ statement during his visit to the Hafizabad Bar Association on June 29 last.

    Advocate Rana has stated that Justice Sharif has reduced the office of chief justice to the level of a trivial political office as he behaved like small-time local politician. There are innumerable instances even carried by both print and electronic media of deliberate imprudent and irresponsible statements made by Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, the reference says.

    It adds: “His latest act of poor judgments and insensitivity are evident in his statement wherein he shockingly advises Pakistan People’s Party to quit Punjab coalition government if it has any reservation about appointment of Punjab secretary prosecution Rana Maqbool Ahmad, an ex-policeman who has been declared a proclaimed offender by a court of Sindh.”

    The lawyer says even a casual look at published statements of the chief justice can easily prove him a politician, rather a spokesman for the PML-N. “Justice Sharif appears to have lost all wisdom and has brought bad name to the superior office of a judge,” he alleges.

    Advocate Rana has said he has been in the forefront of the historic movement of lawyers, which got Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges (including Khwaja Sharif) restored. “But alas our dreams have totally been shattered and those who like me had to undergo tremendous miseries and pains have ended up realising that our dreams will never come true.”

    He further alleges that Justice Sharif, since his restoration and later appointment as the CJ, has been conducting himself in a shameful manner which caused severe damage to the constitution and judiciary as a whole.

    It’s now been established that the judicial activism was a mere deception and that it’s the vested interest that has overwhelmingly prevailed, he says, adding no improvement in working conditions of young lawyers is visible. The whole judicial system has been hijacked and is being monopolised by a “handful of exploiters,” the reference says.

    The lawyer has requested President Asif Ali Zardari to immediately forward this reference to the SJC, also urging the latter to fulfill its constitutional responsibility by initiating proceedings against Justice Sharif.

  • Swinging Pendulum of Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif: Earlier, Justice Sharif visited the shrine and condemned the incident, saying that the people who had attacked such a holy place could be neither Muslims nor Pakistani. LHC CJ takes suo moto of Data Darbar attacks Saturday, July 03, 2010 By our correspondent http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=248637

    Would Justice Sharif like to explain that “is there any concept of Shrines in Islam????

    Main thrust of CJ LHC was that Muslims and Pakistan cannot do it? But Muslim Military [Pakistan conducted Operation Cleanup [at least 5 in Baluchistan starting from Jinnah, one in Former East Pakistan, two in Sindh, One is going on in NWFP] and all were happened to be Muslims.

    CJ LHC’S BIASED AGAINST NON-MUSLIMS.

    BARELY days after the Punjab chief minister was caught playing to the Taliban gallery, another high official from the province is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. This time, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Mohammad Sharif has sparked outrage for reportedly saying that Hindus were responsible for financing acts of terrorism in Pakistan. The remarks came while the judge was hearing two identical petitions against the possible extradition of Afghan Taliban suspects. It may well have been a slip of the tongue by Mr Sharif, who might have mistakenly said ‘Hindu’ instead of ‘India’ — nevertheless it was a tasteless remark to say the least. Although such remarks warrant criticism what makes them worse is the position of the person who makes them. These sort of comments are the last thing one expects to hear from a judge, that too the chief justice of a provincial high court. What sort of message are we sending to our minorities, as well as to the world, when the holder of such a respected public office makes comments that come across as thoughtless? The Hindu members of the National Assembly walked out of the house on Tuesday to protest the remarks. The members said the comments had hurt the feelings of Pakistani Hindus — and there is no doubt that they had. REFERENCE: Tactless remarks Dawn Editorial Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-tactless-remarks-830-zj-10

  • Sometimes Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Mohammad Sharif amazes me in particular and Pakistani Muslim in general. Today Haroonur Rasheed in Jang tried his best to praise Ali Hajweri and Sufiism http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jul2010-daily/03-07-2010/col4.htm I wonder if he has even Read the Blasphemous Narrations in Kashal Mahjoob? Strange Mob this Pakistani Muslim Ummah is and strange is their confusion.

    Confusion.

    They Support Hardcore Sunnis in Afghan Jihad and Kashmir Jihad but the don’t support these very Sunnis when they turn their guns towards Shrines and Barelvis, Pakistanis wanted to Demolish “House of Idols [Buth Kada-e-Hind] whereas same Pakistan worship Muslim Idols in Pakistan.

    More Confusion:

    If Flogging is not Islamic as LHC Judge says then what about “Milad”??? Is Milad Islamic and if it is then where it is ordered in Sunnah to hold Milad Processions and Gatherings. Without even verification the Lahore High Court says that Flogging is not True Picture of Islam [Sunnah says it is very much Islamic to flog who is guilty]. I wonder if CJ [LHC) Khawaja Mohammad Sharif does even know about the Bida’at [Innovation] of celebrating of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]’s Milad in the light of Quran and Sunnah for which Judiciary has suddenly found a place in every decision making particularly in any proccedding related with Zardari, Politicians and Elected Parliament.

    RAWALPINDI, April 11: The flogging of a teenage girl in Swat does not portray the true picture of Islam as it is not clear whether or not the exact procedure for convicting her under religious laws was adopted and who had issued the Hadd and under what authority. This was stated by senior most judge of the Lahore High Court Justice Khwaja Mohammad Sharif while addressing a Mehfil-i-Milad arranged by the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHBA) here on Saturday. The recently reinstated judge of the LHC said irrespective of the fact whether the video was real or fake, it was a conspiracy to malign Islam and bring a bad name to Pakistan showing the world that Islam was a religion of extremism. Mr Sharif, who was called chief justice of the LHC by the bar representatives, said Islam had laid very strict procedure to implement Hudood laws, almost making it impossible to apply. He questioned under what authority the girl was flogged and what procedure was adopted to declare her guilty. The justice said Islam demanded four witnesses with immaculate character for conviction or the confession of the accused person. The president of the HCBA highlighted the role of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a legislator and a judge, saying the whole world has been taking benefit of the Islamic laws. The bar also arranged a Naat competition taking one lawyer from every district of Rawalpindi division. The competition was won by Chaudhry Zubair from Chakwal. The function was attended among others by four judges of the LHC, four session judges and lawyers. The HCBA had also invited Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq, Justice Syed Sajjad Husain Shah and Justice Mazhar Hussain Minhas of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench, earning the ire of the DBA Rawalpindi. REFERENCE: Girl’s flogging not true picture of Islam, says LHC judge By Our Reporter Sunday, 12 Apr, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/girls-flogging-not-true-picture-of-islam,-says-lhc-judge

  • Justice Sharif’s remarks Dawn Editorial Friday, 02 Jul, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/21-justice-sharifs-remarks-270-sk-08

    There is valid concern at the report that the Lahore High Court chief justice, Khwaja Sharif, asked the PPP to quit the Punjab government if the party had objections to the appointment of Rana Maqbool as the provincial secretary prosecution. True, we are no longer living in the era when judges shunned public appearances. Judges these days are far more visible and are often seen to use their person and office to further the cause of justice and reform.

    But even in a judiciary as active as Pakistan’s, for a sitting chief justice to so openly deride one political party in favour of another is no less than shocking. The question of Rana Maqbool’s background is another matter altogether. A much bigger issue at the heart of the controversy, emanating from Justice Sharif’s remarks in Hafizabad on Wednesday, relates to the polarisation in the country and to the fear that this polarisation may have affected the judiciary as well.

    There are two views in Pakistan about the tensions that currently exist between the executive (the federal government under President Zardari) and the judiciary. There are people who look at it as purely a struggle for authority between the executive and the judiciary. There is another group, however, which holds that what we have in the country at the moment is a fight between two political alliances represented by the PPP and Mr Zardari on the one hand and the PML-N and its allies on the other. In this situation it is absolutely imperative that an independent institution such as the judiciary favours no side and is also perceived as favouring none. Chief Justice Sharif’s speech in Hafizabad, in which he also talked about his long friendship with the Sharifs of PML-N, carried references that could have been left out.

  • Confusion of Irfan Siddiqui. – They Support Hardcore Sunnis in Afghan Jihad and Kashmir Jihad but the don’t support these very Sunnis when they turn their guns towards Shrines and Barelvis, Pakistanis wanted to Demolish “House of Idols [Buth Kada-e-Hind] whereas same Pakistan worship Muslim Idols in Pakistan. Jang and Jang Groups paid employee Irfan Siddiqui [Former PRO of Presidency] and EX. Correspondent of Pakistan Army Tabloid Weekly Takbeer Karachi is at it again. Mr. Irfan Siddiqui is saying that Sunday, July 04, 2010, Rajab 21, 1431 A.H http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jul2010-daily/04-07-2010/col2.htm Sufi Master of Al Hajweri i.e Shiekh Abul Fazal had ordered Ali Hajweri to go to “Hind” to wipe out “Idolatry and Polytheism” [Shiekh of DATA forgot to send Ali Hajweri to Banaras (Holy City of Vedanta ] and Sheikh Abu Fazal also “forgot to predict” that in 21st Century Hindus and Sikh often visit DATA DARBAR. [What happened to the mission of Sheikh Abul Fazal for which he deputed Ali Hajweri i.e. to wipe out “Idolatry and Polytheism” ]

    Jang Group Ki Badhawasiyan Parhanay Laiq Hain.

    Jang Group=Demise of Common Sense.

  • Contradiction in Irfan Siddiqui’s Bunkum that on one hand he says that Ali Hajweri was sent to Lahore to wipe out Idolatry and Polytheism and on the other he is quoting “Safinatul Awliya” wherein Dara says that Muslim Scholars of Lahore Objected. Would Irfan Siddiqui mind telling if Ali Hajweri was sent in Lahore to finish Idolatry and Polytheism then what the other Scholars were doing in Lahore?

  • More stupidities of Mullah Muneeb ur Rehman.

    While addressing a Live News Conference [GEOTV] this so-called Scholar Issue a Fatwa “that killing Muslim when he is in Salat is Haram” – What does that mean? You can “Kill” any Muslim who is not in the State of Namaz [Salat] and this latest Fatwa of Muneeb ur Rehman is instigating to kill more Non-Muslims in Pakistan.