A few baffling events have come into view, including the situations that occurred during the tumultous time of Musharraf’s November 3 Emergency and the Judiciary Movement such as the interviews conducted by various media names with CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while he was placed under house-arrest:
How was this “Interview” possible under house arrest and Incommunicado too, as per the news below: (By Aamir Mughal)
I wonder how an incommunicado CJ was issuing statement often published in The New York Times/Washington Post “during his days in Bastille” – [I still fail to understand that when CJ was sacked in March 2007, he and the press said the CJ is under house arrest and held incommunicado whereas the very next day Air Marshal [R] Asgher Khan “successfully” met him per Daily Dawn dated March 12, 2007 Monday. (Research by Aamir Mughal)
“ISLAMABAD, March 11: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has demanded that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) should hold open proceedings on the reference against him sent by President Gen Pervez Musharraf. This was stated by seasoned politician Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan after a meeting with Justice Chaudhry here on Sunday. The demand made by the suspended chief justice indicates that he is not ready to resign and is determined to contest the allegations levelled against him. – But one day earlier the CJ was held incommunicado – “There is no other way to describe the situation as no one is being allowed to meet him,” he said after police officials stopped him and other lawyers from going inside the chief justice’s residence.
1. Justice Iftikhar seeks open SJC proceedings: Asghar By Iftikhar A. Khan March 12, 2007 Monday Safar 22, 1428http://www.dawn.com/2007/03/12/top1.htm
2. CJ held incommunicado; lawyers slam ‘arrest’ By Nasir Iqbalhttp://www.dawn.com/2007/03/11/top1.htm
It is mind-boggling to say the least how he was able to communicate, confabulate and freely meet others while being stringently restricted but the question is how? Were the lawyers providing facilitations through it all? And was it suitable or appropriate for a man of his position to issue statements and talk to international media keeping in mind his words could be twisted and manipulated to the advantage of others? How was it that he met Asghar Khan who conveyed his message?
The divisions that have now emerged between those towering figures that lead the Movement, once united, and the behaviour of the lawyers today do show that their expectations from the achievement of the Restoration of the Cheif Justice and other Judges have come crashing down and are not being met. Is it due to the inside news that they are cognizant of, of the ‘politicising’ of both the mind-set of the Judiciary and its withering impartiality?
While the reasons, causes and outcome of the Movement are known by all, there’s alot to be answered of the events and happenings that happened in between over the past two years of this struggle for an independent judiciary.