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History of Corruption Of Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudry and His Son

Arsalan Iftikhar Case

Ch Iftikhar talented son, completed his medical school in 7 years as he was admitted in medical college on his father’s quota although he got C Grade in intermediate exams. Then Ch Iftikar realized that its time to find an influential family for his son to get married. Arsalan’s wife is the daughter of a senior army officer.His son secured only 16/100 marks in English in Civil Service Exams but he sent his son to FIA by bulldozing all Public service commission rules. Again a smart man, who knows how to make money.
Dr Arsalan was first caught during Gen Musharaf’s regime by journalist Ansar Abbasi for misusing his father’s position to get posting in police as ASP and Assistant Director in Federal Investigation Agency. Mr Abbasi preferred to ‘pardon’ him once the free judiciary movement kicked off after the sacking of Mr Chaudhry by Gen Musharraf.
Ansar Abbasi was among the first to bring forth allegations against Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhray for gross misconduct in 2002, accusing him for admitting his son Dr. Arsalan to the Federal Investigation Agency undermining all merits.Primarily based on this allegation the establishment moved a reference to Supreme Judicial Council against Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry.
Those who proclaim him as a “hero” and as someone who “stood up to a General” conveniently forget that Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges who legitimized Musharraf’s (rightful) takeover of the Government under the “doctrine of necessity.” Not only that, he was also among the first judges to take an oath on the PCO in January 2000. It gets more interesting: on April 13 2005, “in the “Judgment on 17th Amendment and President’s Uniform Case”, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of 5 Supreme Court judges who dismissed all petitions challenging President Musharraf’s consistitutional amendments. In a wide ranging judgment they declared that the Legal Framework Order (LFO) instituted by General Musharraf after his suspension of the constitution, the 17th amendment which gave this constitutional backing, and the two offices bill which allowed Musharraf to retain his military uniform whilst being President were all legal.”

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Print and electronic media in Pakistan is used to remain very active and in search of any thrilling story soon after its independence given by President Musharraf. Mr. Ansar Abbasi (The News) investigated about the Chief justice and found that always a favour was given to his son Dr. Arsalan Chaudhry, directly by the orders of CJP himself, which were mostly not on merit at all. Due to unknown reasons, he did not public this story. However, he slipped his tongue in Geo’s famous ‘Capital Talk’ in early 2007. Kamran Khan, from Geo, also brought Dr. Arsalan on telephone call in early 2007, asking about the news against him. Dr. Arsalan, the son of CJP denied the news and told media that he is going to Court to defend these allegations. CJP anxious about media reports raised this matter to President Musharraf in his meeting with him on 13th February 2007. President instructed the investigation agencies to explore the realities behind these reports. The famous letter from Naeem Bukhari stimulated the issue even more. When the investigation completed, the findings were very shocking for President. They all were going against CJP. It revealed that not even the allegations of media about his son are true but also more serious findings were brought into notice of President Musharraf, including his personal corruption and greed for protocol, for which he was not entitled for. It all worried President. CJP had been used to visit President in his office and house many times, even with his family. There was nothing wrong in the personal terms and relations between the both. President Musharraf, at this moment, however had to decide what to select. Either he had to prefer personal relations or to follow the legal course of actions.

There was also a case against Arsalan Choudry  in a court in Baluchistan, that from the Health Department in Baluchistan he had shifted to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), that he had obtained training in the Police Academy, that he reportedly drove a BMW 7-Series car, that there was a complaint against him with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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Full text of the reference against CJP Justice Chaudhry was leaked to the press on 19 March 2007. The main charges against CJP Justice Chaudhry are as following.
CJP Son got C grade in intermediate exams but CJP forced government officials to unlawfully help his son get admission to medical college and then had him appointed as Grade 18 Police Officer.
CJP was entitled to use a 1700cc car, but he used a 3000cc Mercedes and kept several other vehicles in his use in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
CJP required more protocol than he deserved. He required senior officials to receive him at airports and was also using helicopters and planes to go to private functions.
Use of a BMW Car “RAZIA 1” by his family
Different Oral and Written Orders in cases worth 55 million PKR
Asking for more perks than he was eligible for.
Arsalaan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry involves in a corruption case.The allegation against Dr. Arsalaan is that he had taken Rs. 300 million from property tycoon Malik Riaz to influence cases pending against him before the court.

       Finally Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son Arsalan Iftikhar’s corruption of at least Rs300 million has come to fore.Now Dr Arsalan, a police-cum-realtor, again in the lime light not for different reasons. He has reportedly made millions of rupees during the last couple of years, exploiting fully his father’s position. He also got millions of investment in his ‘mysterious business’ from real estate tycoon, Malik Riaz.  He even received millions from different parties on the promise of getting them favourable judgement from his father’s Supreme Court. So much so his several foreign trips had been sponsored by the interested parties as well as MR  Malik Riaz.
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Now these parties including MR  Malik Riaz had presented the proof of Dr Arsalan’s illegal wealth he made in last two years to the government.
The documentary evidence is also with Hamid Mir, Kamran Khan, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan.
Dr Arsalan had made Rs300millions to Rs400 millions. In fact the amount has been given to the CJ’s son to frame him. And ironically he readily accepted it to be framed, is not it lovely conspiracy theory.
Video clips had also been made and it would be even bigger scandal than that of Memogate.It will becalled “Familygate” scandal.
. Parwaiz Musharraf was right in case of Iftikhar Chaurdry because Arsalan got C Grade in intermediate exams but Iftikhar Chaudry  forced government officials to unlawfully help his son to get admission to medical college.His son secured only 16/100 marks in English in Civil Service Exams  but he sent his son to FIA by bulldozing all Public service commission rules and he was appointed as Grade 18 Police Officer.Many others allegations against Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhray  were true.There were serious allegations against the CJP. Question is whether CJP above law? Should there be no forum for his accountability? Even President is not above law. There is a procedure written clear in constitution regarding his impeachment. The media and the lawyers of CJP escaped themselves out of hearings of SJC, by using the political and media fronts, making false perceptions. By claiming that a ’dictator’ sitting in ‘Army House’ has ‘summoned’ CJP and ‘threat’ him to resign, totally wrong environment developed, which hijacked the minds of public, and a civil disobedience sort of movement sponsored in streets and roads of Pakistan, labelled under ‘lawyers Movement’, powered by political parties and media.
Now corruption of Iftikhar Choudry and his son has exposed and he should resign and they have to face cases and allegations against him in a neutral judiciary.

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Advocate Naeem Bokhari’s letter to Pakistan’s controversial Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry

 


The famous letter from Naeem Bukhari stimulated the issue even more. When the investigation completed, the findings were very shocking for President. They all were going against CJP.Naeem bukhari’s letter was a witness of Iftikhar Chaudry corruptions.(visit this link to read his letter https://lubpak.net/archives/6040)
Here we published the original letter written by Naeem Bukhari
Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Islamabad
Pakistan

My Lord:

I write this letter as an Officer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; as an Advocate enrolled in the apex Court since 1984 and in the High Courts since 1972; as an Attorney who has paid more income tax from his earnings in the legal profession than many of my friends, colleagues and seniors elevated to the Bench; and as a stake-holder in the dispensation of justice, intimately and vitally interested in the functioning of the Supreme Court.

Many judges who adorn the Bench in the Supreme Court and the High Court know me over decades, as a person endowed by nature with a pleasant disposition and acceptance of human failings. Towards the courts, my approach has always been of consistent and continuous display of respect and humility. I bow out of conviction, not compulsion. I use the words “My Lords”, because I want to, not because I have to. As an Attorney, I look up to the Court and want to see it on a high pedestal of dignity, compassion and justice, tempered with mercy.

I have seen my Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Hamood-ur-Rahman, Chief Justice Muhammad Yaqub Ali, Chief Justice S. Anwar-ul-Haq, Chief Justice Mohammad Haleem and how the Court functioned under them in the 1970s/1980s.

I witnessed the proceedings for the ouster of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, became aware that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, had ‘worked’ on some judges of the Supreme Court and saw the physical assault on the Court.

I was appalled at the manner in which Chief Justice Irshad Hasan Khan led the Supreme Court and pained at the insinuations against Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmad, when he was the Chief Justice.

I was horrified by the establishment of a Bench of five judges constituted by Chief Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui to determine whether reduction in the retirement age for judges was constitutional or not. This was clearly designed to block your appointment. I was against the idea of Mr. Amirul Mulk Mengal being made the Chief Justice before you. Within the limits of my influence (which I readily admit to be very limited), I was totally for you to become the Chief Justice. Justice Javed Buttar is aware of my position, as is the Attorney General of Pakistan. The accelerated issue of the notification appointing you the Chief Justice put Justice Siddiqui’s move to rest.

I believed that you were vigorous, capable of lifting up the Supreme Court, creating an espirit-de-corps among your brother judges, restoring the dignity and grandeur of the apex Court, particularly considering the long tenure before you.
Alas this has not come about.

I am not perturbed by your insistence on protocol (despite my belief that the Chief Justice would rise in the eyes of everybody if he walked from his residence to the Supreme Court and hooters, police escort, flags is just fluff, not the substance of an office).

I am mildly amused at your desire to be presented a guard of honour in Peshawar. I am titillated by the appropriation of aMercedes-Benz car or is it cars, the use of the Government of the Punjab’s airplane to offer Fateha in Multan, to Sheikhupura for Fateha on a Government of the Punjab helicopter, to Hyderabad on a Government of the Sind’s plane for attending a High Court function, the huge amount spent in refurbishing the chamber and residence of the Chief Justice, the reservation for yourself of a wing in Supreme Court Judges guest house in Lahore, the permanent occupation by the Supreme Court of the official residence of the Chief Justice of Sind, who per force lives in the basement of his father’s house. As his class fellow in the Government College, Lahore, I can vouch that living in the basement will do him no harm.

I am not perturbed that Dr. Arsalaan (your son) secured 16/100 in the English paper for the Civil Services Examination, that there is a case against him in some court in Baluchistan, that from the Health Department in Baluchistan he has shifted to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), that he has obtained training in the Police Academy, that he reportedly drives a BMW 7-Series car, that there is a complaint against him with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

My grievances and protests are different.

I am perturbed that the Supreme Court should issue a clarificatory statement on his behalf. I am perturbed that Justice (Retd.) Wajihuddin Ahmed should be constrained to advise you on television that “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others”. I am perturbed that the Chief Justice should summon Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman to his chambers on Dr. Arsalaan’s account.

I am appalled that you announce decisions in Court, while in the written judgment an opposite conclusion is recorded.

In the Petition for leave to appeal filed by Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (in which Respondent’s Counsels were Mr. Khalid Anwar and Mr. Qadir Saeed), you refused to grant leave in open Court and yet in the written order, leave was granted to Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi.

On 15-2-2007, Mr. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim complained that in open Court you had accepted his appeal but dismissed the same in the judgement, subsequently recorded.

If Mr. Khalid Anwar, a former Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, and Mr Fakrhuddin, Senior Counsel, are treated in this manner, the fate of lesser known lawyers would certainly be far worse.

My grievances also concern the manner in which the last and highest court of appeal is dispensing justice, under your leadership.

My Lord, the dignity of lawyers is consistently being violated by you. We are treated harshly, rudely, brusquely and nastily. We are not heard. We are not allowed to present our case. There is little scope for advocacy. The words used in the Bar Room for Court No. 1 are “the slaughter house”. We are cowed down by aggression from the Bench, led by you. All we receive from you is arrogance, aggression and belligerence. You also throw away the file, while contemptuously announcing: “This is dismissed”.

Yet this aggression is not for everyone. When Mr. Sharifuddin Pirzada appears, your Lordship’s demeanour and appearance is not just sugar and honey. You are obsequious to the point of meekness. So apart from violating our dignity, which the Constitution commands to be inviolable, we suffer discrimination in your Court.

I am not raising the issue of verbal onslaughts and threats to Police Officers and other Civil Servants, who have the misfortune to be summoned, degraded and reminded that “This is the Supreme Court”.

The way in which My Lord conducts proceedings is not conducive to the process of justice. In fact, it obstructs due process and constitutes contempt of the Supreme Court itself.

I am pained at the wide publicity to cases taken up by My Lord in the Supreme Court under the banner of Fundamental Rights. The proceedings before the Supreme Court can conveniently and easily be referred to the District and Sessions Judges. I am further pained by the media coverage of the Supreme Court on the recovery of a female. In the bar room, this is referred to as a “Media Circus”.

My Lord, this communication may anger you and you are in any case prone to get angry in a flash, but do reflect upon it. Perhaps you are not cognizant of what your brother judges feel and say about you.

My Lord, before a rebellion arises among your brother judges (as in the case of Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah), before the Bar stands up collectively and before the entire matter is placed before the Supreme Judicial Council, there may be time to change and make amends.

I hope you have the wisdom and courage to make these amends and restore serenity, calm, compassion, patience and justice tempered with mercy to my Supreme Court.

My Lord, we all live in the womb of time and are judged, both by the present and by history. The judgement about you, being rendered in the present, is adverse in the extreme.

Yours faithfully,

NAEEM BOKHARI
Advocate
Supreme Court of
Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan

 

 

 

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  • God has his own way of dispensing the justice. Insha’allah, soon we will see this corrupt judciary will be dragged on the street. Right now CJP has media as his Muqqaddas Cow. But pretty soon same media will smell the roses. N-League has acheived all of their goals. They do not need him in the office as CJP. They will through him out and he will be provided a sanctury. However, his corruption and his bias towards the Takfiris and wahabis will make him pay the full price of his abuses.

    • It is easy to understand the reasons for our national predicament. Why we stand at the bottom of moral decadence, is easy to understand;
      Our Generals are greedy of power – they run away from battlefields and live in palatial homes;
      Our elected PM will not hesitate to attack Supreme Court if going gets tough against him;
      Our justice system is the biggest defender of criminals;
      Our common citizens have no moral upbringing – we are most corrupt on face of earth.

  • This chief justice is a bloody traitor and a dog which only needs occasional bone from GEO TV. Khustakhi maaf as I didn’t call him Khinzeer.

  • Wasn’t general mushraf a C rated general who came to power by force? Aren’t all the characters including Malik Riaz mentioned in this article became rich through similar illegal means?

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