A few days back when I wrote “Do you remember Sajjad Ali Shah”, in the heart of my hearts I prayed that I was wrong.
It is true that during the struggle against the 21st century mad dictator (General Musharraf) in Pakistan, Supreme Court Judges of Pakistan including the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry were a symbol of unity and faith among the people of divergent views and political thoughts. It is also true that despite the primary objective of throwing the tyrant out , another ambition most of the people taking part in this movement had was an independent judiciary that will have no fear in dispensing justice to the people of Pakistan without any prejudice.
This ambition was not without a reason; unlike the movement against General Ayub Khan or General Zia in which the students and political workers respectively were the main force against the dictators, the 21st century struggle had a pleasant support from an unexpected quarter, i.e., higher judiciary of Pakistan. People rightly started having great expectations from the Judiciary particularly looking towards the CJ IMC, because they noticed a sort of defiance from him in front of the dictator. Not only that the other judges started showing a great courage when interrogating the intelligence officials in their court. That is why the “Missing Persons Case” became the most important weapon in the struggle against the dictator.
For those who have been taking part in the internet blogs waging the war against the mad dictator on cyberspace, Mrs. Janjua and her cries were a unity factor among people from all political parties. The missing persons case was vehemently followed by the media and a lot of rallies were arranged.
Today I am more than disappointed when after so many months of hearing the missing persons case by the Apex court, “My Lord” declared that “it will not examine evidence against intelligence agencies in the missing persons’ case” .
Does anybody know if Mrs. Janjua found “Mr. Janjua” , or are we going to have another Aafia Case in a US court?
First published on pejamistri’s blog