“It is indeed the darkest day in the history of Supreme Court of Pakistan, not because it is the worst decision ever (we have seen many such worst decision in our checkered history), but because it was given by the “judges” who owe their existence not to the generals of army but to the people of Pakistan, particularly the iron lady Asma Jahangir against whom those “shameless” judges gave the verdict. I could feel the sadness Asma Jahangir had when she said that she expected at least one or two dissenting notes, but it proved out to be a “unanimous” decision written by the “aabpara” and signed by the “judges”. (Peja Mistri)
This short order by the Supreme Court comes as no surprise to many. An army-backed Judicial Coup is clearly in the works now. Pakistan’s Judiciary has a long history of facilitating and rubber stamping military dictators. By collaborating with Gen. Zia ul Haq, the judiciary, in the words of its own, committed the Judicial murder of a popularly elected Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. It has allowed military dictators to distort the very Constitution of Pakistan. Following in this tradition, the current “independant” judiciary sees itself as superior to the Constitution, the Legislature and the Executive and subservient only to the Army, ISI and the many genocidal Jihadis that it has released.
During the sham and loaded proceedings where this biased judiciary has played to the galleries and openly sided with the establishment, it should be a concern to every law-abiding Pakistani on how this Judiciary treats the Constitution. It has shown its contempt for the Constitution by brazenly displaying its desire to set aside explicit clauses to further the political expediencies of the estbalishment and for derailing an elected government.
In the following days, the third component (after the Generals and the Judges) of the 3-Jeem trifecta, the journalists are likely to spring into action to defend this coup-in-progress. Journalists, from both the right-wing hypernationalist Urdu Press along with their more sauve pseudo liberal and urbane counterparts from the English press, will defend the indefensible; a controversial unconstitutional order over the Constitutional rights of the parliament.
The elite in Pakistan have been propagating to the rest of the world that the movement to restore a bunch of compromised Islamist judges was a pro-democracy movement. In order to justify this sham, the journalists who mostly belong to this social class will continue to side with the generals and judges against the elected government.
Asma Jehangir, leading human rights activist and former ambassador Hussain Haqqani’s council, commenting on the judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the MEMO Scandal has said that it has restored the supremacy of the “Security Establishment” over the civilian leadership. She termed the decision as the darkest day of the judiciary in Pakistan! She also said the Supreme Court of Pakistan is not a court of the people, it’s a court of the “Establishment”!
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