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Army-backed Judicial Coup underway: Supreme Court overrides Parliament and declares that Memogate is maintainable

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“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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  • 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”.

  • Since 1st day ov rehabilitation, S.Court’s about all decisions r go in favor ov military dictators n its birth parties like Nawaz League. So, i not surprized 2days its decision on Memo Scandal. However, Asma Jahangir a lot ov insult dis judiciary during hearing dates ov said case. Dere4, I think reaction ov dis insult alzo influenced on 2days decision. Thx.

  • آج سے چار سال پہلے جب عدلیہ کی آزادی کی تحریک چلی میں بھی طلبہ کے اس گروہ میں شامل تھا جو آزادانہ طور پر اس تحریک کی کامیابی کے لئے سرگرم تھے۔ لیکن آج اس آزاد عدلیہ کے ڈھنگ دیکھ کر لگتا ہے کہ کاش میں نے وہ بیوقوفی نہ کی ہوتی۔

  • آپ سے کس نے کہا ہے صرف رائٹ ونگ کے لوگ فوجی اسٹبلشمینٹ کے پٹھو ہوتے ہیں، میرے خیال بہت بڑی تعداد میں لیفٹ کے لوگ بھی فوجی اسٹبلشمینٹ کے جوتے پالش کرتے ہیں۔ میرے خیال سے پاکستان میں رائٹ اور لیفٹ دونوں ہی جرنیلوں کی مداخلت کو تقویت دینے کے عمل میں شامل رہی ہے۔

  • صحافیوں کی اکثریت روشن خیالوں کی ہے اور انکی روشن خیالی افتخار چوہدری اور عمران خان سے شروع ہوکر کیانی پر ختم ہوجاتی ہے۔ اگر زرداری صاحب مشرف کو ٹانگ دیتے تو آج کیانی اپنی اوقات سے باہر نہیں بھولتا۔

  • pejamistri said:
    http://www.awaztoday.com/playshow/18828/Faisla-Aap-ka-30th-December-2011.aspx
    Iron lady speaks like a lioness.
    It is important to understand that why the non-political democratic forces are so aggressive on this issue. The issue in itself is indeed a non-issue, legally and politically fall out of this drama will be beneficial to democratic forces anyways. From PPP’s point of view the issue came as pleasant surprise and for NS it proved to be ladder to quickly climb the remaining part.
    The aggression is to expose the judiciary-military nexus, it is to put the “shameless” judges in their right place. No other SC case including ZAB’s reference provides the opportunity to expose this nexus. I personally think when NS took the petition to SC and he himself appeared as lawyer for his petition he did not know that the petition will take such turn. His intention was to get a commission set up in the first hearing and then let commission put the PPP govt. at back foot. But the non-political democratic forces seized this opportunity to expose the nexus between judiciary and military.

  • Pak Judiciary—BAD , Pak Media— VERY BAD ,
    Pak Army— VERY VERY BAD , Pak ISI — WORST
    Zardari Group—- only GOOD species ever existed in Pak

  • Salute to Asma Jahangir. Marg bar Iftikhar Chaudhry, a Punjabi judge-servant of Punjabi generals (Kayani, Pasha) and Punjoo politicians (Nawaz, Imran)

  • It’s clear as daylight now that Chaudhry is using, nay usurping, the office of CJP to scratch the balls of the Deep State. As their shameless “Yes”-man, he just doesn’t have in him to say “No” to any plea, any unsigned paper, any Memo, any suo motu, any petition, any writ that aims to strike at the very roots of civilian supremacy, that intends to undermine parliamentary sovereignty and that openly supports to topple the democratically elected government. The one and only “No” he ever uttered was after he was sacked by a former COAS, Gen Musharraf, to save his own job and the ignominy of having to answer a fairly long and infamous charge sheet written as a letter to him by Naeem Bokhari. He is crassly colluding with powers that be, he is manipulating the highly charged political opposition and using the media hype to unseat the same elected government that restored him and his brethren judges through an executive order.

    On top of that the way he conducts proceedings in Court # 1, it looks like he is holding a tribal jirga. He is too haughty, partisan and poltically biased for a chief justice who was backed by an “unprecedented” lawyers movement whose many leading lights have already expressed their serious misgivings about his conduct. His comments during hearings are too politically partisan for a neutral and the highest justiciable authority. Clearly he has a penchant for hogging the limelight, to attract media’s attention and to make screaming headlines. The proceedings of the memo scandal so far have once again proved that our judiciary and the armed forces have a shameful history of scratching one another’s back whenever it mattered most to stand for democracy!