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Pity the judiciary – by Shoaib Mir

Pity the judiciary that loves both the Doctrine of Necessity and Gibran’s poetry
One to welcome military dictators, the other to sentence civilian Prime Ministers

Pity the judiciary for whom justice is a simple matter
A Commission for a Memo and suo motu for a Letter

Pity the judiciary that’s ready to swear on more than one oath
One to get the job, the other to get the pension or both

Pity the judiciary that has forever been in a fix
Over Contempt or Immunity, Article 248 or Six

Pity the judiciary that dispenses justice in an instant
To haul in the Executive, to bail out the militants

Pity the judiciary that believes in their flesh of pound
Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds

Pity the judiciary that postures to be independent and free
But without transparency, fairness and impartiality

Pity the judiciary that favours any case of Prosecution
Provided it’s political and against Reconciliation

Pity the judiciary’s dubious duo – a certain father- and son-in-law
One got a PM hanged, the other rules not writing a Letter’s a flaw

Pity the judiciary that promised to revisit a Judicial Murder as a preference
After a year and few hearings it looks like the murder of that Reference

Pity the judiciary that is anything but judicious
Always in haste, aggressive and malicious

The writer, Shoaib Mir, is an independent communications consultant, an Amnesty International “Prisoner of Conscience 1984” and a rights activist.

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  • “Pity the judiciary that is anything but judicious
    Always in haste, aggressive and malicious”

    Sums it all up!

  • They are never in haste . Haste in seen in extraordinary circumstances like cases related to PPP In fact that’s the only time …

  • not in haste. they are conniving and calculating. they are supreme league

  • Pity the nation that punishes judges for taking oath under PCO on Monday.
    And let spare others who have done it just on Sunday.
    Pity the nation where judgments are supplemented with moral speeches and poetry.
    Not solely by legal codes and law commentary.
    Pity the nation where law adjudicators seek support in people’s emotions.
    Not in sanctioned laws and constitutions.
    Pity the nation who’s elected President is forced to face cases and humiliation outside.
    However, the violator of constitution is obliged to play with the destiny of the people inside.
    Pity the nation where the decisions of court tell that the offender wanted to become, at its hands, a martyr.
    Rather than, allowing the law to speak ignoring offender’s desire.

  • When asked a question about Justice Latif Khosa’s version of Khalil Jibran’s Pity the Nation aimed at the PPP-led government, the prime minister said the esteemed judge was his class fellow and he respected him, but would not rely on poetry to answer back.


    Umar Cheema, a best friend of pseudo-liberals, defends Justice Asif Saeed Khosa:

    Justice Khosa is not alone in giving provoking views

    Umar Cheema
    Saturday, May 12, 2012

    ISLAMABAD: While Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s additional poetic note with the detailed verdict against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani shook the conscience of Pakistanis, it also caused pain to those who read it with a jaundiced eye.

    Justice Khosa’s effort to show a mirror to the degenerating Pakistani society has been resented by the forces of status quo, textbook scholars of democracy and the champions of justice, as they think it hurt them.

    Instead they have run riot with throwing allegations against the judge and even his jurisdiction as a judge is being questioned. No wonder if Justice Khosa’s efforts to engage the movers and shakers in an exercise of soul-searching backfire, like Khalil Gibran who also attempted to give a wakeup call to his countrymen decades ago, the end result will be like Lebanon.

    The criticism of Justice Khosa’s note by PPP leaders could not have been a surprise had those who knew the precedents not joined the bandwagon. Expressing opinion on the issue by a sitting judge is not something without precedent.

    Two other judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Ijaz Chaudhry also incorporated their additional notes to a verdict delivered by the full-court on National Reconciliation Order (NRO), revoking that black law.

    The critics of the current lot of judges may argue that they share their perception and understanding when it comes to deal with the matters of public importance hence quoting examples from within the same house does not make any sense for them.

    Most of his critics could not read beyond his parody of ‘Pity the Nation’. Justice Khosa also clarified that he did not want to sink the nation into depression. One has to be mindful that Justice Khosa is not alien and is a part of the nation he was mourning about as he spoke about the collective moral introspection at a time when the country’s prime minister has been convicted for defying the law.