Friday, July 31, 2009

Trial of Musharraf, Treason, Lawyers Movement & Judiciary.

General Pervez Musharraf, Former Martial Law Administrator and President of Pakistan - [1999 - 2008] Alleged Trial of General Pervez Musharraf!

Public memory anywhere is short-lived. In Pakistan it is also steered by the shortsightedness of those who insist on erasing it from the record altogether. The transition to democracy is hardly a fait accompli as we speak. Democratic institutions weakened by Gen Musharraf’s tinkering with the constitution are far from being stable entities today. While anyone in their right mind must blame the general for the mess at hand, the judiciary should also show the moral courage to shoulder its part of the blame. The fact that it was the Supreme Court headed by the same honourable chief justice which gave Gen Musharraf the right to amend the constitution single-handedly in May 2000 cannot be overlooked. This was far more than what the then chief executive had expected to get from the apex court; he had just sought indemnity for the circumstances under which the Oct 12, 1999 coup took place. The general himself did not stage the coup from mid-air, aboard a PIA commercial flight which was not even in Pakistani airspace when the 111 Brigade struck to depose the prime minister. Reference: Why Musharraf alone? By Murtaza Razvi Thursday, 30 Jul, 2009 08:27 AM PST

Here goes the Lawyers Movement for the Restoration of Independent Judiciary!!!

Aitzaz Ahsan - Born on September 27, 1945 at Murree, Punjab, Aitzaz Ahsan was elected to the National Assembly as a PPPP candidate. He has previously been elected as MNA for the terms of 1988, 1991 and 1993. He was also elected as Senator for the term of 1994-1999. Aitzaz Ahsan was elected as MPA in Punjab in 1976-77, and held the portfolios of Information, Planning and Development, Culture and Tourism as provincial minister. Later, he served as federal minister for Law and Justice; Interior, Narcotics Control and Education. Aitzaz Ahsan received his masters degree from Cambridge University, U.K. in 1967. A Barrister-at-Law by profession, he is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Posessing a literary penchant, he has also authored the book “The Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan” and its Urdu translation, “Sindh Sagar Aur Qyam-e-Pakistan” which present the cultural history of Pakistan. Married, he is the father of two daughters and a son.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani - Profile - Rise of Pakistan's 'quiet man' By Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Islamabad Page last updated at 17:56 GMT, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:56 UK

ISLAMABAD: Top lawyers’ movement leader and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan has confirmed his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani while declaring that he is firm on democracy. When contacted by The News, Aitzaz said that when the Army chief spoke to him on March 16, he invited him for a cup of tea. Aitzaz said he accepted the invitation but could not meet him till 10 days ago. Aitzaz said, “It was purely a private meeting.” Reference: Aitzaz confirms meeting Kayani, firm on democracy – Thursday, July 30, 2009 By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani


Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan - Hon'ble Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s top judge turned down a request on Thursday to launch a treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, saying the Supreme Court lacked the authority. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s remarks could reassure both the fragile civilian government and military establishment, as they can ill-afford any fresh crisis at a time when the country is fighting a Taliban insurgency in parts of the northwest. “This is not the proper forum to initiate such case. We are not authorized to do so,” Chaudhry told the court. Reference: Pakistan judge says won’t try Musharraf for treason Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:47am EDT

Background of this dubious decision

CJ suspended, escorted home: • Justice Iftikhar summoned by SJC on 13th for reference hearing • Ex-judges call it a blow to judiciary’s independence; minister defends decision • Whither judicial activism? By Nasir Iqbal March 10, 2007 Saturday Safar 20, 1428

Justice Iftikhar said his entire house had been bugged, all his activities were being monitored, and `everything and everyone’ in and around his residence was being watched through a listening post set up at the nearby Sindh House.

He did not say in the affidavit if he had been summoned to the Army House by President General Pervez Musharraf or whether he had made a request to meet the president. “When I reached the Army House, President Musharraf, wearing military uniform, told him he had received a complaint against him from a judge of the Peshawar High Court..“I replied that it was not based on facts as my case was decided by a two-member bench and that attempts are being made to maliciously involve the other member of the Bench as well.” After this, the president said there were a few more complaints as well, directing his staff to call the ‘other persons’.

The ‘other persons’ entered the room immediately. They were: Prime Minster Shaukat Aziz, the Directors General of Military Intelligence (MI), Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Director General Intelligence Bureau (IB), Chief of Staff(COS) and another official. All officials (except the IB chief and the COS) were in uniform. The officials, however, alleged that Justice Iftikhar had used his influence to get his son admitted in Bolan Medical College, Quetta, when he was serving as a judge of the Balochistan High Court. The ISI and MI heads persisted in their demand for resignation, the CJ said. “I refused, saying that the demand has a collateral purpose.” Reference: Reference: CJ says chiefs of MI, ISI asked him to quit: Affidavit on March 9 camp office event By Iftikhar A. Khan May 30, 2007, Wednesday, Jamadi-ul-Awwal 13 1428


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