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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Political war over CJ issue

Pakistan is under a big political turmoil these days. The demand for restoration of Judiciary (Or more precisely Iftikhar Chaudhry), removal of 17th amendment, Drone attacks by US led forces and the worsening state of affairs in Swat and tribal areas are the biggest challenges faced by the PPP government. Zardari and his companions are in a state of mess. At one side, PMLN has started a political war on the basis of non fulfillment of Murree Accord and on the other side, lawyers have intensified their struggle and have announced to have a long march of millions of people at 16th March along with sitting at ‘Shahra-e-Dastoor’ till the reinstatement of deposed judges. Several other parties like Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamat-e-Islami (and many small parties) have also shown their commitment to support lawyers in the movement.
People party on the other hand initially expressed its position quite defensively saying that restoration of CJ and the solution of all other issues is not a one day job, rather it’s a continuing process and they advised PMLN and lawyers to be patient and wait. But now the tone of PPP leaders have changed at and angel of 180. Law minister and many other leaders of PPP are now of the view that Iftikhar Chaudhry has jumped into politics and he is playing in the hands of politicians. They are declaring him as a disputed personality and no more able for a CJ chair. They are also highlighting the oath of CJ under PCO in the Musharraf’s reign.
Whatever the circumstances are and whatever the PPP’s arguments are; the fact remains that Iftikhar Chaudhry has made a new history by refusing the demands of Dictator and not compromising on the principles. He is a man of principles and is a symbol of justice in the un-just, cruel and embezzled atmosphere of Pakistan. He raised voice for missing persons, he struggled to return back the properties of widows and orphans which were occupied by the powerful elites of the society (called ‘Qabza groups’). Entire nation demands restoration of Iftikhar Chaudhry and all other deposed judges and demands November 2’s state of constitution.

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