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By Iqbal Haider
[The writer is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court, a former Senator, Attorney General and Federal Minister. The article first appeared in Pakistan Today on
We are very proud of the commendable lawyers’ movement sparked off on 9th of March 2007, by the refusal of the Honorable CJ. One of its admirable characteristics was its consistent pattern of non-violence. The many who participated in this historic movement were not deterred by the repeated violent attacks, tear gas, lathi charge, physical and mental torture and even firing from the local administration and the political parties in the ruling clique.
Many lawyers including Mr Raja Riaz became victim of targeted killing in
Thousands of lawyers and members of civil society throughout the country suffered rigors of imprisonment. The CJ and other senior member of the judiciary were detained fro months along with their families. Despite extreme provocations, the lawyers’ community and members of the civil society never resorted to violence. This was widely appreciated by numerous bar associations of the world.
It is with disappointment that I am constrained to state that soon after the heroic victory in March 2009, repeated incidents of violence by the lawyers started occurring in various courts of the country, regretfully more so in the the Punjab. Newspapers are consistently reporting incidents of physical attacks by the lawyers on the electronic media or on police constables or on the courts of civil judges or beating of the clients and ordinary public in the courts or lawyers demanding removal and appointment of the session judges of their choice.
I was horrified to see that some lawyers of
The list of lawlessness, violent and criminal acts of some of the lawyers in the Courts is fairly long. The most disturbing fact of grave concern is that rarely any elected representative or stalwarts from the lawyer community have condemned such act or taken any disciplinary action. I am conscious of the fact that vast majority of the lawyers are law abiding and peaceful members of our society.
I will not be surprised if some of the rogue elements have been planted to tarnish the image of the lawyers’ community at large, by the forces who had opposed the movement for restoration of the judges. These forces could not possibly bear the world wide acclamation and popularity of this unprecedented movement. Such adversarial forces that appear to be part of the ruling elite may very well be instigating the black sheep amongst the lawyers to commit such violent and criminal acts. What is not understandable is the indifference and deafening silence of most of the stalwarts and office-bearers of the Bar Council and Bar Associations.
It seems that the elected representatives of the Bars have followed the self serving expediency of turning a blind eye against all illegal and criminal acts of the rogue elements in bars, perhaps for securing their votes and support in the elections. The elected representatives must not forget a basic principle that offices of the bars are held not just for status and monetary gains but for serving the legal fraternity, enforcing the code of conduct, rule of law and protecting the repute of the bar councils and associations.
Once again, the season of the elections of the bar associations has started. I am in a dilemma as to whom I should vote for. I will feel guilty of voting or supporting someone who is not inclined to condemn and punish the lawyers indulging in violations of laws and the Code of Conduct. I shall be happy and will support wholeheartedly, the candidates who publicly express their determination to cleanse the bars of these rogues who continue to tarnish image of the lawyer community. [Courtesy
"DR REHMAN MALIK"
An honorary PhD degree has been conferred on Rehman Malik by the
RAHMAN MALIK IN TECHNICOLOURS
[Mohammad Khan Sial,
Many readers must have been surprised to see photo of Rehman Malik, federal interior minister who was getting honorary degree of law by wearing a jacket with colours of MQM flag. To my knowledge Rehman Malik is Senator from Sindh and belongs to ruling
HERE COMES THE MOTHER-IN-LAW!
This is with regards to the analogy put forth by a lady from the audience present at the town-hall interactive session with Hillary Clinton during her recent visit to Pakistan that the US is like a ‘mother-in-law’ who is in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction over everything and is always asking for more to be done. This remark drew applause from the audience and even Hillary Clinton herself laughed and admitted the distinctiveness of this analogy.
I believe that she has rightly correlated a very obvious and universal role of a mother-in-law and applied it to the Pak-US relationship, as is evident from the
MR PRIME MINISTER JOKE ON MEDIA
[Khurrum Shaukat Yousafzai,
Honourable PM recently proclaimed that in
[Dr Ghayur Ayub,
According to a news report, the chair of the PM at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) buckled under his weight creating an embarrassing situation for all. The management should have known that Yusaf Raza Gilani does not weigh what he used to before he took the coveted post. Masha’Allah, as prime minister he has put on a lot of weight; thanks to the ‘high calories support’ he is getting from the budding businesses of his close relatives especially his sons. [
[Dr Irfan Zafar,
DR REHMAN MAILK!
Once upon a time there was a jungle replete with all sorts of animals, vertebrates to invertebrates, mammalian and creeping monsters. Their sages thought that there must be a doctor to look after jungle inhabitants, After long hours of meditation they awarded doctors degree to monkey and held him responsible for the health of all animals. Some days later, a fox fell ill and doctor was called in to treat her. Monkey came and started jumping from one branch of tree to the other. During his acrobatic feats the fox passed away. All animals present there complained over the attitude of “Doctor”. Monkey said “ I tried my best to save her life but alas she could not survive” (mayn ny hath paon tu bahut mary lakin usko bacha nhe saka). The parable speaks volumes of the present scenario for various doctors. [
[Dr Irfan Zafar,
During the past few days, the country is passing through a very depressing state in the wake of one incident after the other. Through these columns, we would like to request Altaf Hussain to deliver another spectacular comedy show in the form of his speech thus bringing smiles on the faces of the masses. [
[Dr. Irfan Zafar,
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, we would like to congratulate Mr Rahman Malik for obtaining a Doctorate Degree from
[Dr Irfan Zafar,
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has declared that he does not recognise President Asif Zardari as the “legal” president of
DR REHMAN MALIK
Once in a while, one is confronted with such events that, true as they might be, can render one almost petrified with disbelief. The other morning I was already feeling under the weather when I was greeted with the news that our venerable and jet-setting interior minister has now received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his services rendered to bring peace to
[Dr Irfan Zafar,
Just wondering if
[Sher Gondal, Mandi Bahaluddin]
Operation of 34 passenger trains out of 38, running from Malikwal Railway Junction to different stations has been suspended and stations on Lalamusa,
They said that with increased density of traffic on roads, common people could not travel on foot or cycle since there were no foot/cycle paths available along the roads. Peasants have been deprived from use of highways and roads for taking their animal from one place to other on foot since these centuries old highways remain under use of fast moving vehicles and cars owned by the rich, leaving no chance for driving animals. The other departments have also collapsed due to rampant corruption and their staffs enjoy privileges’ and perks on the cost of the poor without doing their official duties, they alleged. On the other hand a source told that railway servants had not been paid salaries for the previous month and Station Master had been served with notice for disconnection of electricity supply for non payment of outstanding bills.
[Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd),
A friend who carries a masters degree from the
PRESIDENT ELECTRIFIED! BUT WITH DIRTY POLITICS
President says that he would not let others to play politics with 'electricity' although he has been doing it for the last forty four months with worst ever corruption in total energy sector, IPPS, Rental units etc etc. He with his incompetent, corrupt coalition government played havoc with worst ever load shedding and highest tariff of electricity subjecting poor to horrible plight. The tariff of utilities be 'bijli, pani, petrol, CNG, gas, LPG, LNG etc etc' are on the rising rampage killing 16.5 crore poor of Pakistan with no mercy by the plunderers, pirates, polluters [
Adding to the misery of poor are Anti nation party [ANP],and mfadprasts, looters, chors [ML-Ch. This gang of four has ruined the poor and must be removed. It is sad the judiciary is also playing to Zardari trap of 'mumafti siyasat - in case of Swiss accounts, NRO, recent Karachi target killings, bathakhori etc and docile or no follow up resuing MR Zardari who permanently acing against constitution being partisan, political under the watch of
BAN THE MILITANTS WINGS
[Sher Gondal, Mandi Bahaluddin]
Ex-Servicemen of Mandi Bahauddin have expressed their full support to Nawaz Sharif for his demanding of central government to ban all such political parties who have militant wings and sending references against them to SC. In a meeting of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) participated by executive members today at FM Station here, Major Sher Gondal district president PESS said that according to SC findings on Karachi violence suo moto case these parties were responsible for killing of innocent people and creating turmoil in Karachi to promote their own interests. They have no sympathies with the poor whose sufferings continue to increase with every passing day, he added. He said among the present politicians Nawaz Sharif was a moderate leader and his contributions towards providing relief goods to rain and flood hit Sindhis were commendable. It was unfortunate that some leaders from Sindh instead of acknowledging his efforts for providing relief goods were criticizing him on flimsy ground that he was playing politics. Participants of the meeting included Major Nasir Javed. Capt Amin, Capt Lal, Capt Saleh, Lt Arshad, CWO Abdul Ghani,
[A. J. Ali, Sahiwal]
I would also take this opportunity to request Imran Khan
Imran Khan is an emerging valuable leader and asset of nation. However, he should realize that if two big bulls fight the beneficiary is or always the predators wolves who want one to diminish and the other goes too emaciated with the duel allowing them to pounce on both and not only gobble them but their herd-clan. The casualty is the grass and poor people. This trap has been set up by Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan enemies BY pp-Zardari, MQM, ANP,
THOUGHT TO PONDER
I saw his quote on a web-site. It is quite interesting and a thought provoking indeed. Thank you for adding the stock of my knowledge that Antony Fisher started the think tanks movement. For you working with his daughter is a superb way forward to promote his philosophy. As far as this is concerned, we are at the same wavelenghts. This is also called a "Dependency Syndrome". We look towards government as a savior of our problems, which itself is addicted to donations, grants and loans. In this vicious cycle of deception, the poorest of the poor have to pay the heavy dosez of taxes at the cost of money minted by those sitting at the whelm of affairs. Every one will be dubbed as a part of the blame game and "Good Governance" will stay as a buzz word like good morning and good evening.
As some one has said "Knowledge is not a power; applied knowledge is a power". Think-tanks will continue to pour in a great wealth of knowledge and every one in this global world has to apply the knowledge in practice to usher into the era of greater economic prosperity and inclusive and sustainable development. Ultimately, "Proposals shape ideas and ideas shape policies". This is a sum of democracy, which marches on the path of consensus. Let us hope for the best and look forward to think tanks to shun off sorrows of the world. On my part, please find attached for the time being my published poems "Sorrows and Hope" and "To Tourists".
PLAYING CARDS WITH
I was disappointed to hear strange statement of President Zardari about: people, opposition parties staging 'darhna' before President House against the most despotic corrupt ruler of world, virtual king by the courtesy of criminal -corrupt coalition of
RETURN OF MQM & ML(Q)
[Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd),
Many a letter has appeared in the papers wondering the reason for the sudden return of the otherwise obdurate MQM and adamant looking ML(Q) back into the fold of the
[Anwar Ul Haque ]
We r tired of those people who will NOT accept truth. PML N rally was mammoth. Imran knew that few people come so he arranged chairs. I counted there were only 600 seats in one block. MQM +
Issue of the month: Judging
[M Rafique Zakaria,
The television screen flashed in red with the Supreme Court’s (SC) judgement points as we all anxiously watched how many criminals had been given capital punishment and how many had been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing hundreds of innocent people in Karachi. Suddenly, we heard a gunshot. We all rushed out of our office to see what had happened. A healthy young man with a beautiful tie around his neck was lying in a pool of blood beside his motorbike near the flyover of Baloch Colony. He was a software engineer returning home from work and was intercepted by a single man, also on a motorbike, with a gun in his hand. The man with the gun snatched his laptop and, upon resistance, shot the young man in his thigh. During the snatching, the gunman lost his balance and fell on the ground along with his bike. Hundreds of vehicles plying on the main Shahra-e-Faisal road froze as the gunman comfortably got up, brushed off his clothes, looked around and left the crime scene as if he had done nothing unusual. No vehicle was willing to rush the injured young man to hospital for fear of police procedures and long investigative formalities. Finally, a rickshaw driver showed some humanity and took the injured to the hospital for medical assistance.
Last but not least, the same evening, as the people of
[M. S. Hasan,
Like the 99 percent of my compatriots, over 160 million strong Pakistanis, I am neither a jurisprudence-savvy individual, nor do I understand its related intricacies, but I do understand and recognise that it is incumbent upon every citizen to accept a court verdict, regardless of one's like or dislike of the decision. However, at the same time it is the right of every citizen to express his or her views, for or against, a judicial verdict. Exercising this inalienable right, as a citizen, I wish to express my deep disappointment with the outcome of the proceedings, which were undertaken by the specially constituted apex court bench following the suo motu notice taken by the Supreme Court in the matter of targeted killings in
As has been opined by a number of citizens of the country, that the supreme court 'judgement', can not be termed or taken as a judgement or a firm and implementable decision. What the Supreme Court has announced, candidly speaking, was not a verdict or judgement. This can best be described as a 'commentary' on the subject of targeted killings, a narrative on the prevalent law and order situation and a request to the present government to take cognisance of the matter and consider implementation of the necessary administrative measures to control and arrest the deteriorating law and order in the city.
At a stretch, one can describe the related narrative of the apex court as a reminder to the current ruling junta of its obligation to protect the life and property of the citizens, as enshrined in the constitution or a list of suggestions to be merely followed. There is no emphasis either to implement these suggestions, which are left entirely to the discretion of the current government, or what consequences are in store for the government, should these suggestions be not followed. The apex court, sadly, delivered an extremely benign verdict, which is unlikely to be implemented or result in long-term improvement in the law and order situation.
The apex court's narrative, to the utmost disappointment and dismay of the citizenry, did not hold an individual or individuals, a political party or a group, specifically responsible for the heinous crime of targeted killings, extortion and land grabbing. Nor did the apex court order arrest of any individual, involved in patronising and running a cell of criminals responsible for the killings and indulging in acts of extortion.
The temporary lull in the city and reduction in targeted killings is the result of the ruling government's deliberate inaction allowing the criminals to hide in safe havens under the protection of the ruling leadership, coalition partners, the influential and the rest of the groups.
I hardly see any usefulness of the Supreme Court judgment which was passed after days of discussions at the taxpayers’ expense, and which engaged a great number of politicians, lawyers, government officials and the rest. The judgment is more like a research work than a verdict on mass killings. I recall an incident during
However, we also know that when concrete evidence is available, the Judge has to do justice and nothing less or more. Killers when identified are punished, along with their abettors, to set an example. I am afraid that we have missed a great opportunity of passing a strong message to the criminals. [Dawn]
The Supreme Court judgement on the
SC VERDICT ON
The Supreme Court in its suo motu action on
[Tariq Nazir Syed,
In its verdict the Supreme Court bench hearing the case mentioned the political parties involved in extorting money from businessmen. However, the SC did not identify the parties involved in the heinous crime of targeted killing and kidnapping for ransom. Overall, the much awaited verdict was disappointing. [The News]
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