De-Jure Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has urged political parties and people to boycott elections which, he said, were being held under the umbrella of emergency and unconstitutional set up.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Secretary Lahore High Court Bar Association Sarfraz Cheema said the Chief Justice told him in a telephonic conversation that the boycott was imperative because of the unusual state of affairs in the country. “More than 60 judges of the superior judiciary were detained in their houses while the Constitution was held in abeyance,” Cheema quoted CJP saying. CJP also said judges had been forced to live a life of prisoners in their houses. “Personnel of different agencies have been deployed inside and outside my house who are constantly spying on me and my family,” CJP told.
The CJP felt sceptical about the status of a common man in a circumstance where judges of the superior courts had been deprived of their rights.
General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani takes charge of Pakistan Army today as Pervaiz Musharraf steps down as Chief of Army Staff.
Apart from political and constitutional aspects, the latest development however can have some positive impacts as from now our army chief will be a non political person(although the traditional role of the army will be there).
Now the next step to stability can only be the step to reinstate the non PCO judges of supreme court,high courts and subordinate courts of Pakistan and also to end the military actions within the country as they are proving disasterous for the country.
Musharraf has a great chance to prove himself different from Ayub,Yahya and Zia(Former military dictators of Pakistan).
I hope he will realize all this.
Where it went wrong?
It is said in Urdu “Naun sau chuhai kha kai billi haj ko chali” and it fits on our great dictator as he has announced to quit as army chief this week and will take oath as “civilian president”.
Below is the news from banned Pakistani Channel GEO TV’s website:
RAWALPINDI: President General Musharraf, who is quitting the Army Chief office tomorrow, Tuesday paid farewell visits as Army Chief to the headquarters of the armed forces.
His first stop Tuesday was at the Joint Staffs headquarters, where Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Tariq Majyd received him. He also takes the salute at a farewell parade
He discussed professional and matters of mutual interest with the Chairman JCSC.
He was also presented souvenir of the Joint Staffs headquarters.
Musharraf later paid a farewell visit to the Naval Headquarters. He met Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir and the Principal Staff Officers at the Naval Headquarters.
Gen. Musharraf paid a farewell visit to the Air Headquarters. He was presented a guard of honour. He met Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed and other senior officers at the Air Headquarters.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Tariq Majyd will host a dinner tonight in the honour of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf will chair a corps commanders’ conference on Wednesday at GHQ before handing over the COAS charge to Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. Gen. Kayani was appointed as VCOAS last month and promoted to the rank of four-star general.
Gen. Musharraf took command of the Pakistan Army on October 7, 1998 after resignation of the then COAS General Jehangir Karamat.
He will take oath as civilian president on Thursday.
Imran Khan, immediately after his release on Thursday after his release has urged the opposition parties to boycott the elections of 2008. According to Imran Khan all the APDM parties have agreed on the boycott except Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman.
Imran Khan is on a hunger strike to show unity with the suspended judges and according to him taking part in the elections will legitimise the Dictator’s Action.
He also said that restoration of judiciary is a bigger issue than emergency.
Meanwhile PTI has appealed to the people to observe 24th November as fasting day to show solidarity with the judges who are detained for upholding the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and all the lawyers and people of Pakistan put behind bars for this cause.
Despite calling itself the champions of democracy and freedom the American Government against all odds is supporting Musharraf’s Dictatorship because of his support to the Bush Administration’s Fascist Agenda.
Even after 3 weeks of imposing or re-imposing the martial law Bush yesterday offered his strongest support of The Dictator Musharraf, saying the general “hasn’t crossed the line” and “truly is somebody who believes in democracy.”
Can you believe Musharraf and Democracy(that’s what you call Hypocrisy) and hasn’t crossed the line………………wooooooof!
Pakistani Dictator’s Govt. releases 3400 political prisoners from jail while thounds including key figures such as Imran Khan and Aitzaz Ahsan are in Jail. There are many people including the defiant Judges are in house arrest.
From Jang :Rauf Klasra
ISLAMABAD: Three defiant genuine judges of the Supreme Court, who are presently under house arrest after imposition of emergency, have now declared in their detailed judgment submitted before the SC last Friday that General Musharraf could not be allowed to contest the presidential elections.
They say frequent military interventions and destabilization of elected governments have given “rise to indiscipline, disorder, unemployment, massive corruption, intolerance, and extremism in Pakistan, which must be eradicated and eliminated with iron hands”.
These judges who had refused to take oath under the PCO, have also observed in their joint judgment, which has not been released to the media, that continuation of Musharraf as the army chief beyond December 31, 2004 was “illegal and unlawful”.
The judges, Justice Rana Bhagwandas, Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan and Mian Shakirullah Jan, were part of the nine-member bench which had dismissed the petitions of Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Imran Khan on September 28, 2007 with regard to the question whether Musharraf could contest election from the present assemblies with or without uniform.
The judges submitted their detailed judgment to the Supreme Court on Friday in which they have addressed seven questions that were raised before the court. Talking to The News, Justice Rana Bhagwandas who headed the bench, confirmed that he along with Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza and Mian Shakirullah had submitted their judgment last Friday but the authorities may not have released their 58-page long observations.
Justice Bhagwandas who was in good spirits and in a defiant mood told this correspondent they had taken a lot of time and effort to put together the arguments to establish their points of view. The SC should have made their judgment public.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on Monday said that President Musharraf’s rule cannot be safeguarded and prolonged despite US involvement.
In a telephonic conversation with Central Deputy Secretary Information Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Kahn condemned the mistreatment of women and children in Lahore during a protest demonstration and said that people of this country can not be bullied down before dictatorship and would fight for democracy.
He lauded the students of Punjab University as they came out on the roads after his detention. Our struggle is not against any party but against the enemies of the country who are perpetuating dictatorial actions in the garb of democracy, he pointed out.
Political vendetta and victimization of media and lawyers are the glaring examples that the rulers are on verge of collapse, he mentioned.