President, PM threatened: Apex court brandishes ‘disqualification’ sword

Published: January 10, 2012

Investigation can be carried out, Prime Minister Gilani can be declared ineligible for 10 years, says bench.

ISLAMABAD: The apex court has had enough of the federal government’s ‘shenanigans.’

In a sternly-worded order against non-implementation of its verdict in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday warned the president and the prime minister of a possible disqualification.

A five-judge bench also reminded Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio that it could show him the door along with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for dragging his feet on implementing the NRO verdict.

“Obedience to the command of a court, and that too of the apex court of the country, is not a game of chess or a game of hide-and-seek,” the bench stated.

It said the executive had been delaying the implementation of the NRO verdict for over two years now and that the court, on the other hand, kept exercising restraint and showed magnanimity.

The court noted that the president’s recent interview and the prime minister’s speeches reflected that their political affiliations were above their oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.

The bench formulated six options for itself to exercise in case the executive failed to implement the court order before January 16, the next date of hearing.

Option 1: Disqualification

Reading out the nine-page order inside the courtroom, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa imputed dishonesty to the prime minister for failing to keep his oath on protection of the Constitution. Elaborating upon the prime minister’s role, the bench said Article 190 made it obligatory upon him to comply with the Supreme Court’s verdict in letter and spirit.

The bench said it has the option of recording adverse findings against the prime minister, which could permanently block him from getting elected as a member of Parliament. The president and the law minister also seem to have breached their oaths too and could very well share the fate of the prime minister, the court stated.

Option 2: Contempt proceedings

The bench said the prime minister and the law minister could face contempt proceedings for “persistently, obstinately and contumaciously resisting” to implement the judgment. A possible conviction may entail a disqualification from being elected as a member of parliament for five years, the bench warned.

Option 3: Commission implements NRO

Highlighting its powers under Article 187, coupled with the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, the bench stated that it may appoint a commission to execute the relevant parts of the NRO judgment.

Option 4: Claim immunity

Referring to protection to the president, the prime minister and the federal minister under Article 248 of the Constitution, the bench said anyone claiming immunity should raise it before the court. “…If anybody … wishes to be heard on that question then an opportunity may be afforded to him in that respect before exercise of any of these options,” the bench held.

Option 5: Action against NAB chief

The bench observed that the NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari defied court directions on taking action against those responsible for appointing Ahmed Riaz Sheikh as additional director FIA, and Adnan A Khwaja as managing director OGDCL. While appointing them, the authorities had ignored the fact that their convictions stood restored after the court ruled against the NRO.

Besides, the chairman did not take any action against former attorney general Malik Muhammad Qayyum, who had misused his authority in writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for withdrawal of cases against the president. The bench said chairman’s inaction fell in the ambit of misconduct and attracted the provisions of NAB ordinance on removal from office.

Option 6: Leave it to the people

In sharp contrast to its other options, the bench said it could leave the matter up to the judgment of the people or their representatives in parliament to deal with the delinquents.

(Read: High noon)

The full verdict can be read here.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (97)

  • zehra
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:21AM

    so now what?

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  • zehra
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:22AM

    what is the course of action to be taken now

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  • zezu
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Suspense …

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  • Sam
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Such an incompetent Government in the history of Pakistan, neither they obey court orders not they did anything for general public…President, PM and Ministers are riches in the list and country and its peoples are the poorest in the world :-) Jaye Jamhuryat

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  • Arif Sajjad
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:22PM

    I am tired to read this news from last two years.when will this issue be solved???

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  • zehra
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:57PM

    i guess never as the govt says it iwll be a case against the graves!

    strange the parties of in the NRO are allowed to remian scott free yet ppl want the creator NRO to be destroyed.

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  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:17PM

    SC is disappointed, SC gave deadline etc etc… Now its time for ACTION… SC its time to play the ACE…

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  • Nabeel
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:34PM

    111 brigade…???

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Where is the action against govt??????? that CJ promised???

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  • Awais Rana
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Why are they adding QURAN in this whole thing? The cases of Nawaz Sharif are pending for ages? the case of Asghar Khan? The Memogate issue? the comission made? are they judges doing everything according to the constitution and in other words QURAN?
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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 2:42PM

    What now?

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  • Aafiyat Nazar
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:42PM

    Democracy, CJ & Supreme Court Zinda bad Recommend

  • Muhammad Arshad
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:49PM

    In my opinion decision should be contempt of court against current government specially prime minister and president of Pakistan. Court should appoint an interim government to arrange new general elections before senate elections so we can get a new people mandate.

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  • Megatron
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Action???

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  • Jak
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:57PM

    For what CJP is waiting for?Recommend

  • bhai
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:59PM

    so nothing new…same old time delay!

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  • mind control
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:02PM

    This is rich indeed. Those who presided over the subversion of the Constitution by taking oath under the PCO and LFO and even now refuse to act against their benefactor the dictator, are now holier than thou.

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  • Faisal
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Will the “Azad Adliya” grant me (a commom man) with multiple chances of clarification and various choices if I commit the content of the “honorable” court?

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  • adeel759
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:02PM

    I think verdict is still pouring in, so just wait for the hammer

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  • sohail
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Congratulation to the people of Pakistan. This is what “Democracy is the best revenge”.Recommend

  • Asim
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Another investigation and a “CAN BE” phrase …

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  • Concerned
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:07PM

    SC has much tolerated on this issue. Now enough is enough. But, again we will see how SC will get its verdict implemented??

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:09PM

    awesome work by SC, ball squarely in govt corner, larger bench and watch govt fight it off nearing election LOL

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:12PM

    There will be no progress what so ever. There is nothing what the Supreme court can do!
    Status will remain as it is.. Hahahahahahahahahahaa!!!Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Excellent verdict…..at last.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:14PM

    this whole look artificial . I think judges are wise enough they known our history and remember the names of justice munir , mustaq , anwar-ul-haq , nasim hassan shah ,asrhd-ul-haq and thier judgment . although their judgement were popular on that time but history is not on their side

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  • Anserali Khan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:16PM

    If they have violated the Oath of office as the Hon Supreme Court has observed in para 5 Option 1, what is written in the Constitution should logically apply both to the Prime Minister and President.
    Also Option 2 (Contempt) has serious consequences and Supreme Court has given finding

    The Hon Supreme Court has to be respected.This is a landmark decision that every one has to respect their oath of office

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  • Ashraf P
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Next the Supreme Court will contest elections and rule Pakistan !

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  • Aamir
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Clash of titans and people will be crushed to miseries.

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  • Chanakya
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:34PM

    One more adjournment.This proves that SC is not serious enough to pursue implementation of its verdicts.

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  • ghareebbaba
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:36PM

    What CJP can do for action…..? May be the last option that….Only he can order or request (I Don’t Know about LAW)to Army for action, that is not good for country and Army itself…..

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  • shahid
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:39PM

    nothing will happen .

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  • Imran
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:41PM

    1977 – Justice Nasim Hassan Shah Part I.
    2012 – Justice Nasim Hassan Shah Part II.

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  • MAS
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:47PM

    I am willing to give everything for justice in this country CJ and I am thankful to you for finally standing up for this nation!

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  • Megatron
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:49PM

    @Awais Rana:
    What is the problem in bringing quran…we are Islamic Republic???
    …yes this case is very imp…. those 60million dollars can help poor pakistanis….and more dollars can be saved from being stolen by current regime

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  • Imran
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Last chance to the President? Sir, what was President supposed to do, which he has not done? There has to be some justification for your decisions.

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  • Faisal
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:53PM

    *Contempt

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  • Kafka
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:58PM

    The SC has again stopped short of action. The Government has NEVER implemented any of SC’s directives. It is time that SC goes ahead and announces some strict action instead of setting up more commissions and seeking replies from the Government.

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  • naeem hussain
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:59PM

    I was expecting stern action against the government but I thought we have to wait little more. So disappointing, nation has to go through another stupid debate on NRO.

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  • Parvez Amin
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:08PM

    The SC is proceeding with care and decorum and we should be proud of that. NO stone has been left unturned to provide the accused every opportunity to argue their case. It appears clear that t he PM and the President will be found guilty. The suggestion above for forming a caretaker government to hold fresh elections seems to be the best way forward – but let us wait for the SC decision. I am confident that we will be proud of whatever the SC DECIDES

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  • ishaq
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Congratulations SC Judges have won a Ticket From PML N

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  • Nizamuddin khan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Democracy is the best revenge (from the people if Pakistan…)Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:18PM

    Please don’t wast your and our time and give a final verdict ,if if its disqualification of President or P.M other wise people of Pakistan will loose faith .

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  • alicia
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:19PM

    A re-enactment of Benazir case.
    sadly this will have more profounding impacts than ever

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  • insight
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:21PM

    What a joke .

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:23PM

    The million dollar question is who will go first, the Generals or the govt ??

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  • Perwaize
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:26PM

    I guess this is what the government also wants, that court takes any action and they can be called Political Martyrs, and go back to people asking for votes.
    People like us will forget that they did not delivery anything good in last 4 years and give them votes again.

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 4:30PM

    An general election under supervisin of supereme court of Pakistan.Lock up all present govt.Recommend

  • Aam Aadmi
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Supreme Court warns president, PM of disqualification!!!
    wow again warning… Why SC is wasting time of Pakistan??
    Pakistan is burning and they are just wasting time nothing else. If SC promised to take action this time then why they again just give warning?? If I (aam admi) commit a content of court then SC will grant me two years to take action??
    Please SC now TAKE ACTION, people are doing suicides due to the poor policies of this Govt and you’re giving just warning since last two years and Govt is laughing at your verdicts.

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  • abc
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:02PM

    just like others confusionsssss.

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  • Asim
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:05PM

    In this era ….principle of necessity working oppositely

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  • Asad
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Ground being built up…PPP’s focus would now be on sindh card and sympathy vote

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  • Sam
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Imran:
    2012 – till indefinite period..Justice Asif Ali zaradari, Justic Yousaf Raza Gillani, Justice, Dr. Babar Awan, Justice Rahman Mailk

    I wish that never happens :P

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Drama :)

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  • Faisal Jay
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Our Judges can easily and successfully host “KON BANEGA CROREPATI”…. They have a lot of “lifelines” to grant while AAZ and cronies are filling their pockets…….

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:37PM

    What I can see the final scene before the curtain is dropped is that Supreme Court after constituting the larger bench is going to announce the verdict and the President and Prime Minister will be disqualified from holding their respective offices and will ask them to vacate their offices and a dead line will be given by the Supreme Court.

    If the President and the Prime Minister will not vacate their respective offices, then the Supreme Court will issue orders to Chief of the Army staff to get the Supreme Courts orders implemented.

    The NRO has already become null and void and any one who got benefited under NRO will be indicted again in the cases that were upheld.

    By the time all these proceedings of Supreme Court will be implemented, General Musharraf will come back to Pakistan and he will be made President to make the interim government under which the fresh elections will be held in the country.

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  • Ali
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:42PM

    They have made our lives miserable. They should have a public trail. What we are hearing from Last 4 years is NRO and NRO .. Well, No one goes jail by himself.

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  • Majid
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Extentions are basic issue, CJ, PM, COAS, DGISI, President all are packed with extention. But not peoples of Pakistan. Above are acters and they are playing with Pakistan. only 34% of pakistani peoples are ruled on 100%, thich type of democracy is this. Why CJ taking strong action against PPP? they are toghather undertable. Mian sb in tention cos he is not part of this. He want become part cos he want more money for his royal living style.Recommend

  • Noman
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Some people here are commenting that the CJ has not been able to deliver fully as per his roles. What we need to understand here is the Court does not have that respect from the eyes of the Parliament. Instead of there being a linkage between each of the three branches of a governement, unforutnately in our country each of the three tiers of a government are working so there is always some political tension.
    The judiciary lacks the power to enforce the judgments. the enforcement of decision is in the field of the bureaucracy(police, FIA, NAB) which itself is set up by those Ministers who are already corrupt!
    We need a change in the system, can anyone see a tsunami coming to bring a change?

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  • PS
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
    Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.

    While the SC decision has been long in coming, however Mr President and Company will not be able to plead before God and the people of this country that they were not given time and opportunity to make amends and stop pushing the country into deeper and deeper mess through their totally incompetent governance and stinking corruption.

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  • PPoP
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:04PM

    It’s almost like a cold war. This standoff has dragged on for too long. Why don’t they ALL get it over with one way or another. It’s a misuse of poor taxpayers money. Please aap sab hum ghareebon ko maaf kardein; hamarey gunaahon ko baksh dein. Thanks in advance. Best regards PPoP (Poor People of Pakistan)

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  • Yusuf
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Ya Allah Pak, Aaj Hmain Maaf Kardain, Moula Baksh Dain, Hum subb Pakistani. Jeevay Pakistan, Sada Jeevay. Pakistan Paindabad.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:23PM

    @Khan: Yes. But why? Beats me.

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  • Sindhvoice
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:37PM

    If SC disqualifies PM and President, situation will go towards full confrontation, then fate of nation will be decided on roads. If Swiss case is important because someone looted money then what about Mehrab Bank scandal and who distributed money to make IJI? Was that not money important? What about Hudeeba paper mills case and Money laundering case against NS? President has immunity but why not to take up above mentioned cases, those people do not enjoy immunity? Why SC is sleeping over those cases..??Only and only PPP is being targeted, as if they were responsible for all mess. The one sided court decision will not be accepted by any pro-democracy people. If people could fight against previous dictators and judicial coups, all pro-democracy people could unite again to challenge partisan and one sided decision with power of people.

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  • Jp
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Once the cowboy Mush lands in Pakistan court & Navas Sharif will have busy schedule then everybody will forget this NRO drama

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  • Asif
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Why the “big people” can not be punished? Is the law just for poor and vulnerable people?
    Some associates are playing the roll of “Jaga” in this episode and speaking language of Sultan Rahi. All should be ashamed of their behaviour. When these people will grow up and stop looting and humiliating the country.

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  • khurshid
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:55PM

    I just read the SC order in this case on another website. While it is hard to disgaree with the judges’ observations on several issues, I am at a loss to see here, as in the case of the memogate judgement, the recourse of our judges to controversial documents like the objectives resolution and the (not controversial) Holy Book, to justify their decisions. “The Prime Minister is not Sadiq and Ameen”. Give me a break! Who in positions of authority is this blighted land of ours. Dont we have sufficient statutes and laws on the books that the Honorable judges need to invoke Ayat from the Holy Quran as part of their judgement.Maybe some legal eagle came enlighten us.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:57PM

    @Sindhvoice:
    These judges act in unison against specific target. Never a dissident amongst them. Unique in the history of higher courts. I hope the General will save the country from ALL the hilltop residents of all categories.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jan 10, 2012 - 7:03PM

    wow… no action taken again by SC!!! they are also just delaying and gaining time… just as the govt.

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  • Truth Teller
    Jan 10, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Nothing will happen! Business as usual.

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  • V K Bajaj (Delhi)
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Baap re Baap!!!!

    PM, President and Law Minister are not following the rule of land and SC has to issue warning.

    Tricky situation PM and Presidents are supposed to govern the country effectively and Law Minister was to check the accountability of Judges and Courts. But here a reverse sweep.

    Yesterday there was a news that Brotherly action has been taken by KSA and Kuwait by refusing to oblige Pak Govt on credit facility on Oil supplies.

    Seems Pakistan faces corruption greater than India.

    Let us see what happens ultimately.

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  • amjad
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Govt will not implement the decision. SC should take action

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  • Khurram kaleem
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Oh Courts

    pls save one precious year of pakistan and remove this incompetent government .
    the people of this country cant afford another year of zardari and gillani

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:15PM

    What judiciary in Pakistan is intending to do . CJ should also contest in the next election .

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  • Zavia
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Strong Actions……

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Only the independent Military can help enforce Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders. Supreme Court does not have any teeth without it at present. Almost all SC orders are being ignored if they go against the ruling party or government. Rule of Law has to come to Pakistan before it can make progress towards a good democracy free of massive corruption.

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:30PM

    DRAMA OF PPP IS GOING TO AN END: Since ever, the PPP came into rule, its rulers are claiming them successors of Shaheeds. What they did, every body know it very well. Important organs of the state have already been destroyed and the integrity and soverignity of state is at stake. NRO was never endorsed by any body and even by the parliament. The decision of NRO was appreciated by all the people of pakistan except the beneficiaries of NRO. The august court has given sufficient time to mplement the NRO decision. Today again the Supreme court has given a very historical decision. Instead of taking extreme action which PPP rulers deserve, the court gave a very wise decision. Instead of waiting for final verdict which may send the delinquent behind the bars, the PPP rulers should leave the rule. The people of Pakistan are becoming syco cases due to financial crisis, unemployment, destruction of industries and lawlessness. Mr.Zardari and Gallani and their regime still think that they are on right path???????????????Very Bad but also Sad.

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:37PM

    After contempt proceeding of Supreme Court, it seems that now government camp will adopt one of three options;

    Government camp will try to withdraw the executive order of restoring the Judges through cabinet decision or by the resolution of parliament.

    Government camp will seek to precede the action against Army Chief and DG ISI.

    Government camp will decide to surrender before Supreme Court decisions

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  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:38PM

    @Sam:
    NOT ONLY INCOMPETENT BUT ARROGANT, VERY ARROGANT ALSO

    ET why do you refuse to print this comment??? I wrote this and the moderator rejected it???? I am surprised !!

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  • true pakistani
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:39PM

    CS come forward n give decision and save this burning pakistan immediately instead of giving time.

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:47PM

    @R S JOHAR:
    After contempt proceeding of Supreme Court, it seems that now government camp will adopt one of three options;

    Government camp will try to withdraw the executive order of restoring the Judges through cabinet decision or by the resolution of parliament.

    Government camp will seek to precede the action against Army Chief and DG ISI.

    Government camp will decide to surrender before Supreme Court decisions

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  • Shahid
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Is it a chess game going on??. Remove the government and all supereme court judges.Better still abolish the supreme court. Let/s ask the britishers to open a branch of thier supreme court in Pakistan.

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  • bagarbilla
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Supposedly, PPP fought for freedom and rule of law.
    What a joke? Where is that kid who said ” democracy
    is the best revenge”?
    These people are all the same……………………

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  • Amjad
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:04AM

    What else could u expect from son in law of nasim hassan shah, father in law hanged first elected prime minister, son in law wants to hang whole party.

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  • LOK
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:14AM

    PPP is a gonner!!!

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  • Hamid
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:20AM

    Babar Awan should practice autism or something like dentistry because he does not seem to understand law and the importance of court.

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  • Attif Abbas
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Court should now use few pages from the constitution of PPP (Law means when we have what we want) and install new interim govt. People dont even want to listen to any arguments of Zardari, Gilani, Babar and Rehman Baba anymore.please stop them showing on your newspaper.

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  • Shafqat
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:06AM

    The final round has started and PPP will play all the left over cards to create anarchy in Pakistan. Court gave them six options to chose from but believe me this NRO brand and USA backed mafia will try all his best to take revenge from poor Pakistanis. PPP will use all of his cards to destroy this country not to save the party.They shall use the following options:-

    1- Sacking the judiciary by taking his restoration verdicts back on the grounds of parliament approval as they always say the restoration of Judiciary requires Parliament approval.

    2-Airing the videos of Iftikhar Mohammad Ch. and publishing other political deals of different parties with establishment to defame the whole judicial system & process.

    3- Sacking of DG ISI or filing a case against him in supreme court to encourage army to do a coup.

    4- More non sense talking about country national security issues just like the speech of P.M on OBD visa issue in the Parliament.

    5- Target killing in Karachi and unrest in Sindh with sponsorship of allied parties just like ” Katti Paharee event”

    6- Finally the card of Benazir Bhutto murder to blame establishment as a sponsored killer of Mohtarma.

    Please watch carefully the moves of PPP in next couple of days. They will never deliver in the best interest of the country as they have a deal with USA under the umbrella of NRO to destabilize the country and take revenge of bibi killing. The last 4 years moves of this party are totally against the national interest of this country and are clear evidence of their disloyalty.

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  • Tufail Malik
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:20AM

    Dear all be patient, time will come that our country will prosper and the supreme court is doing right. It should be patient to bring the govt back on right path, govt for the people not for the government. Democracy is the only path on which we can go on to find our developed Pakistan.

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  • Feroz
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:53AM

    It is all fine that the SC is going after Zardari in the NRO case. Common sense says that if Zardari is guilty than the former President and COAS Musharraf the architect of it should be tried for treason. Since Musharraf would not take any decision without Corp Commanders consent, should all of them be tried also ? Judiciary cannot claim to see only half the picture ?

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Adopt option number 6,president Zardari should resign and clear himself from all the cases an accusations by facing Supreme Court because some major political parties are not ready for next transparent general elections under Zardari’s presidency and ask the nation that either the nation wants to re-elect you in the next general elections or rejects you.

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  • parvez
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Read the judgment. It sounds like a political commentary by a columnist. That says much for the judiciary of today, for whom we struggled. I took part in both the long marches to get the military off judiciary’s back and am sorry to see them back together. Seems like 2001 when Mr Chudhary was validating Military rule.

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  • Eyes wide shut
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @parvez: I can’t imagine how any mind sincere to itself could disagree with fact that your comments are genuine and valid. I salute you and the moderators.when the purveyors of justice lose their objectivity, “Mujhaey hai hukm-e-azaan……”

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  • Razia Hameed
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Supreme Court gives dictators free go but they come hard on civilians. This judicial activism is bringing no good to nation. If institutions keep fighting like this and create a sense of discomfort, who will come to Pakistan for Business? Who will look at Pakistan as stable and emerging market?? Pakistan is going through economic melt down and our leaders are fighting on useless issues. Constitution is supreme and its writers (NA/Senate) are the highest forum that can write and amend the constitution. How can a holy book be supreme and its authors are not? Everybody has to abide by the constitution no exception. In this political environment the assemblies (who have elected him) must decide the fate of president according to constitution and merit. It is a good democratic move by the Govt that should be acceptable by all who believe in democracy.Recommend

  • Raza
    Jan 11, 2012 - 9:26PM

    The last option is not understandable. Why to the people, then what the functions of courts?Recommend

  • Me2
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:01PM

    @Raza:
    Because after the lawyers movement’s supporting Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Honorable Judges feel they’ve been elected by the people.

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  • Suhail
    Jan 13, 2012 - 11:19PM

    Stop your dirty politics Mian Nawaz Sharif. You forgot it was Mohtarma who brought you back in Pakistan otherwise you would be still in Arab states. You’ve always played a helping hand in derailing the democracy and gaining power according to your wishes… That’s bad, really bad. Please, let the democratic process continue and people decide, who is fit for the country. It’s not the prerogative of the judiciary and the army to decide who should lead the nation. It is the right of the people of Pakistan to chose or to reject. Mandate has been given to PPP by people of Pakistan not by Judiciary or military. Neither the military chief nor the Chief Justice is elected by people rather it is democracy that is chosen by the public. No one has right to play havoc with democracy, every pillar of state should remain in his own ambits.Recommend

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