Asghar Khan petition: 'Talks meant to strengthen parliament, weaken judiciary not useful'

Published: July 16, 2012

Heading a five-member bench, the chief justice said that Bangladesh model will not be brought in the country. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Hearing the petition filed by Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan in the Supreme Court on Monday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that talks meant to strengthen the parliament and debilitate the judiciary are not useful, Express News reported.

Heading a five-member bench, the chief justice said that Bangladesh model will not be brought in the country.

Attorney General Irfan Qadir informed the court that the Law ministry has obtained the Mehran Bank report.

He further said that a notification regarding the formation of a political cell in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has not been received yet. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain observed that if the notification is not obtained then it will create problems in the hearing of the case.

Justice Jawad S Khwaja said that it is the institutions that are important, not individuals. He added that the court should be informed if a political cell ever existed within the ISI and whether it was functional.

The attorney general said that he will inform the court after asking the government.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • A J Khan
    Jul 16, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Bangla Desh Model will not work in Pakistan because Judiciary does not have the same image as it was in 2007.
    If Pakistani model of democracy continues and Pakistani model of Justice is imparted, soon people will seek asylum in dictatorship.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jul 16, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Despite all the so-called independent judges fail to charge Aslam Beg and Asad Durrani still roam free: the judges who had nothing but contempt and insidious remarks for Prime Minister and the ministers become tamed stooges on the hearing of Asghar Khan petition.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jul 16, 2012 - 5:30PM

    ” Tamed stooges ”

    well said ??

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  • Naeem Malik
    Jul 16, 2012 - 7:14PM

    “He added that the court should be informed if a political cell ever existed within the ISI and whether it was functional”….what a innocent question by honurable Judge Kwaja?….Well even judges know not to confront army on this but indirectly serve them

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  • Mirza
    Jul 16, 2012 - 8:27PM

    The great Asghar Khan is blessed with a long life by God and for the sake of finding the truth. The PCO judges are trying hard to make sure the case is not decided till they all retire. Hopefully A. Khan would live long enough to have another court take up the case and provide him justice.

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  • Muhammad Usman
    Jul 16, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @ Mirza

    Your knowledge of history is poor. Asghar khan is the same guy who wanted to hang great bhutto saheb on kohala bridge and actually got it done be be writing zia a letter.

    Bhutto sahed used to call him ALLO/ POTATO

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  • Hasan
    Jul 17, 2012 - 1:22AM

    @Dr.A.K.Tewari:

    “tamed stooges”

    I have to agree, very nice.

    Hasan

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 17, 2012 - 3:13AM

    “it is the institutions that are important, not individuals.” —–Justice Jawad S Kwaja said. Damn right! I might add and you guys should always bear this in mind Mr. Justice, sir.

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  • Hasan
    Jul 17, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @Muhammad Usman:

    Actually his knowledge of history is just fine, you’re the one who needs a sharp dose of reality.

    This man has an impeccable military and personal record, and was the lynchpin behind the strength of the PAF back in the 60s. He is among the first men who fought for the dream of the Quaid even when Jinnah was alive, and his contribution to the wellbeing of Pakistan over six decades simply cannot be measured.

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