Musharraf attack case: TTP threatens CJP with ‘dire consequences’

Published: May 11, 2011
Taliban demand that appeals of their nine convicted activists be accepted.

Taliban demand that appeals of their nine convicted activists be accepted.


The Taliban have threatened Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry of “dire consequences” if he does not accept the appeal of their activists convicted of attacking former president General Pervez Musharraf, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) activists were sentenced to death by the Lahore High Court in the Musharraf attack case.

The sources in the interior ministry said TTP spokesperson Shakirullah Shakir Mehsud threatened the chief justice that if he does not accept appeals of their nine activists he would suffer “dire consequences.”

After the threats, the Ministry of Interior has enhanced the security of the chief justice and alerted all authorities concerned to take greater measures for his protection.

After receiving threats by the TTP, the Ministry of Interior directed the police and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to provide box security, which means security around a vehicle from all four sides.

The National Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of Interior issued a circular to all home departments, provincial police chiefs and other heads of LEAs, including the IGP of Islamabad,  to immediately increase security for the CJP and at the Supreme Court building. Sources in the security division in Islamabad told The Express Tribune that security has already been beefed up.

The circular further stated that box security must be provided to the CJP particularly during movement, and a police officer of SSP rank should supervise it.

A security official dealing with the CJ’s security said providing box security to the CJP’s vehicle will be a problem on a narrow road.

The interior ministry has also asked all provincial home departments and provincial police chiefs to take greater security measures when the CJP is travelling in their area.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2011.

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  • Faraz
    May 11, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Please give them the death penalty.Recommend

  • adeel qadri
    May 11, 2011 - 10:51AM

    TTP will make it easy for PPP to survive the courts.Recommend

  • Fahad Shaikh
    May 11, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Justice under Threat … Recommend

  • Saman
    May 11, 2011 - 11:02AM

    TTP = Death Contracters…this is really sickRecommend

  • munib
    May 11, 2011 - 11:20AM

    What else you could expect from men fed by ISI and PAK ARMY for so long. They have grown stronger and powerful over the years.Recommend

  • Arham Hussain
    May 11, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Bravo CJP keep it up God bless you and your familyRecommend

  • Nayyer ul Hassan Tirmizi
    May 11, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Barking dog seldom bite Recommend

  • Golden Word
    May 11, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Poor cat.Recommend

  • Umair Mallick
    May 11, 2011 - 11:35AM

    The Prime Minister and President should order Army to go and destroy hideouts of these terrorists where they are, this is the only way forward. How is is possible that Benezir was murdered and the killers are still in roaming around, attempts on Musharraf’s were done, Salmaan Taseer was murdered (again on behalf of these terrorists), thousands of innocent people have died in the streets and mosques, Pakistan should decide whether we stand against these evils or with them, there is no way in between.

    Chief Justice of Pakistan is an asset to this country, move this case to the army courts.Recommend

  • Ba Ha
    May 11, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Some would view those men as heroes now in hindsightRecommend

    May 11, 2011 - 11:38AM

    The million dollar question is whether the lawyers will support CJP or the TTP ?Recommend

  • Aurangzeb Rao
    May 11, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Please provide CJP his due securityRecommend

  • Decision Time
    May 11, 2011 - 11:51AM

    How does one deal with the TTP?
    Should there be a conversation (as suggested by Imran Khan)?
    Or should there be action to physically remove them (as being done by the US)?
    It is clear that they are enemies of Pakistan if they have threatened the judicial system by threatening the CJP.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 11, 2011 - 12:01PM

    How very sickening. The people who cultivated these monsters should be hanged. Recommend

  • Abdul Wahab
    May 11, 2011 - 12:11PM

    TTP is sick. We are with CJP, he has given Pakistan some respect and hope for justice.
    I standby CJP. TTP is psycho. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 11, 2011 - 12:47PM

    This is the reason (threats to judges, prosecutors etc) why all the terrorists are released by the lower courts. I sincerely hope these nine will hang for their crime. Recommend

  • A J Khan
    May 11, 2011 - 1:04PM

    These commercial religious goons are sick people who should have no different plight than their icon.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 11, 2011 - 1:19PM

    TTP & AQ are on the same page including their sleeper cells which were patronized and are still not taken care as should have been. I would expect that CJP must be given not only box security but that which is given to the President or PM. The sooner our most powerful arm (Army) acts the better for the whole country and its institutions.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 11, 2011 - 1:34PM

    @R S JOHAR:

    gud one johar! :)Recommend

  • IK
    May 11, 2011 - 1:58PM

    But Imran Khan / Zaid Hamid / Hamid Gul are against any action against the Taliban. Recommend

    May 11, 2011 - 2:07PM

    So far I have not seen any clear vision of CJP against terriorism. He must play his role in order to root out these bloody evils. We all know where they live and how they launch there actions. Normally law infocing agencies arrest the culprits but later on courts free them due to lack of evidence. This is what we need to see. All the culprits know that in our system there are lots of chance to get free so CJP have to take action right now or wait for such consequences.Recommend

  • Waqas
    May 11, 2011 - 2:25PM

    The CJ let go off hundreds of trained suicide bombers and militants from lal masjid to get the sympathy extremists; The same militants later exploded themselves killing many civilians all over Pakistan which makes CJ an accomplice of TTP in all these deaths.

    Now he has to reap what he had sown in 2007…..

    Let justice be served!Recommend

  • maestro
    May 11, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Pak Army needs to destroy TTP once and for all with full force! Enough already!!!!Recommend

  • dextor
    May 11, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Shame on you TTP….this is the only guy who is doing little bit good for country…why you go against who are against you openly….I think there is some friendship running between you and them….you may know whom i am talking about….Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 11, 2011 - 3:28PM

    TTP has gone nuts…first they killed their god father Col Imam and now they are threatening to kill their right wing supporter Ch. IftikharRecommend

  • May 11, 2011 - 3:40PM

    I saw a video where Army in a jungle were killing a few terrorists. I would now reiterate the fact that not a single terrorist that the Army arrested got a death sentence or even jail. These goons threaten everybody and get released in return, many were of the opinion that army was massacring those terrorists which is extra-judicial killing. They set bombs in our Mosques, shops, parkings, in public areas, why are they even treated as humans. They are neither Muslims nor humans. Its best that line them up and kill them with a bullet in their head. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    May 11, 2011 - 3:57PM

    When was he terminated, is he no more working for TTP?Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 11, 2011 - 5:25PM

    No security measure will work. The only option left is to destroy their hideouts and kill them all. Then take care of those who plan ‘Dharnas’ in their support. Recommend

  • Friend
    May 11, 2011 - 7:27PM

    are you anoop, hedgefunder, ashwin, or kappoor… do not seem to be munib by your anti army anti Pakistan commentRecommend

  • May 11, 2011 - 7:32PM

    If at all there is a danger to our CJP, it is from the black coat lawyers who pour rose petals on the murderer of Punjab Governor. It is also for the common Pakistanis to decide whether our great CJP is not a fan of TTP and Taliban because his pronouncements so far created this doubts on many occasions. .Recommend

  • .Srinath
    May 11, 2011 - 7:58PM

    Wake up call indeed. Civil society must hit the streets. The nation must rally behind the CJP. And where is the Ghairat Brigade? Khakis and mullahs stand to gain if others are apathetic. Recommend

  • Javed
    May 11, 2011 - 9:09PM

    @Nayyer ul Hassan Tirmizi: These barking dogs have killed 35000 Pakistanis. And what would be Imran Khan’s response to TTP threat to the CJP” Drone hamlay band kro” He fears that drones kill inocent TalibansRecommend

  • Javed
    May 11, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @R S JOHAR: Spot on. The lawyers will definately support TTP with Qadri as their leaderRecommend

  • Javed
    May 11, 2011 - 9:15PM

    Send all three of them to Waziristan with a one way ticketRecommend

  • Javed
    May 11, 2011 - 10:34PM

    @Abdul Munaff:
    I agree with you. He extremely generous with Suo Moto actions when it comes to the Government but turns a blind eye when lawyers garland Qadri. He gives long sermons about the rule of law and becomes mute when lawyers run amok every now and then. He has been quite ambiguous about the Taliban and had a soft corner for Lal Masjid. Maybe now he will change his judicial mind when his own life is in danger.
    I say withdraw his security completely. In desperation he will order every Govt. department including Army to go after the Taliban and kill them. He will threaten to unleash a million Suo Motos. We have a window of opportunity here and must grab it.Recommend

  • Romm
    May 11, 2011 - 11:57PM

    now lets see if he can withstand this threat? More Hijrat Ullahs u release more threatened u will be. lets see personal safety is more important or Rule of Law. Generals and ordinary citizens proved to be cheap commodities due to cowardice of Lower Judiciary’s in dispensing justice in terrorism cases. . Can CJ Justify the release of terrorist who targeted the Airforce bus just 1786 days aftrt his releaseRecommend

  • Tariq
    May 12, 2011 - 7:06AM

    Shows there are guilty, but so is Mushraff he probably paid them to stage this so called assault on this guyRecommend

  • asim
    May 12, 2011 - 6:09PM

    first of all the CJ didnt not let any lal masjid ppl go. two judges who were loyal to musharraf took suo moto against lal masjid operation..CJ was not even functional then. secondly, if courts let the suspected terrorists go it is based on evidence available and the prosecution is to be blamed for that.Recommend

  • Arham Hussain
    May 18, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Intel report says TTP planning attacks on CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry
    Reports compiled by the intelligence agencies have revealed that terrorists are planning to carry out suicide attacks on the US embassy, the British High Commission and consulates, while also targeting 2,600 Chinese engineers working on different projects in Punjab.
    The reports have identified two students from a seminary in Mansehra have gone missing, and also pointed out five identity cards of the personnel of the Pakistan Rangers that could possibly be used in terrorist activities.
    It stated that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had planned to carry out attacks on Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, and their families.
    The security forces’ personnel and installations could also be targeted in near future while extremists have also planned attacks on NATO oil tankers and containers.
    According to another intelligence report, a terrorist group belonging to the “Fiday Jihad” was planning suicide attacks on the American embassy, the British High Commission in Islamabad and their consulates across the country.
    In another report, a white Toyotta Corolla has been rigged with explosives for an attack on an unidentified target from South Wazirstan’s area Jani Khel. Separately, another intelligence agency report stated that Abdullah and Abul Rehman, aged 14 to 15 years, from a seminary in Manshera had been missing since June 4, and they were likely to be sent on suicide missions targeting important personalities in Punjab. Recommend

  • Insider
    May 18, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Even severe security threats not enhancing security to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Apex Court’s Registrar has sent a letter to Ministry of Interior.
    The Interior Ministry has exposed a secret plot of the terrorists, designed to kill two judges of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court.
    According to a letter, issued by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) of Ministry of Interior (MOI), among the prime targets of the terrorists are included Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

    The interior ministry has directed the provincial governments and federal agencies to increase security of these judges.
    In the light of above said letter Registrar of Supreme Court Doctor Faqir Hussain has sent a letter to Secretary MOI declaring positive sign but it is shocking that so far there are no witness has been seen regarding security of these Judges and their family members. Letter further say arise question that what is the purpose behind the issuing of threat warning letter by Ministry of Interior government of Pakistan. The all responsibility of these respected Judges along with other all Judges to the Federal and Provincial governments, so the MOI has taken immediately all the preventive steps regarding the fool proof security arrangements of these Judges and also intimate to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in this regard, letter further says.
    The MOI after receiving the letter from the Registrar of Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued again directions to the provincial governments regarding ensuring immediately foolproof security measures of these and other JudgesRecommend

  • Irfan Ahmad
    May 18, 2011 - 11:09AM

    The federal government has directed the all provincial governments to provide foolproof security to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan during their visits across the country.
    In this regard the National Crisis Management Cell of the Ministry of Interior has sent a circular to the all provincial home departments, Inspector General of Police and other heads of Law Enforcement Agencies with direction to ensure most strict and foolproof security of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when they leave federal capital (Islamabad) territory due to the prevailing circumstances of terrorism to avoid any untoward incident. Recommend

    May 18, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Where did you get this secret information ? However, I don’t think your army or police is taking any concrete steps on actionable information. Two federal ministers were assasinated despite fool-proof security, so God only can save these earmarked persons.Recommend

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