‘Darkest day’ for judiciary: National security has trumped fundamental rights: Asma

Published: December 30, 2011
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ISLAMABAD: The judiciary’s most ardent supporter at one time turned its loudest critic on Friday when the apex court announced upholding the petitions on Memogate scandal.

It is the darkest day for the judiciary because the apex court has subjected fundamental rights to national security, said Asma Jehangir, counsel for former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani, while speaking to reporters after the announcement of the order.

Terming the court’s judgment ‘disappointing’, Jehangir said the civilian authority had come under the army.

“I am forced to think if it is the judiciary of the people or the judiciary of the establishment,” she said.

Jehangir added that the court gave the petitioners more than they had asked for.

The court directed High Commissioner to the UK to assist in the probe, although the petitioners never asked for his involvement, Jehangir said, adding: “We know very well that the establishment had been trying to target him too.”

“I was expecting at least one dissenting voice against the judgment, but I did not see any ray of hope in the court today,” she said.

Jehangir added that the decision had compromised a person’s right to justice.

“It is sad that the highest court of judiciary has done it and if saying this is contempt of court, then so be it.”

Jehangir said she will wait for the final verdict and then see if she has to appeal for a review of the case.

She added that the judgment was against the rule of law and said she was ready to go to jail for the implementation of the rule of law.

However, she said, “I accept the court’s decision even if I don’t agree to it.”

“One day, this judgment would hurt the petitioners – and one day the petitioners will say that one woman said in the Supreme Court that, one day they will say this judgment is not according to rule of law”

(Read: SC verdict on memogate)

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2011.

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  • abu hamza
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Dark day indeed and independent judiciary is forever going to be an oxymoron as far as Pakistan is concerned.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Till tommorrow she was prepared to accept any court decision…& today she is disappointed….?? she is trying her best to pitch civil / military & juducairy against each other as a last resort…….most un-patriotic on her part….at least she has exposed herself as being pro-govt & biased.Such attitude may influence final judgement & then she will potray her victim & the govt as victim of ” international & internal conpiracies to derail democracy ” – a favorite line of the govt.Recommend

  • someone
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:41PM

    Oye hoye…. really? I never knew we had “General” Iftikhar as our Chief Justice. We all know you have to defend Haqqani since you are his lawyer. But please refrain from maligning the judiciary.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:50PM

    @Ishrat Salim:
    Agree with you.

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 30, 2011 - 5:59PM

    @someone:
    you are right.
    judiciary itself is enough for maligning its judiciary.
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  • Ali Tipu
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:07PM

    I am a civilian and had voted for PPP government (unfortunately). I dont consider it as a case of military or judicial supremacy and I want this matter to be throughly investigated simply because I feel that my security and that of my beloved country’s has been compromised by this memo. Now what else do you have to say Dear Miss Jahangir?

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  • Observer
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Asma is just doing her job . . . she has to play the “high drama” card to defend her client because she hasn’t got much else. No point in shooting the lawyer. The real concern is whether Haqqani and his boss were acting against the State.
    Let justice take its course.

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  • Shelina
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:15PM

    Truly agree with the Iron Lady (Asma Jehangir) it’s a dark day for judiciary. This decision came under the pressure from the powerful military, who always interfere in civilian matters; rather than to focus on their primary duty of defending the borders.

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  • Umer
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:16PM

    Thank god decision by custodians of patriotism from aapbara was ratified by patriotic judges. Asma Jahangheer always standing up against generals and their proxies every where. She should be happy in following what pleases our patriotic generals, not question them and get the label of patriotism that way, like most do these days.Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:21PM

    The civilian authority was never independent in the first place, if it was not under the influence of the army, then it was under the influence of foreign countries. The present Govt is neither capable nor is it strong enough to run Pakistan indpendently. These politician have run Pakistan as an amusement park for certain powers and virtually have slaved pakisanis to foreign dictation. What has these corrupt politicians given Pakistan, misery, hunger, emptiness, I’d rather have a strong Pakistan under strong leader then under corrupt politicians.

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  • Dec 30, 2011 - 6:26PM

    @Ishrat Salim:
    i think you are trying to say “till yesterday”? in urdu both yesterday and tomorrow has the same word, not in other languages.

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  • PakiKaki
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:26PM

    So much for all those who believed in General Iftikhar Chaudry as the ray of hope and upholder of justice. Recommend

  • K. Salim Jahangir
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Language used by Asma Jehangir against the Judiciary & Army is devoid of normal ethics.She comes out of the court & then holds court proceedings before the press.This is not done.

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  • Adnan
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:36PM

    Asma, U really inspired me a lot. U r symbol of courage & bravery. U r really patriotic.

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  • Megatron
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Long live Iftikhar Chaudhary Sb….Long live Pak Army…..Long live ISI…

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  • Saeed
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:43PM

    This entire case is a joke, they want investigations but they want to do it themselves and not the courts to do it. Parliament is supreme but what can a committee give a verdict against their bosses?

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  • Megatron
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Adnan:
    speaking against the pillars of state is patriotism….wow

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  • Umer
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Megatron:

    Long live Iftikhar Chaudhary Sb….Long
    live Pak Army…..Long live ISI…

    Are you implying all three are connected?

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  • Un la char Pakistani
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Saeed:
    Ya it’s almost embarrassing

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  • Ashraf P
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:02PM

    What else did you expect since the COAS had impleaded the army in the case?? So much for an independent judiciary. This regime is corrupt and the worst ever but they are still entitled to due fairness. Why isn’t the DG-ISI being dragged to court for his role in the alleged “coup”? Recommend

  • Megatron
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:09PM

    @Umer:
    all pillars of state are connected ….yes i would have been glad to name parliment or Gillani as well if they have not been so corrupt and have brought every institution under them to standstill…if i connect parliment to other remaining pillars then there are chances that desease may spread …

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  • CommonSense
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Yea when civillian authority was signing the NRO under the patronage of the millitary, then there were no complaints being under the thumb of the military authority. Recommend

  • Falcon
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:39PM

    I think she is coming across too defensive. Let things take course. Why exacerbate the confrontation between institutions when we are least prepared to deal with the ramifications of such an event?

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  • adeel
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @CommonSense:
    At that time they thought gradually to get rid of the military patronage. But were mistaken. In fact Pakistan army is like that blanket about which a floating man who jumped in the river to grab the blanket said, “I want to the leave the balnket but blanket does not want to leave me”. Because it was not a blanket but a wild bear,

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  • AZMAT KHAN
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Now we are the victim of judicial dictatorship.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Wah , Asma now you got the string . Hold it carefuly and attack all thouse who couid be held responsible for the ,violation of human right . Set your priority and move accordingly .Now you are not merely a councle of H.H. one more H called HUMANITY .Recommend

  • Sindhvoice
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:34PM

    History repeats its self, seems two powerful institution are teaming up to knock out PPP once again as they did in 70s. As per Misaq e Jamhooriyat Document, there is no concept of such supreme court.

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  • Dec 30, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Irony of western type of judicial system…………..

    She knows she is talking something unrealistic but still she has support her client as she pocketed huge fee for that………

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  • Awais
    Dec 30, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Not surprising. Lawyers are one of the most unprofessional bodies in this country. They are completely politicized, and it is public knowledge that both Asma Jahangir, and Aitzaz Ahsan are PPP members.. Shouldn’t the lawyers be somewhere else, beating journalists?Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Dec 30, 2011 - 9:18PM

    I beg to Differ Ms. Jehangir.. I think that both the Civilian and Military leadership have acceeded to the superiority of Law… No one is above the Law. Pakistan is ,where it finds itself today, for lack of respect and nonadherence to Law!

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  • Shahzad
    Dec 30, 2011 - 9:20PM

    The Supreme Court appointed Mr Khosa as commission who refused so what is the purpose of a months proceedings on maintain ability of these petitions Asma Jehangir should have known this…..this decision is questionable at best

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  • Imran
    Dec 30, 2011 - 9:27PM

    @Awais:
    Yep lawyers are politicized. And then they become judges. And then one of these judges handpicks other judges. What else do you expect, other than a biased and polarized judiciary.

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  • Menon
    Dec 30, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Did she just wake up from hibernation? Civilian government was always been under the control of the army.

    Independent judiciary, how can it be when you have so many courts across the province? Judiciary is joke, isn’t it? Since, no one abides by its verdicts. Isn’t not sufficient evidence is usual verdict on all cases? If that doesn’t work then, you have satisfoctory evidence which no one including yourselves cannot satisfy.

    Fun show to watch. Better than any movie or TV show.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Asma,

    You are the symbol of courage and I am proud to be a Pakistani when I see a fellow Pakistani as brave as you are against establishment and its COLLABORATORS. Recommend

  • Mr. Honest
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:04PM

    what is the issue with an independent investigation??? who ever says or decides anything, even if just, but not in favor of this govt, becomes a black thing, and this govt. attacks that institution… is everyone bad in Pakistan but this govt. is an angel? as only their point of view is correct. This govt. is defying the constitution by not listening to the supreme court… they should remember that other institutions can also do the same by following them… it will create further anarchy in an already messed up country.

    Uptill today I respected Ms. Asma Jehangir, but after her todays press conference in which she accused and defied the supreme court I believe she has gone firmly on the pay list of the current regime. Sad…

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  • Ali Wazir
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:06PM

    Stop embarrassing your self Asma, given your laughable arguments the past couple of days the judgement could not have come as a surprise, stop running a media trial, Recommend

  • anonymus
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:20PM

    @Khalid Masood:

    44 dollars was her fee

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  • CommonSense
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:28PM

    Lets be intellectually honest here, you are basically saying that the blanket protection provided to hundreds of corrupt politicians under NRO was okay in the name of democracy? In the 4 years of this functioning democracy, rampant corruption, systematic breakdown of institutions, detiorating law and order, and cripping economic crisis, should all this be also be blamed on the army? The problem is PPP made it’s bed and it must now lie in it. Lets not continue to pretend they are the vanguards of democracy because everyone knows they too in the past have been raised in the bosoms of the so called beast they are now pretending to attack. They coddle with the army when they want favors, but as soon as something goes wrong they cry foul and play the victims.
    Tell me one democratic aspect of the current state of the PPP and ill accept your argument.

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  • Un La char Pakistani
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:28PM

    @PakiKaki: Couldnt be more precise. Salut Kaki

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @ Tahir , Young generation,wake up , Asma is there at the front .Recommend

  • malik
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Asma had put up a very good fight for her client and her arguments as reported in the press carried a lot of weight. But after the decision to cast aspersions on the judiciary is below her status.

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  • anonymus
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Hats off to your courage to fight a battle which was already decided.I am not form legal profession but since HH was put on ECL wihtout hearing him – so that was decideded.
    pleading his case shows your conviction to stand by truth even when you know the out come

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  • Hafjk
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:43PM

    The problem is that lawyers can prove disprove Anything
    I am not sure who is right but one thing I’d very obvious! A large number of people consider the court biased and revengeful There are reasons for govt to be fearful

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  • truepak
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:28PM

    i dont trust politicians/parliament to investigate this issue.they ll sweep it under the rug.it has to be investigated by the supreme court.i the govt is not guilty then they should not be worried but thier reaction is indicative o “chor ki darhi mein thinka”Recommend

  • Hafjk
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:48PM

    No one elets judges and they are not answerable to anybody
    Politicians are accountable to their electorate
    Why not the lawyers and supreme court judges launch a political party and after winning the elections they can provide a clean government instead of interfering with the functioning of elected parliament

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  • adeel cheema
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:54PM

    As a british born & bred pakistani I can give an impartial assesment of the memo issue. I do not support any of the parties. I just want to make the following points :

    1) The most important FACT in this case is that a memo does actually exist. Therefore it does need investigating thoroughly to establish who is responsible for it.

    2) The supreme court is the best institution to get to the bottom of this issue, does anyone really believe that a parliamentary committee dominated by PPP members will investigate it impartially?? Would anyone on this forum prefer a bunch of corrupt MP’s or Supreme court to handle this investigation????

    3) Miss jehanghir’s comments both during & after the hearing are nothing short of scandalous. The way she spoke to CJ I am amazed she could get away with those slanderous comments. To insinuate that the judiciary is part of the establishment is nothing short of contempt of court. Forget the tribal politics for a second and think who suffered the most under the military over the last few years?? The judiciary & CJ in particular. Is the CJ really going to become busom buddies with the military all of a sudden??

    4) If the federal government had nothing to hide on this memo scandal? Why would they be fighting vocifirously to stop the supreme court investigating the case??? If they had nothing to hide they should not fear the outcome of the case. So someone somewhere is nervous about something, like they say there’s no smoke without fire…Recommend

  • adeel cheema
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:03AM

    @commen sense… You have hit the nail on the head , I agree with you 100%. If only pakistan had more people like yourself who had common sense.Recommend

  • Ayaz
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:30AM

    law is law, for civilian or military, law must be blind. Thats what she used to say few days back right? Now u-turn? If the civilan govt has not committed any wrongdoing, what is it afraid of? Why is this day ‘black’? What does she mean by ‘civilan authority hasc come under military,’ we have indepedent judiciary now, dont we? Just because their so-called democrats, they should be allowed and forgiven for anything and everything? I dont think so! Recommend

  • akhtar
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:45AM

    @ mr cream
    if you are British born then your comment would not have been totally different
    to support army against civilian government is no democracy and if a British judge was as involved and as suspected of being partial then he would not have remained judge for a second,he would have resigned
    the fear the government has is that they l be smeared and accused with no recluse to justice
    they have seen prime minsters hanged.exiled,sacked and humiliated through these courts and the same court has been supportive of musharaf for many years
    A PCO judges can not np be trusted,he may be honest
    it is a shame that peole are justifying the murder of democracy and mr britisher all Pakistani politicians are not corrupt and Pakistani judiciary is not the most honest
    transparency ha s pit it at no 4 among the most corrupt institutions ,down from number 6Recommend

  • Shahid Malik
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:49AM

    Every word Asma said while commenting on this judgement is 100% correct. She is a brave woman. My hats off to her.

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  • ParvezM
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Why is Haqqani a guest in presidency and prime minister house. Is it allowed for all ex-envoys?Very telling.

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  • Sajida
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:15AM

    The Chief Justice is not under army influence, there plenty of proof of that. But, hey lets forget that. She is grinding an axe and doesn’t care she is losing credibility. Sad to see this decline. After this I expect more foot- in -mouth- disease moments from her.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:19AM

    Asma Jahangir after all these years of service to the cause of human rights is out of her mind in defending a clear cut case affecting national interest. There is a memo, the BBM messages prove that Haqqani got in touch with Ijaz.

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  • ahmed
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:20AM

    miss asma jahangir comments on daily hearing were ridiculous, always blaming military but not mentioning the political mistakes ,issuing so many visas and which is clearly shows American interference in Pakistan, raymond davis any other spys are living example…

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  • Babloo
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:38AM

    ISI and Judiciary are the two tools that the super-establsihment uses to rule Pakistan and silence critics. The judiciary in Pakistan in my honest opinion is the most dirty and politically motivated entity.

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  • Faizan
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:39AM

    I’d prefer dictatorship over Zardari any given day!!!Recommend

  • Asad
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:16AM

    @ Commonsense, they have done some wonderful things.I am not a PPP supporter but lets be fair. They introduced 18th Amendment where by fulfilling the demands on provinces.
    Brought a number of progressive laws.Had consensus NFC.

    Our problems are complex and it is not possible to solve them even in a decade.Why do you thing economy will improve when you are having energy crisis and we do not have law and order under control mainly because we a civilian government is not being allowed to formulate a foreign policy.
    We are still busy in supporting laskars etc.

    No one is realizing that Judiciary is bulldozing institutions. Auditor General of Pakistan conduct a rudimentary audit of every institutions including president house, army etc but when they tried to audit supreme court expenditures,they were not allowed by the General Iftikhar Chaudhary and they refused to let registrar send the details of expenditures to Public Accounts Committee.

    It is a dangerous game being played to make 73 constitution a controversial one by none other than CJ and the and humnawa. Just do one think, have a look at the random verdicts of any court in any country and compare the umber of consensus decisions. We are leading the world in having consensus decisions which is not a good sign.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:27AM

    Asma we are all very proud of you, thanks a lot for being a Titan. Despite the arguments from both sides what has been the history of SC? There has not been a single military takeover that the SC did not like, and not endorsed. The current PCO SC is no exception. Nobody is afraid of the trial or justice, it is this hisorical background of SC that is devoid of any just example when it comes to the generals. The speed, the urgency of the SC, generals and NS is obvious. Not a single murder case/appeal or missing persons has ever been heard with such prompotnes as if the SC did not have anything better, more important or urgent to do. It simply does not pass the smell test along with the history.

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  • adeelcheema
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:37AM

    @akhtar
    My friend you are completely missing the point.
    In britain the government or the prime minister can not dictate which judge can or can not hear a case.
    Also I never said all pakistani politicians are corrupt , I said a bunch of corrupt MP’s. If a nation has a president such as gardari sorry I mean zardari what hope is there for the nation of pakistan???
    By the way akhtar you sound like your a PPP supporter???Recommend

  • Parliament Supremacy
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:43AM

    I don’t understand why do we all come up as constitutional expert while we lack the basic knowledge of law or even the constitution at the first place. Whenever we get any summon from the court we go to same lawyers and seek their assistance (whom we are asking most unprofessional and corrupt). Secondly, her outrageous comments are not slanderous nor contempt of court. All those stalwarts of lawyer movement said same when the very same CJ validated the Dictator. Supreme court has very limited powers. Please bear this in mind that it is an appellate Court neither court of first instance. Whenever you go to a court like High court, they brush aside any petition which need fact finding so how come apex court came up with appointment of commission without hearing all the parties. How come Our Apex court from day one implied that COAS and ISI are saying the only truth? where the same institution locked him and his family for months in his own home. he is trusting same institution to save his post?
    If that american is saying 100% true about HH then why we are turning blind eye to his other evidence in which he said very loudly that ISI chief was conspiricing and lobbying against Democratic govt. why he is not showing his bona fide and resign.

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  • Parliament Supremacy
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:48AM

    And this time they wont come as they did in 1999, this time with out any need for validation or PCO, same judges are acting and will do Judicial coup d’état for their God Father..

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  • Show
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Pakistani western elite only believe in democracy of it lets then get away with looting and corruption
    All this talk of civilian control of army is just code for complete control of Pakistan
    If you don’t like supreme court perhaps you should learn about democracy , parliament is not more powerful than courts

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  • dasmir
    Dec 31, 2011 - 3:11AM

    A Fundamental right of individual is sacrosanct and at every turn in even developed democracy it comes under attack,be it 90 days of prevention detention or a Close Circuit TV.Asma is right when she says that the lerned Judges od SC sided with government against an individual’s fundamental right.
    It is indeed a repeat of 79 when Pakistan Sc hanged its own democratically elected PM and on many occasion hid behind”Doctrine of Neccessity” under jack boots to validate abrogation of constitution.
    A sad day indeed.

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  • ParvezM
    Dec 31, 2011 - 3:53AM

    Zardari needs another NRO.

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  • Un la char Pakistani
    Dec 31, 2011 - 4:22AM

    @Faizan:
    Me2. And “General Ifti” too please. But how? Do you know a waterfall where I could throw a coin and make a wish?. No, seriously. Merci.

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  • Amjad Cheema
    Dec 31, 2011 - 4:51AM

    What else could we expect from this Kangroo Court.

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  • abrar
    Dec 31, 2011 - 5:49AM

    @Sindhvoice:

    Sorry but this is a well used and misused card..People fo Sindh have suffered the most under this Zardari lead goverment.I would not even call it a PPP goverment as most of it’s Ministers dont have roots in the real party of Z A Bhutto.PPP has been hijacked by greedy vultures mascarading as ‘PPP’

    This is the judiciary that stood against a dictator and won. Ms Asma Jehangir has her reasons to disagree with the ruling after all she represents Mr Haqqani.

    Pakistan has come along way away from the 70s and no party can be victimised.

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  • Un la char Pakistani
    Dec 31, 2011 - 6:00AM

    @Parliament Supremacy:
    Most of the common readers can’t make head nor tail of your comments as they know little about the law. They just judge the judges by whether they trust them or not and they believe what they’d like to believe based on their emotions, likings and duslikings. Unfortunately even those who know the veracity and accuracy of your comments would ignore them. Who do we go to if the custodians of justice are bent upon disregarding these basic priciples? Judiciary is supposed to be above politics. All we can do, I.e. the “odd ones” like you and me is to lament. And I must thank and express our gratitude to ET for having the “audacity” and journalistic integrity for publishing the truth. But my comments, I can bet, are destined to be deleted.

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  • The Repenter
    Dec 31, 2011 - 6:32AM

    I was a hyperactive member of the lawyers movement. Now in hindsight, I sincerely regret it.

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  • Sealed Lips
    Dec 31, 2011 - 6:47AM

    @Amjad Cheema:
    Expect worse, my dear sir, expect worse; from this Kangaroo court.

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  • Sher khan
    Dec 31, 2011 - 6:51AM

    Asma Jehangir should be put behind bar for contempt of court. Highly unpopular person in Pakistan…. She needs to be send to India so she can live happily after with bal thackeray. Recommend

  • K B Kale
    Dec 31, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Actually one should look at Memogate issue form the viewpoint of who stood to gain from the memo fiasco.
    Pakistani President or Ambassador didn’t have to give the memo in such a clandestine or amateurish manner. Zardari or Hina Khar could have ‘summoned’ US Ambassador to their office & handed over the memo if the need for such a help was ever needed & sought. Otherwise Haqqani could have met Mullen & handed over the memo himself. In both cases no eyebrows would have been raised because calling an Ambassador to Foreign Ministry or an Ambassador meeting the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not an unusual occurrence. And such a memo would have the signature & the stamp of the office of authority that issued it.
    The memo in question was surely a deliberate amateurish attempt. It was unsigned! It was not even typed by anybody in Pak Embassy but was prepared by Mansoor Ijaz, a journalist who is not even a naturalized Pakistani American but a born pucca American. It was not handed over by Ijaz but given to a General to hand over to Mullen. Is Haqqani so naïve? No, Sir, No!
    The only party to have made any gains is the so-called “Establishment”, a 13-letter word for Armed Forces and/or ISI. By writing such an amateurish letter (that was also delivered so amateurishly) the Establishment has been successful in maligning the civil government and getting rid of Haqqani. That this was Establishment move is further given credence by the fact that Shuja rushed to London without Government’s permission to cook the conspiracy further!
    Whether Zardari-Gilani Government is effective or nincompoop is beside the point. It is not for nothing that one says “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve”. It is also said that democratic governments are the least efficient. The only thing in favour of it is that it can be changed by people without a bloodbath.
    Pakistanis voted this government in power & they can get rid of it after its term ends & suffer it in silence during its term.

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  • Umer
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:02AM

    @Sher khan:

    Asma Jehangir should be put behind bar

    Khan saib please use brain before commenting.

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  • Hangama
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Aray aray . . . .ulta chor kutwal ko dantay.
    Thank God Supreme Court and CJ are standing tall with their verdict. Judiciary at work!
    Light at the end of the tunnel . . . .Bright Days ahead for the Judiciary!!

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  • Dec 31, 2011 - 9:41AM

    @anonymus:

    44 $ may be the declared one…………………. You have no idea of undocumented earning of these BIG lawyers…..

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  • forgive and forget
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:47AM

    Looks like Oath of Loyalty under PCO is thicker than Oath of Loyalty to the Constitution.

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  • hasan
    Dec 31, 2011 - 10:15AM

    @adeel cheema:
    Well said Adeel!

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  • rashid khan
    Dec 31, 2011 - 10:24AM

    Would Asma change her opinion if the decision goes her way or had one or two dissenting members?
    I agree she is client focussed but is she getting carried away?
    The question we all want answered is whether there was a memo? If there was one than shouldn’t its origin be investigated and probe?
    I guess, we need time to accept court verdicts in their true spirit.Recommend

  • KiJ
    Dec 31, 2011 - 10:40AM

    However unfortunate it may (or not) be, we don’t know… only forensic evidence obtained from black berry service can prove it, so lets not jump the guns…

    National security interest in the US resulted in the US Patriot Act resulting in significant violations of our civil liberties…. so welcome to reality…Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:06AM

    When things do not go as you expect, then it is very easy to say something like that.

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  • Harry Stone
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:08AM

    Does any of this really surprise anyone?………….You seem to forget this is PAK.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:23PM

    No national security…no fundamental rights…if country is secured…fundamental rights secured….if nation exists…fundamental rights will exist…our state policy is ” security driven “….does it need any more explaination.Recommend

  • International Spectator
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:36PM

    A ridiculous judgement. Asma is a brave woman, and stating the truth that SC is playing to the establishment. this is part of the judicio-military coup-de-tat against zardari govt.
    thank God at least a woman has balls and guts to say the truth. The men in pakistan should wear bangles.
    it can happen only in pakistan,. that a newspaper article in a foreign daily can cause the whole country to go on the verge of suicide and self destruction.
    Can the SC subphoena Americans and get to the bottom of an unsigned piece of paper?
    One can bet, even the unsigned paper is not anywhere in sight nor can be found as evidence. finally ISI head is a law on his own, uncontrollable, who reports to no one. Can SC firstly take suo moto notice about what ISI does and who it reports to?
    Sad day for pakistan. indeed 2011 is annus horibilis for the world, but for Pak in particular.Recommend

  • Asim
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Unanimous decision proves that this was already decided. Asma is right! What is the need of a parallel Commission when a parlimentary Committee is already invvestigating. Why cant the Surpreme Court wait, till that investigation is over. As always SC has picked a case which is headline grabbing and as always they gona end up with nothing. Just like the Karachi case when they had all the evidences and proofs to name some political parties responsible. But they didnt.Recommend

  • saleem
    Dec 31, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Now we all the truth about the hypocrite Asma Jehangir. Thank you SC for exposing her

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  • hassd
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:30PM

    Till tommorrow she was prepared to accept any court decision…& today she is disappointed….?? she is trying her best to pitch civil / military & juducairy against each other as a last resort…….most un-patriotic on her part….at least she has exposed herself as being pro-govt & biased.Such attitude may influence final judgement & then she will potray her victim & the govt as victim of ” international & internal conpiracies to derail democracy ” – a favorite line of the govt.Recommend

  • Harry Stone
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:59PM

    What PAK laws have been broken?

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Jan 1, 2012 - 2:00AM

    We will go on and on facing these dark days coming out of the chimney of SC unless these judges are not appointed through the hearing of both lower and higher houses of the parliament. If we really need our institutions to grow in a democratic way then this is the only way out. I totally agree with Asma bibi.

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  • Stunned Spectator
    Jan 1, 2012 - 3:33AM

    @International Spectator:
    Haha, I like the first three letters. They’ve lost credibility and respect by over reacting to everything anti PPP and ignoring everything anti Nawaz Sharif so much so that the guy barges into the building completely bypassing the security checks and the Registrar issues a denial. These judges have no time for the common man’s cases. I rest my case.

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  • A
    Jan 1, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Madam!
    Every body has its role. No one is superior than Almighty ALLAH.

    Parliament is responsible for making the law and it is not responsible for making decision. Its the court which decides whose right and whose wrong based on the law.

    If Hussain Haqani is so much right then why is he afraid of the investigation.

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  • Arif
    Jan 1, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Here is a “self-styled” human-rights (or should I say, super-human rights) activist, who untiringly fights for the (fundamental human) rights of the elite, even at the cost of national security; and never accepts any verdict, if it goes against her. May be Ms. Jehangir will care to ponder, where would she fight for such rights, if the nation itself breaks (God forbid). I am sure she will be awarded higher accolades by the Pakistan-bashers.
    Glad the honourable justices did not fall prey to her “fundamental-rights” ploy. Please stop being a cry-baby and accept the verdict graciously.

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  • Jan 2, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Anyone trying to pitch government against military and also trying to drive wedge between the officers and the regulars of our sacred army needs his or her head examined.

    I think that Asma Jehangir is getting desperate because of fighting for failed case.

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  • Hawkins
    Jan 2, 2012 - 12:15PM

    Iftikhar chudri him self is a part of coruptin…..! and this old lady got newly rich….

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  • Karim
    Jan 5, 2012 - 11:02AM

    National Security is more important than personal rights…………….it was also witnessed after 9/11 in USA.

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