Supreme Court should not give ‘open-ended’ judgments: AQ Khan

Published: June 7, 2012
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" If the SC said
that Gilani could be
disqualified, why did
they not disqualify
him themselves?,"
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/ EXPRESS

" If the SC said that Gilani could be disqualified, why did they not disqualify him themselves?," Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/ EXPRESS

LAHORE: 

Ambiguity in Supreme Court (SC) decisions has opened it to ridicule, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Wednesday.

Addressing the Lahore Bar Association at Aiwan-i-Adl, Khan also said that the SC must decide all cases on ‘merit’.

He said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was still in office despite being convicted.

“If the SC said that Gilani could be disqualified; why did they not disqualify him themselves?,” he said.

He said that a similarly ambiguous decision had been handed down in the case concerning Rehman Malik’s dual nationality, who had been re-appointed adviser to the prime minister after his membership of Senate was suspended.

He said that Malik was not the only public official in the country with a dual nationality. He said the SC needed to set down clear guidelines to deal with such cases.

He said that the youth must exercise their right to vote in the coming elections to bring sincere leaders to power to replace the current lot of politicians. He said that the fact that most of Pakistan’s 40 million young registered voters did not vote reflected poorly on the people. He said that everyone must vote to improve things in Pakistan.

He said that corrupt politicians were looting the people and claiming to be pro-poor.

He said he was disappointed that while people were being massacres in Karachi even Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had not tendered his resignation. He said that people being killed in drone attacks in the tribal areas were being falsely labelled ‘militants’.

He said revolutionary change in Pakistan had started from Lahore. He said that lawyers must maintain the dignity of their black coats and not throw shoes at judges.

About politics, he said, “Politics leads to [perils like] Kufa but if a situation arises, I will tread that path.”

He said that he was offered nationality in Saudi Arabia and UAE but he preferred to live in Pakistan.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • John B
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:57AM

    I thought he was under house arrest?

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  • Stopit
    Jun 7, 2012 - 7:33AM

    Qadeer should mind his own business.

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  • shahida kazi
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:21AM

    First time I have ever agreed with Dr Qadeer.He is right that the supreme court should give clear and unambiguous judgements instead of passing the ball into others courts.It is that lack of clear and decisive action that is causing all the problems.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Ver well said Sir! Ambiguity and confusion is NOT what we want and need at these hard times.

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  • Jun 7, 2012 - 12:07PM

    dr. sahib it is time for rest, read books, research paper presented in university for youth to meet new world order – please leave politics.,….

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  • Sonya
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:24PM

    and what about suo-motu on each item that interests CJ – shouldn’t there be a criteria to remove CJ’s likes and dislikes.

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  • toor
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:28PM

    agree with a.q khan

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  • Beatle
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:38PM

    He should try to preserve whatever respect for him is left in the eyes of common man.

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  • Zarrar Khan
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Well said Dr. sahb, the nation is proud of you!

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  • Jun 7, 2012 - 1:20PM

    @Beatle:
    he has so much respect in the eyes of whole nation. Agreed Dr. sbRecommend

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:34PM

    It seems he wants to join ranks of PTI and PPP in future.

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  • Fugitive
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Saudi Arabia and UAE offered AQ Khan nationality? No bigger can be a lie than that. Americans desperately want to investigate him, and the moment he lands in SA or UAE he would be onboard another plane to Fairfax.

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  • Shah
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:38PM

    @Beatle:
    Be quite mate, we all have enough respect for our real hero.

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:04PM

    hm. First time I agree with the guy. The court is being irresponsible and devaluing its own judgments.

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  • Rana
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Your name is going to shine in the history books. We are proud of you. Let the baboons jumping around!

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  • jibran
    Jun 7, 2012 - 5:06PM

    When was the last time you had written a scientific paper? Don’t call yourself a scientist. You are an opportunist, who amassed wealth to live a luxurious life in a mansion without hard work.

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  • Ali tanoli
    Jun 7, 2012 - 5:46PM

    @Fugative
    How u know he is lying come on man shame on u if u just dont like him …….

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  • Mirza
    Jun 7, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Khan wants to join the next govt which is going to be a coalition of PPP and PTI in addition to ANP and MQM. He is distancing himself from PML-N and the CJ.Recommend

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