Musharraf trial: Zahid Hamid reassigned from law ministry

Law ministry withdrawn from Zahid Hamid to allow fair trail of case against Musharraf.

Azam Khan June 22, 2013
Former Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid has been reassigned to the science and technology ministry. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: In order to allow for a fair trial against former President General Pervez Musharraf, the government on Saturday shuffled its cabinet and reassigned Minister Zahid Hamid.

The reshuffle, just 15 days after the formation of the federal cabinet, was made apparently to pave the way for a fair trial against the military dictator pending before the top court of the country for abrogating the Constitution of 1973 twice.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government removed Hamid from the law ministry, following his request earlier. Hamid, though, has been retained as part of Nawaz’s cabinet after he was assigned the ministry of science and technology. A notification in this regard has also been issued.

Hamid was the law minister in former President Musharraf's cabinet when the dictator imposed emergency in the country on November 3, 2007. Over 60 judges of the superior courts were also allegedly detained in their houses.

Hamid had joined the PML-N after the 2008 general elections. During the 2013 elections, he was elected on a PML-N ticket.

Hamid’s actions were not entirely voluntary though. Earlier in the week, an appeal had been filed before the Supreme Court, asking the court to restrain Hamid from performing his duties as law and justice minister until the court decided cases seeking trial of ex-president Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.

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Subhan | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court defends its position of validating the military take over. SC did not only validate it but also allowed the military dictator to amend the constitution.The CJP was a signatory on the historic judgement. What will become of the generals who acted on ground while Musharraf was flying around in a diverted aircraft. If the doctrine of necessity was to be set aside, in that case all actions taken by the dictator will have to be set aside as well. Including the judgments passed by judges who took oath under the PCO. Musharraf knew of this complexity and that is the reason why he decided to come and stay. The judges will drag this case to a point when all the actors in the drama are dead and gone. Very interesting time ahead.

Siddique Malik | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@abid Mohiuddin: Corruption afflicts almost all Pakistani politicians. I am not a fan of NS, but how and why the fact that a prime minister, using his constitutional powers, fires a COAS who happens to be on board a flight would endanger the passengers unless somebody on board the flight decides to interfere with the flight -- which is an act of air piracy. Musharraf and his cronies must be punished for all their crimes -- especially the crime of subversion of the constitution. If NS doesn't go ahead with this prosecution, he will be committing an act of gross negligence. If you want to get rid of NS's government, you will have to wait for his term to expire. At that time, if the people of Pakistan refuse to reelect him, your wish would have come true. If they rehire him, then he will be prime minister for the fourth time. This is how political churnings in Pakistan will start to develop democratic underpinnings, and then one day there will be fully fledged democracy and rule of law in Pakistan. Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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