THE power-outage stricken masses sought retribution in the disqualification of Prime Minister Gillani after the Supreme Court announced its decision on Tuesday.
A major section of the masses saw this decision as upholding of the judicial order which they deemed should supercede any other verdict. On the other hand, however, there were those who believed that this eventuality should have been voided in the greater interest of democratic and political stability.
“Justice has been done. Salute to Chief Justice of Pakistan”, said Qasim, who argued that this decision had set precedence that even prime minister was not above the law. There were those who proposed even stricter action by saying, ‘Supreme Court should’ve imposed a travel ban & assets freeze on Gillani & his family.’
A notable fact in this regard was that everyone who expressed happiness over this decision in some way associated their comment with PM Gillani’s cabinet’s failure to tackle the energy crisis. Those who supported Yousuf Raza Gillani were disappointed at the court’s verdict. ‘Chief Justice Pakistan has staged a Judicial Coup against the democratically elected government of PM Gillani’, said Ali who believed that a non-elected office holder had no right to send a publicly elected leader home. Sighting the ironic side of affairs, Ahmed Toori commented, ‘The Judges who were restored and re-qualified by Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani disqualified him today’, he said. Many commended the services of the PM as well. ‘We are proud of PM Gillani for giving us the air of democracy for the longest time in the history of Pakistan. He will always be respected’.
Amidst all the joy and sorrow, there was a rising sense of uncertainty about the political future of the country among masses as well. ‘What about the Budget 2012?? Will we have to suffer the budget speech again?’asked Ayesha.
There were many who pointed out CJP’s soft corner for certain political parties and special focus on the case against the PPP. ‘Funny how Nawaz Sharif’s conviction in the hijacking case never “attained finality” even after a decade’, commented Nasir. Fearing the PPP workers reaction, many were unsure of the fact if the streets would be safe. Apart from all these views, many sighted this development irrelevant to the lives of the people.
‘The drama between the PPP and CJ continues while the poor of the country continue to suffer’, said Ali Raza. He went on to say that if the Chief Justice of Pakistan wanted to do any proactive good to the nation, he should concentrate on issues which marred the lives of impoverished people instead of settling disputes in power-circles.