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Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry retires today

- December 11, 2013 - Updated 015 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry retires today leaving behind a legacy of broken myths, shaking the archaic political order and bringing into public spotlight the spy chiefs who had remained shrouded behind the wall of secrecy, never to be questioned.


Hardly any high and mighty was not held to account under the watch of Justice Chaudhry. He broke the record of turning predictions of media pundits untrue by summoning and sentencing the top guns, who used to consider themselves to be above the law.


Right from the army top brass to the top guns of government, all of them were in the line of fire facing the music for their misdeeds. The Asghar Khan Case used to be considered a litmus test for judging the independence of judges. Name anybody who did not challenge the court on this case. And when it was taken up finally by Justice Chaudhry-led bench of the Supreme Court, it reached a logical conclusion.


Former army chief Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and ex-DG ISI Lt. Gen. (retd) Asad Durrani had to submit before the court and confess the dirty tricks of engineering the political process by bribing politicians. The court then ordered criminal proceedings against them in addition to an investigation of politicians who received cash from them.


This court order followed no compliance by the-then PPP government, which was more interested in pointscoring than taking any concrete action. An inquiry has recently been initiated by the FIA, a decision greeted by guarded optimism as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also facing the charges.


Likewise, the recently-retired army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and his DG ISI Lt Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha had to submit before the court in the Memogate as they were directed to deposit their statements. The story does not end here.


The DG Rangers (Sindh) was summoned after his force was caught red-handed in the killing of a youth in Karachi. Legal action followed against the Rangers officials held responsible for this murder who had to be sacked from the service, something unheard of before.


The IGFC Balochistan, a serving major general, had to appear before Justice Chaudhry’s court in connection with the missing persons’ case. When he did not comply with the court’s order recently, a contempt notice was issued. It is another story that he excused himself citing illness.


The missing persons’ case saw many ups and downs. Proving their presence in the custody of ISI and MI remained a daunting challenge in the absence of any solid evidence. However, Justice Chaudhry forced them to produce 11 prisoners picked up from the Adiala Jail after the chief secretary Punjab submitted an affidavit that the prisoners were taken away by none other than the ISI.


Trouble for Justice Chaudhry started after he initiated hearings on the missing persons case that followed his forced removal by Pervez Musharraf, culminating at the dictator’s removal and restoration of the top judge. But it did not see any let-up in his determination.


Incidentally, he is retiring while hearing the cases of forced disappearances.Civvies too were not out of Justice Chaudhry’s reach. Corruption allegations against former president Asif Zardari brought his case to the court. His government was not ready to write a repeatedly-ordered letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the cases against him, among others.


Defiance of this directive cost former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani his job. Finally, his successor, Pervez Ashraf, had to write the letter. One of Gilani’s ministers, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, was sent behind the bars in the Haj corruption case. Two others, Rehman Malik and Babar Awan, were served contempt notices for defying directives and ridiculing the court rulings.


Three NAB chiefs were sent home either for dilly-dallying the judicial orders or on eligibility grounds. Several top executives of different corporations also faced the music as they were sent behind the bars on corruption charges.

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You are the real change agent in the rule of law. The masses salute you. Your effort will never be dimmed in the history of state of Pakistan.

Intizar Hussain
brave and honest person grabbing the law-breakers in the country. The whole nation salutes him and we want that Govt. should re-appoint him as chairman NAB to stop corruption in the country for the prosperity of Pakistan

Wazir Shafiq Ahmed Khan
The only brave and honest person grabbing the law-breakers in the country. The whole nation salutes him and we want that Govt. should re-appoint him as chairman NAB to stop corruption in the country for the prosperity of Pakistan.

Rehan Nawaz Awan
He raised judiciary from an institution that served the interests of rulers to a strong and independent institution that caused fear among the rulers. However, I sometimes feel that terrorism might have increased during his time, he never realized the fact, that no one will give evidence against terrorism, if it is surely followed by murder of the one who gives evidence, he never attempted to address this very important fact. The result was the terrorists had little difficulty with Law.

He single handedly ran the country during PP tenure. If it wasn't for him, Zardari and Co. Would have sold the entire country. Kept the pressure on the corrupt government everyday - whether lawlessness, inflation, corruption - you name it. People would approach Supreme Court instead of elected members for reslution of issues. Extremly courageous man. May Allah bless him and may Pakistan get more courageous leaders like him.

A sheikh
GOooooood Bye \Sir All Pakistani Salute u. Main tak kabi adalat nahi aya aur Allah na Kare kabi aoon.Lakin Main phir b ap ko ap k kam maim kamyabi par mubarak deta hoon.agr kam main ap se koi kotahi hoi ho to Allah ap ko maaf Kare. Aameen. Ap ne Bohat se choron ko adalat bhulaya hai lakin aik mulk chor phir b ap se bach gaya.Allah kare naya chief us ko patkre le. THank U

Abdul Razzaq Ali
well done Chief sb. you will be remembered for judicial activism in Pakistan. we need people like you at the top in every institution. you showed that deeds are always louder than words.

dr. bakht rawan
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