By Sher Ali
The appointment of Justice Nawaz Abbasi, a PCO judge as Chief Judge of the Northern Areas Supreme Appellate Court is against the spirit of the Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed by the two political giants of the country, Nawaz Sharif and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.
Justice Nawaz Abbasi is among those judges who bowed in front of a merciless dictator and endured his illegal actions of November 3 neglecting the judgment of a seven member bench headed by the then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Justice Abbasi along with Justice Dogar went one more step ahead in the race of being ‘more loyal than the king’ and sealed the deal that was indispensable for the general to stay in power even in the worst of circumstances.
Soon after imposition of what the general termed emergency (but was martial law under a different banner), thousands of lawyers, journalists, political workers and civil society activists were arrested and put behind the bars. But justice Abbasi remained silent and turned a deaf ear to the habeas corpus of thousands of lawyers, journalists and activists of the civil society for the sake pf mere perk and privileges bestowed upon by the dictator of the day. For the first time in the history of Pakistan over sixty judges rejected the illegal act of a dictator i.e. the PCO, facing house arrest and other propaganda tools by the dictator of the day for the sake of promotion of justice. Never before any rulers has detained the Chief Justice along with his family for five months, but Musharraf did. It was a failed martial law against the judiciary and media. He was adamant to gag media to consolidate his power, but history proved him wrong; he has become the relic of the past. Today a PCO judge has been nominated as the chief judge of the apex court of northern areas as a continuation of the policies of the ex general that the so called democratic government has pledged in lieu of power. The masses of northern areas and those chanting slogans of roti, kapra aur makan should for now realize the fact that nothing has changed in the country. It’s the old wine in new bottle.
How could a PCO judge who endorsed the illegal and unconstitutional acts would deliver justice to the people of the Northern Areas. It’s the continuation of Geobalism. Geobal once said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. Zardari and Co. under the clutches of NRO have no other choice but to install the liar and usurpers on us. The people of the Northern Areas should raise voice against this naked act. Rule of law and supremacy of the constitution is prerequisite for establishment of a just society, but under the PCO judges, the medieval era would prevail. Hazrat Ali (AS) said a society can withstand and flourish under infidel rule, but can’t sustain without justice even under a Muslim rule.
Today we need brave and fearless judges not Nawaz Abbasi. We must condemn the appointment of a PCO judge by Zardari, who himself is the great patronage of Geobalism and admirer of Dogar courts. Justice Abbasi would remain PCO judge and would be remember the collaborator of the merciless generals. Justice to the people of the Northern Areas under Justice Abbasi is a joke.
The writer works for Geo News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org