Thoughts by Bahadar Ali

December 13, 2013

Emancipated Pakistani Supreme Court

Filed under: Political — bkhan @ 12:36 am

The tenure of the most politicized and attention hungry Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has finally concluded. Hopefully the curtains would be drawn on the soap opera that we have seen over last five years where media and top judge played constant tango. Unfortunately a judge who could have made serious difference in the life of common man, choose to play to the media tunes and established a demand-supply relationship with big media houses.

Those media houses would do the the news angling and projected him as the savior or messiah of public. Reality is totally otherwise. He destroyed the institutions and severely dented the respect of parliament and other institutions in his desire of running a country not judiciary. Everyday newspapers would plant the impression that only one judge is running the country, which was certainly not his job. The campaign was multi-faceted where firstly a particular institution would be ridiculed by certain cronies of top judge in the media and the following day judge would take suo moto only to be painted a hero with even bigger coverage in the days to follow.

A lot of my friends may not understand my utterances but this is reality-which only history would define in detail. The ramifications of his biases would be manifested in distant future; like as we are now witnessing, experiencing and burning through the baggage of Zia-ul-Haq.


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