‘Judging the court’

This is with reference to Cyril Almeida’s column ‘Judging the court’ (July 15). It is a double-barelled article in a way that on one hand it has covertly supported the President Asif Ali Zardari, and on the other hand, it has openly criticised the Supreme Court order for the letter to the Swiss authorities.

As a regular reader of Dawn, I have felt that slowly and gradually all blazing guns are changing direction towards the Supreme Court.

There is a certain disposition and tone in which print and electronic media altogether have started to raise questions about the degree of power enjoyed by the apex courts.

The recent comments by the chief justice regarding the supremacy of the Supreme court over the parliament has added fuel to the fire to such an extent that it even compelled the senior leaders of the PML (N), the flag-holder of independent and free judiciary to advise their party chief to take a balanced approach amid rising tension and confrontation between the Supreme Court and the PPP-led government.

This is a heavy blow to judiciary. This is a time for judiciary to realise the mood of changing tides and exercise some restraint since respected judges are there to provide justice, not to make headlines and deliver speeches.

Ali Ammar Karachi

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Comments (8) Closed

Dr Imran Ahmed
Jul 20, 2012 04:58pm
We expect our courts to deliver speedy justice to us. We expect the courts to be impartial, unbiased, indifferent to consequences, follow due process neutrally and not to court popularity but to follow the spirit and letter of the law. We do not expect our courts to enter the fray of politics and policy making or to show bias even against law breakers.
Syed Ahmed
Jul 20, 2012 01:46am
I don't read Cyril Almeida?s articles, they are biased towards PPP and its top stooges.
Syed Ahmed
Jul 20, 2012 01:50am
I don't read Cyril Almeida’s articles. They are biased towards PPP and their top stooges.
Jul 20, 2012 04:00am
Excess of everything....Extremesits does it.I am right is not fair. Even words of Lord has flexebility in many things. Huzur was always giving benefit in many issues ISLAM IS A MIDDLE PATH
Jul 20, 2012 04:11am
Very nicely written..... Its time for courts to stay within some limits... they should pay head to poors
Jul 20, 2012 08:41pm
Its is very aptly written article. I have found the court to be exercising double standards when it comes to Arsalan Iftikhar. On one hand arrest warrants are being issued for all members of the Bahria family while the main accused Arsalan is roaming around freely. Who will judge the judges now ?
Siddique Malik
Jul 20, 2012 09:30pm
Mr. Ahmed, If you don't read Cyril Almeida’s articles, how do you know "they are biased towards PPP and its top stooges," as you say they are? No I am not a PPP “jiyala.” Far from it, I think PPP is a party of crooks. But one must consider an argument with fairness. Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Jul 22, 2012 07:07am
I agree @ Cyril Almeida’s article..