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Proceedings against chief justice in SJC sought

Updated Jul 28, 2013 09:44am


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Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: A self-styled pro bono publico activist, Shahid Orakzai, has written a letter to the acting president and sought initiation of proceedings against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the Supreme Judicial Council after accusing him of having “covert connection with the ruling PML-N”.

In the letter sent on Saturday, Mr Orakzai said in the absence of the president it was for the chairman of Senate to initiate appropriate action. He said he would provide documentary evidence to establish various aspects of the conduct of chief justice. He said the election to the highest office of the state had “become the joke of the year”. Even a football club in England would not elect its president in the manner the president of the country was being elected in Pakistan.

Mr Orakzai said that all the efforts of parliament to secure independence of the Election Commission of Pakistan had gone down the drain and all amendments to the constitution meant to ensure free and fair elections had practically been neutralised.

He wondered how a single voter could get the schedule for presidential elections revised, alleging that the main concern of the chief justice was the travel plans of the prime minister during Ramazan.


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S.A.K.rahmani Jul 28, 2013 08:02am

Mr.Orakzai has done the right thing.As the Election Commission of Pakistan has abdicated it's dutiies in the Presidential elections to be held on July 30;the apex corurt,and especially its Chief, has blatantly shown its partiality for one political party and violated the Oaths taken by all judges of the Supreme and High Court as given in the Constitution of Pakistan.The Acting President should act according to the Constitution and send Mr. Orakzai's case to the Supreme Judicial Council.

Kashif I. Jul 28, 2013 08:21am

Mr Orakzai is absolutely right.As an advocate and as a citizen I fully agree with him. This SC must be stopped. So much damage has been done to the Constitution, to the rule of law and to the country during Ch Iftihar's judicial excesses. Enough is enough.

Farouk Khan Jul 28, 2013 09:03am

If everyone sat for "eteqaf" how would the country run. The prime duty(farz) of the PM is to run the country. Something is amiss here.

AbbasToronto Jul 28, 2013 09:05am

The knives are coming out as they would have sooner or later.

There is no honour among thieves.

Fazal Karim Jul 28, 2013 09:55am

What happened to earlier reference filed in Supreme Judicial Council in 2007 again C J. The investigation against son of CJ Mr Aslan Iftikar has been hushed up. Is chief Justice not accountable?

maznani Jul 28, 2013 10:28am

Absolutely true version highlighted by Mr should really be enough. What about the judiciary and ECP...all the efforts have been damaged and watered down where the public protested for a JUST Judiciary..

Khanm Jul 28, 2013 10:35am

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. where it bends in Pakistan????

Sumair Jul 28, 2013 11:05am

i hope relevant authorities have the guts to put Iftikhar Chaudhry to task. Start with his son's prosecution and then his. He was given the opportunity to change the course of this country. And what he did was personal vendetta, petty issues, anti-security and law enforcement agenda, whilst unabashedly protecting Nawaz and his cronies.

Tahir Jul 28, 2013 11:24am

Shahid Orakzai is in the habbit of creating controversies to keep himself in the news. It is first time in the history that national plunders by the rulers have been stopped by the CJ.

Guest63 Jul 28, 2013 12:43pm

I would for once , support such a reference to be filed in the SJC and the council must meet minus the CJP to decide on such reference , if Mr Nayyar Bokhari can have courage to do it as acting president and the chairman of the upper house . CJP indulging into an independent institution , this time around , has gone beyond his domain and must be refrained by such reference asap . All his talk of the past several years of rule of law , abide by the constitution seems now quite hollow after what he did in this ECP / CEC domain

NK Ali Jul 28, 2013 12:48pm

Where were these 'for the public good' activists when Justice Dogar was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? Salams

Ali Jul 28, 2013 01:14pm

In addition to him, Arsalan Iftikhar should also be held accountable in an impartial and fair way and if found guilty should be sent to jail. He has been given VVVIP treatment by Supreme Court which is not fair

Zubair Jul 28, 2013 01:32pm

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry should be barred making speeches outside the court. He is using bars for his political ambitious and personal vandalism. As a chief justics his activities should be restricted to the domains of Superior court. Further, never before remarks made by the chief justices or judges were given so much publicity. This also needs to be stopped with immediate effect as it impacts the final verdicts and is used as a media trial.

G.Nabi Jul 28, 2013 02:16pm

Record shows CJ Choudhry has always tilted in favour of PML(N). Whe it came to PPP, he was always proactive.

FarmerDr Jul 28, 2013 02:35pm

Rightly or wrongly enough misgivings have been raised in the public eye about the soon to retire CJ that SJC must convene to set doubts regarding the incumbent highest judicial officer at rest.

mazharuddin Jul 28, 2013 02:38pm

Why he is not submitting petition if confident? Should not create problems without just reason.

Bilal Mustafa Jul 28, 2013 02:57pm

I am in favor of having proceeding against the Chief justice of Mian family and PML N instead of CJ for Pakistan.

farhan ayub Jul 28, 2013 03:06pm

so true! but who will proceed against him? all the judges are scared of him

shafiq khan Jul 28, 2013 04:50pm

Who is this chap ? Where has he been for the last few years? I guess it is just hot air and he has found somewhere that slinging mud ultimately means some will stick. I doubt if he really cares about the country. Do not seem credible. Then again all the work the Chief Justice does is transparent and in collaboration with other judges of the Supreme Court. So what he is saying amounts to that the Supreme Court is not trustworthy. O Boy , their must be some limits to the doubting the integrity of the Supreme Court. At the end of the day if you do not trust the highest court of the country, where do you go?

saeed khan Jul 28, 2013 04:57pm


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Imtiaz Faruqui Jul 28, 2013 05:11pm

Nothing surprise me, Anything out of the ordinary can happen in Pakistan.

Ibrahim Jul 28, 2013 06:28pm

What ever happened about the Arsalan case????

Mir Jul 28, 2013 06:29pm

I agree with Mr shahid ,This chief justice is tinted.. But there is no accountability for judges.

hasin ahmed Jul 28, 2013 06:56pm

@saeed khan: If the current Chief Justice's conduct in the case of presidential election is regarded as the standard of honesty, the definition of honesty would have to be redefined.

hasin ahmed Jul 28, 2013 06:59pm

If the chief justice's conduct is regarded as the standard of honesty, then the definition of honesty would have to be re-defined.

Hamid Mirza Jul 28, 2013 07:10pm

This Chief in-Justice MUST be brought to book. He is corrupt and biased to the core. Nawaz's poodle in disguise.

Muhammad Rizwan Jul 28, 2013 07:16pm

@saeed khan: Honest man ! yeah changing election schedule without hearing other side and that too for non obligatory prayers (nawafil) is some thing only honest person can do.

Amad Jul 28, 2013 07:23pm

This chief justice is a shameless character who played with the sentiments of whole nation by supporting Noora League blindly.

Syed Ahmed Jul 28, 2013 07:44pm

@saeed khan: Arslan Ifthikar has turned the table.

Hairan Jul 28, 2013 09:15pm

@saeed khan: How do you know that Sir? Is your opinion researched and verified or are you just riding the band wagon of assumptions?

Hairan Jul 28, 2013 09:18pm

@saeed khan: How can you honestly say that Sir? Is your opinion researched and verified or are just riding the band wagon of assumptions?

khan Jul 28, 2013 09:35pm

He is the main culprit,who should be tried and punished for being responsible for making constitution a joke in Pakistan.And of course he is backed by Kyani and Sharif's.I will not blame Muslim league.

Abdul Razzak Jul 28, 2013 10:09pm

Most cotroveral CJP in the history of Pakistan. Took oath in 1999 as PCO and now doesn't want to talk about it. He wants to get extension as CJP of Pakistan by pleasing N league.

omar qadir Jul 28, 2013 10:58pm

Very well said, and I am glad that a man like Shahid Orkarzai has finally taken a step against a man who has had taken the oath under PCO during ex-President Musharaf's era.

Khalid Jul 29, 2013 02:16am

CJ has to answer a lot of questions. He is trying to clean Pakistan but has he cleaned up the judiciary? Has he eradicated bribery in Judiciary? The answer is a BIG "NO". What a shame. Well done Orakzai.

wajih Jul 29, 2013 03:39am

Bravo...two thumbs up..this chief justice has done everything else except providing justice..I hope someone shows him his place..he is totally a biased person and isn't fit enough to hold this high office..waiting desperately for his demise or retirement,.

Jamil Jul 29, 2013 02:31pm

@Ibrahim: Pl do tell!

Jamil Jul 29, 2013 02:32pm

@Hamid Mirza: Agree 200%

Jamil Jul 29, 2013 02:34pm

@Zubair: Agree

Jamil Jul 29, 2013 02:38pm

@Farouk Khan: Etaqaf? How can these guys even think of submitting themselves to Divine Justice? Do they believe in the Day of Judgement, a fundamental tenet of our Faith?

Aman Jul 29, 2013 11:37pm

Well done Oragzai, Let this biased heaven to fall no matter what may come.

Bilawal Magsi Jul 30, 2013 07:39am

This is so rubbish act! shame on the orakzai . we love n respect CJ he's the only hope of Pakistan he did superb job . none of CJ provided justic yet but just Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. he's so brave n honest ... salute to him.