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April 17, 2012

Supreme Court of Pakistan criticizes authorities over Bhutto murder

Supreme Court of Pakistan criticizes authorities over Bhutto murder

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court yesterday criticised official handling of the murder of politician Benazir Bhutto.

Benazir Bhutto in 2004.
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Since her death, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which she led, has gained control of the nation. A number of high-profile politicians are suspects in the killing but nobody has been convicted. Bhutto’s former protocol minister Chaudhry Aslam petitioned the court to ensure a new First Information Report (FIR) was issued against a number of suspects, allowing them to be investigated.

Cquote1.svg How can a sub-inspector have enough courage to probe someone at the helm of affairs? Cquote2.svg

—Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

The court approved his request and questioned the PPP’s opposition to a new FIR. It also questioned Aslam’s failure to approach the court earlier. Twelve suspects are named, including ex-President Pervez Musharraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, ex-Intelligence Bureau director general Ijaz Shah, former acting Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz and ex-Chief Minister of Punjab Pervaiz Elahi.

The court further asked all suspects to relinquish positions of authority. “How can a sub-inspector have enough courage to probe someone at the helm of affairs?” asked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, sitting on a bench of three alongside Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. They said a fair investigation could not be carried out as long as suspects were in power.

The court also had questions concerning a report into the murder compiled by the United Nations: “Why did the government not publish the UN Commission report on which Rs60 million of the taxpayers’ money was spent? Why have no steps been taken in the light of the report? Why was the murder of an internationally acclaimed leader not been taken up in the assemblies and relevant parliamentary forums?”

Interior Minister Malik, named on the new FIR, and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, another PPP minister, had opposed another FIR. Malik had claimed it was needless as other suspects had been charged. The court rejected this, saying the implication was the case should therefore cease to be heard. Malik’s lawyer sought a week to for his client to lodge a reply, to which Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry retorted “You want to create obstacles in the proceedings? How much longer do you want to linger?”, adding Malik should appear in person before the court.

The Benazir Bhutto case is back before the Supreme Court on April 24.



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November 21, 2008

Harvard Law School gives its highest honour to Pakistani judge

Harvard Law School gives its highest honour to Pakistani judge

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Friday, November 21, 2008

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Pakistan’s embattled Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was conferred with Harvard Law School’s “Medal of Freedom” for his struggle for the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary on Wednesday in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the past, this award has been given to the team which litigated Brown v. Board of Education, and to Nelson Mandela.

The New York City Bar Association granted him an honorary membership at a ceremony attended by Chaudhry on Monday, recognising him as a “symbol of the movement for judicial and lawyer independence in Pakistan.”

In 2007, Chaudhry received the “Lawyer of the Year” award from New York-based periodical The National Law Journal.

On November 3, 2007, then-president Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency and suspended the constitution. Soldiers of the Pakistan Army entered the Supreme Court of Pakistan and arrested Chaudhry along with seven other judges.

Musharraf replaced Justice Chaudhry with Abdul Hameed Dogar as the Chief Justice of Pakistan under Musharaff’s Provisional Constitutional Order issued that day. Chaudhry then spent several months under house arrest.

Harvard Law School established its “Medal of Freedom” as its highest honour, to recognise individual efforts “to uphold the legal system’s fundamental commitment to freedom, justice, and equality.”



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July 21, 2007

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reinstated as Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reinstated as Chief Justice of Pakistan

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

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The 13 member larger bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan reinstated Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan on Friday through a short order. The verdict was reached 10 to 3 in favor of Justice Chaudhry.

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry through a panel of senior lawyers headed by Barrister Aitezaz Ahsan filed a constitutional petition challenging his suspension as Chief Justice of Pakistan by President General Pervez Musharraf on March 9 this year. Musharraf has indicated that he will accept the court’s decision.

The Pakistani lawyer community hailed the decision of the court. The Peshsawar High Court Bar Association organized even organized a procession as a mark of celebrations.

Chaudhry, an opponent of Musharraf, had been accused of abuse of power but the charges were quashed by the court’s decision, seen as a blow to Musharraf’s government.

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May 14, 2007

Karachi, Pakistan shut down by strike

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After two days of violence in Karachi, Pakistan that left 41 killed and at least 150 injured, a general strike has been called in the city. The violence erupted as suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reached the city to address a rally of supporters on Saturday.

Shops are closed and traffic is very limited after opposition leaders called for a nationwide strike. Officials said the strike is being observed across southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital. The capitals of Pakistan’s other three provinces, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta are also seeing strikes.

“There is a complete strike in Karachi,” said Azhar Farooqi, the city police chief. “The city is totally paralysed. Shops are closed and very little public transport is on the roads. People are scared,” he told Reuters.

“Today’s strike is a referendum against [President] Musharraf, and we think he should step down as soon as possible,” said Ameerul Azeem, a spokesperson for a coalition of religious opposition parties.

Police have been given the authority to shoot rioters on sight. Public gatherings of more than five people have been banned.

Police were on the sidelines as pro-government and opposition groups clashed over the weekend. The violence this weekend was some of the worst since Pervez Musharraf took power in 1999.

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May 12, 2007

Violence surrounds political rally in Pakistan

Violence surrounds political rally in Pakistan

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Violence erupted in Karachi, Pakistan as recently suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry reached the city to address a rally of supporters.

Clashes erupted in the streets between rival political factions. Members of the pro-government party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), clashed with supporters of Chaudhry, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). There are reports of up to 34 people killed in the riots and another 120 injured. Supporters of Chaudhry accused the MQM of initiating the violence, but the MQM has denied the accusation.

Chaudhry had flown in to attend the rally in the city, but was unable to leave Karachi airport due to the violence. After spending several hours at Karachi airport, Chaudhry returned to Islamabad.

In what was considered a controversial move, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chaudhry, March 9, 2007, on charges of misconduct. Critics say that Musharraf removed Chaudhry to put in place a Chief Justice more sympathetic to Musharraf’s military-ruled government. There are reports Musharraf will put in a bid later this year to extend his rule by another five-year term and will seek legal support for his actions.

While the unrest in Karachi was taking place, President Musharaff addressed a large pro-government rally in Islamabad where approximately 80,000 people turned out. “This is a historical day… because I haven’t been to any gathering where I have seen so many people in support of the government’s policies,” Musharraf told the crowd.

Musharraf ruled out imposing an emergency in Karachi. “There is absolutely no requirement and absolutely no environment for taking such drastic measure,” he said.

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March 28, 2007

Major Pakistan newspaper under government pressure

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The publisher Dawn Group has been under increasing pressure from the government to stop negative coverage of events happening on the troubled Pakistan-Afghanistan border as well as recent events in the troubled province of Balochistan.

A series of emails written last week by Hameed Haroon, the managing CEO of Dawn Goup and Pakistan’s biggest English language newspaper, the Dawn, have been circulated over the Internet. The emails allege that the government is depriving the newspaper of advertising revenue as a means of placing increasing pressure on it.

Mr. Haroon wrote, “It has always been difficult for governments to coexist with a free and independent press in Pakistan. Of late, however, the government headed by President Musharraf has become increasingly intolerant towards criticism in the press and towards the publishing of news that reflects poorly on the performance of his government on security matters.” according to AsiansInMedia.org.

The allegations came recently after the offices of the Geo TV network and its affiliates, a media group unrelated to Dawn Group, were stormed by Islamabad police while the network was airing live video coverage of unrest caused by the dismissal of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has denied his government is targeting the media, and in the controversy sparked by the revelations insisted that he supports press freedom. “I granted freedom which the (Pakistani) media enjoys today,” he said in a speech delivered Saturday in Pakpattan.

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March 14, 2007

Chief Justice of Pakistan manhandled, gag order issued by government

Chief Justice of Pakistan manhandled, gag order issued by government

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was manhandled by capital police and the Federal Investigation Agency’s personnel yesterday at his official residence in Islamabad, when he refused to ride in the police personnel vehicle and insisted on a civilian automobile.

The acting Chief Justice of Pakistan in an early morning statement confirming the incident said, “Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is our responsibility and the persons will be taken to task who have misbehaved with him.”

The Chief Justice of Pakistan was removed from his office last Friday in an extrajudicial move by Pakistan’s President General Pervez Musharraf for charges of alleged misconduct and corruption which have yet to be disclosed to the public and to the defendant.

The Chief Justice has taken a strict stand against the government’s human rights abuses and abductions.

The Supreme Court has issued a gag order and has asked all Pakistani electronic media to show restraint and caution in airing programs. The acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Javaid Iqbal said, “the advice of the Supreme Judicial Council will be strictly enforced from today and no government official or media will be allowed to comment on it [the case].”

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March 13, 2007

Protests in Pakistan as Chief Justice appears before judges\’ panel

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Iftikhar Chaudhry was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 2005 to 2007, when he was suspended.

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry arrived to court to appear in front of a panel of previously subordinate judges to answer charges filed against him by the President General Pervez Musharraf.

The Chief Justice’s motorcade was surrounded by thousands of well wishers and lawyers who have come out on the streets of Pakistan’s capital to express their solidarity as Pakistan observes a nation wide partial strike and black day.

In a brief statement to the press, the Chief Justice said, “I am appearing in front of junior judges who are under investigation for corruption.”

The Chief Justice has been held incommunicado without access to the outside world since Friday when he was suddenly removed from his office by Pakistan’s military government. Telephone, Internet, and mobile phone service has been suspended to his house which is under “high security” according to government officials.

Chief Justice Iftikhar is well respected by his colleagues and international community for taking a firm stand against government’s human rights abuses and abductions.

New York based Human Rights Watch has issued a statement demanding an immediate release and reinstatement of the Chief Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar. “By brazenly and unlawfully dismissing, detaining and humiliating the chief justice of the Supreme Court, President Musharraf has created a constitutional crisis at the judiciary’s expense,” said Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights watch.

Ikram Chaudhry, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told a British news service: “General Musharraf is trying to bulldoze the judiciary. He wants to leave no stone unturned.”

Reporting yesterday’s wide spread strike by the bar associations across Pakistan two major private news channels were forced to go off air for reporting and showing “anti-government” protests.

Tensions are high and the police and other security personnel have been placed on high alert. Military government’s information minister has however categorically denied that the government is considering a declaration of emergency.

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March 9, 2007

Pakistan\’s military ruler sacks Chief Justice

Pakistan’s military ruler sacks Chief Justice

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Friday, March 9, 2007

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has suspended the country’s top judge, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry under section 209 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for “misuse of authority”, the country’s information minister Mohammed Ali Durrani has announced. Justice Javed Iqbal, the next in line has been sworn in as acting Chief Justice.

In a public statement issued on national television, Mr. Durrani said that the chief justice is being investigated and the exact details of charges will be made public once the initial investigation is complete.

Chaudry was controversial for taking up investigations into the highly sensitive issue of the disappearance of political activists allegedly detained illegally by the security forces.

Former justice of the supreme court Justice Abdul Qayyum expressing his shock to the entire situation said, “”He (Chaudhry) was an upright person, and the action against him has surprised me,” said Abdul Qayyum, who now works as a lawyer.

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