By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Everyone is in a state of shock and feeling violated after Justice Sardar Mohammad Shamim Khan Chief Justice of Lahore High Court granted bail to Hamza Shabaz in a special chamber hearing on a day off without the accused being present, ordering NAB not to arrest him on money laundering and corruption charges until Monday for 48 hours.
As if supreme court’s judgment to grant 6 weeks bail to Nawaz Sharif to de-stress at home was not enough to shock us last week. Sharifs have attacked the Supreme Court of Pakistan and have been dictating judges like Justice Malik Qayum for favourable judgements against the opponents whose tapes are available.
People of Pakistan don’t understand the urgency and emergency of the Chief Justice to do this special chamber hearing on weekend as if he was a heart surgeon who needed to do an urgent operation on weekend because it was matter of life and death? My Lord you have betrayed and hurt feelings of millions of people who are waiting for justice for years including myself.
If the above cannot be done for the common people and only rich get relief from courts, then we may as well shut down these courts burden on taxpayers after all people of this region survived without the Supreme Court for centuries. No?
For Sharifs only Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar behaved like a ‘Jirga Head’ and called both Hamza Shabaz and Ayesha Ahad in his chamber and mediated the case in way that saved him from being disqualified from parliament under article 62. It does not matter if Ayesha Ahad wife of Hamza Shabaz got the justice or not but Justice Saqib Nisar saved the leader of the opposition of Punjab Assembly.
Hamza Shabaz has been denying their relationship as wife for years but when a FIR was lodged by Ayesha Ahad and threat was made to form JIT on the issue, he admitted in the chamber and settlement was made.
Few days ago, Pakistani Supreme Court on granted six weeks bail to the convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to have medical treatment within the country. On the same day Lahore High court granted relief to his younger brother Shabaz Sharif and ordered to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL) so he could travel abroad.
Recently Supreme of Pakistan gave relief to Malik Riaz Hussian of Bahria Town and all his accomplices involved in ‘Great Land Robbery’ of over Rs 30,000 billion in the history of world. The above examples prove one point that there is no law and accountability for Rich and Mighty in Pakistan.
It seems courts in Pakistan got drunk and judges have complete disconnect with the ground realities and challenges Pakistan facing from all sides. I have dealt with courts and mafias for many years and have first – hand experience of judicial system. Someone was telling me the way judiciary is at the moment and how judges are recruited form certain chambers it would be impossible to anyone to bring any high-profile criminals to justice. I have seen these VIP criminals following the laws and queuing up in London busses and tube stations.
Corruption is weapon of war and If it continues like that the state of Pakistan will have bigger challenges which men in uniform will not be able to control and that was the plan by Indians ‘Why kill them when you make them corrupt’ as former RAW chief AS Daulat wrote in his book. It seems whole RAW network is activated to support Sharifs as Indians themselves have called ‘Sharifs’ their assets. So, what is Pakistani agencies doing to counter this challenge?
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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