… & Now the Judicial Victimization!

Courtesy: Pakistan State Times http://www.pstimes.com/2012/08/28/and-now-the-judicial-victimisation/
Courtesy: Digital Journal http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/18144

It is for the third time that a court has issued arrest warrants for Ex-President Pervez Musharraf in Nawab Akbar Bugti Murder Case. One newspaper reported the news:

It is the third time the court has issued arrest warrants for Musharraf, former premier Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan chief minister Jam Mir Mohammad Yusuf and former governor Awais Ahmed Ghani.

ATC Judge Nawaz Khan Barakzai was hearing the case which was registered in Kohlu police station. A sessions court had referred the case to the ATC through the Balochistan High Court on July 4.

Earlier a Judicial Magistrate had issued arrest warrants for all the accused nominated in the case & the ATC in Sibbi has also earlier issued warrants for the accused. It should be bear in mind that Nawab Akbar Bugti had been killed in resistance during an Army Operation in August 26, 2006.

Also, arrest warrants had been issued thrice & on June 11, 2011 the Rawalpindi ATC had issued permanent warrants against Musharraf in murder case of Ms. Benazir Bhutto, the Ex-Prime Minister, declaring him absconder, ordered to freeze his assets.

Pakistan’s has gone through many phases in its 65 years history, democracy, dictatorship, controlled democracy, civil dictatorship & have seen many interesting scenarios, democratically elected unpopular Govt., popular Govt. under a dictator, importing the rulers, exporting the rulers, the history is the witness of military victimization, political victimization … & now the judicial victimization.

It is a common observation; yesterday’s oppressed turn to be today’s oppressor, Balochistan is a live example. Every successive Govt. harms the earlier one, like in decade of 1990. Sometimes they turn on their own allies, PMLN Vs MQM, PPP Vs MQM. The rulers promote some Civil or Military Personnel out of turn & they turn against them, Bhutto-Ayub, Zia-Bhutto, Aslam Beg-Zia, Nawaz Sharif-Musharraf, Musharraf –Iftikhar are examples.

Musharraf’s had came in power by an accidental coup d’etat declaring himself Chief Executive, later he formally appointed himself President of Pakistan after the voluntarily resignation of President Rafiq Tarar in June 2001. As against the traditional Military Dictator Musharraf had called for General Elections nationwide as per the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. After the success of PMLQ in 2002 General Elections, Musharraf had transferred all powers to the newly elected Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali & later to Shaukat Aziz who replaced Jamali. The PMLQ Govt. completed its five years tenure & Musharraf called for another General Election in 2007.

The nine year tenure of Musharraf is marked with economical boom; his policies helped create 13 million new jobs, cut poverty in half and halved the country’s total debt burden in the period from 2000 till 2007. Musharraf resigned as President on August 18, 2008 and went in a self imposed exile. He formally announced to participate in politics in June 2010 & formed his All Pakistan Muslim League. He planed to land back in 2012 to seek Presidency in 2013, after the obvious attempts of judicial victimization Musharraf have barred himself to do so.

Following the tradition, our Judiciary is trying its level best to harm Musharraf by issuing warrants & by requesting Britain to extradite him. However, the British Govt. had rejected Pakistan’s extradition request against Musharraf on the ground that the two countries have no formal extradition treaty between them. Interpol, on the other hand, has also rejected to issue Red Warrants against Musharraf for incomplete documentation. On the other hand a group of Ex-Generals & other high profile Military Officials has demanded that Musharraf should be allowed home without facing arrest or humiliation. They also condemned what they called the “bashing” of the country’s armed forces. The members of the group “Pakistan First”, mostly Generals and Admirals, signed their names on the letter demanding to allow Musharraf home to contest polls as per domestic norms which the Govt. & Judiciary should pay heed.


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