'Campaign' launched for CJP's removal?
13 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: A campaign is seemingly underway for the removal of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court in this regard in the current week.
According to the details, three different petitions were moved in the superior courts for stopping the incumbent CJ from continuing in office. It has been learnt that the SC on Wednesday rejected one of the petitions, which had sought a judicial order for deposing of Chief Justice Iftikhar until the final decision of Dr Arsalan Iftikhar case. This petition was filed by a lady lawyer of Lahore High Court, Afzala Qureshi.
Advocate Afzala Qureshi in her petition said that the chief justice may have self-interest in Dr Arsalan case and, therefore, deliberately took a suo motu action in the case. The petitioner further pleaded that the chief justice, by taking suo motu action himself on his son's case, had dishonoured the dignity of the Supreme Court.
The SC office had returned the petition with several objections. The applicant filed an appeal against the SC registrar's objections. In this week, appeal in chamber was fixed before Justice Eajaz Afzal as he rejected it after hearing. Talking to our sources, Raja Abdul Hameed, counsel for the petitioner, said they would again challenge the court's order very soon.
Expressing concern, he said all the advocates on record had refused to submit petition against the CJP; therefore the petitioner was appearing in person in the case. A cleric of Lal Masjid, Amir Sadique, has also filed a petition in the Federal Shariat Court against the chief justice of Pakistan. He has raised questions over the judges' oath. Likewise, in this week, real estate tycoon Malik Riaz filed a petition in the apex court, stating justice cannot be delivered in his cases as long as the incumbent chief justice was in office.