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Diplomatic AffairsApril 22-28, 2013
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Indubitably, judiciary, being one of the unavoidable pillars of the state, plays a pivotal role in a coun-trys development. The Pakistani nation has made an admirable struggle for freedom of judiciary. The
role of lawyer fraternity and political parties cannot be neglected while mentioning the efforts for an independent ju-diciary, as they played a lead-ing role in the movement for restoration of the institution after it was crippled by suspen-sion of Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Activities held to shed light on im-portance of freedom of judiciary are always of high weight and substance. The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan annually holds International Judicial Conference, wherein delega-tions of different countries participate and discuss a variety of issues relating to judicial development.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said in the concluding session that an independ-ent judiciary played an important role in providing justice to the people. He said judiciary gives priority to those who are in search of justice. He said judiciary has taken oath of protection of constitution and judiciary is re-sponsible for dispensation of justice to the people.
It is a welcoming statements the CJ made in his ad-dress that confidence of masses on judiciary has im-proved in recent years. He said judiciary is the third pillar of the state and independent judiciary plays vital role in providing justice in society. He observed there is need to strengthen judiciary as an institution. He rightly
observed that the current judiciary is not like that of before 2007 judiciary.
No doubt the judiciary is taking measures for rule of law in the coun-try. These measures are actually im-perative for ensuring speedy justice to the people of Pakistan.
The remarks of the CJ that Pakistan is not an underdeveloped country but a nuclear power are also very notable, as he has really shown the optimis-tic approach, which every Pakistani should adopt.
Representatives from 21 countries
attended the conference. The participants of the con-ference urged for joint efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the society. The conference recom-mended that all states should respect and secure pro-tect human rights irrespective of region ethnicity or
nationality. It also called for strengthen-
ing cooperation among states at the regional and internation-al levels in order to deal with international crimes.
Such conferences are a regu-lar and an important event. This annual event aimed at providing a forum to the stake-holders of justice sector to share experiences and evolve strategies for addressing the problems which are being faced by the judicial system. This year the international conference was held with the same spirit to provide an op-portunity to international and national luminaries in law, re-searchers and academia to sit together and share thoughts,
experiences and knowl-edge for resolving common concerns and problems faced in
the administration of justice.
Delegations from various countries of the world par-ticipated in the recently held International Judicial Con-ference. The participants assembled in the thematic groups. Group One discussed Role of Judiciary in De-veloping World; Group Two discussed The Rule of Law and International Peace; Group Three discussed Terrorism and Money Laundering; Group Four dis-cussed Public Interest Litigation: a Tool to Protect Fun-damental Rights; Group Five discussed The Role of Judiciary in Consumer Protection; Group Six discussed Legal and Judicial Education; Group Seven discussed Alternate Dispute Resolution; Group Eight discussed Parental Child Abduction and Transnational Jurisdic-tion; and Group Nine discussed Cyber Crimes.
Such conferences are very important, as in interna-tional conferences expert from different countries share their experiences. Such experiences help the participat-ing countries improve their status and strengthen their institutions.
Pivotal role of Intl Judicial Conference
No doubt the judiciary is taking measures for rule of law in the country. These
measures are actually im-perative for ensuring speedy justice to the people of Paki-stan...Such conferences are very im-portant, as in international conferences experts from dif-ferent countries share their experiences. Such experiences help the participating coun-tries strengthen their institu-tions.
April 22-28, 2013
DA REPORT ISLAMABAD
After his return to Pakistan according to his promise, former president Pervez Musharraf is facing cases
registered against him for his acts he did during his regime.
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) the other day sent former president Pervez Musharraf on a 14-day judicial remand in the judges detention case.
The former president, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was pro-duced before the ATC amid tight secu-rity. Despite the high security, a large number of lawyers reached the spot and started chanting slogans against Musharraf and also scuffled with his supporters.
Meanwhile, the chief commissioner, Islamabad, constituted a Joint Investi-gation Team (JIT) headed by SP (City) Capt (retd) Mohammad Ilyas to inves-tigate the terrorism case against former president Pervez Musharraf, registered under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorist Act (ATA).
Musharraf came to the national po-litical scenario by his military coup in 1999. He first became the chief ex-ecutive and then president of Pakistan, while being in his military uniform. During his tenure, he made several constitutional changes. Shortly after Musharrafs takeover, Musharaf issued Oath of Judges Order No. 2000, which required judges to take a fresh oath of office swearing allegiance to military. On 12 May 2000, the Supreme Court asked Musharraf to hold national elec-tions by 12 October 2002.
In October 2002, general elections were held which the pro-Musharraf PML-Q won with wide margins. The PML-Q formed government with far-right religious parties coalition, the MMA and the liberals MQM; the coali-tion legitimized Musharrafs rule.
Among his decisions that have long-lasting impact on the country is his alli-ance with the US on war against terror-ism. Musharraf allied with the United States against the Afghan mujahideen in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks.
On March 9, 2007, Musharraf sus-pended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muham-mad Chaudhry and pressed corruption charges against him. He replaced him with ally Acting Chief Justice Javed Iqbal. The move drew large condemna-tion and led to a movement for restora-tions of judiciary. Similarly, Musharraf is highly criticized over Lal Masjid in-cident.
On 7 August 2008, the Pakistan Peo-ples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (N) agreed to force Musharraf to step down and begin his impeach-ment. Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sha-rif announced sending a formal request or joint charge sheet that he step down, and impeach him through parliamen-
tary process upon refusal. Musharraf refused to step down.
However, on 18 August 2008, Musharraf resigned. On 19 August, he defended his nine-year rule in an hour-long speech.
On 2 October 2007, Musharraf ap-pointed General Tariq Majid as Chair-man Joint Chiefs Committee and ap-proved General Ashfaq Kayani as vice chief of the army starting 8 October. When Musharraf resigned from mili-tary on 28 November 2007, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani became Chief of Army Staff.
Since quitting politics in 2008, Musharraf has been in London since 24 November 2008 in self-imposed exile. Musharraf launched his own political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, in June 2010.
Now, Musharraf returned to Paki-stan after announcement of holding of general elections in May. After coming to country, Musharraf is faced with various cases. The former president is at his farmhouse as an inmate, as the administration has declared Mushar-rafs farmhouse at Chak Shehzad as sub-jail and shifted him there as a pris-oner.
Authorities handed over the control of the sub-jail to the administration of Adi-ala Jail, Rawalpindi, and to law enforcing agencies with the direction to provide extraordinary security to the sub-jail. The Adiala Jail officials, headed by a dep-uty superintendent, had already taken over internal control of the farmhouse before the shifting of Pervez Musharraf. The issue is going to witness more devel-opments and the time will tell about the fate of Musharrafs future.
A Chinese language course has been launched by the Punjab chapter of the PHMA for its members,
mostly consisting of importers and dealers.
The PHMA Punjab president Saj-
jad A. Sheikh,