Will Raja Write Letter?By Maria Sultan • Jul 26th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 31 Comments
While fighting with mosquitoes of many kinds in the Islamabad the beautiful of Pakistan, I am thinking hard as I write this article that how come I throw any new and different light on this so old, much discussed, beaten to death discussion of letter-writing saga a.k.a tussle between the PPP government and the Iftikhar Chaudhry judiciary.
The Supreme Court has given August 08 deadline to Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to implement its order by writing a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen the graft cases against President Asif Ali Zradari. Along with that, in almost the same breath, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) resumed hearing of various identical petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act 2012. Will Raja write the letter? No way, everybody knows that. It’s not that Raja adores Zardari so much, rather Raja has truck full of baggage to answer to, if he even thinks of going sideways.
Supreme Court is likely to strike down the contempt law, though government wishes to stretch it after the decision of Supreme court about Raja. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has already observed that the new Contempt of Court Act 2012 seemed to be against the delivery of justice while the earlier law was intended to ensure the implementation of court orders. During proceedings, the CJ remarked that the contempt of court law was an important tool in the hands of judiciary to make sure its orders were implemented. Expressing his dismay, the Chief Justice termed the practice of changing laws in haste as an incorrect effort.
So fate of this law is anybody’s guess. But the question is that how long this will go on? How long the judiciary can keep on firing the premiers and how long PPP can keep on bringing new premiers. Establishment is still not ready to stage the coup, though they are seriously thinking of bringing in interim setup directly without any speech made by the army chief. This also seems difficult as military is far too stretched and weak, and don’t want to create uprising kind of situation in interior Sindh.
Zardari has no choice but to keep fighting supreme court. There might be a eye-blinking on Supreme Court side this time and they might exercise any other option rather than uprooting Raja.