Institutions, not personalities, important: CJP

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday sought a reply from the federal government on whether it wanted to continue with the political cell of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the Asghar Khan case against political funding by the ISI in the run-up to 1990 elections. The court held that the attorney general was queried about the case on June 26, 1997 “if the government wants to abolish this cell in the ISI”, however, no reply had been received so far.
The attorney general pleaded the court for some time so that he might get instructions from the government and submit a written rejoinder. Granting time until July 30, the bench directed him to make it abundantly clear to prime minister and high-ups of the armed forces that the principle stood explicitly defined in rulings of July 31, 2009 and June 19, 2012 regarding the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani that now only those functions would be permissible which were in absolute harmony with the constitution.
Earlier, the chief justice said the judiciary wanted to see the army as a stable institution, however, it wanted to emphasize that there would be supremacy of constitution alone, adding that a Bangladesh-like model could not be implemented here. The CJ said institutions, not personalities, were important, adding that graveyards were full of people who thought they were indispensable.
The bench also directed Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi to tell the court if the Defence Ministry would represent the ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) in the Asghar Khan case, else a counsel would be appointed for the purpose. Nargis Sethi said the director legal affairs had told her that the ISI and MI would have their own representatives, and she could furnish details after getting relevant directions. The CJ said no lawyer from the Defence Ministry had appeared before the court, but the court would give a chance for explanation to everyone. He added that the ISI was answerable to the prime minister. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary ordered the Attorney General to analyze the summary of General Asad Durrani about the political cell of ISI, or otherwise the summary must be sealed and produced in the court.
He said the Supreme Court wanted to bring forth the facts in a transparent manner. During the hearing, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the court was told that the documents by ISI also reached office of the attorney general. Attorney General Irfan Qadir said he would look for the documents in his office. The CJ added that democracy and democratic institutions must be strengthened. The court directed the attorney general to present the rejoinder in connection with the investigation reports on scandals of Mehran Bank and Habib Bank, and adjourned the proceedings for two weeks.

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  1. If the CJ of Pakistan did not have a political agenda he would not take up a 22 year old case against financing political parties. It is clear why a particular political party is ready to march, hold sit-ins and voice its support for the SC.

  2. Why does the CJ of Pakistan look like a thug ('goonda') from a Bollywood movie?

    • I wouldn't care if he looked like Attila the Hun, to be honest, if he would only not stick his nose where it doesn't belong

  3. 16 years old case still not decided.?why taken up now?
    30,000 cases pending in courts… judicial system has collapsed.

  4. Only he understands what he says otherwise this DHEET ;person who is least bothered about his own wife and children and their Royal spending must have resigned the day his begotten son and family members were exposed. He is only a front man for some new order being visualized by our donors and masters.

  5. Cj is on the right track if not may Allah show him the right way.I would like him to take out 60 years old cases and this what the justice demands.judiciary is stronger than ever before the cj knows wat he is up to and he does appreciate people's struggle for strengthening judiciary.he know better that he is answerable to Allah.justice must be done no matter how old the cases are.

    • The CJ is definitely right on track because he is pursuing his political agenda. When he gets his party elected you will see how well he administers justice. Please keep your eyes and ears open.

      • We are with CJ.

        @Nelta Keep on begging Zardari for your daily Rs.50 quota. Some people are utterly blind.

        Finally a prayer: Death to jiyalas.

        • I prefer to beg Imran Khan for my daily quota of what he is no declaring to the public

  6. Institutions are more important than personalities as these personalities come only once upon a time.But institutions are permanent establishments.Moreover the parties come and gone with the wind and never come back until and unless they have the best performances in the countries.CJ of SP is right in saying like that.I request him to trace out my case dispensation of my services from P.I.A in 1981 my Martial Law Regulation No.52 can he dare to review my case and get me granted relief and get me re-instated in P.I.A with all benefits,than we will see that Judciary is perfectly and independently working..my P- No.40239 in P.I.A Headoffice,Karachi

    • Why should he care about you? Have you approached through proper channel, Arsalan? You seem to be a very simple man in this crooked world.

  7. Chief Justice of Pakistan has stood for the rights of Pakistanis across all walks of life and without gender or religious prejudices.

    Once certain individuals could not have their way with him they tired to groom his son, much like paedophiles would groom children for their nefarious means. There are laws against such individuals in the developed countries but unfortunately not in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

    The way people in this country (Pakistan) have dodged the law they would have been tried for perverting the course of public justice in any developed country.

    CJ must carry on delivering the good work.

    Ram Parkash (Pakistani Hindu)
    http://www.pakistantoday.mbt.pk/2012/07/17/news/n

  8. Chief Justice of Pakistan has stood for the rights of Pakistanis across all walks of life and without gender or religious prejudices. Once certain individuals could not have their way with him they tired to groom his son, much like paedophiles would groom children for their nefarious means. There are laws against such individuals in the developed countries but unfortunately not in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

    Ram Parkash (Pakistani Hindu)
    http://www.pakistantoday.mbt.pk/2012/07/17/news/n

  9. Chief Justice of Pakistan has stood for the rights of Pakistanis across all walks of life and without gender or religious prejudices. Once certain individuals could not have their way with him they tired to groom his son, much like paedophiles would groom children for their nefarious means. There are laws against such individuals in the developed countries but unfortunately not in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

  10. Chief Justice of Pakistan has stood for the rights of Pakistanis across all walks of life and without gender or religious prejudices. Once certain individuals could not have their way with him they tired to groom his son, much like paedophiles would groom children for their nefarious means. There are laws against such individuals in the developed countries but unfortunately not in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

    The way people in this country (Pakistan) have dodged the law they would have been tried for perverting the course of public justice in any developed country.

    CJ must carry on delivering the good work.

  11. Chief Justice of Pakistan has stood for the rights of Pakistanis across all walks of life and without gender or religious prejudices. Once certain individuals could not have their way with him they tired to groom his son, much like paedophiles would groom children for their nefarious means. There are laws against such individuals in the developed countries but unfortunately not in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

    The way people in this country (Pakistan) have dodged the law they would have been tried for perverting the course of public justice in any developed country.

    CJ must carry on delivering the good work.

    Ram Parkash (Pakistani H i n d u)
    http://www.pakistantoday.mbt.pk/2012/07/17/news/n

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