Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) lashed out at the military and primarily Pakistan Army, on 24th April 2018, questioning its “involvement” in commercial activities. He was hearing a petition demanding to make the Faizabad sit-in inquiry report public.
“Pakistan Army wants to earn as per a commercial model but wishes to be dealt with like an armed force when it commits a crime.”
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui
Remarks on Pakistan Army
Justice Siddiqui vehemently remarked: “No army in the world is involved in commercial activities but ours is selling even cement, meat and bread.” He said that the court would issue a notice to defence secretary to know about the stance of the ministry over the issue.
“Pakistan Army wants to earn as per a commercial model but want to be dealt with like an armed force,” he said. Justice Siddiqui went on to say that people have been made mental, economic and moral slaves. The court issued a notice to the attorney general, seeking a reply on the issue. He did not want to antagonise Pakistan Army which hounds people opposing them but truth is known to all that Pakistan Army via ISI also indulges in drug peddling to finance its operations. This enables it to be unanswerable to their people.
The petitioner, through his counsel, contended that they had approached the registrar office for access to the report but the plea was denied. Justice Siddiqui replied on a lighter note, saying that he was already facing six references against him and it seemed that the petitioner wanted Siddiqui to face the seventh one. It seems the days of Justice Siddiqui are also numbered as those opposing Pakistan Army do not stay in office for long. “The report has been sealed as per a court order,” he told the lawyer. The case was deferred for an indefinite period.
“Those claiming to be ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool (SAW)’ are enemies of Islam as they portray a horrible picture of religion.”
Case on TLP (aided by Pakistan Army)
Separately, Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on the same day also came down hard on security agencies for “failing to submit a new report” on last year’s Faizabad sit-in.
A three-member apex court bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam was hearing a case on the sit-in staged by TLP (Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan) that had crippled the routine life in the capital for almost three weeks. The sit-in had come to an end after the army brokered a deal between the protesters and the government. As the hearing went underway, Justice Isa remarked that those “claiming to be ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool (SAW)’ are enemies of Islam as they portray a horrible picture of religion”.
Is Pakistan Army not allowing submission of the report?
He asked the attorney general if the agencies had submitted a report to submit. The attorney general replied that no report had been furnished because the court had not passed any orders to this effect. Justice Isa said that the security agencies should have submitted a new report when the court had expressed its dissatisfaction over the previous report on the same issue. “Who is paying you? Who is Paying Pakistan Army? Who is paying the Inter-Services Intelligence? No one should consider itself above the law,” he said while addressing the attorney general. “The army did not establish this country and the state will not be ruled on the whims and wishes of anyone (Pakistan Army).”
01 Apr 19/Monday Written By : Azadazraq