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MILITARY, JUDICIARY AND POLITICIANS IN GOVERNANCE OF PAKISTAN


21 Nov 17/Tuesday.

Political Landscape

Recent sacking of Nawaj Sharif has raised questions about judicial over reach in governance of Pakistan. Big debate is razing in Pakistan over alleged involvement of the military establishment and the judiciary in the country’s political affairs and alleged misuse of powers by the state institutions. Army in collusion with judiciary has rendered political system completely ineffective.

Supreme Court of Pakistan has encouraged the traders in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan in POK to go up in arms against Pak government for imposing new taxes. The issue has become very complex as Pakistan Supreme Court has declared the territory as disputed and said that Islamabad has no right to impose taxes through ordinances. This has put Pakistan Government in a fix as the ordinance becomes no-go, right from the beginning. Protests are likely to spread to Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and other parts of Pakistan.

The political atmosphere in Pakistan has become very charged up with Islamabad reeling under seize of Islamic fundamentalist demanding removal of Pak Law Minister. Due to these sit-in blockades by Religious parties 800,000 peoples of Islamabad-Rawalpindi had to suffer endlessly. Islamabad High Court had to Intervene again by ordering the Government to remove the sit-in blockades within two days.

Judges, Generals versus the Nation

Continuous meddling by Pak Army in every sphere of Governance of Pakistan and collusive support from the Judiciary has further legitimised the unlawful governance in Pakistan. The situation has become so precarious that, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar was compelled to openly declare that,

 “The powers of the parliament, the judiciary and the civilian establishment were being shifted from Islamabad to Rawalpindi,”

Babar claimed, adding that in some instances “the powers had already been handed over to Rawalpindi”.

“Powers have been transferred to the people who consider themselves above the law, which is a matter of grave concern,” Babar remarked.

He goes on to say that, institutional dialogues between parliament, the military establishment and the judiciary are regular feature across the world, so as to avert a collision between the institutions; but as far as Pakistan is concerned, the matter is “much more complicated than just an issue of imbalance in powers of the state institutions”. He alleged that the judiciary had encroached upon the powers of the parliament.

The situation deteriorated further when, “The parliament missed the chance to bring everyone under the ambit of accountability, as it has now been decided to hold everyone accountable except the judges and generals,” he maintained.

Another Senator Usman Kakar viewed that the civil-military bureaucracy was attacking the parliament and judiciary had legalised the dictatorial governments in the past”.

In nutshell, the exclusion of Military and the Judiciary from the accountability has divided Pakistan in two categories; first one consists of Judiciary and Military and the second category consists of rest of the Nation. This classification of privileged and non-privileged citizenry is bound to create serious problems for Pakistan in the long run. Ironically in Pakistan ELECTED LEADERS are always REJECTED by the Pakistan Army-Supreme Court nexus through dubious “Judicial Coups”. Complicit and Compliant Supreme Court of Pakistan is more than happy to legitimise all wrongs by giving judicial approval, thus putting all objections to rest. The combination of Pak Army and Judiciary is being perceived as an ominous sign for the 2018 General Elections, where the duo is likely to play havoc with its combined power, in deciding the fate of the country.

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