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Musharraf on the run after bail cancellation

.This act of the former military ruler “underscores his disregard for due legal process and indicates his assumption that as a former army chief and military dictator he can evade accountability for abuses”, Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“It is essential that Pakistan’s military authorities which are protecting the former dictator comply with the Islamabad High Court’s orders and ensure that he presents himself for arrest,” the statement added.

It further said that “continued military protection for General Musharraf will make a mockery of claims that Pakistan’s armed forces support the rule of law and bring the military further disrepute that it can ill afford.”

ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday escaped from the premises of the Islamabad High Court after the cancellation of his bail application by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in the judges detention case.

Immediately after the bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, fleeing in his bullet-proof black four-wheeler.

“Islamabad High Court has cancelled Musharraf’s bail and ordered his arrest in the judges’ detention case today,” said Muhammad Amjad, secretary-general of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party.

In a written judgement printed in English, the IHC ordered that: “He (Musharraf) be taken into custody and dealt with in accordance with law.”

The detailed verdict issued by the Islamabad High Court ordered for terrorism to be added to the list of charges against the former military ruler. The order further said that Musharraf’s exit from the court earlier during the day warranted for separate charges to be filed against him.

According to reports, Musharraf’s lawyers reached the Supreme Court to file a pre-arrest bail application in order avoid his surrender to the police.

However, the SC returned the 14-page bail application as the timings for the Registrar’s office had ended. Musharraf’s lawyers are now expected to resubmit the appeal on Friday.

After departing from the IHC’s premises, Musharraf had reached his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad, a suburban area on the outskirts of Islamabad where security was beefed up and all entry and exit routes to the area were blocked.

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18th amendment: who derailed it and why? It seems he got a message ..

To read Nazir Naji’s article on the same issue in urdu, please click here

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Spanner in the works

Courtesy: Dawn Editorial

Mr Sharif has now suggested that he wants there to be a majority of serving judges on the judicial commission, a position that has been championed by those in the media and the legal community who have fervently supported the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry-led superior judiciary.

Thursday was supposed to be a day of celebration. The Raza Rabbani-led committee on constitutional reforms was supposed to complete its task and the country was supposed to be on the verge of getting what it has not had in decades: a constitution enjoying the broad support of a legitimately elected parliament. But then Nawaz Sharif held a press conference and announced that a consensus had still not been reached. It was dramatic, it was thoroughly unexpected, it was, sadly, vintage Pakistani politics.

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Judges Required The Endorsement of Parliament – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani says

During the session of the Parliament on Feb 15, 2010, Prime Minister, Yousaf Raz Gilani said the Judges including chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry were restored on executive order and the Restoration of the Judges should be endorsed through the Parliament. [To read report at BBC urdu, click here]

Prime Minister’s Speech in Assembly – Feb 15th 2010

Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZV1ipgnd20&feature=player_embedded

Pakistan- Extremism and Punjab

by Asim Kaghzi, Calgary, Canada
I was wondering about what the Punjab is thinking about the latest happenings in lahore where quite a few lives were lost in terrorist activities.
Perhaps busy in having lassi at his farm house in Raiwind. I would be interested in hearing from all the people who lost their sleep when PML-N munda’s brother lost his Punjab government, that after the restoration of Justice Chaudhry and Sharif, what has changed, also how both of people are part of solution? and why are they criminally silent over raging violence that is threatening the very fabric of social order in Pakistan.

CJP to remain PCO judge without fresh oath: Fazlur Rehman

fazal-al-rehmanCourtesy and Thanks: Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry will continue to remain a Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) judge if he does not take a fresh oath under the constitution, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Monday. A private TV channel cited him as saying that he had not been taken into confidence over the reinstatement of the CJP. He claimed he had merely been a spectator in the decision taken by the government. He said that while the judicial crisis had been ostensibly resolved, there were still several glaring contradictions.

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Benazir Bhutto was, in the eyes of many, that is why she was killed

bbBenazir Bhutto was, in the eyes of many, the last national figure capable of doing this. Perhaps that is why she was killed.
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Courtesy: The Guardian, Tuesday 17 March 2009
Back from the brink
The latest nail-biting crisis in Pakistan ended yesterday with jubilant scenes on the streets of Islamabad and sighs of relief in Washington and London. Just as protesters were about to descend on the capital in their thousands, President Asif Zardari backed down by agreeing to reinstate the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. And Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition, called off a sit-in outside parliament which would have ended in the overthrow of the government.

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