Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Iftikhar Chaudhry vs Musharraf!

If I mock the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and all the sheep who are slaves of 'definitions' such as 'free judiciary', I might be labeled a right wing loony. But I've read Riaz Basra's trial as well as Asia Bibi's. I have edited news about lawyers boycotting courts at least twice a week. I know that a worker cannot even afford to file a case against employers because the law favours those who are privileged. There are countless women awaiting hearing in Hudood cases.

And among all this, we have a judge, who decides who shall have what, who has behaved well with him and who has not. Since it has become a personal matter, an 'us' vs 'them' scenario, the community has inflicted a moral jury on one of its members because it has stamped him in some degree or dimension an outlaw. If in these circumstances, I judge the judiciary as biased and carrying out a personal agenda against Musharraf, your 'rants' would be nothing more but arsenic tirades negating your 'public support claims'. 

'Public' is not a homogeneous group, so stop associating and claiming it to be some archetype which wants what you want, and which demands what you think they 'must' demand. Not all public is offended by what Musharraf did in case of Lal Masjid, or Bugti case. Also, not everybody thinks he should be given precedence above all because he is an army general, or has been. Everybody does not have to care about terms like 'democracy' and 'dictatorship'. Stop fitting such a diverse group of 'public' in a box that is within your head, which is stuck in some theory books fed to you at some elite school, or at the dinner table of your bureaucratic father's home.

When you do this, it only brings out your bias and want for power. Where you see 'public' as an empowering tool. A public that is tailored for what your vision is. A union of your desires to sit on a thrown, be it political, philanthropic or just an egotistic one, and lest you forget, in our local context, a judicial one.

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