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How the Pak chief justice set wheels of the saga in motion

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, chief justice of the supreme court of Pakistan, can be credited with being the architect of the current political crisis in Pakistan.

world Updated: Jan 12, 2012 00:30 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, chief justice of the supreme court of Pakistan, can be credited with being the architect of the current political crisis in Pakistan.


The decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to admit the petition of the Memogate case filed by opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, at a time when the government argued that this was a non-issue, may have been the turning point in the current crisis.

Chaudhry, through his statements and actions, has also put pressure on the government - particularly the president, in the NRO case.

The chief justice is seen to have become too politicised. Counsel for ambassador Husain Haqqani, Asma Jahangir, who is also the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, accused Chaudhry of being partial and withdrew from the case saying that the bench was politically motivated.

Analysts say that Chaudhry has never forgiven Zardari for not reinstating him to his position as chief justice after the Peoples Party government came to power and delaying the matter till a long march was launched by Nawaz Sharif and reinstatement made after intervention from the army chief.

Chaudhry has always been at the forefront of issuing political statements and at the same time has said that he would be the first to defend the country from a military takeover. However, his and the actions of his fellow judges, may be moving the country in that direction.