WikiLeaks has uncovered factual face of Pak politicians: LHC
A Pakistani judge has said that the secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have uncovered the "factual face of politicians" in the country and would help the people understand the "real mindset of our rulers".world Updated: Dec 11, 2010 15:52 IST
A Pakistani judge has said that the secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have uncovered the "factual face of politicians" in the country and would help the people understand the "real mindset of our rulers".
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court, who rejected a petition seeking a ban on WikiLeaks earlier this week, said in his detailed judgement: "Access to facts and the truth cannot be denied to the citizens of Pakistan."
He observed that the "WikiLeaks reports didn't harm or damage the nation or the common person, rather it helped the nation understand the real mindset of our rulers".
He also wrote in the judgement: "Nothing is greater than the truth and whatever WikiLeaks has published now, the Pakistani media had been revealing to the masses already."
The judge further declared the WikiLeaks reports were based on facts.
The reports were shameful for some personalities of the country as they had depicted the bitter facts, he observed.
Lawyer Arif Gondal had filed the petition seeking a ban on WikiLeaks.
He contended that cables about Pakistan and Islamic states were leaked by the whistle-blowing website to create tensions and sour ties between these countries.
He also contended that the reports maligned the Pakistani leadership and the military and a ban should be imposed on their publication and broadcast in any manner.
But Justice Saeed observed: "No contradiction of the WikiLeaks cables has come till now by the government, any of its departments or politicians in the country because it spoke about the real tale."
He said the reports were based on communications between US diplomats and Pakistani politicians and "show back the mirror to them and it is hard to contradict the same".
He also noted that if his court could not restrain 178 countries from publishing the reports, then why should it impose restriction on their publication in Pakistan.
The judge said Pakistanis too deserve to hear the truth and facts.
"We need to face the realities eye to eye," he said.
The judge further said his court could not restrict the publication of these reports if they were being broadcast or printed by the BBC, CNN, FOX News and Times or Tribune newspapers.
The judge also referred to anchorpersons of various TV channels in Pakistan and said: "They have been communicating these facts to the masses through their programmes which now are coming forth in detail through the secret cables."
First Published: Dec 11, 2010 15:51 IST