The wicked machine
The fact that a video or other controversial material is shown and stirred before every scheduled hearing in the cases involving Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Safdar has taken on comical proportions. This would inevitably be followed by a plea to postpone the hearing for some stupid reason or another.
The whole exercise was repeated ad nauseam to delay the prospect of a contradictory injunction in their case and also to create the impression that they were wronged. And this despite the fact that in nearly five years the whole family, including the convict-fugitive Nawaz Sharif and his condemned daughter, temporarily on probation, failed to answer a simple question: what are the sources legitimate income to buy businesses and property worth billions in foreign lands? Meanwhile, Maryam and her cohorts are mischievously busy cutting and pasting pieces to produce and market their fake and fabricated stories. Worse yet, our system absorbs it without even the shadow of a protest or a remedy. All their demands are ceded as if they were still the potentates dictating both the substance and the direction of events.
As part of the larger Machiavellian plan to discredit and make controversial key state institutions and individuals, the two-day Asma Jehangir conference, co-hosted by the Court Bar Association Supreme (SCBA), turned into a modest street commotion. . Judges in general, and those in office, including the CJP and the chief justices of the high courts in Islamabad and Lahore in particular, have come under mock criticism for coming under pressure from the forces. extrajudicial.
The CJP gave a scathing response and left office halfway, without finishing its speech. It will remain a haunting mystery why the Honorable Judges agreed to participate in a ceremony where the closing speech was to be delivered by runaway convict Nawaz Sharif. Seeing the judges of the court that convicted the former prime minister and the fugitive convict use the same platform to present their views has been detrimental to the court case. In doing so, the judges gave the organizers the opportunity to manipulate their presence to advance their vile goals. A sane lawyer would have avoided the embarrassment.
The presence of some high-ranking diplomats, including ambassadors and high commissioners, including one from the European Union (EU), which would also have funded the conference, raised eyebrows, even prompting a request to serve as a process.
The incidence of internal subversion has increased in the recent past, with increasing numbers of people being part of the sinister plan to destabilize Pakistan. Incredibly large sums of money are floating around to be disbursed among these operators who have become conduits for spreading the seeds of disunity and denigrating the functioning of state institutions, notably the army and the judiciary. The latter mentioned will have to take some responsibility for helping to cultivate this story.
When the impression takes hold that the rich and powerful are able to buy justice in the land, it only adds substance to the accusations. Even the current pending cases against the Sharifs have been marred by prolonged and unjustifiable delays which further reinforce the perception that the influence that is germinated by their bloated billions is the constituent to grant them a reprieve. This perception must be shattered and the only way to do it is to speed up judgment in their cases as in cases involving other similar criminals.
Let’s not forget that, according to the 2021 World Justice Project rule of law report, Pakistan is ranked 130th out of a total of 139 countries. In our part of the world, it barely ends above Afghanistan which is at its lowest. Other countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, all performed better than Pakistan.
Another serious problem is the exorbitant delay in settling cases. The number of cases pending before the Supreme Court alone stands at over 53,000, while the total wait in Pakistani courts is well over two million, including 200,000 cases with LHC, 86,000 with SHC, 44,000 with PHC, 4,500 with BHC and 16,500 with IHC. There is a popular saying that delayed justice equates to denial of justice. Add to that the number of controversial injunctions and aborted decisions, and one obtains a rather embarrassing picture of the state of justice in the country. If Pakistan is to move forward, it must begin by delivering swift and transparent justice to all, regardless of the power of their pockets and positions.
The growing cases of subversion in the country are expected to be of utmost concern to the government. The involvement of the media in this infamous practice adds an alarming twist to the show. Recently, a whistleblower spoke publicly about the complicity between the ECP and Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) which supports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in carrying out election observation tasks, voter mobilization, governance oversight and advocacy. for electoral and democratic reform. The report regarding TDEA’s assumption of the financial expenses of senior ECP officials at a conference creates a serious conflict of interest situation that needs to be addressed.
The stated objectives that TDEA supports through FAFEN must be implemented independently of the ECP. Any collusion between the two institutions would jeopardize the transparency of the activities and the authenticity of the results. The news of a large sum of money having been given to a union of journalists under the aegis of the same organization is also circulating, which deserves a thorough investigation.
Since the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, political mafias, led by traditional family oligarchs, have developed a consensus to oust him. Over time, the intensity of their abuse has become more poisonous and the efforts to challenge the state and its institutions more desperate. In addition to advancing their interests and escaping the prospect of political oblivion for their corrupt clans, hidden hands with a hostile agenda have arisen. Pakistan’s interests are nowhere to be found in this threatening and all-consuming drive rooted in the foundations of hatred and pride.
The wicked machine works by wicked and dangerous mechanisms. This must be countered with the full justification of the state and all of its institutions, with the judiciary being the key player in driving this effort. Please note: there is no time to waste; with each passing day, the tentacles of subversion sink deeper.
The writer is the special assistant to the Prime Minister in charge of information, a political and security strategist and the founder of the Regional Institute for Peace.