Former PM Nawaz Sharif backs Iftikhar Chaudhary
LAHORE: Deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary broke his long silence on Thursday, saying the moment he is freed, he would march to the apex court building to assume his job, insisting that he was still the constitutional and legal Chief Justice of the country and won’t let anyone play with the destiny of the nation.
After a long silence of almost three months, the chief justice was able to deliver a telephonic address to the lawyers’ community in Karachi from his residence in the federal capital where he has been under house arrest since November 3, when Musharraf proclaimed emergency and sacked him.
He said the struggle of the lawyers’ community and the civil society is about to yield results and all the deposed judges are expected to resume their duties shortly. The CJ said: “Let me make it clear to the establishment that I will go to my office s soon as I am free and no one can stop me. And I am not ready to accept any condition attached to my release from the illegal confinement.”
Undeterred from the harshness of his and his family’s illegal detention, Iftikhar said the November 3 order of the seven-member bench of the apex court, headed by him, had declared Musharraf’s PCO unconstitutional besides restraining the superior court judges from taking oath under the PCO.
A few hours after the CJ’s address, the leader of the PML-N Nawaz Sharif took a dramatic step and suddenly appeared at the judges’ colony in the federal capital in a bid to see the detained chief justice.
However, the police contingents stopped him from proceeding to the residence of Justice Chaudhry, assuring the lawyers there that the days of Musharraf are numbered and no one could block the reinstatement of the deposed judges in the wake of the heavy mandate the people of given to the anti-Musharraf parties.