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Iftikhar Chaudhary, ‘The Hypcorite Ex Chief Justice of Pakistan’

by | 6th, November 2007

PAKISTAN is reeling. And a look at Iftikhar Chaudhary, “The Hypcorite ex Chief Justice of Pakistan”:

I’m talking mostly on the basis of gut feeling but I am not particularly a fan of (now ex) Pakistani Chief Justice, and arch Musharraf nemesis, Iftikhar Chaudhary. Something’s very wrong with this guy, but I have no idea what.

First, there is this article on from an anonymous Pakistani lawyer about how Chaudhary felt completely free to flout the Constitution when it suited him. Excellent piece.

Second, is the fact that Chaudhary just issued an a ruling against Musharraf’s Provisional Constitutional Order, yet had no problem taking an oath on Musharraf’s Provisional Constitutional Order in 1999! This is from Wiki:

In January 2000 Chief Executive General Musharraf dictated that all superior court judges swear a new oath under the PCO No.1 issued on October 15, 1999, which had suspended the Constitution of Pakistan. After swearing an oath on the PCO Justice Iftikhar was elevated to the Supreme Court on 4 February 2000.

So what would make him switch completely to the other side? I have two potential theories, one bullshit and one likely.

1) This is completely conspiracy theory, but Chaudhary is Baloch, and between 1999 and 2006, Musharraf did kill a major Baloch leader (Bugti) and crushed the Baloch movement. Maybe he’s got some ethnic resentment?

2) In 2007, Chaudhary ruled against a steel mills privatization deal that would have benefited Musharraf’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’ friend. After this point, Aziz advised Musharraf to suspend Chaudhary. So there’s motive for Chaudhary right there. What I would love to find out more is whether Chaudhary’s cohorts were the alternative buyers


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