“By a majority of ten to three, this Constitution Original Petition no. 21 filed by Mr. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, is allowed as a result whereof the above -mentioned direction of the President dated March 9th 2007 is set aside. As a further consequence, thereof, the petitioner Chief Justice of Pakistan shall be deemed to be holding the said office and shall always be deemed to have been so holding the same.” The verdict of the Supreme Court brought about a new wave in Pakistan. It was as if the history of
Pakistan was being rewritten. The clear victory of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary set a precedent that it was the law and not the individual that was mighty.In the wake of the situation, this big victory in
Pakistan, post military domination, also had a huge impact on international politics. Nations like U.K, U.S.A., India and others hoped that democracy would soon take over in
Pakistan. The noises being made by the enthusiastic masses further added to this hope. However, General Musharraf is not a man who can be easily pushed back. The deportation of Nawaz Sharif the minute he set foot on the Pakistani soil and alteration of laws to suit the General’s power position portrays his lack of desire in letting go of his control. The political situation in
Pakistan has not changed and it seems as if the General is playing his own game. Any chances or hopes of even a little democracy coming over in Pakistan has faded away with the General declaring an Emergency in
Pakistan. The Chief Justice challenging Musharraf’s role as the President and the Army Chief has been replaced on the grounds of interference in the government which was posing a serious threat. The democratic nations like the U.S.A and India have expressed their concerns over this grave situation in
Pakistan. However, these countries have declared that this situation is an internal problem of
Pakistan which would mean there can be no interference from outside parties in the present scenario. The question to be asked then is this – will the desire to bring about democracy in
Pakistan remain or will it be crushed down? Power politics has an important role to play and this situation means that there can be two consequences. Firstly, Gen. Musharraf continues to rule and hold power. Secondly, the desire of the masses to become liberated forces the government to bring bout democracy in
Pakistan once more today stands at a turning point. On the one side, there is a hope of a widespread positive change. On the other side, there is the fear that hegemonic monopoly may compel the traditional forces to curb any form of a positive change.
Pakistan is looking for a way out and maybe its time the great players understood that this is not just an internal problem but a matter of great international concern. Dipti Tamang.