Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared all measures taken by former President Pervez Musharraf on November the 3rd as “extra-judicial, illegal and unconstitutional”. The news made breaking headline at many news channels.
The judgment came after the 14-judge larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry completed the hearing of constitutional petitions regarding PCO judges, appointments of judges of higher judiciary and November 3, 2007 steps which declared illegal and uncontitutional following acts:
- Sacking of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the other higher judiciary.
- Appointments of judges on and after November 3, 2007 under PCO were unconstitutional.
It is, indeed, a positive sign but still it does not address one bigger issue that haunts entire Pakistani nation and no doubt could be termed as “darkest ordinance” in our history, i.e. National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), 2007.
Is it political revenge against former President by people in power? or a first step towards repealing of NRO? In any case, Honorable Supreme Court is requested not to forget action against this draconian ordinance which has handedover Pakistan to a team full of agents working for foreign masters.
We will have to wait to witness whether this verdict was a milestone or just another stone in the face of Pakistani nation.
Oct 6: Pervez Musharraf wins a one-sided presidential election.
Nov 3: Musharraf declares a State of Emergency and holds the Constitution in abeyance.
Nov 3: Musharraf promulgates the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) No. 1 of 2007.
Nov 3: On the same day, Oath of Office (Judges) Order, 2007 is promulgated – judges who refuse to take oath under the PCO or were not offered to take the oath would cease to hold office. The senior most Abdul Hameed Dogar is sworn in as the new chief justice. Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and 11 other permanent judges refuse to take oath. They were put under house arrest. Five judges took oath under the PCO.