JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: The murder of a sitting governor by his own security guard was an act of terrorism, an act to silence the voices of reason and rationality. Why, then, is the Supreme Court being hailed as an upholder of law and a paramount example of courage and bravery? It is because the atmosphere of fear and intimidation clamped on the country’s justice system by extremist and violent ideologues was overwhelming. The Supreme Court could have taken the route of the Islamabad High Court, which had earlier declared that Mumtaz Qadri was not a terrorist.
I salute the Supreme Court for standing in the way of mob justice, which is being justified even by top clerics. Qadri has not only been declared a murderer but also a terrorist; it’s time to look back to see what can be done to reverse the acts of polarisation and disintegration of Pakistani society that a military dictator started in the 1980s.
It is time to see who the handlers and brain-washers of Qadri were; no doubt, those clerics are still working overtime to perpetrate fear and violence in the name of religion. We need to look at the reasons of why there are lawyers in our justice system who take pride in garlanding a murderer?
We must recall that former judges of the Lahore High Court were at the forefront of Qadri’s defence in the Supreme Court, which tells us about the deep rot afflicting our justice system.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2015.
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