NRO ruling and its fallout

There must and should be accountability, but selective accountability, and cases filed motivated by political victimisation do not serve the cause of justice.

Text messages doing the rounds include the following questions:
– NRO is unconstitutional but the Oct 1999 military coup was constitutional because Supreme Court approved it, and so was the LFO (legal framework order) of 2002?
– The murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was constitutional because SC approved it?
Hudood Ordinances & 8th Amendment were constitutional?
Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on which the current CJ took oath was constitutional?
– No larger bench discussed violation of Article 6 of Mehran Bank scandal (in which ISI allegedly gave funds to IJI for the 1990 elections).
– Why has there been no judicial inquiry into Rs 94 billion Mulk Sanwaro Qarz Utaro scheme?

(Re Mehran Bank case – see Foqia Sadiq Khan’s article in TNS in Sept 2009, ‘Far from over’)

Also doing the rounds is a clip of Benazir Bhutto on Youtube, on the Supreme Court and NRO, talking about political victimisation

The Sindh Assembly passed a unanimous resolution in support of Zardari – and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani just told the Punjab media they are ‘playing to the gallery’…

Ayesha Siddiqa in Dawn today, ‘After the NRO‘ points out that the ruling has weakened the civilian government in relation to the army, a point also made by the senior analyst C. Raja Mohan, in Indian Express, ‘Pakistan: Zardari falls, Kayani rises‘ in which he writes:

Lahore’s lawyers have surely won the point on the illegality of the Musharraf-Bhutto deal, which gave special protection to Benazir and her husband from the many previous charges of corruption. But they might be losing the larger struggle for establishing the civilian primacy over the military in Pakistan, as the nation’s latest experiment with democracy begins to unravel.


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