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CONTEMPT BILL OR A NEW CASTE SYSTEM?

For a country whose founder defined democracy as ‘the complete equality of men’ the laws like ‘the Contempt of Court Bill, 2012’ are not less than a shame; rather contemptuous for a people who feel proud to be Pakistani and aspire for a dignified life in their dreamland, that is, Pakistan!

If Pakistan were to look into a mirror today it might not recognise itself. The Pakistan founded by our great leader and beyond doubt the greatest man in Asia was based on ideals like rule of law, honest and strong civil service, strong checks and balances and supremacy of civilian rule drawing its inspiration for the basic principles of Islam. Today, if we look at ourselves and this country it seems that we have disfigured the face of this land beyond recognition. The question that comes to mind here is that ‘is there light at the end of this tunnel? Or has it also disappeared due to the power shortage in the country?’

According to notable historians and authors liberty and law were the most important ideals of the Quaid’s life. Based on these ideals he fought for an independent state for Muslims so that these ideals can be practised. Are we practising those ideals and living up to his expectations? I think the light at the end of the tunnel has certainly worn the darkness!

For a country whose founder defined democracy as ‘the complete equality of men’ and at one occasion even said that as ‘farmers of the constitution of Pakistan we should adhere to the basic teachings of Islam which has taught us the equality of man, justice and fair-play to all’ laws like ‘the Contempt of Court Bill, 2012’ are a shame!

Pakistan is a country that has the religion of equality’ Islam as its state religion and whose founder was also a great supporter of equality in all matters but today if an ‘ordinary citizen’ violates even the smallest of laws he is penalised for it but when a general violates the constitution (the law) he becomes the chief executive of this country and now we have yet another sacred cow’ the politicians!

According to this new bill, the prime minister, the chief ministers and ministers will have immunity against any action that the highest court of this country might take against them in case of contempt of court.

These civil servants sitting on the throne of power given to them by the masses of this country will be above the law and those people who voted for them to power will be answerable in front of the law for their misdeeds. According to this rule, the powerful can make fun of the highest courts of Pakistan by not implementing its orders, by ridiculing the judiciary, and there is no force that can hold them accountable.

According to this rule, the powerful can make fun of the highest courts of Pakistan by not implementing its orders, by ridiculing the judiciary, and there is no force that can hold them accountable.
At the time of its birth, Pakistan was an independent sovereign country. Today, it’s neither independent nor sovereign.

We are a scattered group of people sharing the same piece of land without any passion to do something for this country. Where did we go wrong? I think we went wrong in choosing our rulers. We need people at the top who are passionate to work for an educated progressive Pakistan.  The people of this country are struggling in the dark desperate to find that light at the end of this dark alley. It is our responsibility to vote for the right people to power.

As a nation we should step forward and try to light a candle at the end of this alley. It is our responsibility to reject this corrupt incompetent ‘NRO-ed’ ruling class if we want to protect the sanctity of our institutions and if we want to have a system based on equality and rule of law. Pakistan today looks like a caricature of the great event that happened in 1947, to set it right let’s decide that we will vote for those who promise to run Pakistan according to the principles laid down by our great leader. Let us make a pledge that we will not vote on the basis of personal and community links and will not also vote in the name of the dead. Let us re-live the Quaid’s dream of a truly democratic competent and independent Muslim state.
By: Yashfeen Jamal

 

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