Karachi: Mehar Bukhari added her name in the sting operation against the superior judiciary and the CJP in that special interview of Malik Riaz on Dunya TV.
People around the globe with interest in Pakistani politics watched her doing everything to please the property tycoon through her conversation supported by body language during ‘off-the-air’ intervals. She tried her best to get Malik Riaz’s attention and ‘blessings’. He responded with ‘fatherly’ attitude. To please her, he promised to give her exclusive one-to-one interview in future. The whole ‘episode’ reminded me of slave mental mind-set our society suffers from.
Despite her explanation the next day on her talk show, she cannot hide the factual visuals seen by millions a day earlier. The question is why did she want to have another one-to-one interview? Didn’t she do enough ‘Khush-Amadi’ in those two hours that she wanted more hours? What else she could have done that she didn’t do in that interview?
Whether she likes it or not, the paradoxical approach in ‘on the air’ and ‘off the air’ visuals brought her down in the eyes of the public. Khwaja Asif tried to save her integrity by calling her a ‘collateral damage’. It is not as simple as that. The only way she can distance herself from the sting operation and be counted as ‘collateral damage’ is to resigns from Dunya TV as her colleague Nasim Zahar did. That is the only honourable way out otherwise showing selected clips of her conversations and trying to explain her position is like cleaning her greasy hands with water instead of turpentine. Moreover it can cast a shadow on her husband Kashif Abbasi’s integrity, who is known to be an upright anchor person.
Finally, if one removes the clip in which Mubashar Lucman received a call from PM’s son and handed over the telephone in a disgraceful manner to Riaz Malik, he acted and sounded more upright than Meher Bukhari during those crucial ‘off the air’ time.
Amidst objections, CJP has detached himself from the bench hearing graft case against his son.
Amid accusations of conflict of interest, Chief Justice of Pakistan announced on Thursday that he is removing himself from a bench hearing corruption allegations against his son and announced the formation of a two-member bench to look into the claims.
The announcement by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was made as rumors have surfaced that his son, Arsalan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had accepted bribes worth $3 million to $4 million from a powerful real estate tycoon with ties to the president, several leading politicians and the military.
Malik Riaz Hussain, the businessman, did not attend the court proceedings. Zahid Bukhari, his lawyer, told the court that Mr. Hussain is undergoing medical treatment in London and cannot travel.
On Thursday, Kamran Khan, one of the country s most popular talk show hosts, told the court that Mr. Hussain showed him travel documents, credit card statements and details of Arsalan Chaudhry s stays in London and on the Riviera. Mr. Khan said that Mr. Hussain complained that despite spending so much money on the justice s son, he could not win any support in 42 court cases.
Justice Chaudhry tried to distance himself from his son and at one point remarked: “I will not call him my son. This is Mr. Arsalan standing in front of us.” He claimed to be unaware of his son’s business dealings. Justice Chaudhry said that according to the teachings of the Quran, parents are not responsible for the actions of their children. He also insisted that his financial record had remained unblemished in handling high-profile court cases for more than two decades.
Justice Chaudhry said the new two-person panel will initiate proceedings later Thursday.
London: The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has been awarded with the prestigious International Jurist Award 2012 on Monday (today), in London.
Rt Lord Phillips, President of Supreme Court of the United Kingdom presented the Award to Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in the presence of legal experts, professors, members of parliament, and journalists invited to the ceremony from various parts of the world.
The CJP Iftikhar was awarded the international award in recognition to his unmatched role towards dispensation of justice.