Justice and Passion: Pakistan’s Chief Nisar’s Mission

Justice and Passion

The eminent Mian Saqib Nisar, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, is on a mission to eradicate corruption from the nation’s political arena and promote a healthier lifestyle, advocating for hormone-free chicken consumption. In his pursuit, he emphasizes the importance of clean air, water, and pure food products. Nisar’s agenda extends to combatting hepatitis and cancer while ensuring fair crop prices.

Challenging Corruption: A Judicial Standpoint

In July 2017, the Supreme Court utilized corruption charges to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Nisar, at the helm, fervently excluded Sharif from leading the PML-N and contested his choice of a candidate for Senate elections. Despite the traditional notion that judges should remain silent, Pakistan’s senior judges aim not just for justice but also to be seen and heard doing it.

Judicial Commentary on Scandals

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, in a corruption case against Sharif known as Panamagate, invoked Mario Puzo’s quote from “The Godfather,” stating, “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” The court’s proceedings often align with TV news, with judges initiating suo motu actions based on prominent stories. Last year, a judge likened the government to “the Sicilian mafia.”

A Delicate Balancing Act

Nisar’s compassionate approach was evident when he invited renowned journalists to advise on a case involving child assault and murder. However, judges playing saviors can be precarious, historically aligning with military despots. The legal system has played a role in legitimizing despotic claims to power.

Selective Judicial Focus

While the Supreme Court actively engages in high-profile cases, it often avoids addressing issues like electoral interference by intelligence agencies and cases of alleged abduction and torture. The court’s reluctance to delve into such matters raises concerns about its impartiality.

Sharif’s Skepticism and Call for Objectivity

Sharif’s skepticism towards the recent court decision removing his leadership role in PML-N reflects a perception that judicial decisions are Nawaz Sharif-centric. Nisar’s call for passion in the courtroom raises questions about the judiciary’s impartiality, with Sharif urging judges to adhere to the law rather than personal inclinations.

In conclusion, the intersection of trademark law and politics in Pakistan’s legal landscape is a complex tapestry. As the nation grapples with challenges, the role of the judiciary remains under scrutiny. Striking a balance between passion and objectivity is crucial for restoring public trust in the pursuit of justice.

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