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Gun aimed at you is not a good gun.

Funny sayings are being said and hilarious things are taking place after the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry stepped down.

The famous lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, said the retired CJ played his innings like Shahid Afridi and not like Sachin Tendulkar. Pakistanis cannot be happier with the comparison. Afridi just the other night gave us victory in the first Twenty/20 match of the series against Sri Lanka. He was declared the Man of the Match.

But as I watched Afridi play, I saw something new coming from him. He played his strokes wisely. More than that, his placing was remarkable. He knew where he was despatching the ball. But what impressed me more and what reminded me of the great Inzimam ul Haq as Afridi batted was that he was protecting the tail-enders' wickets. He was trying to face the balls more. He, himself, was playing sensibly. At the same time he was encouraging and advising the tail-ender most often. He ended the match with a winning six for Pakistan. Afridi is the first and only player in the whole wide world who has completed over a thousand runs and also taken fifty wickets in Twenty/20 format of cricket.

While there is no comparison in playing cricket and performing as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the fact is that both Iftikhar Chaudhry and Shahid Afridi are crowd pullers.

Whether Aitaz meant to praise or demean the former Chief Justice by comparing him with Afridi and not Tendulkar, the fact is that whenever Afridi performs Pakistan wins; however, that was not the case with Tendulkar. His country sometimes lost matches when the great Indian cricket player even scored centuries.

But the best statement came from the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah. He remarked that the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani should forget the times of former Mr Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and chart a new course.

Probably, Shah Sahib wants the new Chief Justice to be soft on the PPP leaders who had come as paupers and when they left, they were billionaires many times over. Also, if they came as billionaires, they left, it is said, as trillion-aires. Shah Sahib, probably, also wants the new CJ not to scold the high-ups on their corruption and other delinquencies.

Of course, Shah Sahib would want the new CJ not to take so many sue motto notices. Whatever the reasons, Shah Sahib gives for his stance, the fact is the people will, rightly or wrongly, presume that he is trying to save the corrupt in PPP government in Sindh. Some even will accuse Shah Sahib of `wanting the new CJ to not go after the current PML-N governments in the centre and province; lest the new CJ's hard stance against corruption, which most poor people want him to adopt, creates a climate of zero tolerance for corruption in the future when the PPP wins in the next elections. Though a win in elections in big way for the PPP is a far cry in its present condition of disarray but, there is nothing wrong in dreaming big and dreaming good. So let us allow Khursheed Shah Sahib to dream big and dream good.

The biggest joke is on the journalists who have been criticising the many sue motto notices of the previous Chief Justice and very advising the new CJP to use the legal tool very sparingly. The first sue motto that the new Chief Justice took was on the plea of these very objecting journalists. They complained to the Chief Justice Jillani that a TV channel was allowed exclusive coverage of the Full Court Reference in honour of the departing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. And you may think that the joke is on the retired Chief Justice as it was in his time that the incident took place but the objecting journalists are laughing too, as they like the sue motto notice in their favour which Justice Jillani took on his first day as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

The downside of the whole situation is that the TV channel that was most adamantly in favour of Sue motto notices may not be happy with the first sue motto of the new Chief Justice, as it is this channel that was able to exclusively broadcast the Full Court Reference.

So readers, one can say that nothing is good or bad in itself. Even sue mottos have no permanent fans or distracters. A sue motto is a like a gun. If a gun is in your hands, it is a good gun; however, if it is aimed at you, it is a bad gun.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 13, 2013
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