ISLAMABAD: Deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the nation should adhere to Quaid-e-Azam’s vision for bringing back the country under the rule of law and the Constitution and to reverse the effects of this current darkest period of Pakistan’s constitutional and political history.
In a letter to his lawyer on the occasion of Christmas and the 131st birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Iftikhar Chaudhry said, “Today I join the Pakistani nation in their prayers and struggle to achieve the ideals of the Quaid’s vision to see Pakistan prosper as a democratic state embodying the principles of rule of law, freedom of speech and expression, equality, tolerance, justice and fair play for all, protection of human rights and civil liberties.
He said that it was Quaid-e-Azam’s dream to see all citizens freely practicing their religious beliefs and achieve political and economic independence. He said that the nation must remember the words of father of the nation that minorities to whichever community they may belong will be safeguarded. Their religion or faith or belief will be secure. There will be no interference of any kind with their freedom of worship. They will have their protection with regard to their religion, faith, their life and their culture. They will be, in all respects, the citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed.
Iftikhar Chaudhry further said that being one of the greatest jurists, constitutional expert and a legal mind, Quaid envisaged for Pakistan an independent judiciary which would protect the fundamental rights of all the citizens, uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. “After 60 years of existence, Pakistan has drifted away from the ideals, principles and vision of the Quid. Today as a nation, we find ourselves at a cross roads. It is a defining moment,” he said. “It is our resolve and commitment to make Pakistan, the Quid’s Pakistan where there is supremacy of the constitution and rule of law rather than one man rule,” he concluded.-SANA