Pak Affairs

“Minus One” formula

Farooq says “Minus One” formula not under consideration
ISLAMABAD: The head of the six-member committee for reinstatement of the judges and Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H. Naek has said that no “minus one” formula was under consideration under which all the judges except Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry will be re-instated.

Talking to BBC, he said the committee had its first meeting in Islamabad in which various proposals were reviewed. This committee will present a resolution in the parliament on the reinstatement of the judges and suggest Judicial Reforms, in the country. He said he does not want to do anything in haste, but he wants to make arrangements so that no dictator can violate the Constitution, and no Judge will be able to provide protection to any dictator.

“If any Judge or a dictator dies so he should get punishment under the law. He is preparing a proposal to this effect will soon be presented in the Parliament.” He said rumors are circulating that minus one, I mean except Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry may be reinstated. He said that no such proposal is under consideration and the rumors are being spread on the hearsay.

Bhagwandas rejects minus one formula
QUETTA: Former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas has rejected the “minus-one” formula, saying that reinstatement of all deposed judges except deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry would “aggravate” the judicial crisis and that it would harm the cause of independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.

He said that if an individual (read President Pervez Musharraf) could remove the judges, there should be no reason that parliament could not reverse the illegal act. Lauding Justice Iftikhar’s decision of refusing to resign when he had been summoned to the President’s camp office last year, he said the chief justice had set a new example of judiciary’s independence.

He further said that some hidden hands were trying to divide the lawyers’ community and create misunderstanding between parliament and lawyers on the issue of reinstatement. He also said that unity between lawyers and the civil society would guarantee constitutional and fundamental rights of the people and strengthen the rule of law for safeguarding the interests of all institutions.-SANA

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