ISLAMABAD: civil society activist including human rights activists and lawyers on Monday demanded Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar from the Supreme Court of Pakistan to resign immediately. Addressing a press conference here, they said that they believe that the actions of the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE), which were courageously revealed by a brave reporter, did certainly demonstrate both mala fide intentions and illegal actions.
Civil society activists demanded that the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Education, must urgently make a public statement on why the FBISE took such an illegal step, what pressures were exerted upon its head when and by whom. They also demanded of MoE to take punitive action against the culprits and right the wrong committed. However, the civil society activists strongly condemned the undue advantage taken and unfair benefit gained by CJP. Dogar’s position, and said that only his resignation could expiate this wrong.
They also noted with grave concern the emerging stories of other judges’ offspring being refused admission to medical colleges, despite obtaining the requisite high marks on merit, and strongly condemned the act of favoritism so blatantly displayed in CJP Dogar’s case.
They recalled that the key element of former dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s cooked up charge sheet against then Chief Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhry on 9th March 2007 was a similar allegation, albeit of much less gravity, and they wondered how people in glass houses could throw stones, or sinners could cast the first stones, or preachers could refuse to practice their own preaching.
In conclusion, the civil society activists called upon President Zardari to immediately restore the Honorable deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other honorable judges.-SANA