PADF Welcomes Suo Moto Notice by SHC

 

Chicago, Illinois: The Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF), a pro-democracy grassroots organization, has welcomed Sindh High Court’s suo moto notice of May 12 happenings in Karachi. The suo-moto notice was taken by Chief Justice Sindh High Court Sabihuddin Ahmed.
“This is unprecedented in the history of Pakistan ”, PADF President Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Toor said. “Inspired by the example of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Pakistani Courts are beginning to rectify the failing writ of the Pakistani state.”
Analysts see it as one more setback for Gen. Musharraf who had recently declined to institute an inquiry commission and had advised the nation instead to move on with their lives.
Taking cognizance of its own registrar’s report about the incidents on May 12, The Sindh High Court converted it into a constitutional petition, and issued notices to senior police and Sindh government officials. Subsequently, an inquiry committee has been formed.
For the last one year both The Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PANA) and the US-wide coalition of pro-democracy group known as the Pakistan American National Alliance have been calling for suo moto action by the apex court.
In October, 2006, PANA had sent a letter to Honorable Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, urging him to “conduct a suo moto inquiry of the recent military action in Balochistan, which has triggered a crisis of confidence among the provinces and between the provinces and the federal government” as well as to “instruct the Prime Minister to immediately convene a special meeting of the Council of Common Interest as well as the Inter-Provincial Coordination Council to devise a new, just and fair framework for redistribution of powers among the federal and provincial governments.”
Just two weeks ago, the Pakistan American Democratic Forum had demanded a judicial inquiry into the May 12 Karachi massacre by a commission comprised of the judges to oversee this suo moto inquiry.
Pakistani-Americans are delighted that CJ Sabihuddin Ahmed has appointed a seven-member bench consisting of Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Azizullah Memon, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ali Sain Dino Metlo to hear the petition.

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