There was an interesting revelation by Shaiq Hussain in today’s Nation newspaper.
According to Hussain’s sources Musharraf was yesterday engaged in “hectic” and “‘behind-the-scenes” discussions at his Rawalpindi Camp Office with his political and legal advisers, who included:
Chaudhry Shujat Hussain,
Chaudhry Pervez Elahi
Muhammad Ali Durrani
Justice (Retired) Malik Abdul Qayyum
According this report, the ‘main focus’ of the meeting was on how to limit the power and tenure of the Chief Justice.
The regime’s obsession with attempting to constrict the judicial freedom of the Chief Justice has already been doing the rounds. In a column in another newspaper The News, Nasim Zehra had this to say:
There was some talk of government considering some amendments to curtail the power of the judiciary. This cannot be more than mere speculation. Such a move would prompt a replay of the judicial crisis-like lawyers' and peoples movement. It would be unquestionably suicidal for the government.
Nasim Zehra is right. Such a move would lead to intense chaos in the streets of the country, which would then bring about a swift end to Musharraf and his regime. It appears that in Commando-led Pakistan desperate times lead to desperately dim-witted thoughts and deeds.
Apart from discussing the ways and means of limiting Chief Justice’s authority, other topics of discussion included:
New efforts to win the support of Benazir Bhutto in the face of growing political crisis created by Nawaz Sharif’s possible return.
Legal advice was also given to Musharraf (probably by Pirzada and Qayum) that the Sharif brothers could be arrested after their return as the verdict of Supreme Court only demanded that there be no obstacle preventing their return to the country.
Chief Justice of Pakistan