The president’s speech: Pot shots at the Chief Justice

Published: December 29, 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari’s speech was not what I expected it to be. It went against all predictions and rumours by different analysts that had stated that our president, in his speech at Garhi Khuda Bux, would hit back at the establishment for conspiracy against him in the Memogate scandal. Zardari, however, remained mum on the issue. Rather, in a few words he said that “the parliament is supreme and all forces come under its control.”

However, most of those who witnessed his speech wondered when exactly he had asked Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry “what happened to Benazir Bhutto murder case.”  He not only questioned progress regarding the murder case of his spouse, but expressed his willingness only “if the courts were under him.”

The remarks made by Zardari aptly reflect how he is deeply annoyed by the frequent interventions of the apex court on NRO, Memogate, and other issues being faced by the government. He was harsh in his criticism of the Chief Justice. However, what is puzzling to many is the fact that on the same day the president delivered his speech, the Chief Justice (CJ) also inquired about the progress of Benazir’s murder case!

The statement of the president and remarks of the CJ have confused many. Whether the government is responsible for bringing the assassins forward, or if this is to be left to the apex court remains a mystery. Some senior leaders of the PPP are even beginning to question why the culprits behind Benair Bhutto’s murder have yet to be arrested.

However, our president seemed confident and relaxed at the event. He stated that the book written by the former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice has opened new dimensions to the case; therefore he will study it before providing people with any results.

To the masses, this is just another excuse. People are fed up and are tired of listening to the same meaningless slogans and approach. When Zardari was waving a copy of his manifesto, saying that 80% of their targets have been achieved,  people of his party were protesting for roti, kapra and makan in front of the mausoleums of slain PPP leaders.

All in all, our president’s speech was ‘articulated’. He did not indulge in the criticism of  non-state actors and his political opponents as he has done previously. In fact,  he criticized international powers, especially America for its role in making puppet governments in the Middle East and North African countries. He further indicated that the Pakistani government will not bow down to the US and will not give in to its concerns about the Iran-Pak gas line project.

Did the speech console the many mourning Benazir Bhutto?

My guess is that it most certainly did not.


Hafeez Tunio

A reporter working on the Karachi pages of The Express Tribune. He covers political and environment stories. He says he wants to write on environmental issues, because he loves nature - in spite of what it did to him.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • hassan

    Let us analyze and judge the outcome of two office hold by President Zardari. He has dual positions. Despite being co-chairman of PPP and president he has failed to deliver. One wonders on him new desire to assume the office of the apex court. I have nothing to say, but to suggest him to please “first deliver than demand.” Recommend

  • http://NewYork Falcon

    To your last paragraph, his speech may be ‘articulated’ but incoherent nonetheless.Recommend

  • hamzad

    such thugs and mafiosis in Pakistan know that their master will protect them and their wealth once they are given asylum there. Unless the snake’s head, the US, does not get crushed these goons will continue to suck the bone-marrow of every nation.Recommend

  • Hifza Shah Jillani

    Hafeez Tunio, None of the party workers protested for ROTI KAPRA MAKAAN, please check YOUR facts before posting up something so biased.

    I was there and i can witness it all.


  • Seema Shaikh

    Hafeez Tunio, Banazir Bhutto’s case is in court, why court is not deciding it like, NICL case and NRO cases, Mind it where Army is involved, Judiciary dont take up cases and keep on delaying till ppl forget it, Remember Hamood ur Rehman commission, partially it public facts are still secret, Bhutto,s judicial murder till today no one is punished, We all Know who is behind the BB’s murder, like Bhutto, he did not get justice, how come we expect BB will get the justice. Justice Nasim shah himself admitted that under military influence, they hanged Bhutto, an innocent man. and Benazir did not take revenge, and let Allah to decide, I believe Allah will do the justice. Recommend