If the superior judiciary, and that too at the level of highest judicial figure of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, appreciate and praise someone’s actions for obeying the direction of the apex court of the country, all this augurs well rule of law.

This is with reference to the reports appearing in the print media couple of days back that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had praised and appreciated the action of a noted political figure Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain who had complied with the direction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and appeared in the court as PML-Q President along with party’s Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayyid during the hearing of an important constitutional petition regarding election expenses and reforms. According to the reports, the Supreme Court had directed all political parties to appear during the hearing of the constitutional petition. Some parties ensured their presentation through the lawyers while PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain and Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayyid appeared themselves along with their Counsel Dr Khalid Ranjha and submitted their arguments. Thus the gesture on the part of the PML-Q top leadership was duly appreciated by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Appreciation from the Chief Justice of Pakistan for a veteran politician like Ch Shujaat Hussain, who heads a national level political party and has held several top positions in the government from time to time, should be welcomed.

Ch Shujaat Hussain has thus set a good tradition, which reflects his positive thinking and approach to matters of national importance. This should be followed by more and more politicians of the country of which there is no dearth. This would go a long way in showing due respect to the superior judiciary and promoting supremacy of law, which in the prevailing circumstances is direly needed. Needless to mention here that Ch Shujaat Hussain is a seasoned politician who is well known for his witty, sharp and crispy remarks.

OSAMA BIN ASIM MUNIR,

Rawalpindi, April 1.