I keep hearing people say that Iftikhar Chaudhary has become politicized. When did this happen? Did he become politicized when Latif Khosa and Zummarad Khan of PPP were in the forefront of the lawyers' movement; or when he traveled to Lahore accompanied by and welcomed by all the political parties, including the PPP? Was he politicized when the PPP workers waiting for him outside the Supreme Court lost their lives or when he traveled to Karachi and the PPP workers (including Sherry Rehman) was out in great numbers facing bullets to receive him? Surely he was not politicized when Benazir Bhutto said at his house, "Iftikhar Chaudhary is my Chief Justice". I think he became politicized only when the PPP backed off from the lawyers' movement because of a certain deal. Is it him or these people who are politicized? -KHURSHID ANWER, Lahore, via e-mail, January 24.