The fateful day of 9 March 2007 was the starting point for Iftikhar Chaudhry, when Musharraf asked Chaudhry to resign, which he refused, and was suspended from office. The resultant civil disorder led to the Lawyers’ Movement, which succeeded in the restoration of Chaudhry as Chief Justice on 20 July 2007. Musharraf declared emergency in November 2007, arresting Chaudhry as well as suspending 60 other judges from the judiciary. Musharraf soon resigned under threat of impeachment. Asif Ali Zardi succeeded him and played with fire by delaying his restoration. This led to the Lawyers’ Movement culminating in the Long March by Zardari’s political rival Sharif, and the restoration of the Chaudhry-led judiciary on 22 March 2009. Chaudhry stepped down on 11 December 2013 completing a tumultuous term in office.

In his term as Chief Justice he took on various suo motu directives, like ruling against the privatization of the Pakistan Steel Mills, leading the missing persons case in Balochistan and Shahzeb murder case in Karachi, and contentiously dismissing Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani from office for contempt. But even at his brightest moments, there was criticism that ambitions drove his actions, not grace. He stood up for democracy yes, but perhaps a little too late for it to be truly believable.

It is safe to say the Former Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The moment has finally arrived, without any surprise, that the Former CJP has launched his very own political party under the name of ‘Democratic Party’. It is unprecedented that a former Chief Justice should established his own political party. The former CJ should well remember that the prestigious office that made him unaccountable to the law does not make him untouchable any more. From now on, he remains open to criticism if wishes to walk down the path of politics, and his track record at the courts will be collateral damage.

Perhaps the one ghost he might never be able to bury to pursue his political career, is one of his corrupt son, Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar. It was alleged that the CJ’s son received millions of rupees plus sponsored foreign trips, during 2009, 2010 and 2011 to London, with credit cards to be used abroad for him and his family by the infamous business tycoon of Pakistan, Malik Riaz, in exchange for favors. All this and more skeletons will come out of the CJP’s closet if he wishes to expose himself to the public scrutiny that comes with being a politician.