In 2006 as the story goes the CJP saw it fit to take up the missing persons case in his august court. his was a brave and noble endeavor as in the last 4 years more than a 1000 people have gone missing from Pakistan, one of them was Aafia siddiqui..just one person, who’s tale came out in the limelight to much haw hai and brouhaha, even now the chants of watan ki beti etc etc ring on at opportune times.
Obviously this led to a conflict of interest with the Great leader and he summarily did what he did and we all know what happened after. A movement was created and was aided and facilitated by not just the black coats but the right wing parties of JI and PTI. For once the public wave of sympathy was totally behind them and all of us including me thought they were going to bring about real revolution in the annals of power.
However “The Great Leader” stomped and raved on them with his iron boots and did not budge an inch till the peoples govt came into power in the last elections. Having been democratically elected it was a bit hard for “Slicktop” to ignore the march of emotion coming in his direction, not to mention the various visits by “Ganja” to his quarters late in the night and hence the CJP was restored to much fanfare, fireworks and what not.
Since then we have seen a new tussle of sorts emerge over the NRO and other such matters of which the government tries and does manage reconciliation now and then. So the confusion continues without any end in sight, not to mention the fact that the right wing parties spoken of earlier now stand completely marginalized.
However this recent news of the Supreme court deciding not to examine evidence against our agencies in the missing persons case has kind of slipped past amongst the usual swiss cases NRO hangama. To me as a student of politics and the various forms it takes in our land this presents a unique opportunity for the right wing forces who were stopped outside the capital on the note of bald err sorry bold reconciliation.
The Supreme court order states that evidence and allegations of involvement of intelligence agencies in abducting people will be examined by an ‘appropriate forum at the relevant time.’ This calls for total mayhem by the political parties which supported the justice movement on the very basis of this case, as well as the watan ke tipu sultans who come on the air waves daily to proclaim their right and pious jihad against tyranny.
Why and when is this mayhem going to begin then? When will the righteous ones come out onto the battlefield and protest this decision. Yes, it is a unique opportunity, basically a backdoor into mainstream hearts nationwide for these individuals. Strange is it not that instead of cries of “Go Go Go” all we hear is silence?
Silence is sometimes interpreted as assent also, it would be better if the Khans and the Ahmeds stood up for a cause which hit a nerve that galvanized our nation. “At a relevant time” is not going to hold ground for too long.