RECENTLY a very ugly incident transpired inside the premises of superior courts when a group of lawyers attacked and beat with shoes the officially deputed guards of former president Pervez Musharraf.
Most unfortunately, however, the court did not take any notice of that attack, though when Ali Musa Gilani had been arrested by the ANF from outside the court premises in the ephedrine case, the judges had jumped with shocking speed to claim that the sanctity of the Supreme Court had been violated.
They also ordered the ANF to produce the accused before them in less than an hour. And, of course, when that order was obeyed, the accused was granted a bail within minutes.
The most painful aspect of this episode of is that neither the commanding officer of the two soldiers beaten by the lawyers has not so far done anything to defend the dignity of his troops, nor has any FIR against the lawyers has been registered in any police station.
The interior minister, defence secretary, the army chief, the defence minister and the supreme commander are all tragically mum over this conduct of the lawyers.
And, unfortunately no political leader, prominent social figure or even pseudo – intellectual has uttered a word in condemnation of the attacker. This reflects moral degeneration that we as a nation have undergone over the years.
I think the DG Rangers should resign in protest if he can’t do anything, and if the interior minister doesn’t budge in, then GHQ should take up the case with the supreme commander.
No compromise should be tolerated in this matter of common soldiers’ dignity. No, the honour of our soldiers is not for sale.
BRIG (r) LIAQAT ALI TOOR