PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
It is something very unfortunate that sometimes we forget that the land we belong to is the actual source and means of our identification and recognition. A man belonging to no man’s land stands nowhere. For the prestige and honour of this source of recognition one has to be very much honest and sincere to ones land. Playing in the hands of the forces hostile to ones motherland is called treason and this act is never appreciated even in the most uncivilized and uncultured societies. History is replete with the examples of those who were brutally punished and paid back by their nation for their treachery and treason. Black’s Law Dictionary defines treason as attempting to overthrow the government of the state either by making war against the state or by materially supporting its enemies”. The situation becomes graver when a person involved in any act of treason himself is a part of government or is bearing some important office in the official set-up. It also happens sometimes that a true patriot is intentionally fixed up and framed in a conspiracy of treason. In both the situations, the accused one has to make his position clear because treason is the ever-worst accusation and the impacts of this blame never remain restrained and restricted to the person concerned; they move onto the next generations. The son of a traitor is also dealt with as a traitor; it is the way of the world.
As far as the memo gate scandal is concerned, all characters involved in it must try their utmost to clarify their position because this scandal is very much sensitive in nature. The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, under the honest command of Chief Justice Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry is doing all its best for the supremacy of the rule of law in the country. A very honestly active role played by the Supreme Court of Pakistan is revolutionizing the whole scenario. Things have started taking a positive turn; gone are the days when the people with power, status and authority thought it below their dignity to appear before the court of law. Now situation is altogether different; from the chief of the ISI to the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, everyone has to appear before the court in case it summons. Evading and avoiding court proceedings is not the solution to the problems. If Mr. Haqqani is innocent; and surely he would be; he must appear before the court with all required evidences and proofs. His co-operation would help a lot in improving the image ofPakistanthroughout the world. Be it an individual or a country; impressions and images are always very important; they build as well as demolish repute and reputation. No society could ever flourish unless there is rule and supremacy of law. Appearance of Gen.Pasha and the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr.Gilani before the court is a proof that both, the military and the democratic authorities, are very much sincere and honest in safeguarding the image ofPakistan. Keeping in view the larger interest of the country and the nation, others who might be of a lesser social status than that of the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Ex-ISI chief, must try to follow the same sublime traditions.