It seems that one stupid man (now retired CJ Khwaja Sharif) at the helm of affairs at the Lahore High Court has been replaced by another equally incompetent, narrow minded and politically corrupt Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry.
The Facebook ban
Justice Ijaz Chaudhry is the same ‘wise’ man who had ordered the Pakistani government to ban Facebook in Pakistan on 19 May 2010 in order to eliminate blasphemous content from the internet. The order was given pursuant to a petition by Islamic Lawyers Forum (a forum of extremist Deobandis of Jamaat-e-Islami) for such relief.
Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block access from within Pakistan to Facebook, YouTube and over 600 other websites deemed to carry “growing sacrilegious content”. He advised that the Pakistani government explore a central censorship system, such as those used in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to block hate content. (Source)
Ultimately, sanity prevailed and given the immense public pressure from within and outside Pakistan, the LHC decided to lift the ban on facebook and other websites.
After taking oath as the Chief Justice
Now, immediately after taking oath as the CJ of the Lahore High Court, this is what Justice Ijaz Chaudhry has said and done:
Recite the Quran before starting judicial work
He said the judges should start judicial work with the recitation of Quran, adding that we all are answerable to the Allah and should always remember Him. Does he realize that non-Muslims too are Pakistani citizens and that they too must be provided with an opportunity to recite Bible, Gita etc consistent with their religious beliefs. Or, one may ask, why at all religions has to be amalgamated with the everyday affairs of the court?
It is not people’s votes but the lawyers movement which brought democracy in the country
– Addressing lawyers at the Aiwan-e-Adl after inaugurating the first website of the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) on 11 Dec 2010, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry said democracy in the country was restored as a result of the lawyers’ movement and no one should misconstrue that they had reached parliament through the ballot.
– He stressed on good relations between the bar and the bench, saying that democracy and judges in Pakistan had been restored on account of a movement initiated and completed by the legal fraternity. (Source)