Markandey Katju wrote at IndicaNews : I’ve always held great admiration for the Pathans. Despite their economic challenges, they choose death over dishonor and slavery. Their homeland, encompassing much of Afghanistan and North Western Pakistan (known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly NWFP), has withstood invasions by formidable empires like Alexander the Great, the Mughals, the British, the Russians, and the Americans, yet they have never yielded.
Presently, Pakistan is witnessing a wave of terror unleashed by the army and police. Following the events of May 9, 2023 (widely believed to be staged), over 12,000 people have been arrested on fabricated charges and subjected to inhumane conditions for extended periods.
Despite their oath to uphold the nation’s Constitution and protect fundamental rights, many Pakistani judges seem to turn a blind eye to the blatant violations of these rights. Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, for instance, tends to focus on aged and inconsequential cases instead of prioritizing urgent matters like habeas corpus petitions and bail applications for detainees.
This perception of a passive judiciary has led to a loss of hope, with Pakistani judges seen as compliant figures caring primarily for their interests. However, Chief Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan of the Peshawar High Court has emerged as a beacon of hope.
Granting bail to Zartaj Gul, a former Minister in Imran Khan’s cabinet, Chief Justice Khan boldly declared that the Court’s doors would remain open day and night, even at 2 or 3 a.m. He expressed a commitment to justice, stating that he would resign rather than fail in this duty.
In a time when the image of CJP Isa has dwindled, Chief Justice Ibrahim Khan’s stature has risen significantly nationwide. He has demonstrated the courage and fearlessness of a true Pathan, echoing the spirit of his ancestors who faced formidable adversaries throughout history but never surrendered.
Long live the chief justice of Peshawar High Court, added by Kanju to appreciate PHC and Chief Justice Ibrahim Khan.