Iftikhar Chaudhry Explains Panamagate case reality
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is a former Pakistani judge and 20th Chief Justice of Pakistan, over three non-consecutive terms from 29 June 2005 to 11 December 2013.
To some Pakistanis, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will always be the “dictator slayer” — the judge who defied the military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, helped evict him from office and went on to repurpose a once supine judiciary as a fiercely independent force.
Over a tumultuous eight-year stint, he fired a civilian prime minister, hauled once-untouchable generals before his court and inspired many Pakistanis to believe that, at last, the judiciary might be interested in their problems. But as he stepped down as chief justice this week, his failures — and the broader flaws of a disturbingly weak Pakistani legal system — also loom large.