From a lawyer’s mouth

In today’s The News daily there was a really good opinion article that caught my eye writen by Ayesha Tammy Haq about her experiences as a lawyer over the past few months in the Land of the Pure. The article takes a jab at the current political and judicial scenario of Pakistan in a more jovial tone to say the least. Sarcasm is our nation’s second language, so that shouldn’t be a major issue, right?

For the first time they saw politicians, lawyers and ordinary citizens engage in an open debate on constitutional rights and the rule of law. Which may not matter to some but mean a lot to the wretched people of Pakistan, including the people of the Northern Areas who, after 60 years are, as yet, not part of Pakistan. Although in these days of no rights or benefits their position does not appear to be much different from the rest of the country.

True to quite an extent, where living in any major city of Pakistan, be it Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad etc. it has become more of a camping out experience than that of a metropolitan. Cities where one has to fend for himself, find shelter for himself, find electricity and water on their own and rely on hired security to protect them in our own communities. One has to say, ‘how modern’!

Tammy takes a swing or two towards her own professional community to say the least.

It seems that every time the CJP sets off to address a bar association he carries the entire country with him and it is this that puts the government in a bit of a tizzy.

LOL! Very, very true. Since I wont be quoting the whole thing here, I recommend you to go and read it off the The News website yourself, for copyright issues and anti-plagiarist police on the prowl! Heres the link again:

(via) The News: ‘Running where the brave dare not go‘.

Happy reading.

7 Comments so far

  1. Majid (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    It is extremely distasteful that she describes the Pakistani people with such disdain “Which may not matter to some but mean a lot to the wretched people of Pakistan” when are we going to get out of our colonial mentality and start looking at our fellow Pakistani as a citizen and human being rather than someone to pity.
    Our lawyer community might be marching for the right side now, but these same judges are the ones who have failed the “wretched” people of Pakistan, I guess what goes around comes around eh.

  2. Phil (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    I agree with you to some extent, Majid saab. I couldn’t really understand why she used the word ‘wretched’ for us all at first, but I guess its a remark on the condition of Pakistanis today that have made us wretched.

    As with the current situation that has englufed the judicial community of Pakistan, every other community and walk of life has been some way or the other betrayed and misled by the other… name a few won’t do just, and name them all will take up too much time. You are right, ‘what goes around, comes around’ LOL! ;) its like when we say, ‘abb mazza aya naa bachuu! :P‘.

    Thanks for reading :)

  3. Majid (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm


    The fact that the article, on the whole, argues the case of having a free media and the right to demonstrate, is a good thing, but its the endemic mindset amongst our “learned” community (be they lawyers,doctors,generals,judges) that they have a God-given right to be elevated above everyone else and to look down with pity on everyone else around them.

    This mentality only results in ignorance about the plight of the ordinary Pakistani. If the population is to be pitied and viewed as “wrethced” then they can also be ignored – problem solved.

    We need a new way of thinking, the next generation is making changes but slowly.

  4. Phil (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    Unless and until people below the poverty line are elevated to higher standards of living, the rich and wealthy with always abuse the fact they are more luck they live this life. And this will some way or the other resonate in their literature and speech; intentional or unintentional. For me, the questions is, ‘Do we really want to elevate the living standards of the down trodden in Pakistan?’

    In a country with there is economic bias, and judicial impartiality, the poor can only rely on a hand from above to help them out.

    Read here as I share a small experience I had a few days backs.

  5. Majid (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Phil Bro, thank Allah you have a conscience… more of us need one.

  6. Phil (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    Thanks, dude! Thx a lot.

  7. Jamshed. A (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm


    The answer to all that is EDUCATION…EDUCATION…. we need to educate our people to get out of that mind set…..

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