The country is witnessing a spate of remarkable reversal numbers of sudden changes of direction that are simply unnerving. The first is in respect of the apex judiciary whose top judge remarked that Article 62(1) (f) of the Constitution, which sets the precondition for a member of parliament to be Sadiq and Amin was a draconian law. He made the remarks as the Supreme Court (SC) heard PTI leader Faisal Vawda’s appeal against his disqualification for life under the article. Intriguingly, in 2017, the five-member SC bench, ironically of which the above-mentioned judge was a member, had disqualified Nawaz Sharif under the same article in the Panama Papers case.
Furthermore, under the same article another political leader Jahangir Khan Tareen was also disqualified and again the same top judge was part of the SC bench that handed out the decision. The change of heart at this juncture is indeed surprising and would not be an easy sell, particularly in wake of the intense glare of public and media vigilance the superior judiciary is exposed to the remarkable reversal. The internal fissures within the judicial ranks may further exacerbate if contradictions within the ambit of jurisprudence begin to emerge. The Weekender