CITY NOTES: The lawyers and the law | Pakistan Today

CITY NOTES: The lawyers and the law

The government has legal troubles aplenty. The new Attorney General has recused himself from the Justice Qazi Faez Isa reference case on the ground that he had expressed himself on it, and so couldn’t represent the federation.

Considering that he had been given the job after the resignation of the previous Attorney General over the remarks he made to the Supreme Court bench hearing the same case, that seems like the federal government needs to find a new mouthpiece. It will have to employ private counsel.

The Attorney General is one part of the system used only by the British, where one can either be a solicitor or an attorney, the solicitor engaging the attorney, but the client going first to a solicitor.  After all, a lot of legal work doesn’t demand the lawyer appear in court. A sale deed has to be properly drafted, and for that, one needs a solicitor.

Pakistani lawyers are two-in-one; both attorneys and solicitors. You just go to a lawyer, and he undertakes to contest a case, appearing in court if necessary, and drafting all the legal documents needed. The AG is an attorney whose client is the federal government, and whose solicitor is the Law Ministry. The new AG has also prevented the Law Ministry from intervening in the AG’s office, which is a little like an attorney preventing a solicitor from picking his clerks for him.  The Pakistan government is not the only one with legal troubles. Harvey Weinstein, who could be called the father of the #MeToo Movement, has finally been convicted, of rape, but not predatory sexual assault. Ali Zafar, Pakistan’s own version, has been plunged into gloom by the decision. He will not feel vindicated unless Weinstein gets off in California, where he is to be tried on other charges, and on appeal in the present conviction.

Hindu activists in New Delhi were not taking their case to court. They were busy taking direct action to stop the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. While the central and Delhi governments squabbled over who should control the Delhi police, 42 people have been killed, mostly Muslims.

The irony is that Donald Trump was praising India for its religious diversity. He shares Isalamophobia with Indian PM Narendra Modi. And I know realise what he has been trying to achieve with his hair..  It’s not red or blond. It’s saffron. And Modi has signed a $3 billion arms deal, which is something of a miracle, considering that those billions will come from the bones of poor Indians. Including Muslims massacred all over the place.

The fate of Delhi’s Muslims is painful, but it seems that the old pre-Partition days were a little worse.  It was bad enough that a mosque was burnt during the riots, but the attackers put up a Hanuman flag on one of its minarets. Was that a symbol of a takeover? Are mosques going to replace Lanka?  That was what Hanuman conquered. And wat happened to the pre-Partition staple, throwing a slaughtered pig’s head into a mosque, preferably at prayer time. I suppose in those days, Hanuman flags were not too easily available. Back then, Hindus were satisfied with provoking a riot. Now, they can burn down the mosque.

The revenge for Muslims would be to spread the coronavirus among Hindus. The Chinese would probably approve, more than they approve the cases in Iran. And Iran has proved to be the country from which Pakistanis caught the disease, instead of it coming into Pakistan through traders or students.

China is not the only danger spot it seems, because the whole of South America had its first infection, in Brazil, a traveller from Italy. And he had a classically nightmarish way to spread it. He attended a family reunion. Some of them then went to the Carnival, which has just ended.  The USA has also had its cases, and one of them, in California, may have been what is called community spread.

Of course, Trump has finally woken up and blamed the spread of coronavirus on the Democrats. That should stir Imran. He should blame Nawaz Sharif. And perhaps he will, once he gets Nawaz back, so that he can show off how healthy he is. I wonder when Imran will start treating the coronavirus, and when he will go to China to treat cases.  Egypt should have invited him to treat Hosni Mubarak, who passed away at 91. Mubarak died young, apparently, for Mahathir Mohamad, who’s older than him at 94, recently resigned as Malaysian PM. Mahathir was a role model for Imran, who intends to break his record for age as PM. And Imran intends to win power at that point on the youth vote. Will anyone except him remember the World Cup victory on its Golden Jubilee?

Of course, that will depend on whether he survives the coronavirus. He should watch the senior members of his team, for in Iran, it seems, the government is sharing the sickness. The Deputy Health Minister, for example, who first appeared on national TV to tell people how to escape the disease, and then appeared, from his hospital bed, with an upbeat message. A Tehran legislator and a vice-President (the one for women’s affairs) have also tested positive. These Iranian VIPs are among the 85,721 cases reported worldwide, but luckily not among 2933 who have died.  Hopefully, they will be among the 39, 797 who have recovered so far.

Of course, Imran has got his mind on higher things. Like Bangladesh beating Zimbabwe by an innings. Now maybe Bangladesh might feel ready to take down the West Indies. And then there’s the PSL, which has now moved to Rawalpindi and Multan. I think Umar Akmal has got a bum deal. First, he was dropped from the Pakistan team allegedly for being unfit, but actually for exposing himself in front of one of staff at the National Cricket Academy. And then got shopped for fixing a match.