A new chapter for dispensation of justice to the people of Pakistan has opened with the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry and many of his honorable brothers who were thrown out of their offices summarily by a dictator when he imposed emergency and suspended the Constitution on November 03, 2007. The rest is history Now as the Chief Justice occupies his office he would, no doubt, be faced with a lot of problems which would require his immediate attention. Foremost of these problems would be the unconstitutional actions of former President Musharraf to suspend the Constitution and impose emergency in order to depose some 60 judges of the Supreme and High Courts and put them under house arrest. This was the unpardonable crime of General Musharraf who destroyed the structure of justice in the country and replaced it with the judges of his own choice who were sworn in under the PCO. This step shook the very foundation of the country's judicial system as never before. People expect the Chief Justice to hold General Musharraf accountable and deal with him according to the law of the land. The second development which is not only dangerous for the country's Judicial system, but also a violation of the country's basic ideology on which Pakistan was founded by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah much to the disappointment of the Islamic parties of India which wanted to hijack the Quaid's Pakistan for a theocratic state. Since the Pakistan government and the army could not control Islamic militancy in Swat (which is unbelievable) and adjoining tribal areas, they found an easy way out to make a deal with Maulana Sufi Mohammad of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammad to enforce Shariah in Swat and Malakand Division. These elements want to force the people of Pakistan to live in the middle ages. The new regulation will deprive the people of seven districts, Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Malakand and Chitral from their right to submit a writ in the High Court and the Supreme Court, as a Shariah Court at the division level would be the apex forum for the people of the division. No one will have the right to appeal against the decision of the Shariat Court in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) or in the Supreme Court. Bar associations have voiced concern over the new justice system and vowed to oppose it tooth and nail. They were of the view that it would be a discriminatory law, depriving the people and lawyers of their right to submit a writ in the superior courts of law. Sufi Mohammad and his son-in-law Moulvi Fazlullah, who leads Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in Swat, have given the assurance that with the enforcement of Shariah Regulation insurgency will end in Swat. Maybe so, but it would open the door for Talibanization of the entire NWFP and the whole of Pakistan in due course. One can only hope that Chief Justice Iftikhar Choudhry would look into this matter which is a serious threat to Pakistan's constitution and ideology. The Chief Justice is also requested to look into the rampant corruption and nepotism in the government which is the main cause of misgovernance and violation of the constitution. Former President Musharraf in the last days of his rule had cheated the nation by issuing an unconstitutional Ordinance titled NRO to give an across-the-board pardon to PPP leaders and their associates, who were facing corruption cases in courts. All cases against them were withdrawn and they were allowed to return to Pakistan. The process of accountability against them was stopped. The nation wants the Supreme Court to look into this illegal action of Musharraf to perpetuate his rule for another five years. Such things only happen in banana republics and not in civilized societies. So long as NRO exists, corruption will continue to eat into the vitals of the so-called democratic polity. One also hopes that the Supreme Court will look into the case of missing people, and take suo moto action in cases of corruption prone privatization of public assets. The CJ may also like to inquire whether an FIR has been lodged in the case of the murder of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who said in front of his house in Islamabad that one day she would raise once again the Pakistan flag atop his residence. By the grace of God this flag has been hoisted. E-mail: burhanhasan@hotmail.com