The bombshell that his counsel had warned the nation Malik Riaz would drop appeared in the form of serious insinuations against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry when he addressed a press conference at Islamabad on Tuesday, after his first appearance before the Supreme Court in the case of Arsalan Iftikhar. However, when the journalists assembled there raised questions about his observations that had been phrased as somewhat rhetorical questions, he refused to answer them, insisting that he was not responsible for doing so; he had said all he wanted to say. Malik Riaz threatened to hold another press conference later to reveal still more incriminating evidence that would jolt the entire nation, alluding that it would also be directed against the CJ. Strangely, he insisted that he had great respect for him and the judiciary, acknowledging that despite all the favours he had done to Arsalan on his assurance of getting the court cases against him discharged, he did not get any relief.
The attempts to defame the Chief Justive, using the accusations against his son, are in order to pressure him into resigning. This, when he is doing a remarkable job in laying bare before the world the grievous wrongs the various institutions of the government and others in society are doing to the nation and is making every effort to set things right. The accusers must be held accountable before the law. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry must stay in office. As for his son and Malik Riaz, let the law take what course it must and those in the wrong accorded the proper punishment.