MABAD - Majority of the deposed judges think that the ongoing political wheeling and dealing between the political parties that form together the ruling alliance would be as useful as a 'chocolate teapot'.
"Neither we are expecting any positive outcome of these meetings nor there is any hope of a positive development especially in the backdrop of law minister's statement about the fresh oath-taking from President Musharraf," said a senior apex court judge on Tuesday while Talking to TheNation on telephone from Lahore.
"The situation is miserable," the judge, who is rated as one of the most independent minded judges the Pakistani judiciary has ever produced, further said.
"I am thankful to Allah that we have stood firm for the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in the country and that's all," the senior judge said while desiring not to be named.
He also said that now the matter is between the elected rulers and the people of Pakistan.
Some other deposed judges of the Supreme Court as well as Lahore High Court also shared the same sentiment.
"After being disgraced for so many months, we are pining no hopes on the politicking," said one of these judges when asked whether he has any interest in the outcome of crucial talks between PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
Justice Retired Tariq Mehmood, the lynchpin of lawyers' movement for restoration of deposed judges, is also dejected over what is happening.
"I don't think anything positive is going to come out of the talks between the leaders of ruling coalition over issue of judiciary," Justice Tariq said.
"They (Zardari and Sharif) might give a new lollipop to nation about the possible impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf to gain more time from masses but nothing is likely to happen with regard to the restoration of judges," Justice Tariq regretted.
Referring to summersaults of Law Minister Farook H Naek over fresh oath of deposed judges, Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmood said such statements ahead of crucial talks are not without any reasons.
"These are actually "feelers" and no one would have uttered such a thing ahead of important talks between party heads if the ruling coalition would have been serious about the restoration of deposed judges," he pointed out.