Pakistani public had by heart accepted the PPP politician Aitzaz Ahsan as a just and neutral leader for his front-line role in the cause for restoration of judiciary. Aitzaz Ahsan took the role despite knowing that it was his party’s government that he would be acting against. The same Pakistani people are today dismayed due to his recent support to the increasingly unpopular PPP Government against none other but the very judiciary that he successfully supported back to office. The Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has been reported to distance himself from Aitzaz Ahsan in light of the recent, what the public is also terming, switch in loyalties.
Below is an English adaptation of a cartoon strip surveying the large shift in Aitzaz Ahsan’s stance over the case regarding Supreme Court orders to the PPP Government to write letter to the Swiss authorities for re-opening corruption cases against the sitting President Asif Zardari.
Below is the original cartoon strip in Urdu.
What remains to be seen is whether Aitzaz Ahsan will be able to reclaim the same public trust like he did when he played the controversial dual-roles of a veteran political leader of the ruling PPP and a key leader of the Lawyers Movement.