In a major dose of snub to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Supreme Court on Thursday compared the federal government to the notorious Sicilian Mafia of Italy as it decided to initiate contempt of court proceedings against former party leader and senator Nehal Hashmi for ‘threatening’ judges and members of the joint investigation team probing Sharif family’s business dealings abroad.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan chaired the three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) that heard this case, issued a show-cause notice to Nehal Hashmi, and directed him to submit a reply by June 5. Justice Ejaz Afzal said that the judges are neither afraid of anybody, nor worry about the consequences. Everything that is going on is in our knowledge, he said.
Supreme Court Judge Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed that the government had become the Sicilian Mafia as it was threatening the judges and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
The government was acting like terrorists giving threats to judges, he told the attorney general. “We have received threats from terrorists but now the incumbent government also threatened us. How could the court believe that nobody was behind Hashmi,” Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed questioned.
“Even an enemy could not threat the children and you know whosoever threaten children are cowards,” Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked.
“Do you know who used to threaten the children of judges? The Sicilian mafia,” Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed.
Pointing towards Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Justice Azmat Saeed said: “Congratulations! Your government has also joined Sicilian mafia ranks”.
History of Sicilian mafia that Nawaz Government compared to:
Sicily is the motherland of the Mafia. It is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea infested with unlimited series of vendettas, crimes and assassinations. The Sicilian Mafia is a loose confederation of about one hundred Mafia Families.
History of The Sicilian Mafia Part: 1
These groups later became known as clans or families, developed their own system for justice and retribution, carrying out their actions in secret. By the 19th century, small private armies known as “mafie” took advantage of the frequently violent, chaotic conditions in Sicily and extorted protection money from landowners. From this history, the Sicilian Mafia emerged as a collection of criminal clans or families.
History of The Sicilian Mafia Part: 2
The Mafia’s influence in Sicily grew until the 1920s, when Prime Minister Benito Mussolini came to power and launched a brutal crackdown on mobsters, who he viewed as a threat to his Fascist regime. However, in the 1950s, the Mafia rose again when mob-backed construction companies dominated the post-World War II building boom in Sicily. Over the next few decades, the Sicilian Mafia flourished, expanding its criminal empire and becoming, by the 1970s, a major player in international narcotics trafficking.
History of The Sicilian Mafia Part: 3
History of The Sicilian Mafia Part: 4
One can easily understand that the Mafia is not always the primary cause of organised crime in Sicily. More often, it is a simple symptom of the corruption that permeates almost every aspect of public and professional life in Sicily.
Thousand of Sicilians, including judges Giuseppe Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, have given their lives in the war against the Mafia.
History of The Sicilian Mafia Part: 5
The Maxi Trial:
The Maxi Trial was a criminal trial against the Sicilian Mafia that took place in Palermo in Sicily. It started on 10 February 1986 and lasted until 30 January 1992.
In January 1992, Falcone and Borsellino managed to take charge of further Maxi Trial appeals. Not only did they turn many appeals down, they reversed previous successful ones, resulting in many Mafiosi who had recently swaggered out of prison after their convictions were overturned being unceremoniously rounded up and put back behind bars, in many cases for the rest of their lives. This naturally angered the Mafia bosses, particularly Salvatore Riina, who had been hoping his in absentia sentence for murder would be reversed and allow him to retire in peace with his immense criminal fortune.
That summer, Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in audacious bomb attacks. This resulted in public revulsion and a major crackdown against the Mafia that seriously weakened the organisation.
Salvatore Riina was eventually captured, as were other Mafiosi like Giovanni Brusca. Corrado Carnevale, the “Sentence Killer”, was sacked and imprisoned for being in league with the Mafia.
Chief Justice of Pakistan During the course of hearing a Suo Moto case
In September 2011, During the course of hearing a Suo moto case on the Karachi unrest, the Chief Justice of Pakistan had been asking the lawyers fraternity for the last two days to prepare a research as to how the Italian government had succeeded in weakening the role of the much-feared Sicilian Mafia (Cosa Nostra) within this South-Central European nation.
Italy’s superb progress on the economic front explicitly and surely proves that due to the sincere and indiscriminate state-led operations against the mafia dons in this part of the world, this country today towers above most featuring on the world map as being the eighth largest economy on the planet.