Islamabad, June 19 : With the lawyers community in Pakistan showing a degree of flexibility in their stand and the deposed judges showing their readiness for accepting the PCO judges as their colleagues in return for their reinstatement, there is a strong possibility of 'shady compromise' being arrived at in Islamabad to resolve the complex judges' restoration issue.
The compromise formula to attain the "ultimate objective of an independent judiciary" appears strange because the deposed judges would work with the PCO judges, who would be in a majority in a 29-member Supreme Court. The role of the restored judges would also be limited through some person-specific amendments to be made in the Constitution, said an article in The News.
According to the paper, this solution would not achieve the ultimate goal of an independent judiciary, "but would end up in sweeping the judicial crisis under the carpet in the name of resolving the thorny issue".
The paper reported that the background interactions with those concerned and related to the issue of reinstatement of judges reveal that some of the deposed judges were ready for a compromise to accept the PCO judges as their colleagues in return for their reinstatement.
Some top lawyers' leaders, too, in their off-the-record discussions, talk of having no option but to accept the PCO judges, and the champion of the pro-Nov 2 judiciary, the PML-N, also seems to be showing some flexibility on its principled stand, added the paper.
Quoting a reliable source, the paper reported that some of the deposed judges were frustrated to get back to their chambers at any cost. The source said these deposed judges are willing to serve alongside the PCO judges.
It also quoted a lawyers' leader as saying that this situation was "quite disturbing" for them as those for whom the legal fraternity is struggling appear to be crumbling under pressure.
When asked as to why the lawyers are not exposing such deposed judges and move on for a solution that should ensure a really independent judiciary, he said, "the people have now developed great attachment with the deposed judges".
The PML-N, which gained a lot of popularity for its clear stance on the judges' issue, has started to appear vague. While PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that he would not accept the PCO judges, his lieutenants are talking of a possible compromise, added the paper.