Umar Ata Bandial, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, retired on September 16, 2023 after a 20-month tenure. His legacy is mixed, with some praising his efforts to uphold the rule of law and others criticizing his handling of certain cases.
One of Bandial’s most notable achievements was his decision to suspend the National Assembly dissolution by former Prime Minister Imran Khan in April 2022.
This decision was seen as a major victory for the opposition and a setback for Khan’s government. Bandial also ordered the release of PTI leader Shahbaz Sharif from jail, paving the way for him to become the new Prime Minister.
However, Bandial has also been criticized for his handling of other cases, such as the suo motu case against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this case, Bandial was accused of overstepping his authority and interfering in the government’s affairs.
He was also criticized for his decision to allow the government to hold a long march by PTI supporters in Islamabad, which led to clashes between protesters and security forces.
Overall, Bandial’s legacy is a mixed one. He will be remembered for his role in upholding the rule of law, but he will also be remembered for his handling of certain cases that were seen as controversial.
Here are some of the specific criticisms that have been leveled against Bandial:
He was accused of being biased in favor of the opposition parties.
He was accused of overstepping his authority and interfering in the government’s affairs.
He was accused of being indecisive and failing to take decisive action on important cases.
Despite these criticisms, Bandial also has his supporters. Some people believe that he was a strong and independent judge who upheld the rule of law.
They point to his decision to suspend the National Assembly dissolution as evidence of his commitment to justice.
Ultimately, Bandial’s legacy will be debated for years to come.
He was a complex and controversial figure, and his tenure as Chief Justice was marked by both successes and failures. Only time will tell how he will be remembered by history.