Contradiction - By: Prof. Munir M. Hasan, PhD

In the backdrop of Panama Leaks proceedings in the apex court, many learned people have been giving their comments in the electronic and print media. Listening to them, two of their comments have attracted my attention. According to them, the apex court has:

Stated that the clippings from the newspapers and the extracts from the books submitted in the court, are nothing more than a bunch of waste papers and are garbage, and

Asked if the writer of the letter, the Prince of Qatar, would be willing to be cross-examined by the court on its contents?

If I have understood these remarks correctly, then, to me, these two statements appear to be contradictory. If the query: whether the writer of the letter, the Prince of Qatar, would be willing to be cross-examined by the court on its contents, is true, it means that this letter from the Prince of Qatar has been accepted as a valid document presented in the court.


What this letter is? The matter mentioned in the letter relates to a time when the Prince was just a two-year old child and he is NOT a witness to any of the actions taken at that time. He has heard all these statements from others. All the persons who could confirm their statements are no more alive. So, to me, this letter is just a list of hearsays which is worse than any news item or comment printed in the newspapers, or any statement given in any book. This is so, because the news item or the statement of any writer, if found helpful in administering justice, can be verified by calling the author in the court and ordering him to give evidence of its truthfulness, while no statement of the said letter can be verified because all the original narrators of these statements are now dead.


Seriously considering a worthless letter whose contents cannot be verified at this time, and neglecting the statements printed in the newspapers and the book which can still be verified by calling the writers in the court, is a clear contradiction.

Posted on Nov 21, 16 | 5:49 am