Judiciary has responsibility to check unconstitutional measures: CJ

Nov 30, -0001
Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that judiciary has a responsibility to refrain state institutions from taking unconstitutional measures. Speaking to a delegation of PAF War College here on Saturday, Justice Chaudhry said the Supreme Court can strike down all laws, orders and steps, which are in contrast to the Constitution.“We have made it clear that army can intervene in civil matters only under Article 245 of the Constitution,” he said. The chief justice said that rule of law and respect for fundamental rights are the foundation of democracy. “Unfortunately, many incidents of constitutional violations happened in our country in the past,” he recalled. He said that back-to-back martial laws damaged Pakistan’s constitutional history. CJ Chaudhry said that courts decided all the cases in the light of constitution. “The aim of the judgments is to ensure supremacy of the constitution. There is reduction in pending cases as a result of the judicial policy.” He urged the participants to study court judgments to make them aware of constitutional obligations. Pakistan is facing challenges of terrorism, nepotism and corruption at this phase, he said, adding that all national bodies must work together to make it a welfare state. - SAMAA

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