Factions of army, judiciary sabotage democracy in Pakistan: Nawaz

Says doctrine of necessity adversely affected democracy in Pakistan

News Desk February 02, 2018
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in an address to a seminar held in Karachi said that every time democracy starts strengthening, factions of judiciary or army try to wreck it.

Nawaz, talking to supporters on 'The future of democracy in Pakistan' said that there are several factions within certain institutions which are trying to topple the government which sabotages the very core of democracy.

Referring to Pakistan's shaky democratic history, Nawaz said that every now and then when the chosen political leaders try to ensure democracy sustains in the nation, there are a few biased individuals in the institutions which try to deteriorate that process.

"Every time we looked for support from judiciary, it supported dictatorship instead, leaving us weak," he maintained.

Political scenario is not completely clear anymore. Even after 70 years why such seminars are needed?, he questioned.

Efforts underway to keep me out of politics, says Sharif

Discussing the doctrine of necessity he said, "Necessity makes lawful which otherwise is unlawful, these remarks were made by Justice Munir's which show Pakistan in a negative light."

"I agree with Mahmood Khan Achakzai on Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) judges. These PCO judges are the reason to destroy Pakistan."

"Previous government was the first to complete its tenure and we are all well aware of the fact how our tenure was tested every now and then. Everyone knows how I was disqualified, how Balochistan's government was removed. This is highly unfair," Nawaz lamented.

"Isn't it highly unfair that when the judiciary has to face dictatorship they always surrender? When Benazir Bhutto and I signed the Charter of Democracy in 2006 with all parties to outlines steps to end the military rule established by the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état led by Pervez Musharraf and restore civilian democratic rule, I always tried to comply to it. It didn't make a huge difference because we were still being targetted but it is highly important," he said.

Pervez Musharraf has not been taken to task yet. He is still scared to return to Pakistan, Nawaz added.

"I request media, all activists to fight for democracy, my heart guarantees and warrants that we have realised how crucial democracy is. We have to make a collective effort and I stand with the nation.

Even after these unfortunate incidents I still stand hopeful that Pakistan will shine. Even if people want to break assemblies, they can't because democracy is always going to fight back. The nation understands the sanctity of vote and that will help us move forward," he conclusively stated.


Abida | 6 years ago | Reply Whether you like it or not, Pakistan only has one power center and it is not in the hands of politicians or the judiciary.
J Khan | 6 years ago | Reply Isn't it unfair that Nawaz Sharif, who looted the nation and lied to and submitted false evidence to the courts, roams free while his minions are facing jail time for offensive spoken words? Just saying ;)
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