Government replies to petitions against 18th amendment

Express May 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The federal government submitted its reply to two petitions challenging the 18th Amendment, and said that amendments made to the Constitution by parliament cannot be challenged in the court.

The government, in its reply, stated that the Supreme Court can interpret the constitution but can not nullify an amendment.

It noted that no court had nullified the constitutional amendments in the history of the country. Around 15 petitions were filed in the apex court against the 18th Amendment.

Overall, the petitioners have challenged the judicial commission for the appointment of superior courts’ judges, saying it was against the basic structure of the Constitution.

A 17-judge full court had asked the government to submit its preliminary objections to the petitions.