Govt, judiciary rift: SCBA chief performs a balancing act

Jehangir said that the government has a right to file review petitions against court’s decisions.


Express July 30, 2011

PESHAWAR:


Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jehangir on Friday asked the government to implement the Supreme Court’s decisions in order to ease the tension between the two state institutions.


While at the Peshawar High Court Bar Association, Jehangir said that the government has a right to file review petitions against court’s decisions but if it is not filing any such petitions then the court’s orders need implementation or the country would be led to a state of anarchy. “The government accepts verdicts in the courtroom but changes its stance outside the court,” she said.

The SCBA president also urged lawyers and bars to act responsibly as a result of an ongoing tussle between the judiciary and the executive.

She said that the SCBA will file review petitions against the wrong decisions of the Supreme Court and urged the apex court to give some space to the government.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th,  2011.

COMMENTS (1)

Gul | 10 years ago | Reply

SCBA is an elected judicial body and should play its role to prevent Supreme Court from taking any steps detrimental to the development of democracy. In past Supreme Court has been used to validate and extend the military regimes. Now is the high time that SC should dissociate from its past practices and establish norms expected from a responsible institution. SCBA should play a proactive role in this regard.

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