Judiciary always supports army rule, rues Asma

Ex-SCBA president says Parliament, not judiciary, is the supreme body.

Express January 12, 2012

LAHORE: Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir condemned the judiciary on Wednesday, saying it has always approved military rules in the past.

She said if judges wanted a hand in politics, they should contest elections. Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court, she said that Parliament, not judiciary, was the supreme body in the country.

The judiciary should not consider itself as all knowledgeable, Asma said, while expressing her reservations over many decisions of the Supreme Court.

The judiciary also disregards decisions of Parliament, she said, while pointing out the annulment of the parliamentary committee’s decisions on judges’ appointment.

She further expressed her inability to understand the SC’s January 10 judgment on the NRO non-implementation case. She said that while the NRO was a complicated issue, she never favoured it.

Asma regretted that state institutions were being politicised and added that no institution was clean.

She advised the judiciary not to keep pursuing the NRO issue but rather take up thousands of other pending cases.

Over the role of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the present tense political situation, Asma said that PML-N is the same party which had, in the past, attacked the Supreme Court.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2012.


Aftab kenneth Wilson | 12 years ago | Reply

I fail to understand what have we to do with NRO, Memo etc......This fight and lust is for power between "Siting Bulls" of our system. Ordinary citizen is only concerned with day to day affairs of living an honorable life. There are around million cases in our courts which are more important because they are directly related with you and me. I agree with this brave lady Madam Asma who is least afraid to point out truth. This A and B team which validates each other time and again must now sit on back benches and allow the democratic process to move forward which is in the interest of the country and not one or two institutions who are bent upon creating impediments in the whole system of governance.

Beatle | 12 years ago | Reply

Thx Asma, for being courageous and brave.

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