Parliament has limited powers: SC

Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the impression that parliament has unlimited powers is incorrect.


Express August 09, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the impression that parliament has unlimited powers is incorrect. He was hearing the 18th amendment case in the Supreme Court (SC) today.

Government lawyer K K Agha said the court has no power to declare an amendment null and void, adding that it is the parliament's duty to form or end a system.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that the people chose their representatives in a parliamentary system, but asked if it was necessary to go to the people for every amendment.

Justice Tasaduq Jillani said every opinion of the parliament cannot reflect the wishes of the people. He said the courts in the US cannot review the amendments, still they have rejected many of them.

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