Judiciary has become a dictator: Gilani

Former prime minister lashes out against judiciary, says it is trying to derail democracy in the country.


Owais Jafri August 15, 2012

MULTAN: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani lashed out against the judiciary on Wednesday and remarked sarcastically that there is no need of elections as the judges want to govern the country. “We have fought against all dictators and were always successful, but today the judiciary has become a dictator.”

Speaking to the media in Multan during an Iftar party, Gilani said that if all prime minister’s decisions are taken by the judges, then elections are mere drama because it is the judiciary which will choose prime ministers according to its own will.

“I will surely go for a protest at all levels against the judicial oppression in the country,” he maintained and added that there will never be a stable Pakistan if incumbent Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is sacked. “If Raja Pervaiz Ashraf asks me for advice, I will tell him to reject the court orders.”

While saying that a third force has always been blamed for derailing democracy in the country, Gilani said that the judiciary has become that third force by using the Constitution in an unconstitutional manner. “The judiciary has become the third force for which the army was blamed in the past, and today they want a controlled democracy, as the institution has been politicised with clear and determined political intentions.”

Gilani further said that sovereignty belongs to Allah, but the judiciary has now declared itself as the custodians of sovereignty of the country. He added that the economic instability in the country is also due to the environment created by the judges.

“They have frightened away people from investing in Pakistan and you can see, no one is eager any more. They [judges] have direct interference in every affair of the government.”

Calling his disqualification “unconstitutional”, Gilani said that the judiciary is not independent because everyone is forced to follow the court’s 'unconstitutional' orders.

Gilani was disqualified from his post of prime minister after the Supreme Court held him in contempt for not obeying the court orders by not writing letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

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COMMENTS (61)

Dr.A.K.Tewari | 8 years ago | Reply

Gilani and Kayani have already predicted the fate of Pakistan . Change can only be brought about through a red revolution and no body can avoid it .

Zahid | 8 years ago | Reply

The clash of institutions has held the country in its grip for the last many months. With each passing day matters get worse as parliament and the judiciary stake out their respective turfs. On a number of occasions the Chief Justice of Pakistan has expounded on the supremacy of the constitution, placing it above all else. Considering that it is the ultimate interpreter of the constitution, the Supreme Court (SC) then assumes an overweening role. On the other hand the government feels under siege from judicial activism expanding into the domain of executive power. The government has done its utmost to show respect to the SC that has gone as far as terminating an elected prime minister who still enjoyed a majority in parliament. Many legal minds are of the opinion that in the pursuance of the NRO case, with writing a letter to the Swiss authorities becoming the ultimate bone of contention, as both the institutions think themselves constitutionally right in their arguments, the country is witnessing another type of power struggle between elected and non-elected state institutions. However it is clear that it is the responsibility of legislator to make constitution not the judiciary. The business of judiciary is to interpret it only.

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