A clash of institutions?


Express April 20, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan said on Tuesday that the undermining of parliament's power by the judiciary will result in a clash between the two organs of the government.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court building in Islambad, he said parliament has the right to amendment the constitution.

Aitzaz Ahsan, who is also the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said 17 judges cannot reject decisions  made by parliament, which represents 170 million people. He, however, said the Supreme Court can interpret the constitution.

Aitezaz Ahsan's claims incited a heated response from lawyer Akram Sheikh who said the supreme court has the power to suspend an amendment indefinitely. Akram Sheikh had filed a petition on behalf of Nadeem Ahmed in the supreme court challenging the establishment of the judicial commission.

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COMMENTS (8)

Fakhar | 10 years ago | Reply Those challenging the supremacy of Parliament are strengthening non-democratic and non-elected institutions.The honorable Melords have one point agenda to marginalise the Parliament, President, Prime Minister and his government.Constitution gives President immunity but CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry does not recognise it.Constitution gives Parliament the powers to legislate and amend the constitution but CJ Chaudhry is unwilling to recognise it.Constitution empowers the PM to use his discreationar prerogative to appoint bureaucrates to run his government but the CJ Chaudhry does not allow the PM to do that.How funny that the same Melord CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry gave dictator Musharaf powers to amend the constitution and not only validated his Martial Law but gave a ridiculous permission to rule Pakistan for three years.This is mockery of justice. CJ Chaudhry has imposed Judicial Martial Law and has crippled the government's capacity to solve common man's problems.All PCO judges including his highness CJ Chaudhry should resign since they have committed acts of high treason by validating Musharaf's ultraconstitutional steps in their judgements and by taking oath under his emergency orders in 1999 and 2007.I appeal to CJ to resign and let the nation strengthen hard earned democracy and let the democratic institutions function.
s ashar | 11 years ago | Reply There are some lawyers who demand respect, and some who command respect. atizaz ahsan commands respect. why has he sigled out himself, lawyers listen to him and his strong legal acumen.why can he not call a meeting and sort out the legal provisos. AFTER ALL IT WILL BE THE LEGAL PROVISOS WHICH WILL BE A DECIDING FACTOR AND IN ALL NORMS OUTWIEGH NOT YOU AND ME AND THE VOCAL -- ALL IN NATIONAL INTEREST
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