It is pertinent to mention that during social mobilization of lawyers in 2007, the bench protected the bar from regime penetration, and the bar protected the bench from regime backlash.Former chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry threatened Pervez Musharraf’s political authority and also drove military dictator out of office.Musharraf resigned in August 2008 and a new government was installed.
Islamabad , February 5 : Whenever the leadership in Pakistan falters, the judicial system uses its power to restore the stability and this time the country’s Supreme Court Justice Qazi Feez Isa has lashed out at the Imran Khan government for controlling the media, the state of democracy prevailing and governance and said that Pakistan is being destroyed in a systematic manner.
During the hearing on a matter related to local government election, the Supreme Court said Punjab province’s government had “killed” democracy by dissolving the local government before the expiry of its term, Geo News reported.
In 2019, the Punjab province government dissolved the local bodies system.
Justice Isa inquired why that was done. “Local governments (LG) were dissolved in the martial law era, but it is unheard of in a democracy,” the judge said.
He asked if Punjab was in the mood to abolish the LG system altogether. To this, the Punjab additional advocate-general said a new law had been made for local governments in the province.
By dissolving the local government, the Punjab government has clearly violated the Constitution, Justice Isa said, adding that, like this, Punjab can continue dissolving local governments till a government of its choice comes along.
If democracy is lost, half the country will be gone, he warned. “ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan) says there will be huge cost of Rs 18 billion on local bodies elections,” Justice Isa remarked. “Yet huge development funds are being released for politicians.”
Accusing the Imran Khan government of controlling the media in Pakistan, the senior judge said he won’t shy away from saying that the media is not free and that it is being controlled, with real journalists being thrown out of the country. Pakistan, he said, is being destroyed in a systematic manner. He said when media is destroyed, a country is destroyed. “Tell me. Is media free in Pakistan?” Justice Isa asked Attorney-General Khalid Javed Khan.
While in another case related to the presidential reference seeking Senate elections via open ballot, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the Senate is a “mature and serious forum” that “needs secrecy to perform its functions.”
The chief justice said that “democracy is not visible even in political parties.”
“Parties should also adopt a democratic attitude within themselves — the head of a political party should not be a dictator,” he maintained, Geo Tv reported.
It is pertinent to mention that during social mobilization of lawyers in 2007, the bench protected the bar from regime penetration, and the bar protected the bench from regime backlash.Former chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry threatened Pervez Musharraf’s political authority and also drove military dictator out of office.Musharraf resigned in August 2008 and a new government was installed under Pres. Asif Ali Zardari after elections.