Govt, Parliament have no friction with judiciary: Irfan Qadir

SAPM says government desires to strengthen judiciary and Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD    -    Special Assistant to the Prime Min­ister (SAPM) on Accountability Irfan Qadir on Monday dispelled a notion that both the government and the Par­liament were at odds with the top ju­diciary. “There are some rumours that the government and the Parliament are against the Supreme Court, which are totally baseless and have no real­ity. The government has desire to see a strong judiciary,” the SAPM said while addressing a news conference.

“I want to inform the nation that the present government desires to strengthen judiciary and the Su­preme Court as we have no friction against the courts, instead we are standing with the apex court.” How­ever, he said, being the mother of all the institutions, the Parliament was the supreme forum and implementa­tion of its decisions was crucial to run the affairs of the country in an effec­tive way. As regards the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court, he said, judges should be appointed on the basis of “seniority-cum-fitness”. 

He said all the institutions were bound to follow the Constitution. In the mature democracies across the globe, he said, all the institutions were working within their domains enshrined in their constitutions. “We all are also bound to work according to the Constitution of our country and following the Constitution al­ways enhances everyone’s respect,” he remarked. Irfan Qadir said he had expressed his reservations when the government of Yousaf Raza Gillani was removed by the apex court. 

He was of the view that the Parlia­ment had the power to remove the prime ministers through a no-confi­dence motion, while no other insti­tution had such power. Recalling the lifetime disqualification of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case, he said it had not been written in the Constitution. Nawaz Sharif, he added, was also barred from heading the party which was against the law. Irfan Qadir asserted that as per Article 184/3, the Supreme Court could take the so-moto notice, not the chief jus­tice of the honourable court. He said as per the Constitution, no one but the Election Commission of Pakistan was empowered to announce the date of elections. To a question, he said consti­tutional courts should be established to hear political cases as such a practice was being followed across the globe.

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