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SC has blocked the way of military takeover: CJP Iftikhar

27 June, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that Pakistan is a democratic state, but unfortunately, military dictators have ruled it for quite some time.

"However, the Supreme Court through its judgements has blocked the way of such extra-constitutional acts in the future."

The CJP expressed these views in a meeting with a delegation from Mauritania, headed by Islamic Republic of Mauritania Chief Justice Sidi Yahefdhou, and including Justice Sheikh Ahmed Mehmood, Justice Ba Moukhtar and others, on Wednesday.

Welcoming the delegation at the Supreme Court, the CJP said, "It is an honour to receive such a high-level judicial delegation from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Exchange of delegations is always a good tradition to benefit from each other's experience and knowledge."

The CJP introduced to the delegation the judicial system of Pakistan. He stated that the laws of Pakistan had Islamic premise and content, as the "constitution provides that no law shall be made which is repugnant to the injunctions of Islam".

Justice Chaudhry said that the Federal Shariat Court had been established to adjudge as to whether or not a particular provision of law was repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, and appeals against the decisions of the Federal Shariat Court were filed before the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

"Furthermore, there is the Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises the legislature, whether or not a certain law is repugnant to the injunctions of Islam."

The CJP said that the system of administration of justice should be effective, as the prime purpose of judiciary was to redress the grievances of public at large and to dispense justice at their doorstep.

The chief justice of Mauritania reciprocated the sentiments expressed by the CJP and explained the judicial system of his country and the working of the Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

He pointed out the similarities between the legal systems of both the countries and stated that Islamic laws were enforced in both countries; therefore it was a good opportunity to share each other's experiences and reforms and "improve our respective judicial systems".


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