جمعہ، 10 اگست، 2012
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Sending the premier home packing like Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will create much bigger problems and the danger of the democratic system being wounded up cannot be ruled out as an outcome.
The stalemate was allowed to aggravate when the Pakistan People’s Party on Tuesday decided it would not write a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening cases against President Asif Zardari and would ‘resist’ actions by the Supreme Court within bounds of the Constitution. This adventurism may cost the government dearly. However, the attorney general said that there was no need to plead for immunity as it was “given by the Constitution itself”. He hoped that the court would exercise restraint. This also brings to reference of the debate as to which state institution is more powerful, Parliament or the judiciary. While the prerogative of the superior judiciary to strike down a law enacted by Parliament in conflict with the Constitution cannot be put to question, the authority of Parliament to legislate is above doubt. The SC struck down the 2012 Contempt of Court Act the other day on the basis that it flouted a number of constitutional provisions. But where the dispute arose was the SC decided to restore the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003. Some circles in the legal fraternity accepted the SC prerogative of declaring a law null and void, they plead that the apex court, instead of restoring a particular law, should have left the legislation of a new law on contempt of court on Parliament.
The people of Pakistan, the ultimate master of the country’s destiny are genuinely caught in a fear that the impasse may not cost more heavily that the nation cannot afford at this critical time of history. Whereas the unwarranted controversy over which state institution is superior and which subordinate has been created by hawks in media, particularly the electronic media, the situation obtaining at present is fraught with danger in more than one way. That is why the saner lot of the people desires that all issues are resolved without harming the democratic system. Hopefully all concerned understand the sensitivity of the conditions in Pakistan.
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لیبلز: Raja Pervez Ashraf NRO President Asif Ali Zardari Yousuf Raza Gilani Supreme Court Qamar Zaman Kaira