Learn from India about rule of law and good governance: Deposed Pak Chief Justice

November 9th, 2008 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI  

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Sialkot, Nov.9 (ANI): Pakistan’’s deposed Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the country would do well to learn from India about the rule of law and good governance.
“It is the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution that has put India on the track of good governance, and made the country make progress by leaps and bounds,” The News quoted Chaudhry, as saying during an address to the Sialkot Bar Association.
Demanding the restoration of an independent judiciary and hegemony of law in Pakistan, Chaudhry said this was the dream of both Pakistan’’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and national poet-philosopher Allama Iqbal, whose birth anniversary is being observed today.
Addressing the Sialkot Bar Association, Chaudhry said an independent judiciary is the demand of the Pakistan Constitution.
He lamented that in the 60 years since the creation of Pakistan, neither the judiciary had been freed nor had the dream of good governance materialized.
He said that an independent judiciary is vital for good governance, adding that the role of the judiciary in Pakistan has always been compromised.
“Whenever any dictator broke the Constitution, the court came forward to give it legal cover,” he added.
The deposed justice said the nation was afflicted with at least four periods of martial laws in its short history. (ANI)

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