Pakistan A-G insists on two-thirds majority for restoration of deposed judges

March 11th, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Mar 11 (ANI): Pakistan Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum has said that a resolution passed by the Parliament with a simple majority was not enough to restore the deposed judges. He said an amendment to the Constitution by a two-thirds majority was required to restore the deposed judges of the superior courts.

A resolution passed by the parliament only shows its desire and it is not a permanent law, he said while talking to reporters here last evening.

“The incumbent judges can only be removed through Article 209 of the Constitution,” he said, adding only passing the resolution doesnt solve the problem, but some other steps need to be taken.

There were many resolutions passed by the parliament in the past, but a resolution alone can make no difference, a law has to be made. The parliament is the supreme law-making body and there is no such thing which the parliament cannot do, The News quoted him as saying.

The judges were not sacked through an executive order rather they were sacked through an “extra-constitutional” order, he said and added that judges can be resorted if the parliament is willing, but how the incumbent judges can be sacked as many judges were appointed after the revival of the Constitution.

“I think the legal position of the issue was not properly explained to the party leaders,” the attorney-general opined, and said that this was not the first time in the countrys history that extra-constitutional step was taken. (ANI)

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