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No Space in Constitution For A Judicial Martial Law: CJP

Lahore (March 23, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday put to rest all the speculations of judicial martial law in the country and said that there is no space in the country’s Constitution for a judicial martial law.

The CJP was addressing a ceremony in connection with Pakistan Day at the Cathedral Church Lahore.

“There’s no question of judicial martial law in the Constitution,” Chief Justice Nisar asserted while addressing a Pakistan Day event in Lahore.

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“There’s no martial law from the inside or outside,” he added, without elaborating.

“No caretaker PM will be accepted without consulting Imran Khan,” said Rasheed. All the political parties should be taken onboard before finalising the name of the caretaker prime minister, he said.

Speaking at the event, Justice Saqib said that we all should be thankful that we are part of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and everyone must now strive to make the country stronger.

However, the chief justice stressed today, “Anything considered above the Constitution will not be tolerated.”

“We will not allow democracy to be derailed in Pakistan,” he vowed.Upholding that there “will be justice without bias”, the chief justice assured, “Accountability will not be held on the basis of a person’s status.”

He also highlighted the need to unite as a nation and said it’s the only way independence and freedom can be safeguarded.

“We are fortunate we were born in an independent country,” Chief Justice Nisar said.

He added, “The most important aspects for a country to progress are leadership, supremacy of law, independent judiciary and impartial provision of justice.”

Further, the chief justice said, “The country should be run in accordance with law and Constitution.”

“In Pakistan, only law will prevail,” the chief justice asserted.Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed on Wednesday had stated that the biggest issue in the upcoming days will be the formation of a caretaker government and the whole nation is looking towards the judiciary. The CJP should certainly impose a 90-day ‘judicial martial law’, he demanded.

Sh Rasheed’s demand for a judicial coup amid political turmoil triggered a wave of rumours in the Federal Capital.

Veteran politician Javed Hashmi said on Thursday that Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, in his media talk, confirmed what he [Hashmi] has been saying since the 2014 sit-in about a plan to impose “judicial martial law” in the country. Speaking to the media, Hashmi said as per his earlier warnings, a “judicial martial law” was under way. He had also said that the judiciary had never been independent in the country.

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Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah Thursday criticised AML chief for his demand of ‘Judicial Martial Law’ calling it unconstitutional. He said the person who loves martial law will call for judicial martial law.

The opposition leader said this will be unconstitutional and no one could go beyond constitution.

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