Judging versus lynching

Asma voices concern over NRO verdict
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court in its verdict on NRO has targeted the whole democratic structure by extending its power and crossing the constitutional limits, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Chairwoman Asma Jehangir said on Tuesday.

“Independence of judiciary means they should be seen as impartial; independence means when they give judgment there should be reasoning for it,” she added while talking to a private TV channel. Asma said basically two things do not suit the Supreme Court ie being one-sided or giving a constitutional decision which is a bit controversial.

She said the movement against dictator Pervez Musharraf was launched because he did not respect separation of power and attacked the judiciary. The HRCP leader said in its NRO verdict the judiciary, too, has made a sort of attack on the legislature and extended its own jurisdiction.

“Assuming all power is a dangerous trend, no matter PPP remains in power or not,” she said. Judiciary can ask the government to remove a person who is not working properly, but “it cannot ask for appointment of a specific person of its choice”.

Asma said one could not ignore the NRO verdict’s political fallout and marginalising of political forces. “The judiciary has crossed its limits and it is a dangerous precedent that the Supreme Court passed a verdict on parliamentarians’ morality,” she added. She expressed surprise over the unanimous verdict, saying it was strange that all 17 judges had the same judicial mind.



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