|CJP Iftikhar vows to implement constitution at any cost|
16 August 2012
Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Wednesday rejected pressure on judiciary and said that they would go to any extent to implement the constitution in the country.
On August 8, the Supreme Court issued contempt notice to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and ordered him to appear before it on August 27 to explain why he had not implemented court’s orders to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. This development has escalated tensions between the government and the apex court.
Earlier former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was also sent home by the apex court after he refused to implement the court orders.
Speaking at a dinner reception held in honour of the Supreme Court’s judge Justice Shakirullah Jan on his retirement, CJP Iftikhar vowed that the apex court will continue to protect fundamental rights of the citizens as a custodian without any apprehension.
“SC follows law and the constitution,” the Chaudhry said adding that the current judiciary would continue with judgments over all sub-judice cases.
Emphasizing more on judiciary’s role as a custodian of fundamental rights of citizens, he said that it provides right of a prosperous and peaceful life to the masses. The system of check and balance puts extra burden on judiciary to perform according to wishes of the public.
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