|Slogans of unity: No govt-judiciary rift, insists premier|
20 October 2012
Dispelling the notion of rifts between the country’s top institutions, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said on Thursday that there were no differences between the government and the judiciary or any other state institution.
Addressing a ceremony of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA)‚ the premier said that in order to keep up the momentum of democracy there must be increased communication among all institutions.
“All institutions, including parliament, Supreme Court and the armed forces, belong to the country and Pakistan would prosper … if they work within their ambit and communicate better,” he said.
“Mudslinging [at institutions] is tantamount to defaming the country. All institutions are respectable and are playing their role in the democratic environment and we can only move forward with good communication.”
Pledging his support for the judiciary, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader said: “I have to respect the courts because it is the place where all heads bow down as justice is dispensed here.”
Downplaying differences between the judiciary and the executive body which rose due to the contentious Swiss letter and NRO implementation case, he said that the government had no intention of causing harm to the judiciary.
He announced a grant of Rs75 million for the building of the SCBA and said the government would also provide financial support to lawyers in other areas. He also announced approval in principle of a housing society for lawyers.
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