Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has said that the movement for the restoration of independent judiciary has proved that no martial law would be imposed in the country.

Addressing a gathering of legal luminaries and jurists at the District Bar Association Sargodha, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, said that the lawyers movement led to the restoration of the judiciary and the fruits of independent judiciary should reach to the masses.

He said that the lawyers struggle had sent a message that neither martial law nor emergency would be imposed in the future.

He stated that in any democratic system, the judiciary has to act independently just like other two state organs, the legislature and the executive, subject to certain constitutional restraints.

He was of the opinion that the previous governments were toppled after two or two and a half years.

The chief justice said the principle of trichotomy of powers mandated by the Constitution of Pakistan aims at strengthening all the three pillars of States by giving them complete independence in their respective domains.

Emphasizing the importance of the judiciary, the chief justice added that as the custodian of the Constitution and the ultimate protector of the rights of citizens, it had to keep a check on extra-constitutional acts and the arbitrary exercise of power by other institutions so as to promote the democratic governance and rule of law.

Praising the lawyers’ movement in the post-emergency period of November 3, 2007, the chief justice said it was the final victory of the rule of law against the extra-constitutional regimes in Pakistan.

Together, he claimed, they acted as a bulwark against the dictatorial rule of a General [former president Pervez Musharraf] and succeeded in upholding constitutional supremacy in Pakistan.

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