Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Monday said that being the guardian of the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution in connection with the actions of state institutions and authorities.
The Chief Justice while addressing the participants of the seventh management course said, “Gone are the days when the country’s stability was used to be determined through missiles and tanks.”
According to a press statement, the chief justice stated that the basic requirements for enhancing national growth through competitiveness is pegged on the four pillars (i) strengthening of institutions, (ii) Infrastructure, (iii) economic stability (iv) Health and Education.
These four pillars form the foundation of achieving competitiveness for ensuring socio economic growth of our country, he added.
He said the structure of the Supreme Court, its powers and parameters have been determined by the Constitution.
The Chief Justice stressed that a well-trained and capable bureaucracy was needed to run the state institutions besides tackling the social and economic challenges.
The CJ said in today’s era the perception of national security is taking a paradigm shift. He also raised questions about the welfare of masses.
This proposition leads us to define what are the correct rules and regulations under the law?
An appropriate answer to this proposition can only be framed if the other relevant queries are addressed in which foremost is do they reward merit and hard work?
Are the twin principles of rule of law and supremacy of Constitution being strictly enforced?
Do the citizens of this country trust the system and think it provides them fair opportunity to realize their dreams in a transparent manner?
Does the present system have the capacity to discourage the corrupt and rent seekers?
Do we have a system where civil and property rights are protected and contracts are fully enforced?
The chief justice further stated, “If the answer to all these questions is resounding yes, then we can claim that the rules and regulations in practice here are transparent and fair.”
He was of the opinion that everyone will have the incentive to work hard and invest their energies and resources in their respective fields.
Interestingly CJ gave this statement only after two hours of Army Chief, General Asfaq Pervez Kiyani’s statement. According to some analysts Kiyani’s statement was a hidden message for SC as it hears corruption cases of nine ex-Generals of Pakistan Army.
For quite some time now Pakistan Army and its role are being openly discussed and criticized in media discourses. Top national anchors, columnists, analysts and politicians have spoken against the involvement of military in politics in post Asghar Khan Case’s decision scenario.