SC rejects appeal against US drone attacks dismissed

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 4:01:48 by

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an Appeal challenging the order of Lahore High Court (LHC) demanding federation be directed to command the armed forces to defend Pakistan against external aggression. 

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Ameer Hani Muslim ruled out that the issues raised in the Constitution petition and the prayer made are relatable to matters of foreign policy, defence and security of the country    

During the course of proceedings, the counsel for the petitioner apprised the court that drone attacks are not only the violation of international laws but they are against the Sovereignty of Pakistan.

The bench observed that such issues are neither justiceable nor they fall within the judicial domain for interference under Article 199 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. 

Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani maintained that the interference by the courts in this matter would be violative of one of the foundational principles of the Constitution, which envisages a trichotomy of powers between the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.

Subsequently, by dismissing the petition the Apex Court maintained the verdict of LHC Lahore in this regard.

A lawyers group “Wukala Mahaz” had filed the petition.




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