ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Tuesday said that Judiciary was never allowed to flourish independently in the country. While addressing a prize-distribution ceremony organised by Islamabad Bar here at a local hotel, the Chief Justice urged 'more struggle for the independence of Judiciary. He said that an independent Judiciary could be established only after implementation of the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution. The Chief Justice said that conspiracies were being hatched against Judiciary whenever it tried to become independent. He further said that unconstitutional rulers made amendments in the Constitution to serve their vested interests and regretted that the Parliament and Judiciary in the past endorsed the steps taken by dictators. Elaborating the notion of independent Judiciary, the Chief Justice while giving an example said that Judiciary could not be considered independent until a woman living alone in a far-off place considered herself safe and secure. In the presence of independent Judiciary people are given their rights without any discrimination, he added. The Chief Justice further said that for the first time in the history of the world, November 3, 2007 emergency was imposed against the Judiciary. He said the reason behind the imposition of emergency was that a high profile case was being heard in the Supreme Court and the dictator realised that the court would not allow him to become president in uniform. He further said that lawyers, civil society and media opposed the imposition of emergency and it was even criticised in rest of the world. The Chief Justice said that the present Parliament was backing lawyers and Judiciary in the cause of constitutionalism and it was evident from the fact that it did not validate the emergency. He said that dictators amended the 1973 Constitution for their personal interests. He further said that after the insertion of new clause in the code of conduct for the judges of superior Judiciary, judges would not be able to extend any sort of support to unconstitutional rulers. He urged the lawyers to cooperate with the Judiciary in the implementation of the National Judicial Policy 2009 so that the huge burden of pending cases before the Judiciary could be released. The Chief Justice further said that the Constitution provided guarantee to the rights of the 170 million people of the country as well as protection to foreign investors. He said that the present Judiciary was delivering justice freely but more struggle was required to fulfil the dream of free and independent Judiciary.