ISLAMABAD The incumbent Parliament has introduced some controversial and anti-democracy clauses - executive and legislatures role in judges appointment, renaming of the NWFP province and abolishing the Political Party Order 1962 & 2002 regarding intra-party elections - in the 18th Amendment which are also in contradiction with the basic structure of the Constitution. Abdullah Khan Dogar, counsel for Lawyers Forum, argued this on Monday before a 17-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that is hearing identical petitions challenging the various clauses of 18th Constitutional Amendment. AK Dogar suggested that in the interest of democracy and rule of law, the amendments like 175-A, 63-A, 63-G & H should be struck down and intra-party elections should be held under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said that elections were strength of democracy and if there were no elections, there would be no democracy. While quoting the examples from the judicial and parliamentary system of the US and the UK, AK Dogar told the bench that the Federal Government had no right to change the name and area of its units, adding that renaming on the basis of ethnicity was not allowed in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Nation uses its primary powers at the time of framing constitution, which is a political matter and the court has nothing to do with that but once the constitution is made, amendment must be according to the constitution, he argued referring to the experts opinion and the previous judgements of the Supreme Court. Instead of democracy, we have plutocracy in our country that is belonged to god of wealth and god of wealth is blind, he argued. Responding to the Courts query, Dogar also held that removal of Article 62-G regarding morality of the public representatives was not only an anti-democracy step but it was also un-Islamic, immoral and unethical. He said that Parliament was a political institution and its members were elected on political basis and therefore its role in judges appointment would politicise the judiciary. The attorney general and law minister represent the executive and their presence in the Judicial Commission shall superimpose the executive over the judiciary, he submitted. He also criticised the previous method of appointment of judges and termed it as a bogus system, suggesting that open competition for the vacancies of judges should be advertised so that all the lawyers could avail equal opportunities. The counsel for Lawyers Forum said the executive and the legislature worked for the rule of law while the judiciary had been put aside from these pillars of the state. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday told the counsel that there were differences in the system of UK and Pakistan that should also be highlighted. Justice Jawwad asked the AK Dogar to prepare a comparative analysis of both countries parliamentary system to understand the issue. The Chief Justice asked him to assist the Court in future too. AK Dogar, High Court Bar Rawalpindi President Zulfiqar Naqvi and Sardar Niazi, a petitioner, have completed their arguments against 18th Constitutional Amendment. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today (Tuesday).