Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that Pakistan is a democratic state but unfortunately it was ruled by the military dictators for quite some time.
The CJP expressed these views while meeting with a delegation from Mauritania headed by Justice Sidi Yahefdhou, Chief Justice Islamic Republic of Mauritania and comprising two Judges Justice Sheikh Ahmed Mehmood, Justice Ba Moukhtar and others on Wednesday in the Supreme Court, Islamabad.
Welcoming the delegation, Chief Justice of Pakistan said, “It is an honour to receive such a high level judicial delegation from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Exchange of delegations is always a good tradition to benefit from each other’s experience and knowledge.”
The Chief Justice of Pakistan introduced to the delegation the judicial system of Pakistan.
He stated that the laws of Pakistan have Islamic premise and content inasmuch as the Constitution provides that no law shall be made which is repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam.
Iftikhar Ch. added that Federal Shariat Court has been established to adjudge as to whether or not a particular provision of law is repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam and appeal against the decision of the Federal Shariat Court is filed before the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Furthermore, there is Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises the legislature, whether or not a certain law is repugnant to the Injunctions of Islam. The Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that the system of administration of justice should be effective as the prime purpose of judiciary is to redress the grievances of public at large and to dispense justice at their doorstep.
The Chief Justice of Mauritania reciprocated the sentiments expressed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan and explained judicial system of his country and the working of the Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
He pointed out the similarities between the legal systems of both the countries and stated that Islamic laws are enforced in both the countries; therefore it is a good opportunity to share each other’s experiences and reforms and improve our respective judicial systems.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry informed the delegation that Pakistan is a democratic state but unfortunately it was ruled by the military dictators for quite some time.
However, Supreme Court of Pakistan through its judgments has blocked the way for such extra constitutional acts in future.